New Book by Michael: A Reader's Study of the Gospels: The Gospel of John

Wyatt North's A Reader's Study of the Gospels series, written by Michael J. Ruszala, contains an engaging narrative and commentary on each gospel.

A Reader's Study of the Gospels: The Gospel of John assists the reader to understand the fourth gospel's theology and symbolism in presenting Jesus as God’s eternal Word, the Light of the World, the Bread of Life, the Good Shepherd, and much more.

Amazon Customer Review: "This book taught me quite a bit about the Gospel of John. I learned many items that I never before realized: from the Prologue statements of 'In the beginning was the Word' and its parallel to the Book of Genesis thru the Agony in the Garden and the band of soldiers (600 men) to the Resurrection Epilogue being similar to earlier events in the life of Jesus. The author's style made this book very interesting but also very informative with much information I never heard before. You will not be disappointed by this book." -JL Borsberry

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Lives of the Saints Complete: January - December

The world needs saints to show it the way to true humanity. The Church needs saints to show it how to live out its calling.The witness of the lives of the saints is a powerful testimony to the reality of God’s plan and the possibility for truly following it in one’s life. So often, we do not see this witness. We see hypocrisy and mediocrity among Christians. That is why we must look to the saints — the ones who really followed the words of Christ and let them be carried out fully in their lives. The saints also give us a reason to hope. Saints were not born; they were made through a life of cooperation with God’s grace despite many difficulties, weaknesses, and temptations.This book, written from a Catholic perspective, provides an overview to the lives of the saints celebrated the entirety of the Roman calendar. It covers the whole Church year, and makes for inspirational spiritual reading any time of the year, providing an introduction to the patron saints for many walks of life. Included are the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, Apostles like St. Peter and St. Paul, early martyrs like St. Perpetua and St. Felicity, early evangelizers like St. Patrick, medieval giants such as St. Thomas Aquinas, American saints such as St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. John Neumann, and many others.

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Lives of the Saints (Volume IV)

The world needs saints to show it the way to true humanity. The Church needs saints to show it how to live out its calling.

This book, The Lives of the Saints: Volume IV (October – December), brings to completion a series of four volumes on the lives of the saints, covering the memorials, feasts, and solemnities of the whole Church year, in addition to several of the many optional memorials. This last volume brings with it some of the most beloved of the saints, including St. Therese of the Child Jesus, the Holy Guardian Angels, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Cecelia, and St. Nicholas.

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Lives of the Saints (Volume III)

The world needs saints to show it the way to true humanity. The Church needs saints to show it how to live out its calling.The witness of the lives of the saints is a powerful testimony to the reality of God’s plan and the possibility for truly following it in one’s life. 

So often, we do not see this witness. We see hypocrisy and mediocrity among Christians. That is why we must look to the saints — the ones who really followed the words of Christ and let them be carried out fully in their lives. The saints also give us a reason to hope. 

Saints were not born; they were made through a life of cooperation with God’s grace despite many difficulties, weaknesses, and temptations. 

If we want to see the greatest and best of what Christianity is capable of, we must look to the saints.

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Lives of the Saints (Volume II)

The world needs saints to show it the way to true humanity. The Church needs saints to show it how to live out its calling. The witness of the lives of the saints is a powerful testimony to the reality of God’s plan and the possibility for truly following it in one’s life. So often, we do not see this witness. We see hypocrisy and mediocrity among Christians. That is why we must look to the saints — the ones who really followed the words of Christ and let them be carried out fully in their lives. The saints also give us a reason to hope. Saints were not born; they were made through a life of cooperation with God’s grace despite many difficulties, weaknesses, and temptations. If we want to see the greatest and best of what Christianity is capable of, we must look to the saints.

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"Guide for Altar Servers" by Michael from Liguori Publications

"This short, interactive booklet is an essential tool for any youth preparing to serve at Mass or training for the role of acolyte. Key terms, liturgical guidance, and practical tips are presented in a simple and friendly tone with questions, activities, and full-color photos. Servers continually change as older children move to other roles or serve the parish in other ways, and new children require training. Guide for Altar Servers is a practical, complete, and cost-effective tool."

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Lives of the Saints (Volume I)

"The world needs saints to show it the way to true humanity. The Church needs saints to show it how to live out its calling. The witness of the lives of the saints is a powerful testimony to the reality of God’s plan and the possibility for truly following it in one’s life. So often, we do not see this witness. We see hypocrisy and mediocrity among Christians. That is why we must look to the saints — the ones who really followed the words of Christ and let them be carried out fully in their lives. The saints also give us a reason to hope. Saints were not born; they were made through a life of cooperation with God’s grace despite many difficulties, weaknesses, and temptations. This book, written from a Catholic perspective, provides an overview to the lives of the saints celebrated from January to March on the Roman calendar. It is the first in a series, which will cover the whole Church year. It makes for inspirational spiritual reading any time of the year, providing an introduction to the patron saints for many walks of life. Included are the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, Apostles like St. Peter and St. Paul, early martyrs like St. Perpetua and St. Felicity, early evangelizers like St. Patrick, medieval giants such as St. Thomas Aquinas, American saints such as St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. John Neumann, and many others."

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"Who Created God?"


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Has an inquisitive child ever stumped you with a question such as, “Who created God?” “What is Heaven like?” or “Why did God create the world? Was he lonely?” These questions have actually been pondered by great thinkers such as St. Thomas Aquinas, who, guided by faith, based his answers on solid principles. Who Created God? A Teacher’s Guidebook for Answering Children’s Tough Questions about God connects common children’s religious questions with probable answers based on the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas. It makes the issues accessible to the adult layperson and provides lesson plans and activities for adults to convey them to children and young people. Adult readers and child-listeners alike will be intrigued! And both will come away with an appreciation that our faith is indeed reasonable and understandable.

