Books show Blessed Mother still very much relevant today Mary: Virgin, Mother and Queen: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics by Father Mitch Pacwa, SJ. Our Sunday Visitor (Huntington, Indiana, 2014). 160 pp., $9.95. Visiting Mary: Her U.S. Shrines and Their Graces by Julie Cragon. Servant Books (Cincinnati, 2014). 145 pp., $15.99. Mary: Help in Hard Times -- Stories and Prayers by Marianne Lorraine Trouve, FSP. Pauline Books and Media (Boston, 2014). 114 pp., $7.95.
Two books take different approaches to lead people to Jesus Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin, SJ. HarperCollins (San Francisco, 2014). 510 pp., $27.99. Under the Influence of Jesus: The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ by Joe Paprocki. Loyola Press (Chicago, 2014). 178 pp., $15.95.
Dutch priest Father Roderick Vonhögen, a world-renowned expert in digital media and founder of the Star Quest Production Network, a Catholic new media company, shares his own story of engaging in these new media in his recently-released book, GeekPriest: Confessions of a new media pioneer. Fr. Vonhögen’s GeekPriest is not quite an autobiography. There are certainly autobiographical elements to the book, but he does more than simply write about his life. Each chapter follows the same format: He begins with an anecdote from his life, a tie to some aspect of popular culture, and then lessons he learned and tips he offers to his readers to overcome any related obstacles. There is a certain relatablility to the book, with Fr. Vonhögen not focusing too heavily on theology, but rather embracing not only new media, but other aspects of nerd culture as well.