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100 Books to Read Before the Four Last Things: The Essential Guide to Catholic Spiritual Classics 2019: A Book of Grace-Filled Days Abide In My Word 2019 : Mass Readings at Your Fingertips
2019: A Book of Grace-Filled Days
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Marie George

Here are short reviews, written by lay people of all walks of life, for lay people equally diverse, that will not only guide readers through our rich heritage of Catholic works on the spiritual life, past and present, but help each select works and formulate a path tailored to their own background, temperament, and stage of spiritual development.
Margaret Felice
2019: A Book of Grace-Filled Days provides a concise and structured way to listen to God's voice every day of the year.
Word Among Us Press

For home or church. Whether used at home or in church, Abide in My Word is a useful aid for following the daily and Sunday Mass Scripture readings. The complete text for each days readings--including the responsorial psalm--is included.

Easy to use and in date order. Abide in My Word covers the entire calendar year of 2019, and because the readings are arranged chronologically by date, they are easy to locate.

A simple way to hear Gods voice each day. The Lord speaks to his people through his word, so the habit of praying with the daily Mass readings each day can provide both strength and refreshment. Abide in My Word also keeps Catholics in sync with the beautiful liturgical seasons of the Church. Over the years, Abide in My Word has become a familiar and treasured tool to thousands of Catholics, and many find it a handy companion to the meditations on the daily Mass readings featured in The Word Among Us magazine.
Join the thousands of Catholics who already rely on Abide in My Word to nourish their hearts each day.
Abolition of Woman , The : How Radical Feminism is Betraying Women Be Brave in the Scared: How I Learned to Trust God during the Most Difficult Days of My Life Be Still and Listen : Experience the Presence of God in Your Life
By Fiorella Nash

For the great majority on both sides of the abortion debate, the idea of a pro-life feminist is the ultimate contradiction in terms. Abortion has become so central to feminist thinking that women who affirm their belief in both women's empowerment and the inalienable right to life can find themselves viewed with suspicion and hostility from both sides. Yet the author of this book is indeed a pro-life feminist, and her insightful analysis of contemporary issues can provide the basis for common ground between those defending human rights.

This book unashamedly calls mainstream feminists, journalists and Western politicians to account for their silence and - in some cases - vocal justification of the persecution of women because of an absolutist loyalty to abortion. It asks uncomfortable questions to those who claim to believe in women's empowerment: Where is their passionate outrage when Chinese women are forcibly aborted and sterilised? Where is their concern for the thousands of baby girls killed by abortion every year because their lives are held as worthless simply for being female? What about the thousands of women used as surrogates for wealthy Western couples, treated as chattels and denied their most basic human rights? But the book also tackles difficult issues for the pro-life side--the need for a sensitive, realistic approach to problematic pregnancies and the importance of confronting the continued exploitation and abuse of women within a sexualised society.

Pro-life feminism is not only possible, it is vital if the complex struggles facing women are to be adequately met. Abolition of Woman is a rallying cry to feminists to stand with the pro-life movement, fighting to build a society in which women are equal and every human life is protected.
"Everyone should read this book. Mary is so funny and real and her words will break your heart open in the best possible way. Through her beautifully conveyed stories, she reminds us that pain will always be a part of living, but that love always wins."
--Jennifer Fulwiler
SiriusXM radio host and author of Something Other than God
By Amos Smith

The various crises we experience in society and culture today, at their root, reveal a spiritual problem: a profound lack of meaning. The mystical truths revealed in scripture can surely help.

Part One, "Entering the Desert," introduces the reader to principles of awareness, deep listening, and contemplation as essential for "hearing" what Scripture has to say. Part Two details the importance of mystery and struggle in the process of healing from any past or present wounds. And Part Three explores the "undivided heart" that is possible when we come to know God in silence and stillness.

With Be Still it is possible to explore the contemplative dimensions of the Bible, either on your own or in a group setting, as you perhaps never have before.
Benedict Option , The : A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation Beyond Sunday : Becoming a 24/7 Catholic Beyond Sunday : Becoming a 24/7 Catholic : Study Guide
Rod Dreher

From the inside, American churches have been hollowed out by the departure of young people and by an insipid pseudo-Christianity. From the outside, they are beset by challenges to religious liberty in a rapidly secularizing culture. Keeping Hillary Clinton out of the White House may have bought a brief reprieve from the state's assault, but it will not stop the West's slide into decadence and dissolution.

