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Pete Socks is a converted Catholic still learning the faith after 21 years. He continues to learn the riches of our Faith through books. The passion to read has led to his ministry as a book reviewer for leading Catholic publishers. You can find his reviews and author interviews at The Catholic Book Blogger on the Patheos Catholic portal (www.catholicbookblogger.com).

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Off the Shelf with Pete Socks - Episode 99 with Fr. Mark Toups (Nov 17th, 2018)

We haven't dived into our Thanksgiving feasts yet but this week we are going to talk about Advent. I wanted to give everyone the opportunity to get their hands on the excellent Advent journal from Fr Mark Toups Rejoice: Advent Meditations with Mary. Fr Mark and I take a look at why it is important to include Mary in our Advent journey to Christmas, why Christmas day is an event rather than a single 24 hour occurrence, and how we can effectively dive into scripture to build a lifelong rewardin...

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Off the Shelf with Pete Socks - Episode 98 with Leilla Miller (Nov 9th, 2018)

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Off the Shelf with Pete Socks - Episode 97 with John Michael Talbot (Nov 3rd, 2018)

This week's guest requires no introduction. After four decades, fifty-plus albums, and thirty-plus books John Michael Talbot is one of the most beloved artists in Christian music today. Join as we discuss some of the life lessons he has learned along the way and that he shares in his latest book Lessons from a Troubadour: A Lifetime of Parables, Prose, and Stories

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Off the Shelf with Pete Socks - Episode 96 with Catherine O'Donnell (Oct 26th, 2018)

This week it's all about the first native-born American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton. Author Catherine O'Doneell has penned one of the most comprehensive biographies on this great saint in recent memory. Join us a s we discuss the hardships and ultimate triumphs realized by Elizabeth Seton. 

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Off the Shelf with Pete Socks - Episode 95 with Allison Gingras (Oct 19th, 2018)

Journaling seems to be all the craze these days and my dear friend Allison Gingras has brought her own spin to the options available with her new Stay Connected Journals. The series, currently at three, includes her own book The Gift of Invitation: 7 Ways That Jesus Invites You to a Life of Grace. Join us as we take a look at each of those seven invitations, as well as discussing Allison’s favorite places to journal and the impact journaling has had on her faith journey. By the end of the sho...

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Off the Shelf with Pete Socks - Episode 94 with Moira Noonan (Oct 12th, 2018)

New Age thought and the New Age Movement is  a very dangerous playground to dabble in. The entire focus of New Agers is to bring the attention towards oneself making YOU the God of your life. Moira Noonan understands this because she was heavily involved in the New Age Movement for years until the Blessed Mother rescued her. Listen in as Moira and I discuss her journey which she details in her book Ransomed from Darkness: The New Age, Christian Faith and the Battle for Souls.


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Off the Shelf with Pete Socks - Episode 93 with Bert Ghezzi (Oct 5th, 2018)

In the current climate of the Church today many may be feeling a mix of emotions. Hurt, confusion, sorrow, and maybe even anger. In his recently re-released book The Angry Christian: A Bible-based Strategy to Care and Discipline a Valuable Emotion, Bert Ghezzi offers some solid advice on how to rein in this emotion and make it useful. Join us as Bert and I discuss anger and how we can effectively apply it to the current crisis in the Church and in our everyday lives as well.

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Off the Shelf with Pete Socks - Episode 92 with Jeff Cavins (Sep 28th, 2018)

Papa's got a brand new bag....or Bible in this case. Over the years I have had the opportunity to check out and review many Bibles. Recently I got the chance to get my hands on the new The Great Adventure Bible from Ascension Press. What I am about to say i don't say lightly. This has become my Bible of choice. Why? Listen in as Jeff Cavins and I discuss what makes this Bible so unique.

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Off the Shelf with Pete Socks - Episode 91 with Fr. Augustine Wetta (Sep 22nd, 2018)

This week Father Augustine Wetta and I take a look at the often neglected virtue of humility. In his book Humility Rules: Saint Benedict's Twelve-Step Guide to Genuine Self-Esteem Father Wetta breaks down Saint Benedict's method into twelve pithy steps for finding inner peace in a way that can be applied to anyone's life. In today's society humility is a rarity. Join us and learn how to make it a part of your virtue toolbox.

