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Last-minute gift ideas from Catholic authors

12/16/2016 | Comments

Kristoph and the First Christmas Tree by Claudia McAdam (Paraclete Press)

“Kristoph and the First Christmas Tree” is a beautiful retelling of the legend of St. Boniface, the martyr who became the patron saint of Germany. Set on Christmas Eve in the year 722, a young orphan boy named Kristoph is accompanying the missionary priest Boniface through the Germany countryside. It will be the first time the boy has celebrated Christmas outside the orphanage. When the pair happens upon a group of men worshipping a sacred oak tree and preparing to sacrifice the son of the village chieftain, Boniface’s brave actions change their hearts and give rise to the tradition of bringing evergreen trees into homes to shelter “loving gifts and lights of kindness.” (Available on

Luke and the One Mass by Deacon Patrick Jones

Seven-year-old Luke has just endured days of chaos moving cross country with his family. He shirks responsibility and dashes into the wild winter mountains surrounding their new home, where he becomes injured, lost, and afraid. Desperate, he asks Jesus for help. The form of that help will transform his life, and perhaps even readers' lives, as the timeless truth of Christmas is revealed in a whole new way. (Available in Kindle format on

Knowing God’s Love: 8 Essential Truths Every Catholic Should Know by John LaBarbara (Sophia Institute Press)

In this book, John LaBarbara of the Denver Catholic Biblical School gives clear, concise, and readable explanations of the foundational truths for living the Catholic faith. Organized by topic, LaBarbara has pulled from countless Church documents to present a timely and compelling synthesis of not only what the Church teaches, but how those teachings fit together perfectly in a true unity of faith and truth. Read these pages, and you’ll learn so much more about who God is and who you are, and how fully embracing the Church’s teachings will lead you to truly live the glorious freedom of the children of God. (Available at and

The Catholic Catalogue: A Field Guide to the Daily Acts that Make Up a Catholic Life by Melissa Musick and Anna Keating (Image Books)

The popular mother-daughter team behind the hit website helps readers to discover, rediscover, and embrace some of the smells and tastes, sounds and sensations, holidays and seasons of the Catholic life. This collection of prayers, crafts, devotionals and recipes will help readers make room in their busy lives for mystery and meaning, awe and joy. (Available on and

What Pope Francis Really Said: Words of Comfort and Challenge by Tom Hoopes (Servant Books/Franciscan Media)

In What Pope Francis Really Said, nationally respected Catholic journalist Tom Hoopes explores how Pope Francis is bringing the Catholic Church to bear on a dramatically changing world, not by altering its teachings but by applying enduring truths to new realities in fresh ways. This book takes up the primary themes of the first three years of the pontificate and challenges American Catholics to see the pope and his teachings as a pathway to personal renewal. (Available on and

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