Rod Dreher argues that the way forward is actu-ally the way back--all the way to St. Benedict of Nur-sia. This sixth-century monk, horrified by the moral chaos following Rome's fall, retreated to the forest and created a new way of life for Christians. He built enduring communities based on principles of order, hospitality, stability, and prayer. His spiritual centers of hope were strongholds of light throughout the Dark Ages, and saved not just Christianity but Western civilization.

Today, a new form of barbarism reigns. Many believers are blind to it, and their churches are too weak to resist. Politics offers little help in this spiritual crisis. What is needed is the Benedict Option, a strategy that draws on the authority of Scripture and the wisdom of the ancient church. The goal: to embrace exile from mainstream culture and construct a resilient counterculture.

The Benedict Option is both manifesto and rallying cry for Christians who, if they are not to be conquered, must learn how to fight on culture war battlefields like none the West has seen for fifteen hundred years. It's for all mere Chris-tians--Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox--who can read the signs of the times. Neither false optimism nor fatalistic despair will do. Only faith, hope, and love, embodied in a renewed church, can sustain believers in the dark age that has overtaken us. These are the days for building strong arks for the long journey across a sea of night.
Ready to go Beyond Sunday?

Countless Catholics settle for a faith that doesn't go farther than the Sunday Mass. While essential, dedicating one hour of our lives to Sunday Mass alone won't satisfy our deep longing for more. In order to grow in relationship with God and find purpose and meaning, we must integrate our faith into our lives daily.

Why Not Start Today?

In Beyond Sunday: Becoming a 24/7 Catholic, radio host Teresa Tomeo gets real about what it takes to live a distinctly Catholic way of life. With personal stories and research, this book offers practical tips for seekers in any stage of faith. Beyond Sunday invites readers to pursue an exceptional way of life with steadfast faith every day of the week.

Companion workbook available.
Teresa Tomeo is a syndicated Catholic talk show host, author of numerous books, international speaker, and owner of her own speaking and communications company, Teresa Tomeo Communications, LLC. Teresa and her husband, Deacon Dominick Pastore, live in Michigan and speak around the world about marriage, based on their book, Intimate Graces.

Gail Coniglio is president and founder of Gail Jean Marketing & Media, and she has been working in Catholic marketing and media for over fifteen years. She has been a small-group study leader, facilitator, catechist, RCIA leader, and speaker for more than thirty years. She is a mother of three and has been an active member of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and the Cursillo movement.
Bloody Habit , A : A Novel Building the Benedict Option : A Guide to Gathering Two or Three Together in His Name Call to Mercy , A : Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve
Bloody Habit , A : A Novel
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By Eleanor Bourg Nicholson

It is 1900, the dawn of a new century. For John Kemp, an unimaginative London lawyer, life seems reassuringly predictable yet forward-leaning until a foray into the recently published sensationalist novel "Dracula," united with a chance meeting with an eccentric Dominican friar, catapults him into a bizarre, violent, and unsettling series of events.
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By Leah LIbresco

Building the Benedict Option is a combination spiritual memoir and practical handbook for Christians who want to build communities of prayer, socialization, and evangelization in the places where they live and work.

Beginning when the author was a new convert, she desired more communal prayer and fellowship than weekly Mass could provide. She surveyed her friends--busy, young, urban professionals like herself--and created unique enriching or supportive experiences that matched their desires and schedules. The result was a less lonely and more boisterous spiritual and social life.

No Catholic Martha Stewart, Libresco is frank about how she plans events that allow her to feed thirty people on a Friday night without feeling exhausted. She is honest about the obstacles to prayer and the challenge to make it inviting and unobtrusive. Above all, she communicates the joy she has experienced since discovering ways to open her home (even when it was only a small studio apartment).

