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This week's "Behind the Counter" Staff Reviews.
Posted by jeremy on 11 August 2011 07:55 AM

Aline, Customer Service Manager

This weeks picks were reviewed by our Customer Service Manager,  Aline.

My Daily Bread
Confraternity of the Precious Blood

An indispensable little pocket sized book to carry with you anywhere for spiritual reading, meditation and prayer. You can open it at any point and receive the wisdom and comfort of Christ, the Friend, the Teacher and Brother. He speaks to the reader as a beloved child of God, helping him to deepen his faith and trust in God. You will read and learn about the principles and practice of the spiritual life. Christ does not always tell us what we want to hear, but, we receive the messages we need to hear in order to follow Him in this life.

I just love this book and have purchased many additional copies to pass along to friends and family or to anyone who might feel discouraged or tempted by those vices that lead us away from God. Also great for someone seeking to grow closer in their relationship with Christ.

Many customers have highly praised this book and I pass that recommendation along to you.


Magnificat Magazine Subscription

Since the removal of the missalettes from so many churches and the background noises that can be so distracting during Mass, the monthly Magnificat Magazine is a wonderful resource providing not only daily mass readings, but also morning and evening prayer and a meditation for each day. You will also find information on the Saint of the day.

A great way to get in your daily reading of the Word of God. The Order of the Mass can be found midway through each missal highlighted by a different colored page border making it very easy to locate the parts of the Mass. Some of the prayers include both the English and Latin translations.

Affordable and convenient with substantial savings on one or two year subscriptions and available in Spanish. I have been purchasing monthly copies for a few months now and have included it as part of my daily spiritual meditation and prayer time.

Also, makes a great gift!


Lourdes - DVD

If you are looking for a dramatic presentation on Lourdes that is substantially different from the rest, this is the movie for you. The action takes place in the life a modern day journalist and his wife and switches back in time to the days of one of his ancestors living at the time of Bernadette Soubirous. It is very interesting to watch as the scenes move you from the present to the past and then back again.

You will follow the lives of journalist Bernard, his ancestor Henri and Bernadette. Without giving the the plot away, the movie is very well done, easy to follow, well acted and different. I really enjoyed the movie and am glad it has now been made available for purchase in the U.S. In Italian, with English subtitles.


Aline is the customer service manager at Aquinas and More and has been with the company for 6 1/2 years. She is a graduate of San Diego State University and has lived in Colorado for 15 years. Aline is an avid reader of spiritual books and has great zeal for her faith.

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This week's "Behind the Counter" Staff Reviews.
Posted by jeremy on 04 August 2011 07:30 AM

Once again we bring you our weekly "Behind the Counter"  staff reviews series with some more picks selected by our Product Manager, Jeremy Oliver.

Jeremy Staff Photo

Jeremy Oliver, Product Manager

The Godless Delusion
Patrick Madrid and Kenneth Hensley

" The Godless Delusion is the essential handbook for those who wish to defend their faith against the modern atheistic worldview. In this book these expert apologists use clear and concise logic and reason to systematically dismantle each and every argument the modern atheist would put forward as "proof" that God does not exist. I recommend this book for all Christians, especially those who are in, or about to enter college, where their own worldview is sure to come under attack."

Blood Money

" This documentary, narrated by Dr. Alveda King, shines the spotlight on the grim truth of the abortion industry. Blood Money takes us back through the history of abortion in America, covering the all the key points including the beginning of Planned Parenthood and the Roe v. Wade decision. This movie is very candid without being overly graphic, and is a very useful tool for raising awareness about this evil industry that has been responsible for the destruction millions of innocent lives."

With God in Russia
Father Walter Ciszek, S.J.

" This is an amazing story! Father Walter Ciszek recounts the events that transpired just before, and during the twenty-three years he spent in Soviet prisons and Siberian labor camps. In his blunt, yet captivating, style Fr. Ciszek relates his struggles to maintain his faith and persevere in his priestly ministry in the most adverse conditions of  Soviet Russia. This real-life tale is both humbling and inspiring."

Jeremy Oliver started with Aquinas and More in October 2010 in the shipping department. He took over as Product Manager in February 2011.

