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HolySpirit101Author: John L. Gresham
Publisher: Liguori - 2011
Understanding the Holy Spirit is not a simple task. The very word "spirit" can lend itself to confusion. Holy Spirit 101 offers readers a basic approach to coming to know this mysterious Person of the Trinity. Author John Gresham, dissects the difficult concept of the Holy Spirit, its place in history and scripture, as well as its connection to us today.
In Holy Spirit 101, you will find examples, tools, and review questions perfect for group or individual study that will deepen the understanding of your faith.     
Category: High School - Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

HeardTheOwlAuthor: Margaret Craven
ISBN#: 0440343690
Publisher: Dell Publishing
Amid the grandeur of the remote Pacific Northwest stands Kingcome, a village so ancient that, according to Kwakiutl myth, it was founded by the two brothers left on earth after the great flood. The Native Americans who still live there call it Quee, a place of such incredible natural richness that hunting and fishing remain primary food sources.
But the old culture of totems and potlatch is being replaced by a new culture of prefab housing and alcoholism. Kingcome's younger generation is disenchanted and alienated from its heritage. And now, coming upriver is a young vicar, Mark Brian, on a journey of discovery that can teach him—and us—about life, death, and the transforming power of love.    
Category: 8th Grade to Adult     
Location: YC - Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE


Author: Sr. Joan Ridley, OSB
ISBN#: 9780764819070
Publisher: Liguori Press - 2010
With the ancient practice of Eucharistic Adoration being rediscovered in today's modern parishes, In The Presence provides the perfect guide to the history, practice, and meaning of this tradition. In a series of brief, accessible, and theologically rich essays, Sr. Joan Ridley connects the private devotion of Eucharistic Adoration to eucharistic spirituality and common worship, combining traditional significance with the best in contemporary theology.     
Category: Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

InTheSilenceAuthor: Vandy Brennan Nies
ISBN#: 9780764818868
Publisher: Liguori Press - 2010
During Eucharistic Adoration, and through our prayers, we "watch and wait," we remain "silent" in His Presence and open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist. By worshiping the Eucharistic Jesus, we become what God wants us to be! This wonderful book contains over 50 prayers specifically written for our time at Eucharistic Adoration. These prayers speak from the heart and allow it to be fully open to Christ's presence. Author Vandy Brennan Nies offers prayers of gratitude, affirmation of faith, petition and much more, all straight from the day-to-day experience of human life.     
Category: Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

jesusinbluejeansAuthor: Laurie Beth Jones
ISBN#: 0-7868-8355-3
Publisher: Hyperion, New York - 1997
This book illuminates examples from the scriptures to demonstrate how Jesus can serve as a model for daily life.     
Category: High School     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

jesuslifecoachAuthor: Laurie Beth Jones
ISBN#: 978-1-56731-877-7
Publisher: MJF Books, New York - 2004
This is your playbook for success?a wealth of information and inspiration that will motivate you to excel in and enjoy all walks of life. Jones, a coach for some of today's leading CEOs, uses her skills and experience to get you thinking, working, and achieving all your goals and dreams.    
Category: High School to Adult     
Location: YC - Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

JesusBaptismToTranfigurationAuthor: Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger)
ISBN#: 9780385523417
Publisher: Image - 2007
In this bold, momentous work, the pope—in his first book written as Benedict XVI—seeks to salvage the person of Jesus from recent “popular” depictions and to restore Jesus’ true identity as discovered in the Gospels. Through his brilliance as a theologian and his personal conviction as a believer, the pope shares a rich, compelling, flesh-and-blood portrait of Jesus and incites us to encounter, face-to-face, the central figure of the Christian faith.     
Categor: Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