The reader will close this book with four or five ideas for events to try over the next few weeks, along with the tools to make them fruitful. From film nights to picnics in the park to resume-writing evenings, there are plenty of ideas to choose from and loads of encouragement to make more room in one's life for others.
St. Teresa of Calcutta

Published to coincide with Pope Francis's Year of Mercy and the Vatican's canonization of Mother Teresa, this new book of unpublished material by a humble yet remarkable woman of faith whose influence is felt as deeply today as it was when she was alive, offers Mother Teresa's profound yet accessible wisdom on how we can show mercy and compassion in our day-to-day lives.

For millions of people from all walks of life, Mother Teresa's canonization is providentially taking place during Pope Francis's Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. This is entirely fitting since she is seen both inside and outside of the Church as an icon of God's mercy to those in need.

Compiled and edited by Brian Kolodiejckuk, M.C., the postulator of Mother Teresa's cause for sainthood, A Call to Mercy presents deep yet accessible wisdom on how we can show compassion in our everyday lives. In her own words, Mother Teresa discusses such topics
as:
*the need for us to visit the sick and the imprisoned
*the importance of honoring the dead and informing the ignorant
*the necessity to bear our burdens patiently and forgive willingly
*the purpose to feed the poor and pray for all
*the greatness of creating a "civilization of love" through personal service to others

Featuring never before published testimonials by people close to Mother Teresa as well as prayers and suggestions for putting these ideas into practice, A Call to Mercy is not only a lovely keepsake, but a living testament to the teachings of a saint whose ideas are important, relevant and very necessary in the 21st century.
Called To Pray : Daily Prayers for Catholic Schools Called: Becoming an Everyday Disciple in a Post-Christian World--A Five-Week Guide Calm in Chaos : Catholic Wisdom for Anxious Times
McClain, Justin

short prayers is arranged by school-year-related themes and can be read by a teacher or student. It is filled with fresh, timely, and meaningful prayers that fit well into any classroom schedule.

Called to Pray: Daily Prayers for Catholic Schools is perfect for use with Catholic school students in grades five through twelve. The prayers are organized into six different themes:

   special school occasions such as the first day of school
   prayers for the school community, including administrators, teachers, coaches, support staff, and students
   prayers for friends and family
   holidays and observances such as Earth Day
   liturgical seasons and holy days
   general prayers for the school year

Four types of prayer are included throughout the book--adoration, contrition, petition, and thanksgiving. Some include class responses. Twenty one of the prayers were written by McClain's students at Bishop McNamara High School in Bowie, Maryland. Traditional Catholic prayers also are included.
Kevin Cotter

Do you feel uncertain about how to share your Catholic faith with others, especially as society increasingly rejects religion? Why not follow examples from the scriptures and saints to guide you?

In this five-week guide to becoming a daily disciple of Jesus in a post-Christian culture, popular speaker, bestselling author, and experienced FOCUS missionary Kevin Cotter presents thirty-five brief and engaging meditations that provide Catholics with the conviction and tools for sharing Jesus with others.
By George Rutler

In these brilliant essays the renowned writer and churchman Fr. George Rutler addresses our current causes of anxiety and our never-changing, ever-new reasons for hope. His writings on the issues of our day are neither pessimistic nor optimistic, because they are infused with the confidence that God grants us his peace and no earthly circumstance can take it away.

With insight and wit, with breadth and depth, Fr. Rutler comments on the confusion in the Church and the chaos in Western societies, which are not without precedent but are on a uniquely global scale. An underlying theme is his dismay at the lack of historical perspective. He says that the gremlin that haunts our times is ignorance and a failure to recall and to understand the trials of the past.
Can We Be Friends? Catechism of the Seven Sacraments Catholic and Curious : Your Questions Answered
Can We Be Friends?
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Catechism of the Seven Sacraments
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By Rebecca Frech

These days more than ever, finding good friends is just plain hard. Even for those who are lucky enough to have found their people, making time to keep friendships strong and healthy can be a daunting task.

Can We Be Friends? tackles the issue head on, taking a fun and honest look at friendship: why we need friends, where we find friends, and even when to let friends go. Author Rebecca Frech details the different types of friends, ways to grow intentionally in friendship, and how to decide which friends really deserve a place in our inner circle. Ultimately, Can We Be Friends? reminds us that authentic, life-giving friendship not only gives us a stable tribe in which to belong, it helps us to become our true self.