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Off the Shelf with Pete Socks - Episode 90 with Tom Lukes (Sep 14th, 2018)

On the episode of Off the Shelf we take a look at God incidents. What are they? These are the little occurrences that God sends our way that. These are the things in life that happen to us that when we sit and think about them we have no other explanation for them then that they were the doing of Him. Join author Tom Lukes and I as we discuss his book God Incidents | True Stories of God Working in the Lives of Catholics.

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Off the Shelf with Pete Socks - Episode 89 with Fr. Thomas Berg (Sep 8th, 2018)

In an engaging and timely interview I spend time this week with Father Thomas Berg author of Hurting in the Church: A Way Forward for Wounded Catholics. As we all come to grips with the crisis unfolding in the Church today I encourage everyone to listen to this episode as we discuss a path forward.

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Off the Shelf with Pete Socks - Episode 88 with Kendra Von Esh (Sep 1st, 2018)

Conversion and reversion stories are fascinating to listen to and watch develop. Hearing what people have stumbled upon that has brought back to the faith can be very fortifying in our own faith journeys. Kendra Von Esh, author of Am I Catholic?, walked away from a very successful life in the corporate world to give her all to Christ and His church. On this episode Kendra speaks about where she has been, how she realized she needed something more, and where her life and ministry goes from here.

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Off the Shelf with Pete Socks - Episode 87 with Teresa Tomeo (Aug 24th, 2018)

Have you ever felt stuck on your faith? You seem to go through the motions but find Mass "boring" or that you simply don't get anything out of it? Don't worry you are not alone. We all encounter these dark nights of the soul. Teresa Tomeo has and she tackles the topic in her latest book Beyond Sunday: Becoming a 24/7 Catholic. Listen in as Teresa gives us some helpful tips on how to become an engaged Catholic not just on Sunday.....but everyday!

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Off the Shelf with Pete Socks - Episode 86 with John Abatte (Aug 17th, 2018)

How can business and faith intertwine in a society that seems more focused om getting ahead then leaving a legacy of true meaning? John Abatte joins us this week to discuss just that. Learn how he built his own business while maintaining integrity and cultivating a deep Catholic faith. Business and faith can co-exist if we focus on what truly matters.

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Off the Shelf with Pete Socks - Episode 85 at the CMN Tradeshow Part 2 (Aug 11th, 2018)

This week we wrap up our onsite interviews from the Catholic marketing Network Tradeshow in Lancaster, PA with authors Virginia Lieto, Kimberly Cook, Maureen Cummings, Tony Agnesi, and Virginia Pillars.

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Off the Shelf with Pete Socks - Episode 84 at the CMN Tradeshow (Aug 3rd, 2018)

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Off the Shelf with Pete Socks - Episode 83 with Josh Miller (Jul 27th, 2018)

Every person has a purpose in life. Sometimes they get confused as to what that may be or mired down in what the secular tells them it SHOULD be. Join Josh Miller and I as we discuss how can help people found their God given talents, particularly youth today. Our future is the next generation and it is our profound duty to cultivate. Learn how on this week's episode.

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Off the Shelf with Pete Socks - Episode 82 with Kaiser Johnson (Jul 21st, 2018)

Most people will say either they have a strong faith life or the have a strong fitness regimen, few say they have both. In his book Grit & Glory, Kaiser Johnson shows readers how to have BOTH. To assume we can separate the soul from the body and view them as two independent entities is a falsehood. Listen in as Kaiser and I discuss how both body and soul are intimately intertwined and how you can become more disciplined in virtue, prayer, and fitness.

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Off the Shelf with Pete Socks - Episode 81 - with Paul George (Jul 13th, 2018)

On this episode of Off the Shelf Paul George and I dig into what is true happiness. In our consumeristic society many people seek happiness through material goods but come up empty every time. As Paul says in his book Rethink Happiness: Dare to Embrace God and Experience True Joy, “I spent the first twenty years of my life seeking things that didn’t satisfy me – things that were counterfeit.” Listen in and learn how to fill that God shaped hole we all have.

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Off the Shelf with Pete Socks - Episode 80 - with Fiorella de Maria (Jul 11th, 2018)

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