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Summer reads

Chill out with a good book

Whether you’re headed for the lake, the woods, the beach, a cruise ship or just relaxing at home, it’s not a vacation without a good book. Lose yourself in any of these five summer reads from Franciscan Media. Discover your identity through women of the Scriptures. Let a humble Pope inspire your everyday journey. Embrace your life as a creature in our beautiful world. See a charismatic stranger shape the destiny of two towns in a compelling allegorical tale. Dive into a historical thriller as a young American finds intrigue and adventure in postwar Paris.

Who Does He Say You Are?
In Who Does He Say You Are?, Catholic missionary and speaker Colleen Mitchell captures the confessions of women from the Gospels and shows how their stories answer this crucial question of identity: "Who does he say you are?" Holding up Mary as the ultimate example of intimate, transforming union, Mitchell weaves together moving anecdotes of her own search for identity as a Catholic woman along with 12 accounts of women in Scripture that are at once fresh yet familiar. In so doing, Mitchell connects in a compelling and very personal way with the Scriptures, inspiring readers to "take up and read" in order to discover the answer to this all-important question for themselves.
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Pope Francis Takes the Bus
Pope Francis Takes the Bus contains stories and episodes from various stages in his life: as the parish priest known as Padre Bergoglio, then later as rector, bishop, archbishop, cardinal and finally, pope. Italian author and radio personality Rosario Carello’s collection will help readers gain a clearer picture of Pope Francis – and will serve as inspiration for anyone seeking a humbler, more Gospel-guided daily life.
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Wendell Berry and the Given Life
Through his essays, poetry and fiction, Wendell Berry has repeatedly drawn our attention to the ways in which our lives are gifts in a whole economy of gifts. Here, Berry presents us with the sort of coherent vision for the lived moral and spiritual life that we need now. His work helps us remember our givenness and embrace our life as creatures. His insights flow from a life and practices, and so it is a vision that can be practiced and lived – it is a vision that is grounded in the art of being a creature. Wendell Berry and the Given Life articulates his vision for the creaturely life and the Christian understandings of humility and creation that underpin it.
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The Divine Spark
In this deceptively simple allegorical tale, author Paula D'Arcy recounts her own spiritual journey in a way that will echo in your heart long after you finish the book. In the town of Status, across the river from Quo, nothing ever changes. Children are taught to memorize facts, but not to think for themselves. Adults live by the motto, "Work, produce, stay the same." And as long as everyone follows the rules, there is harmony in the two communities. The shops hum and all ceremonies for the worship of God are appropriately formal and well-organized. The past is revered and the future seems to be secure. Then the Stranger comes to town….
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The Fragment
It’s 1923, and a resilient Paris is starting to recover from the ravages of World War I and the Spanish Flu Epidemic. Enter young Muriel Ross, an amateur American photographer tasked with documenting the antiques that her employer, U.S. Senator Tom Bryan, has traveled to France in order to acquire. Although she’s exhilarated to have escaped her parents and the confines of their stifling Virginia home, Muriel has lingering questions about why the senator has chosen her for this grand adventure. Nevertheless, she blossoms in her new surroundings, soaking up Parisian culture and capturing the sights and sounds of Paris on her camera. But events take a dangerous turn when she discovers that the senator is on a mission far more momentous – and potentially deadly – than a mere shopping trip.
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