Descendants of Holocaust survivors offer moving spiritual reflections

God, Faith & Identity From the Ashes: Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors, edited by Menachem Z. Rosensaft. Jewish Lights Publishing (Woodstock, Vermont, 2015). 309 pp., $25.

Spiritual memoir traces academic's path from atheist to Catholic

Not God's Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms by Holly Ordway. Ignatius Press (San Francisco, 2014). 186 pp., hardcover, $19.95. Holly Ordway, author of Not God's Type, was a well-educated English professor who dismissed belief in God as so much superstition. While her family was not hostile toward religion and even adopted some cultural Christian practices such as playing Christmas carols, as a child she neither opened the Bible nor attended church.

‘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.