Book Reviews:

‘Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Mission’ author John Wood says call to universal holiness is for us

Dr. John Wood has transitioned from a collegiate track star to a speaker, author, optometrist, husband, and father, but his determination to excel endures. With his track and field championships behind him, his outlook has changed from “Win, Win, Win” to Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus. Jan. 4-8, he will speak at several events in the diocese to assure Catholics that holiness is possible and that we are all called to be saints in our ordinary lives.

‘40 Days for Life’ offers compelling stories for pro-lifers on their journey to end abortion

Full of inspirational stories and powerful testimonies, 40 Days for Life is a page-turner. It was not, however, meant to be read in a single sitting. In fact, if read the way that authors David Bereit and Shawn Carney intended, it should take you 40 days to complete the book. No surprise, there are 40 chapters in 40 Days for Life, and each takes only about five to 10 minutes to read. The first part of each chapter involves a short, moving testimonial, followed by a Scripture verse and prayer.

Readers will find plain talk and wisdom in DeStefano's guide to life

A Travel Guide to Life: Transforming Yourself from Head to Soul by Anthony DeStefano. Faith Words (New York, 2014). 261 pp., $22.