With relatable and personal anecdotes, this book will take you beyond the shallow facade of friendship and help you find your people on the other side.
Teach your kids about the sacraments with this fun, new book illustrated with LEGO® bricks and figures! By Charles Pope

Do you ever feel confused, befuddled, or just plain lost when it comes to the Catholic Faith? Do the teachings and practices of the Church leave you scratching your head? Then this is the book for you.

In Catholic and Curious: Your Questions Answered, Monsignor Charles Pope tackles 500 tough questions on just about every subject imaginable. In easily digestible question and answer format, this book covers everything from God and the Bible to the liturgy, the sacraments, Catholic moral teaching, Mary, the saints, and life after death, all organized by topic for quick reference. In this book you'll find not just straightforward answers, but a deeper understanding and appreciation of the truth of the Catholic Faith.
Catholic Traditions and Treasures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia Celebrating a Merry Catholic Christmas : A Guide ot the Customs and Feast Days of Advent and Christmas Christ In The Classroom : Lesson Planning for the Heart and Mind
Helen Hoffner

New converts and cradle Catholics alike are often perplexed by the myriad of devotions, traditions, practices, and beliefs that the Catholic Church has accumulated over the past twenty centuries. Why pray to St. Anthony to find something lost? Why keep a St. Christopher medal in your car? Or why bury a statue of St. Joseph - upside down! - in your yard when selling your house?

In Helen Hoffner's lovingly-illustrated, encyclopedic Catholic Treasures and Traditions, you'll find succinct - and sometimes amusing - answers to these and hundreds of other questions. This delightful book explains the origin and nature of most of the common traditions of the Catholic Faith, as well as the source and meaning of many of the quaint and obscure ones.

From Forty Hours to First Fridays and from Holy Hours to Holy Days, you'll find in these pages an informative, delightful compendium of the Catholic way of life, including information about:

Novenas * Penance * Prayers for the Dead * First Fridays * Votive Candles * Religious Medals * St. Francis Statues * Bathtub Madonnas * Holy Cards * Crucifixes * House Blessings * Prayer Corners * Advent Calendars * Jesse Trees * Marian Apparitions * Vestments * Icons * Divine Mercy * The Sacred Heart * The Liturgical Year * Holy Days * Religious Orders * The Holy See * The Roman Curia * The Divine Office * Holy Oils * Genuflecting * Relics * Stations of the Cross * The Sacraments * The Angelus * Litanies * Patron Saints
William P. Saunders
Celebrating a Merry Catholic Christmas is a treasure, one that offers its riches year after year. It is a valuable resource for understanding and celebrating Advent and Christmas as a Catholic. But, more than providing the historical roots of traditions, such as the Advent wreath and Christmas tree, it also features spiritual reflections and suggestions for practices to enrich your family's Christmas preparation and celebration.
By Jared Dees

If the goal of catechesis is to cultivate an encounter with Christ, why do religious educators spend so much time focused almost exclusively on ideas and not experiences? The reason is that many have never been shown a method that inspires the heart while also instructing the mind. Jared Dees, creator of the popular website The Religion Teacher, shows how applying the steps of lectio divina to teaching can reorient religious education toward encountering the person of Christ rather than merely sharing information about him.

In Christ in the Classroom, Catholic author and speaker Jared Dees applies the five steps of lectio divina--reading/learning, meditation, prayer, contemplation, and action--to the ministry of catechesis. He offers teachers and catechists a practical framework for preparing lessons that broaden the focus of teaching from mostly intellectual learning to also encountering Christ in prayer, reflection, and action. Using this method, students and catechists come to know intimately the person of Christ at the same time that they are learning the tenets and traditions of the Church.

Dees shares stories of success and failure from his own teaching experience and he offers dozens of field-tested strategies, tactics, and teaching methods to effectively integrate the steps of lectio divina into the classroom or other catechetical setting.

