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jesuitoffbroadwayAuthor: Rev. James Martin, SJ
ISBN#: 978-0-8294-3547-4
Publisher: Loyola Press: 2007
Grab a front-row seat to Fr. Martin's six months with the LAByrinth Theater Company and see first-hand what it's like to share the faith with a largely secular group of people . . . and discover, along with Martin, that the sacred and the secular aren't always that far apart.     
Category: Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

biblicalwalkthrumassAuthor: Edward Sri
ISBN#: 978-1-935-940-00-5
Publisher: Ascension Press, West Chester, PA - 2011
This book explores the biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience in the Liturgy and explains their profound significance. This intriguing look at the Mass is sure to renew your faith and deepen your devotion to the Eucharist.     
Category: High School to Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

AblazeAuthor: Colleen Swaim
ISBN#: 978-0764820298
Publisher: Ligouri Press: 2011
Following Christ is not always easy, but takes courage, patience, and love. In Ablaze: Stories of Daring Teen Saints, Colleen Swaim examines the lives of eight young men and women who were set fire with the Spirit and set free to live lives of extraordinary virtue. All became saints for the outgoing, against-the-current heroism of their teen years.
Category: Jr. High to Adult     
Location:  Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

HeavenMirthAuthor: Rev. James Martin, SJ
ISBN#: 9780062024268
Publisher: Harper One: 2011
From The Colbert Report’s “official chaplain” James Martin, SJ, author of the New York Times bestselling The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, comes a revolutionary look at how joy, humor, and laughter can change our lives and save our spirits. A Jesuit priest with a busy media ministry, Martin understands the intersections between spirituality and daily life.  In Between Heaven and Mirth, he uses scriptural passages, the lives of the saints, the spiritual teachings of other traditions, and his own personal reflections to show us why joy is the inevitable result of faith, because a healthy spirituality and a healthy sense of humor go hand-in-hand with God's great plan for humankind.     
Category: Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

bibletop10Author: Mary Elizabeth Sperry
ISBN#: 9781612785851
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor - 2012
This book is intended to open Scripture in a brand new way. By organizing important people, places, and events into lists, we can reframe our experience and understanding of God's Word, while serving as a memory aid or providing ideas for further reading and study.     
Category: Jr. High to Adult     
Location:  YC - Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com

bymysideAuthor: Victoria Shepp
ISBN#: 978-1-5-9982-171-9
Publisher: St. Mary’s Press - 2012
Offers compelling prayers and reflections that are centered on the events and issues that teens face on a daily basis.
Teens can find different prayers each day that follow the calendar year, or they can search a specific topic they might be interested in or encountering in their life and pray with all of the prayers and reflections created around that particular topic.    
Category: 8th Grade through High School     
Location: YC - Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com

christmasideasAuthor: Phyllis Pellman Good & Merle Good
ISBN#: 1-56148-180-7
Publisher: Good Books, Intercourse, PA - 1995
These practical and inspirational ideas for commemorating Christmas come from families who have used them. They offer wonderful ways to be together and to begin new traditions as families.     
Category: Adult     
Location: YC - Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

crossinghomeAuthor: James Penrice
ISBN#:
Publisher: St. Pauls
A treasure-trove of Christian symbolism and allegory drawn from the great American pastime.     
Category: High School to Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com

daybydayAuthor: Dennis Kurtz, Michaela Hedican & Judy Kramer
ISBN#: 978-0-88489-922-8
Publisher: St. Mary’s Press - 2007
The 366 reflections in Day by Day with People of the Bible will help teens examine the stories of over 70 biblical characters. With a Scripture passage, commentary, brief question, and prayer, these daily reflections will allow teens to carry the wisdom of God into their daily lives. Makes a great Confirmation or Birthday gift!     
Category: 7th Grade through High School     
Location: YC -  Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com

DearGodAuthor: Patti Maguire Armstrong
ISBN#: 9780764822469
Publisher: Liguori Publications - 2013
This new Catholic fiction novel introduces us to Aaron, a 6th grader who experiences a crisis in faith when his family moves. Author Patti Maguire Armstrong addresses those questions that young adults face when prayers aren't answered in a time of adversity — most importantly "Is He even listening?" When Aaron shows compassion to an unlikely kid and risks losing his newfound friends' acceptance, he experiences the reality that being a real hero sometimes means that others will turn against you. Will God be there to save Aaron and his faltering faith?     
Category: Grades 6-8     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

downrightgoodAuthor: Karen Kelly Boyce
ISBN#: 978-0982895917
Publisher: KFR Communications - 2011
On an unseasonably warm February day, ten-year-old Angie delivers the town tabloid with natural wisdom and confidence. The characters she meets along her way have varied adult troubles and lives. Born with Down syndrome and an ability to see angels, Angie’s simple knowledge and common sense transform those who line her route. Based on the third joyful mystery of the Rosary – the birth of Christ, Angie’s story emphasizes that God often speaks to us through others.     
Category: 6-8 Grades     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com

