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Best Catholic Book of 2012 - 2013 Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards Finalists
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The readers of the About.com Catholicism GuideSite have spoken, and the five finalists for Best Catholic Book of 2012 are listed below. Read the descriptions of the finalists for Best Catholic Book of 2012, then scroll down to vote for your favorite!

Best Catholic Book of 2012 Finalists:

  • Drowning in Lemonade: Reflections of an Army Wife, by Lynda MacFarland

    "In poignant reflections—set during the time her soldier and his brigade were engaged in combat operations in Iraq—Lynda shares her experiences of raising her family and loving her husband. Through the gift of her storytelling, she reminds us that God is with us, even in our darkest moments, and we will be ministered to if only we seek Him."
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  • Along the Way: Lessons for an Authentic Journey of Faith, by Randy Hain

    "Living an authentic Catholic life is not easy, especially in our contemporary society that views Christian beliefs in subjective and relativistic terms, yet Christians cannot stand on the sidelines. Along the Way provides encouraging guidance on hot-button topics, including materialism, charity, life issues, reconciliation, and much more. Though these lessons emerge from Hain's personal experience and observations, he applies them broadly to individual and community life within the Church."
    (visit website | compare prices | review this book)

  • Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives, by Pope Benedict XVI

    "The root of these stories is the experience of hope found in the birth of Jesus and the affirmations of surrender and service embodied in his parents, Joseph and Mary. This is a story of longing and seeking, as demonstrated by the Magi searching for the redemption offered by the birth of a new king. It is a story of sacrifice and trusting completely in the wisdom of God as seen in the faith of Simeon, the just and devout man of Jerusalem, when he is in the presence of the Christ child. Ultimately, Jesus’ life and message is a story for today, one that speaks to the restlessness of the human heart searching for the sole truth which alone leads to profound joy."
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  • Navigating the Interior Life: Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, by Daniel Burke, with Fr. John Bartunek

    "What is spiritual direction and my spiritual direction? What are my 'blind spots' and how can I uncover them? What keeps me from all the spiritual riches Christ has for me? How can I better understand where I am in my spiritual progress? Daniel Burke's Navigating the Interior Life will give you the tools you need to understand how and why we grow and die in the spiritual life and what we can do about it."
    (visit website | compare prices | review this book)

  • Style, Sex, and Substance: 10 Catholic Women Consider the Things that Really Matter, edited by Hallie Lord

    "Here is a fresh look at life from the perspective of ten Catholic women who live in the spotlight of the Internet—ten bloggers who keep it real every day with their personal posts relating their triumphs, trials, and temptations for all to see. . . . Each of these women brings a refreshingly open and humorous perspective to growing in faith and improving their relationship with Christ. Enjoy real stories, real struggles, and best of all, real faith and trust that God will bring out the best in all circumstances—whether in the family room, the bedroom, or at work."
    (visit website | compare prices | review this book)

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