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This week's "Behind the Counter" Staff Reviews.
Posted by jeremy on 21 July 2011 09:56 AM

This weeks picks for our "Behind the Counter"  staff reviews were submitted by our Product Management Assistant/ Customer Service Representative, Nicole Gonzalez.

Nicole Ganzalez, Product Management Assistant/ Customer Service

If You Really Loved Me
Jason Evert

"As a young woman I am constantly bombarded with messages of impurity and immorality by society. It is a sad reality that all young women and men face today. In his book, If You Really Loved Me, Jason Evert answers 100 questions on sex, chastity, dating, marriage, vocations and many more topics. Jason is real with his readers, he quotes from scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, he answers the questions without judgment or being accusatory. This book certainly changed my perspective on dating and courtship as well as marriage. I certainly recommend this book to teens and adults alike."

Courageous Love: A Bible Study on Holiness for Women
Stacy Mitch

"This bible study is wonderful, for a long time I have struggled what holiness looked like, how to live it out in my own life and how to pursue it. This study looks at different women throughout bible history and saints to help you discover what the pursuit of holiness looks like. Granted it looks different for every woman depending on your stage of life, however this is an excellent tool to help in that pursuit. Courageous Love is an excellent study for personal or small group use and even includes a leader's guide. I highly recommend this bible study if you are struggling to understand holiness or even need help in your prayer life. "

Pope John Paul II

"An excellent movie, excellent acting and an excellent portrayal of a most beloved pope. Pope John Paul II follows Karol Wojtyla’s life as a young boy through the end of his life. Cary Elwes and Jon Voight are extremely convincing as the amiable pontiff and lure the viewers into the life of Blessed John Paul II. This is one of my favorite movies and even if you are unfamiliar with the Catholic faith, you will be enraptured with this story!"

As the newest member of the Aquinas and Mores staff, Nicole lends her talent to two departments. She splits her time between manning the store front and helping things run smoothly in the product management department. Nicole is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and a Colorado Springs native.

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This week's "Behind the Counter" Staff Reviews.
Posted by jeremy on 14 July 2011 07:30 AM

This weeks picks were reviewed by our President, Ian Rutherford.

Ian Rutherford, President

Lost Arts of Modern Civilization
Mitchell Kalpakgian

"Ten years ago you could count on people actually responding to RSVPs. Twenty years ago letter writing was still the primary way of communicating. Thirty years ago people actually dressed appropriately for important events. And now our society has collectively lost much of its civilizing and descended to what our ancestors would have called "brutish" living.

This book is a great collection of essays on the restoration of the civil arts that I received from my Dad for Father's Day. Using classic literature as a template, Kalpakgian discusses what used to be the norm and why it was important. The book isn't going to teach you how to write letters or throw a ball but it will give you food for thought about the refinements that we have lost and should try and regain."

Understanding the Revised Mass Texts - New, Second Edition
Paul Turner

"Public Service Announcement: Your Mass translation is changing this Advent. Do you know what's going on? This booklet explains the what and why of the new translation and provides side-by-side comparisons of the major changes. This is also a very economical booklet to purchase for your whole parish."

Square Notes Workbook - In Gregorian Chant

"Contrary to popular opinion, Chant is still the official music of the Church. If you are interested in learning how to properly read and sing it, this book is the best I have found. The book takes you through all of the notation as well as how to properly sing and pronounce what you are singing. It even gets into more advanced topics like modes and rhythm. Each section also has questions to make sure that you understand the topic. Whether you are new to Chant or have been singing it without any formal instruction, this book will be a great aid for your singing."

Ian Rutherford is the founder and President of Aquinas and More. He has a wonderful wife, ten children and dozens of chickens at his little home on the prairie. He can be found commenting on Catholic media on Twitter (@aquinasnmore) and Facebook.


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This week's "Behind the Counter" Staff Reviews.
Posted by jeremy on 23 June 2011 01:15 PM

We continue our weekly "Behind the Counter"  staff reviews series with a few more picks selected by our Product Manager, Jeremy Oliver.

