Hope and Life Press is pleased to present the Theotokos Icons Coloring Book in paperback edition. The book, which is the second in our new series of Christian coloring books, contains 20 original black-and-white traditional line drawings of famous icons of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The drawings are suitable for use by children aged 6 years upwards. Being faithful reproductions of the ancient originals, the drawings can also be used by adults who are starting to learn the sacred and liturgical art of iconography. The Theotokos Icons Coloring Book is available exclusively from the publishers.
The author of this superb work is an award-winning journalist. The book presents 119 top myths about abortion and detailed arguments against them by use of science, philosophy and, when required, theology. Above all else the arguments are logical and any fair minded person will be open to persuasion. The arguments are presented in a clear and concise manner. The book is easy to read.
I finished the book with the strong impression that being pro-life means being pro-woman. The idea that the unborn child is in a state of perpetual conflict with the mother is a myth conjured up by pro-abortionists. Women need to have the support of a culture to help them have the child, says the author. Apart from abortion, other topics include artificial contraception, Natural Family Planning and genetic screening.
Is abortion amoral? No, says the author. The intentional killing of an innocent human being is always a moral decision. Does life start at birth? No, at conception there is a human being with a distinct, unchanging and unrepeatable genetic code. The author also notes that a disproportionate number of female unborn children are aborted: why aren’t the feminists protesting? Continue reading here.
Hope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of the fifth ebook titled What is the Magisterium of the Catholic Church in our new Christianity Series. Intended to educate and suitable for easy reference, this ebook provides an overview about the doctrine of the teaching authority in the Catholic Church.
The Magisterium of the Catholic Church has been much misunderstood by Catholics and non-Catholics alike both throughout history and in present times. Addressing the nature of the Magisterium as defined by Vatican Councils I and II, the Constitution on the Faith, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this book provides a factual and easy-to-understand outline of the basic principles of the Magisterium, what it is and what it is not, and its relationship to Christian believers. It also gives an in-depth look at what constitutes the ordinary magisterium of the Pope, as well as the intrinsic nature of papal indefectibility and infallibility. The Hope and Life Press Christianity Series ebooks are available directly from the publishers and the usual book outlets including Amazon.
Hope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of another two audiobooks: (1) Sonnets From the Spirit by British Catholic theologian Christopher Villiers and (2) Can ‘Just War’ Exist? (Vol. 1, HLP Christianity Series). Sonnets From the Spirit has been narrated by Matt Standley, while Can ‘Just War’ Exist? has been narrated by Michael Goldsmith. Both audiobooks can be obtained from Audible, Amazon and iTunes. Samples of the books are provided below. The books are also available in paperback and ebook editions from the usual outlets and directly from the publishers.
Hope and Life Press is pleased to bring you for Advent the new devotional The O Antiphons: Latin and English with Gregorian Chant, Old Hymnary and Scripture References. The book provides readers with the Great Antiphons, the Magnificat antiphons to be used during Vespers of the last seven days of Advent in the Western Rite of the Catholic Faith. They are also used as the Alleluia verses on the same days during Mass. Each antiphon refers to the prophecy of Isaiah in relation to the coming of the Messiah. The title of each antiphon is one of the names of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and one of His attributes as mentioned in Sacred Scripture. The antiphons are presented in Latin and English, with both Gregorian chant notation and old hymnary music. Abundant Scripture references are given for each antiphon. The O Antiphons is available in paperback and ebook editions exclusively from the publishers.
Hope and Life Press is pleased to announce that the following nine books can now also be obtained through OverDrive:
- The award-winning novel Judging Angels by Tim Capps, Esq.
- The first four volumes of the new HLP Christianity Series: Can ‘Just War’ Exist?, Is Islam a Religion?, Migrants and Refugees in Catholic Social Doctrine, Is the Death Penalty Just?
- The historical fiction (Melitensia) The Jeweler’s Polish by Marie Ann Dean
- The nonfiction book Icons as Resistance: Challenging the New Iconoclasm in the Catholic Church by Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
- The supernatural fantasy The Beast, the Prophets and the Victory by Marie Ann Dean.
- The popular devotional Help for Suffering Humanity: Mary, Help of Christians by Brian Kiczek, D.C.
Hope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of the audiobook edition of devotional Help for Suffering Humanity: Mary, Help of Christians by Mayoral honoree Brian Kiczek, D.C., narrated by William Reese. The audiobook can be obtained from Audible, Amazon and iTunes. A sample of the book is provided below. It is also available in paperback / ebook editions from the usual outlets and directly from the publishers.
Hope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of the first three ebooks in our new Christianity Series, which we are launching in response to several questions repeatedly received over this past year. Intended to educate and suitable for easy reference, these ebooks, shown below, provide summary overviews of hot topics in our current times and present the mind and teachings of the Church in a handy format with regard to the various subject matters addressed. The first three topics are (1) Can ‘Just War’ Exist?, (2) Is Islam a Religion?, and (3) Migrants and Refugees in Catholic Social Doctrine. The Hope and Life Press Christianity Series ebooks are available directly from the publishers and the usual book outlets including Amazon.