InfancyNarrativesAuthor: Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger)
ISBN#: 9780385346405
Publisher: Image - 2012
In 2007, Joseph Ratzinger published his first book as Pope Benedict XVI in order “to make known the figure and message of Jesus.” Now, the Pope focuses exclusively on the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life as a child. The root of these stories is the experience of hope found in the birth of Jesus and the affirmations of surrender and service embodied in his parents, Joseph and Mary. This is a story of longing and seeking, as demonstrated by the Magi searching for the redemption offered by the birth of a new king. It is a story of sacrifice and trusting completely in the wisdom of God as seen in the faith of Simeon, the just and devout man of Jerusalem, when he is in the presence of the Christ child. Ultimately, Jesus’ life and message is a story for today, one that speaks to the restlessness of the human heart searching for the sole truth which alone leads to profound joy.     
Category: Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

Jesus A PilgrimageAuthor: Rev. James Martin, SJ
ISBN#: 9780062024237
Publisher: Harper One - 2014
Combining the fascinating insights of historical Jesus studies with profound spiritual insights about the Christ of faith, Father Martin recreates the world of first-century Galilee and Judea to usher you into Jesus's life and times and show readers how Jesus speaks to us today. Martin also brings together the most up-to-date Scripture scholarship, wise spiritual reflections, and lighthearted stories about traveling through the Holy Land with a fellow (and funny) Jesuit, visiting important sites in the life of Jesus of Nazareth.     
Category: Teen To Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

JesusDeadorAlive100Author: Josh McDowell & Sean McDowell
ISBN#: 9780830747870
Publisher: Gospel Light Productions - 2009
Nobody you know has ever seen anybody come back to life after being dead for three days. But that doesn’t mean it’s never happened. No one debates the fact that a Jewish peasant named Jesus was put to death in Palestine 2,000 years ago, but there’s been plenty of debate ever since about what happened next. Now you can see for yourself the evidence that has persuaded hundreds of millions of people for a couple thousand years.     
Category: Jr High & High School     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

JPII shortBioAuthor: Kerry Walters
ISBN#: 9781616367497
Publisher: Franciscan Media - 2014
Poet, philosopher, playwright, peacemaker, political activist, pope: this is a brief look at the rich life of Karol Wotyla, whom we know today as Pope John Paul II. He was the most widely traveled of all popes, and made pastoral visits to 129 countries in all. He was instrumental in bringing about the fall of communism in Poland; it is said that the attempt on his life in 1981 was in direct response to his efforts to bring down communism.     
Category: High School - Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com

JohnXXIIIAuthor: Kerry Walters
ISBN#: 9781616367510
Publisher: Franciscan Media - 2014
His adult life was unremarkable; in his role as Papal Nuncio to France, he was considered an “affable amateur.” When he was elected pope in 1958, it was thought he would be a placeholder, someone who was easily controllable until the Curia could decide on a worthy successor. Instead, Giuseppe Roncalli, Pope John XXIII, distinguished himself by establishing a spirit of aggiornamento— “opening wide the windows of the Church” and convened the Second Vatican Council in 1962.     
Category: High School - Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

Kateri BrownAuthor: Evelyn M. Brown
ISBN#: 9780898703801
Publisher: Ignatius Press - 1991
This book is from the famous line of Vision books of saints that are one of the most popular and well-told series of stories for young people. This is the inspiring story of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, a holy young Indian woman who was converted to Christianity by the French missionaries led by Saint Isaac Joques during the 1600s.     
Category: 6-8 Grades     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com

KissesFromKatieAuthor: Katie J. Davis
ISBN#: 978-1451612097
Publisher: Howard Books - 2012
Katie Davis left over Christmas break of her senior year for a short mission trip to Uganda and her life was turned completely inside out. She found herself so moved by the people of Uganda and the needs she saw that she knew her calling was to return and care for them. Katie, a charismatic and articulate young woman, is in the process of adopting thirteen children in Uganda and has established a ministry, Amazima, that feeds and sends hundreds more to school while teaching them the Word of Jesus Christ.     
Category: 7th grade to adult     
Location: YC - Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