Outfitted with these tools, both experienced and new religious educators will feel confident in their ability to teach effectively and lead their students to a life-changing encounter with Jesus.
Christian Married Love Cloud of Witnesses : A Child's First Book of Saints Contraception Deception : Catholic Teaching On Birth Control
Christian Married Love
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Raymond Dennehy

This book presents five insightful essays by well-known theologians and writers who give powerful witness to the truths about love, sex, and marriage illuminated by Humanae Vitae, the prophetic encyclical by Pope Paul VI. The pieces by Hans Urs von Balthasar, Louis Bouyer, and Malcom Muggeridge were delivered at a symposium on Humanae Vitae held in 1978 at the University of San Francisco. In this year of the fiftieth anniversary of Humanae Vitae, Ignatius Press is pleased to re-release this entire collection, masterfully introduced by Raymond Dennehy. At the time of the symposium, Muggeridge was not yet a Catholic and perhaps more famous outside the Church than within it for his colorful career as a leftist British journalist, an Allied spy during World War II, and an unorthodox Christian convert with a remarkable relationship with Mother Teresa. In his essay "Humane Vitae: What's Really at Stake?" he discusses the impact of contraception on the traditional family. In "The Ethics of Marriage", French priest and theologian Bouyer, formerly a Lutheran, contrasts the "would-be theologians who launched incredible propaganda against Pope Paul and his teaching" with non-Catholics and even non-Christians who praised the pope for upholding the sacredness of sexuality and human life. Von Balthasar, a Swiss priest and theologian later named a Cardinal by Pope John Paul II, offers a profound meditation on Ephesians 5:21–23. The book concludes with an introduction to Love and Responsibility by Karol Wojtyla (John Paul II).
Cloud of Witnesses: A Child's First Book of Saints will be your child's favorite introduction to friendship with the saints in heaven--and probably yours, too!

Katie Warner
By Patrick Coffin

The Contraception Deception: Catholic Teaching on Birth Control by author Patrick Coffin is a comprehensive assessment of the Church's sexual ethic. In this expanded revised edition of Sex Au Naturel: What It is and Why It's Good for Your Marriage, Coffin demonstrates how the rejection of Humanae Vitae impacts more than just our national birthrates.

With relevant insight into the development and reception of Paul VI's landmark 1968 encyclical, Coffin explains why Humanae Vitae is more timely than ever. In The Contraception Deception, you'll learn where exactly the Bible teaches against birth control, the differences between contraception and natural family planning (hint: they're more profound than you think), why other reproductive technologies fall short of God's vision for marriage and family, and-most importantly-how to rely on the ever-present grace of God rather than your own strength in faithfully following this challenging, life-giving aspect of Christian discipleship.
Cries of Jesus From the Cross , The : An Anthology Daily Devotions for Advent 2018 ( Living Gospel ) Death by Minivan
Death by Minivan
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by Fulton J. Sheen

As death approaches, the human heart speaks its greatest words of love to those it holds most dear. So it was with Jesus who in His final hours gave us seven last “words,” rich with spiritual meaning for every human soul.

For the first time ever, Archbishop Fulton Sheen's complete writings and reflections on Christ’s last words have been compiled into this one book. Sheen shows how the seven words are, in fact, a full catechism on the spiritual life. From them, you’ll learn the secrets to living the Beatitudes, ways to avoid the deadly vices of anger, envy, lust, and pride, and how to cultivate the heavenly virtues of fortitude, prudence, justice, and charity.

Few books are such an inspiring call to sanctity, and few books are such a spiritual powerhouse. With Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen as your guide, you’ll also learn:

   Why, during His Passion, Jesus never proclaimed his innocence.
   Why Jesus appealed to His Father to forgive, but did not Himself forgive directly.
   What Jesus’ third word from the Cross says about lust.
   Why, like Jesus, the most innocent among us must suffer.
   Why darkness covered the earth after Jesus spoke his fourth word.
   The seven words spoken unto Jesus while He hung on the Cross — and what they reveal about the impact of Christ’s Passion on your soul.
   What the Passion says about judging others (and why it’s an assault against hope).
   How the conversion of the good thief is the key to the conversion of our modern world.
   Why you and I can sin a thousand times and be forgiven, and the angels who have sinned but once are eternally unforgiven.
   How envy becomes the denial of all justice and love.
   The difference between the virtue of hope and the emotion of hope.
Greg Kandra