Rod Bennett

Jeremy Staff Photo

Jeremy Oliver, Product Manager

"This book is an excellent introduction to the Early Church Fathers. Bennett focuses in on the history and writings of  four of the Church Fathers, Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr, and Irenaeus of Lyons, painting a vivid picture of the life and teachings of these great Saints of the Early Church. Written in an easy reading style, this book takes the rich history of our Church and shows it's relevance for it's members today."

Be A Man
Fr. Larry Richards

"Fr. Larry pulls no punches, and plows right through all the usual excuses men offer, while providing real, practical steps that any man can take in order to become the type of man God calls you to be.  Reading this book would benefit men both young and old."

The Lily Trilogy
Sherry Boas

"Some of the best Catholic fiction I have ever read! Through three brilliantly written novels, Sherry Boas tells us the Story of Lily, who has down syndrome, and the effect that her life and capacity for love has on those around her.

The first book, Until Lily, introduces you to Lily through the reflection of Bev Greeley who reluctantly raised her and her siblings, and now finds the tables turned as she lives out her last days in a home with Lily as her only source of comfort and support.

Lily's story continues in the second book, Wherever Lily Goes, when Lily's sister Terry moves her family from their home in Minneapolis to Seattle so they can take care of her. Terry soon discovers the enormous effect this sacrifice has on her and her family.

After reading the first two books you won't be able to wait to dive into the final novel of the trilogy, Life Entwined with Lily's. In this last book we pick up the story with Lily's niece Beth, who is struggling with a dark secret from her past. You will be taken through some twists, turns, and surprises to reach the fulfilling conclusion to this trilogy."

Jeremy Oliver started with Aquinas and More in October 2010 in the shipping department. He took over as Product Manager in February 2011.

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This week's "Behind the Counter" Staff Reviews.
Posted by jeremy on 16 June 2011 10:15 AM

This weeks picks were reviewed by our Customer Service Manager,  Aline.

Aline, Customer Service Manager

Abandonment to Divine Providence
Jean-Pierre de Caussade


"Do you seem to be running into one closed door after another? Have I got a book for you!

An absolute treasure of a spiritual classic meant to be read over and over again! I have read this amazing book 2 times already and expect to return to it many more times throughout my life as my own spirituality advances. Through this book, I have learned the importance of living in the spirituality of the present moment.

Easy to read with each chapter divided into several sections allowing the reader to pick up the book even for just a short time to read one or two sections within a chapter for meditation and prayer--

If you find yourself in a state of confusion and your life not going as you had planned, why not turn it over to God the Father for perfect direction?"

“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart , you will find me with you, says the Lord, and I will change your lot..” Jer. 29: 11-14

Diary of St. Faustina

O Eternal Love, You command Your Sacred Image to be painted and reveal to us the inconceivable fount of mercy, You bless whoever approaches Your rays, and a soul all black will turn into snow.” From the Diary Notebook I

"Discover the intimate relationship that a simple and uneducated Polish nun shared with Christ. A truly beautiful look at the immense love and mercy that Christ offers to each soul. The Diary itself contains six notebooks which immerse us in a journey of remarkable holiness of this young girl ever obedient to God's call in her life.

This book is another favorite of mine as I can pick it up anytime and read an excerpt or two for inspiration and meditation. I have found this book to be a real comfort during difficult times. An essential addition to any home or parish library."

Christian Courtship in an Oversexed World
T.G. Morrow

"Courtship? What's that? More than likely, this would be the response of today's younger generation, a group of adolescents growing up in a period when morality might very well be considered a “four letter word”.

Introducing his book with the definition of courtship, Fr. Morrow brilliantly addresses the topics of singleness, chastity in dating, Christian courtship strategies, finding the right person, engagement and marriage. He challenges the reader to radically follow the way of Christ in today's “modern” world as the way to true happiness in this life.

A timely book that carries an appeal to any single person choosing to live their faith. Whether you are 18 years old or find yourself single at 50 years old, you will find valuable information on maintaining your virtue and respect in a day and age when these quality traits are frowned upon. Highly recommended. An indispensable resource for today's singleton."

Aline is the customer service manager at Aquinas and More and has been with the company for 6 1/2 years. She is a graduate of San Diego State University and has lived in Colorado for 15 years. Aline is an avid reader of spiritual books and has great zeal for her faith.




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