LiveLaughBlessedAuthor: Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin, C.S.J.
ISBN#: 9781893732988
Publisher: Sorin Books, Notre Dame, IN - 2006
By popular demand, the best-selling author of Tickle Your Soul serves up another generous helping of friendly, smart, upbeat counsel on the powerful benefits of a positive viewpoint. In Live, Laugh, and Be Blessed: Finding Humor and Holiness in Everyday Moments Anne Bryan Smollin says that finding joy in life and grasping its beauty is not hard. It is a choice we make, one that leaves us more in touch, more aware, and more eager to share life with others. She shows us that while difficulty, stress, and sorrow will always be a part of life, a positive attitude—and a healthy dose of good humor—will help us live each moment, both good and bad, more fully.
Category: Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

LivesOfTheSaintsAuthor: Bart Tesoriero
ISBN#: 1936020508
Publisher: Aquinas Kids
Lives of the Saints is a full-color, hardcover book featuring 60 of the world's most popular Catholic Saints. The book, exquisitely illustrated by Michael Adams, is conveniently arranged in the order of the Saint's feast date. Includes presentation page in the front and a foreword by the author. 128 pages.     
Category: K -3rd Grades     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

livinggodsjusticeAuthor: Roundtable Assoc. of Diocesan Social Action Directors
ISBN#: 0-86716-742-4
Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press - 2006
Drawing on the wisdom of the ages from Saint Francis of Assisi to Pope John Paul II, Thomas á Kempis to Mother Teresa, Saint Augustine to Thea Bowman this collection reminds us that we are all members of one body, one church and others depend upon our prayers as much as we depend upon theirs.    
Category: Adult     
Location: YC - Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com

LostPeterTomb100Author: Dianne Ahern
ISBN#: 9780967943794
Publisher: Aunt Dee's Attic, Incorporated - 2006
A young boy and girl are left to spend the summer with their aunt, Sister Philomena, in her convent in Grottaferrata, Italy. What they expected to be a horrible summer in a convent with a bunch of nuns praying all the time turns into a series of great adventures as they discover that their aunt is the 'private-eye' for the Pope. In this book, Sister Philomena takes the kids along on an investigation when the Pope suspects an intruder in the Vatican. Their escapades take them through the Vatican Gardens, the Tomb of St. Peter, St. Peter's Basilica and the Pope's apartment. They chase the Pope's cat, are befriended by the Swiss Guard, are frightened by the intruder, eat pizza with the Pope, and help solve the mystery of the disappearance of the relics of St. Peter.
Category: Grades 6-8     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

MotherSetonAuthor: Alma Powers-Water
ISBN#: 9780898707663
Publisher: Ignatius Press - 2000
Mother Elizabeth Seton was canonized as America's first native-born Roman Catholic saint. This Vision Book tells the inspiring true story of the life of Elizabeth Bayley Seton from her childhood in a distinguished New York family to her becoming a Sister and foundress of an American religious order. Born in 1774, Elizabeth Bayley grew up in a well-to-do Protestant family and seemed destined for a tranquil life. At age 19 she married William Seton and together they had five children. Tragedy struck when William died of tuberculosis in 1803. Elizabeth learned that her family fortune was lost as well. She converted to Catholicism at a time when Catholics were the object of persecutions in the United States. Her family was shocked by this decision. Elizabeth met Bishop Carrol of Maryland, and he gave her the inspiration to found the American Sisters of Charity and the first American parochial Catholic school. In time her order of Sisters flourished, and they established more schools, orphanages and hospitals across the United States. At her early death (46 years old) Mother Seton's congregation numbered twenty-one communities throughout the country.   
Category: Grades 6-8     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

motherteresaAuthor: Lewis Helfand
ISBN#: 9789380028705
Publisher: Steerforth Press - 2013
In the 1940's, Calcutta had become decimated by famine, poverty, war and unemployment. Slums began to surface throughout the city and thousands were homeless, dying of disease or starvation. Alone and forgotten, these poorest of the poor were desperate for someone, anyone, to recognize their plight and help them. That help arrived in the form of Mother Teresa.     
Category: Jr. High     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com


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Our Parish Library contains a list of recommended books for all age groups in many different categories.
You can find these in different locations:
Ridgewood Public Library (Ridgewood PL), The Youth Center (YC) and at Amazon.com

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