downrightgoodAuthor: Alan J. Talley & Scott Holzknecht
ISBN#: 978-0-88489-858-0
Publisher: St. Mary’s Press - 2009
Everyday Justice brings the principles of Catholic social teaching to teens, whether they are using it as a companion for a social justice course, to broaden their personal understanding of justice issues, or as a reflection guide while they are on a service project. But more than that, it inspires them to respond to our Gospel call. Each day begins with a quote from the Scriptures, a Church document, or an advocate of justice and is followed by a reflection, a prayer, and a call to action.    
Category: 7th Grade through High School     
Location: YC - Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com

fearingstigmataAuthor: Matt Weber
ISBN#: 978-0-8294-3736-2
Publisher: Loyola Press - 2012
In Fearing the Stigmata, twenty-something Matt Weber—a Harvard graduate, television producer, and certified rosary-bead carrier—employs his sharp wit, earnest candor, and gift for great storytelling to illustrate for young adult Catholics both the real challenges and the immense joys of publicly living out the Catholic faith.     
Category: College/Young Adult     
Location: YC - Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

FlorenceNightingalesNunsAuthor: Emmeline Garnett
ISBN#: 9781586172978
Publisher: Ignatius Press - 2009
At the age of 24, Florence Nightingale decided to dedicate herself to the care of the sick, especially those wounded in battle. She worked for nearly a year with the nursing Sisters of St. Vincent de Paul in Alexandria, Egypt. After that, when she established a hospital to tend the wounded during the Crimean War (1854 - 1856), she welcomed the assistance of thirty-eight women, including a group of Catholic nuns. This Vision Book for youth presents the moving story of those ten heroic nuns, from the Convent of Mercy in Bermondsey, England.     
Category: Grades 6-8     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com

fourpebblesAuthor: Marion Blumenthal Lazan & Lila Perl
ISBN#: 0-688-14294-X
Publisher: Greenwillow Books, New York - 1996
If she could find four perfect pebbles of almost exactly the same size and shape, it meant that her family would remain whole. Mama and papa and she and Albert would survive Bergen-Belsen. The four of them might even survive the Nazis' attempt to destroy every last Jew in Europe.   
Category: 7th Grade through Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

Francis&ClareAuthor: Helen Walker Homan
ISBN#: 978089705171
Publisher: Ignatius Press - 1994
In this book, Helen Walker Homan has captured all the excitement and beauty of the lives of Francis and Clare of Assisi, and their centuries-long influence on the whole world through their radical living of the Gospel and founding of two great religious orders.
Category: 6-8 Grades     
Location: Ridgewood PL -  Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

goaltogoAuthor: James Penrice
ISBN#: 0-8189-0702-9
Publisher: St. Pauls - 1994
Football is often considered a "religion" but seldom do we hear of the very real spiritual aspects of the game. Football is a wonderful source of Christina symbolism and allegory, as it reflects many of the struggles we face in our spiritual lives: the need for constant conversions,  the presence of opposing forces and the setbacks they cause, the need for a "playbook" and the wisdom it gives, our dependence on our "Quarterback" and our fears of being overcome by our opponents, just to name a few. Goal to Goal draws upon the imagery and metaphors of football to discuss Christian faith. A great book for players, coaches and fans!     
Category: High School to Adult     
Location: YC - Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com

GodKnowsStressedAuthor: Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin, C.S.J.
ISBN#: 9781893732353
Publisher: Sorin Books, Notre Dame, IN - 2001
Things that happen to us do not cause stress. . . our reaction to what happens causes stress! Missing a bus or plane, preparing for a wedding, juggling multiple deadlines at work—and at home—a child leaving for college, experiencing divorce, the death of a spouse, child or a loved one are just a sampling of situations that most of us would describe as "stressful." But, Do They Really Cause Stress? In God Knows You're Stressed, Anne Bryan Smollin explains that the inevitabilities of life do not have to cause stress if—we treat ourselves with more kindness, laugh more, play more, breathe more deeply, rest more soundly, hold hurts more loosely. With inspiring stories, wisdom and helpful activities that keep life's little trials and larger tribulations in proper perspective, she shows how to do just that.     
Category: Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

goodnewsdaybydayAuthor: Dee Bernhardt, Larry Schatz & Laurie Ziliak
ISBN#: 978-0-88489-601-2
Publisher: St. Mary’s Press
These 365 age-specific reflections offer teen readers the Good News each day of the year. Short reflections suggest ways to apply the message to their lives, and short prayers invite readers to pray with the Bible.     
8th Grade through High School     
Category: YC
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HandbkCatholicMomsAuthor: Lisa M. Hendey
ISBN#: 9781594712289
Publisher: Ave Maria Press - 2010
Drawing from the deep tradition of the Catholic faith, Lisa Hendey coaches Catholic moms how to care for themselves?heart, mind, body, and soul?so that they can better love and care for their families, their neighbors, and their Church.
With warmth and wisdom, Hendey creates an environment where Catholic moms can reflect peacefully upon often-competitive topics like parenting style, types of schooling, and working outside the home. By sharing her own story, Hendey inspires readers to better balance their own needs with the demands of family life and faith commitment.    
Category: Adult     
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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