Who Should Read Who Created God?


It is for catechists, religion teachers, homeschool teachers, and parents of 4th-9th grade students, and anyone who still has the gift of wonder and just wants to know!


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Key Features


  • Based on questions from real faith formation children on fundamental topics about God
  • Follows the flow and spirit of St. Thomas' Summa Theologica and likewise grounded in Scripture
  • Reviewed by catechists, school educators, and theologians
  • Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat obtained to ensure doctrinal integrity
  • Each question addressed by way of an intuitive structure designed for busy catechists:
    • "Background for the Catechist" presents the issue in terms for the adult layperson
    • "Reflection for the Catechist" offers review questions to help the catechist understand and apply the teachings
    • "Presentation Ideas" offers lesson planning
    • "Review for the Students" provides assessment
    • "Prayer Service" or "Meditation" connects the lesson to the life of prayer for the students
  • Charming illustrations make the issues come alive
  • Several student worksheets are provided
  • Helpful Glossary of terms with keywords in boldface throughout the text
  • Easy to find what you're looking for
    • Detailed Table of Contents to help the catechist quickly flip to the desired page
    • Questions / Chapters marked at the top of the pages
  • Provides the fruit of years of research, study, teaching, writing, and editing

Special Features of the Kindle Version


  • The text and illustrations are beautifully formatted for enjoyable reading on all devices
  • Easy navigation
    • Clickable two-level Table of Contents, easily accessible from all parts of the book
    • Keywords in the text linked to the Glossary
    • References within the book linked
    • Can be read on nearly any device by downloading the free Kindle app from Amazon

Table of Contents


Foreword by Adam Janke, MA (Program Director, St. Paul Street Evangelization)
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Question 1: Does God Really Exist?
Question 2: Why Did God Create the World? Was He Lonely?
Question 3: Who Created God?
Question 4: What Does God Look Like?
Question 5: How Big Is God and Where Is He?
Question 6: How Does God Rule Creation?
Question 7: If God Created Everything, Did God Create Evil?
Question 8: What Is Heaven Like?
Question 9: Aren’t Humans Just Monkeys with Bigger Brains?
Question 10: Did Jesus Create the World?
Question 11: If Something Is Wrong in one Culture, Could It Be Right in Another Culture?
Appendix: The Life and Teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas
Glossary
About the Author

Customer Review


"Thought provoking for adults with easy to understand concepts that provide you with basic Catholic truths you can relay to children and adults alike." (from Barbara O. on Amazon)

Author


Michael J. Ruszala is an experienced and certified parish catechetical leader. He holds an M.A. in Theology & Christian Ministry and a B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. The author of several religious books, Michael also serves as an adjunct university lecturer in religious studies. For more information, please visit www.michaeljruszala.com .

How to Purchase


Now available on Amazon in Kindle for $7.99 and in softcover for $13.99 (USA) plus shipping. Click here for a link for Kindle, and click here for softcover from Amazon. Or to purchase a signed copy directly from the author, for $13.99 and free shipping within USA, see below.

Attention parishes, schools, and organization leaders: Inquire about group discounts starting at just 5 copies.

International customers: You can follow the links below for the book on Amazon in paperback and / or Kindle in the following countries:

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For more info, please visit Vox Clamans Publications at www.voxclamans.com .

Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta: A Witness to Love

While the twentieth century was a a time of turbulence, selfishness, godlessness, and violence, Mother Teresa of Calcutta was a witness to love. She was a clear reminder of the goodness within human nature and the beauty of being truly open to God.

‘Mother’ was her religious title, but as she ascended to the world stage, it became her role for the world—to be like a mother to all, no matter their origins. She was accepting and welcoming towards all people, not only towards the good or the like-minded. She continues to serve as an inspiration to people of all walks of life and all creeds. Where the world was blind to poverty and misery, Mother Teresa led the path to love.

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Book by Michael: David and the Psalms

People are fascinated by the concept of royalty. The notion stirs up sentiments of love, admiration, and hatred. We see ourselves in them, and yet we criticize them at times with indignation. While most monarchies today have been put aside or at least limited in their power, the concept of royalty cannot be erased from human consciousness. In the words of Jesus, Christians pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” The ultimate and most perfect monarchy is that of God himself, the sovereign of all creation.

Through David and the story of the kingship, God taught us about his governance of the world and of his people. David was only human and at times the worthy subject of both praise and severe criticism. But in his relationship with God, we find a model for the people both then and today: suppleness to God’s will; wholehearted pursuit of righteousness; sincere repentance from sin; mercy for others; and true worship of God, who alone is worthy.

Amazon customer review: "Thank you for this book. The Book of Psalms is no longer just a prayer book now. This book puts a story to it, and puts everything in perspective" (posted by Vinchu Lapid)

Amazon customer review: "Michael Ruszala took me on a journey through 1st & 2nd Samuel interweaving the Palms of David. His analysis was plain and concise... I couldn't wait to get home and complete my journey with Samuel. Thank you Wyatt North for this publicatio[n]. A must read for all Christians" (posted by Albert).

Amazon customer review: "It really is a book that is thought provoking, and makes one look at one's own relationship with God, and whether one's heart is set on God. There's so much more I could write about this book, but I could never do it justice. It just moves you. I would definitely recommend this book!" (posted by Tammy Boykin).

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