Barb Szyszkiewicz

Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, and Secular Franciscan. A freelance writer, Barb serves as Editor for and is a contributing writer to Today's Catholic Teacher magazine. Barb blogs at and shares her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at

Book Review: Playing by Heart

Set in 18th-century Milan, Playing by Heart is a symphony of romance and faith with an undercurrent of social commentary. Will Maria and Emilia’s father sacrifice their futures on the altar of his own ambitions to join the noble class?

Book Review: A Sea without a Shore

You can buy this book and support our Ministry: Canada: United States: The weary, lonely and brokenhearted are the audience for Jeannie Ewing’s new devotional, A Sea without a Shore. Jeannie Ewing often writes on the meaning of suffering. Her...

Book Review: Advent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta

The newly-canonized Saint Teresa of Calcutta is especially compelling, I think, because many of us remember when she was still alive, serving the most vulnerable and needy. Saint Teresa did more than serve, though–she inspired through her words and her example.

Book Review: The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion

The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion edited by Lisa M. Hendey and Sarah A. Reinhard Ave Maria Press (August 2016) The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, a new daily devotional from the CatholicMom line of books at Ave Maria Press, boasts over 80 authors for the 366...

Book Review: Talking to God by Julie Cragon

Get your hands on this new prayer book by Julie Cragon, but don’t read it all the way through. That’s not what Talking to God is for. It’s a small book (on purpose), just right to slide into your handbag for easy reference in prayer emergencies....

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