‘Just War’ doctrine has been a feature of Christianity since ancient times. But can a war ever be just? Addressing the ‘just war’ concept from its formulation in the writings of Saints Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, through Patristics, The Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, and the writings of modern Popes including Saint John XXIII and his landmark encyclical Pacem in Terris, this book outlines the slow, but steady, movement away that has taken place from the original concept as postulated by the Scholastics. It also presents the conclusions of postmodern Christian leaders on ‘just war’ including those of Pope Francis, the Patriarch Bartholomew I, and the 2017 Vatican first-ever conference on the subject.
Islam has been mentioned for centuries in Christianity. But is Islam a religion or a sect? Addressing the way in which the Catholic Faith has viewed Islam from Vatican Council II onwards, this book outlines the teachings of the Catholic Church about Islam starting with Lumen Gentium, Ecclesiam Suam and Nostra Aetate, followed by the writings of various Popes on the subject including those of Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. It also presents the teachings found in The Catechism of the Catholic Church about the relationship between Catholics and Muslims, as well as the true meaning of the famous saying “Outside the Church There is No Salvation.”
Migrants and refugees have long been considered vulnerable populations within Christianity, but many, Christians included, remain to this day insufficiently knowledgeable about the specificity of the Church’s views on the matter. Addressing the way in which the Catholic Faith has regarded voluntary and forced migration from the time of Pope Pius XII onwards, this book provides the teachings of the Catholic Church about the fundamental human rights of migrants and refugees, commencing with Exsul Familia Nazarethana, Pacem in Terris, and Gaudium et Spes. These are followed by the writings and speeches of various Popes on the subject, including those of Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, in addition to the more structured teachings on as set forth in the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church.
Award winning journalist Angelo Stagnaro offers a version of the Venerable Louis de Granada’s The Sinner’s Guide, for the internet age. Introducing himself as an experienced yet repentant sinner, he explains the foundations of Catholicism’s harmartiology (theology of sin), a theology that takes sin seriously as an offence against life, love and logic, an insult to God and his creation, as something to be avoided at all costs. Stagnaro does not mince words in this book: “There is no way to earn Heaven, but a million ways to merit Hell” (p. 40). God’s gracious mercy is stressed but never taken for granted and he never soft-pedals on matters such as Original Sin which commonly bewilders and alienates moderns. Careful explanations of Purgatory and Indulgences, of Vincible and Invincible Ignorance are provided. The reader is treated to a comprehensive overview of the Catholic context on sin before getting down to sin’s detailed branches. Continue reading here.
Hope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of the book Pursuing Holiness in Today’s World by the National Catholic Register’s award-winning editorialist Angelo Stagnaro. The book has been granted the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur by the Diocese of Brooklyn. Pursuing Holiness in Today’s World addresses the nature of good and evil, the nature of goodness and humility, and how to become holy in our present times. It includes sections on the relationship between love, life and logic, and the foundations of Christianity. An in-depth look is taken at why pain and suffering exist, what sins are and are not, temptations and how to avoid them, as well as the nature of indulgences and how to gain them. A chapter is devoted to the art and science of making a good confession, with different and thorough examinations of conscience based on the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes. Pursuing Holiness in Today’s World is available in paperback and ebook edition from Amazon, directly from the publishers, and from major bookstores. It can also be found at the Vatican libraries.
“One chapter tremendously useful in this book is The Art and Science of a Good Confession. The great truth of our Faith is that we can be completely forgiven if we make a good confession. Preparing for confession is essential for spiritual growth and health, and the exercises provided here, along with the encouragement to trust in God’s forgiveness, is a sign that God’s mercy is an essential part of the message” Maria McFadden Maffucci, Editor, Human Life Review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Angelo Stagnaro is an award-winning journalist with the UN, newspapers and international wire services in the United States of America (US), Europe and Australia. He is the Catholic News Service’s chief correspondent in New York City, the principal liaison for the Holy See, and an editorialist for the National Catholic Register. His major articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Catholic Herald, National Catholic Reporter, America Magazine, and The Tablet among others. Stagnaro is the author of several books on Catholic spirituality including How to Pray the Dominican Way, The Pro-Life Apologetics Manual, The Christian Book of the Dead, and The Catechist’s Magic Kit. A professional stage mentalist and one of the world’s experts on cold reading, he is also the author of eight seminal works on stage magic and cold reading that have been translated into multiple languages. Stagnaro graduated from SUNY-Albany and Kansai Gaikokugo Daigaku with specializations in the Ethnology of Religion, Comparative Asian Religions and Physical Anthropology. He also pursued theological studies at the University of Notre Dame. Stagnaro is a professed member of the Secular Franciscans and has served as RCIA catechist in New York and Singapore.