Ronald Knox

Ronald Knox
by Fr Ashley Beck

One of the greatest modern Catholic writers of apologetics.

Born into a high-achieving Anglican family and succeeding brilliantly at Eton and Oxford, it was as an Anglican clergyman (during the First World War years) that Knox began his celebrated conversion to Catholicism. Fr Beck describes Knox’s intellectual and pastoral journey and the increasing impact it had on Anglicans and Catholics alike. Knox’s prodigious gifts as a writer of apologetics, speaker and broadcaster, and his great work of translating the Bible into English, contributed greatly to the life of the Church and remain his lasting legacy. He died in 1957.

Father Beck is Assistant Priest of Beckenham in the Archdiocese of Southwark. He is also Dean of Studies of the Permanent Diaconate Formation Programme for nine dioceses in southern England and Wales, and Chair of the national Conference of Diaconate Directors and Deacon Delegates.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 64 pages
Product Code: B710
Price: £1.95


Louis and Zélie Martin

Louis and Zélie Martin
Parents of Thérèse of Lisieux
by Fr Paulinus Redmond

Thérèse of Lisieux is one of the world’s best known saints and a Doctor of the Church. Her four sisters alSO also entered convents. What kind of family life fostered so many vocations and such a great saint? Thérèse’s parents Louis and Zélie Martin lived a full life: they were business people, experienced joys and tragedies, including the loss of children, of a wife to cancer and the suffering of mental illness. They made mistakes but lived a life deeply grounded in prayer, faith and a great love for the Church. Fr Redmond uses letters and many biographical details to describe the soil in which the ‘Little Flower’ grew.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 76 pages
Product Code: B709
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Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day
by Fr Ashley Beck

Controversial in life, and even in death, many believe Dorothy Day, who died in 1980, to be a modern-day saint. An American, journalist and political activist who converted to Catholicism following a profound existential crisis in her late twenties, Day founded the Catholic Worker Movement and Newspaper, dedicating her life to peace, service of the poor and opposition to nuclear weapons. The cause for her beatification is under way. This booklet unravels her life, times and thought and her journey through despair, crises and opposition to find the Risen Lord.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 84 pages
Product Code: B705
Price: £1.95


G. K. Chesterton

G. K. Chesterton
by Karl Schmude

Chesterton was a convert to Catholicism and a prolific novelist, critic, biographer and journalist. Above all he was a defender of the faith and of common sense which he saw in everything natural and good. He debated the great questions that have always preoccupied human beings with other great minds such as George Bernard Shaw and H.G. Wells. But what transpires from the flamboyance and humour of his poetry and prose is a man in love with life and with God, constantly putting his intellect at the service of ordinary men and of an extraordinary God.

Karl Schmude is President of the Australian Chesterton Society and a member of the Editorial Board of the international journal, The Chesterton Review. He serves as Executive Director of the Campion Foundation.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 52 pages
Product Code: B704
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Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa
by Jim Gallagher

As Agnes Bojaxhiu left her home in Albania to join the missionary Loreto Sisters in Ireland, she began a journey which would make her one of the most famous women of the twentieth century.

In this short, pocket-sized biography, Jim Gallagher recounts her life of openness to God and of service to those whom the world considered worthless. From her care for the dying in the streets of Calcutta to her defence of the unborn in the West, her life shows the power of true holiness and heroic Christian witness.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 76 pages
Product Code: B672
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John Henry Newman

John Henry Newman
Apostle to the Doubtful
Original text by Meriol Trevor
Revised and expanded by Leonie Caldecott

Eminent Victorian, academic and thinker, Anglican cleryman and celebrated convert, caring pastor and writer, Catholic priest, and Cardinal - these are some of the signposts along Newman's celebrated journey. This refreshing biography reveals a very real and compassionate man who was much more than a writer and polemicist. As a pastor, priest and friend he offered lasting counsel to many people and truly lived out the demands of the gospel.

Newman faced the challenge of his times: rationalism and doubt. In today's climate of scepticism and polarisation, his struggle to maintain a dialogue with the world about him, stands as a beacon of sanity and balance for all who seek truth.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 80 pages
Product Code: B665
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Margaret Sinclair

Margaret Sinclair
by Jennifer Brave

Margaret could well be described said Pope John Paul II, as one of God's little ones, who through her very simplicity, was touched by God with the strength of real holiness of life, whether as a child, a young woman, an apprentice, a factory worker, member of a Trade Union, or a professed Sister of religion. Born in 1900 tenement Edinburgh, the third of six children of a hardworking dustman, Margaret grew up amid war and hard times. She was beautiful, and she was resolute. She knew hard work. She was a disciple of Christ, in season and out. After severe tuberculosis, she was dead by the time she was 25 - Sr. Mary Francis, a Poor Clare nun.

This short life invites us to consider Christ afresh, full of love and tenderness, always fighting for our happiness.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 28 pages
Product Code: B664
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Josemaria Escriva

Josemaria Escriva
by Helena Scott & Ethel Tolansky

Born sixty years before the Second Vatican Council, Josemaria Escriva grew up in a politically volatile Spain, where the Church struggled to dialogue in a fast changing world. This booklet traces Fr Escriva's journey from childhood and family tragedy, vocational struggle and civil war to the personal discovery of his own, fairly revolutionary task of teaching people, ordinary lay people, how to find God in their work. This refreshing account offers moving evidence of Fr Escriva's courage, goodness and originality, and his prophetic contribution towards uncovering the fullness of the apostolate shared by all the baptised, which itself helped prepare the ground for the Council.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 60 pages
Product Code: B663
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Charles de Foucauld

Charles de Foucauld
by J. Frawley

In December 1916, deep in the Sahara, an unknown French hermit was shot through the head and dumped in a ditch. He was 58. An accomplished geographer, linguist and explorer, in youth he had been a disillusioned soldier, atheist and aristocratic playboy. Why at 30 did he abandon family, career, everything, to search for ‘the last place’, close to the poor and suffering? This booklet describes his epic pilgrimage from misery to love and of silent witness to Christ among the Tuareg of the Sahara, including his writings and prayers, and the work being done today by the Little Brothers and Sisters of Charles de Foucauld.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 60 pages
Product Code: B659
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Marthe Robin

Marthe Robin
A Chosen Soul
by Pere Michel Tierney, Martin Blake & David Fanning

What sense can we make of suffering? Can love pass beyond it? Marthe was born into a French peasant farming family in 1902, one of six children. Serious illness marked her adult life. From her twenties she was crippled and gradually paralysed. By 38 she was blind. She died in 1981. She was a stigmatic, and considered a great mystic. Her courage in the face of intense suffering, her writings and counsels are comparable to Therese of Lisieux or Bernadette. This booklet reveals Marthe and her message for today and why she, and the Foyers of Charity she founded - now spreading rapidly worldwide - are a source of joy in today's Church.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 80 pages
Product Code: B652
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Father Damien

Father Damien
Apostle to the Lepers
by Glynn MacNiven Johnston

At 23, Damien de Veuster left everything to work among the lepers of Hawaii. He died there of leprosy at only 45. He was a Mother Teresa of his time, often isolated, and was practically a household name when he died in 1889. Social reformer, courageous, resourceful, obstinate, at times unpopular - certainly. Yet Fr Damien became a leper for the lepers, rejected for the rejected, like Christ himself - rare in a world that wants to eliminate suffering and make everything clean, perfect and beautiful. His life, like the Gospel itself, continues to radically challenge and inspire.

Size: 150mm x 105mm (6 x 4 inches approx.) 56 pages
Product Code: B651
Price: £1.95