Barb Szyszkiewicz

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



Book Review: True Radiance by Lisa Mladinich

 Lisa Mladinich’s book True Radiance is subtitled “Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life.” That subtitle! Since I read this book, I guess I’m admitting that I am squarely in the second half of life. Now, I don’t mind the gray hairs that are appearing with increased...

Book Review: A Single Bead by Stephanie Engelman

Author Stephanie Engelman proves that a story doesn’t have to be edgy to be compelling. In the new YA novel, A Single Bead (Pauline Teen, 2016) teenage Kate finds faith in an unlikely way: through the stories of others who have been touched by the prayers of her...

Book Review: Stay With Me by Carolyn Astfalk

Stay with Me by Carolyn Astfalk (Full Quiver Publishing 2015) Catholic author Carolyn Astfalk celebrates the release of her novel, Stay with Me, published by Full Quiver Publishing. Billed as an “edgy Theology of the Body romance,” this book is a nice, thick read at...

Book Review: The Diaries of Joseph and Mary

March is the Month of St. Joseph. What better time to enjoy a little historical fiction starring the Holy Family? Dennis P. McGeehan’s book, The Diaries of Joseph and Mary, invites the reader to journey with Mary and Joseph from their early childhoods until Jesus sets...

Finding Jesus: A CNN Mini-series

Finding Jesus: A CNN Miniseries I’ve always been fascinated by the history surrounding Jesus, and ever since I first learned about the Shroud of Turin while in high school, I wanted to know more about it. When I was given the opportunity to preview the first...

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