An award-winning journalist, blogger, and deacon offers prayerful guidance from the first Sunday of Advent to Christmas Day through a daily reflection on the gospel reading, a focused spiritual exercise, and a brief prayer that sums up the day's theme and asks for God's blessing.
Renshaw, Heather Anderson

Author Heather Anderson Renshaw, mother of five, is a lot like you. She knows all about the wild, crazy, and often hilarious experience of motherhood. And she feels sometimes like she's barely keeping up "€" and maybe even failing at the whole "mom thing." Thankfully, as she shares in these pages, motherhood isn't a trip that's meant to be taken alone. God's got this, and the more we let him lead, the more we find the fruits of his Holy Spirit taking root in our hearts and in our families.

So buckle up, because you're on the road to a more joyful, more peaceful, more faithful motherhood. Along the way, Heather offers tips for getting past the inevitable roadblocks, the "GPS" for finding your way (it's Scripture), and roadside assistance courtesy of the saints.
Discernment Do's and Don'ts : A Practical Guide to Vocational Discernment Don't Forget To Say Thank You and Other Parenting Lessons That Brought Me Closer to God Doors in the Walls of the World : Signs of Transcendence in the Human Story
George Elliott

Do you feel like God is calling you to...something, but you don't know what? Don't know where to start? Do you find it hard to clear away the noise of life, and apps, and phones and really listen to God?

You're not alone! But, happily, now there is a book to help you cut through the clutter so as to prayerfully discern God's will for your life...that life to which he calls you and for which He created you.
By Lindsay Schlegel

Do you hear yourself saying the same things over and over to your kids?
"Do you need help?"
"Say thank you."
"Wait a minute."

In Don't Forget to Say Thank You: And Other Parenting Lessons That Brought Me Closer to God, Lindsay Schlegel reimagines the common phrases we repeat as parents and applies them to our relationship with God. In doing so, she demonstrates how reflecting on our vocation as mothers can inform and illuminate our role as a daughter of God, drawing us closer to him.

What if we took the statements we repeat to our children and apply them to ourselves?

In Don't Forget to Say Thank You, writer Lindsay Schlegel shares fifteen relatable phrases she frequently uses as a parent and how her faith and life changed when she envisioned God telling her these same things.

When we start to hear the things we're telling our kids as wisdom from God, it's clear that the lessons we are trying to teach our kids are ones we also need to learn as children of the Most High.

Asking her daughter, "Do you need help?" caused Schlegel to reflect on the importance of the Communion of Saints and reaching out for the assistance she needs. Telling her children, "Say you're sorry" reminded her of the necessity of Confession and seeking forgiveness. And pleading that a toddler "wait a minute" while she looked for her crackers forced Schlegel to consider how she needed to have both more patience and more trust that God would take care of her.

Schlegel invites us to apply the same lessons she learned to our own lives as parents and as children of God through reflection questions and a prayer at the end of each chapter. She also suggests saints to whom we can look for inspiration and guidance, reminding us that we are not alone as we strive to more accurately reflect the image of our heavenly Father.
Peter Kreeft

"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."- Hamlet

After William Shakespeare's Horatio sees the ghost of Hamlet's father, and scarcely believes his own eyes, Hamlet tells him that there is more to reality than he can know or imagine, including ghosts.

Hamlet's statement suggests that the walls of the material world, which we perceive with our senses and analyze with our intellects, have doors that open into the More beyond them. Philosopher Peter Kreeft explains in this book that the More includes "The Absolute Good, Platonic Forms, God, gods, angels, spirits, ghosts, souls, Brahman, Rta (the Hindu ontological basis for cosmological karma), Nirvana, Tao, 'the will of Heaven', The Meaning of It All, Something that deserves a capital letter."

With razor-sharp reasoning and irrepressible joy, Kreeft helps us to find the doors in the walls of the world. Drawing on history, physical science, psychology, religion, philosophy, literature, and art, he invites us to welcome what lies on the other side so that we can begin living the life of Heaven in the here and now.