Books and Bagels

Books and Bagels

Books and Bagels

Third Tuesday of the Month, 9:15 a.m.,  Ministry Center, Room 7

Join us when the topic intrigues you!  Read the book ahead of time, and come to discuss the ideas that encouraged, inspired or challenged you.

Current and future books are available for sale in the Church Gift Shop (off the narthex, near the front doors off SeaGate).  Also Kristi has a few copies to be borrowed and returned if you're interested!



May 16:             A Good Man is Hard to Find & Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor  

"One Of The Greatest American Short Story Collections.  In 1955, with this short story collection, Flannery O'Connor firmly laid claim to her place as one of the most original and provocative writers of her generation. Steeped in a Southern Gothic tradition that would become synonymous with her name, these stories show O'Connor's unique, grotesque view of life-- infused with religious symbolism, haunted by apocalyptic possibility, sustained by the tragic comedy of human behavior, confronted by the necessity of salvation.

Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964) was born in Savannah, Georgia. She earned her M.F.A. at the University of Iowa, but lived most of her life in the South, where she became an anomaly among post-World War Ii authors-- a Roman Catholic woman whose stated purpose was to reveal the mystery of God's grace in everyday life. Her work-- novels, short stories, letters, and criticism-- received a number of awards, including the National Book Award."

Please note - this is not a "usual" type of spirituality book!  O'Connor's work is very gritty and real, and often violent.  Click below to read some perspectives on why it's still a good choice for a Catholic book club!

Click here for an essay "Grace Versus the Glamour of Evil" from the Catholic Education Resource Center

Click here for a short essay "The Vocation of Flannery O'Connor" from the Word on Fire website.





What's so great about being Catholic?  If you posed this question to the average Catholic, there’s a good chance they’d look a little puzzled and confess, “I don’t know. I’ve never really thought about it.”

Well, national best-selling author Michael Leach has thought about it—a lot! In Positively Catholic, Leach joyfully explores and explains 25 really good reasons for Catholics to love their faith, live their faith, and ultimately share their faith. From Mary to the Mass, from guardian angels to parish festivals, each chapter offers yet another often surprising reason for Catholics to rejoice—and rediscover their faith.

For anyone looking for reasons to be positive about, and encouraged by, the Catholic faith, Positively Catholic provides inspiring ideas that will lead to a stronger engagement with the faith as a whole, to a more passionate participation in the local parish, and to a heartfelt celebration of all things Catholic.


Most of us have a pretty good idea of what we need to do to maintain our physical well-being: watch the calories, exercise regularly, take those vitamins. But how many of us know what we must do to keep ourselves spiritually well? And what are the root causes that lead to spiritual sickness in the first place?  In 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness, best-selling author Joe Paprocki provides a prescription for spiritual health based on the rich wisdom of Catholic Tradition. In each of seven core chapters, Paprocki identifies a specific persistent threat to the health of our souls and carefully explains how that danger manifests itself in our daily lives. Then, in Paprocki’s nondogmatic, inviting style, he offers a reliable strategy for beating that particular “virus” and for experiencing a strong, enduring spiritual health.

At its heart, 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness helps us see Christianity not as a collection of rules and doctrine, but as a spiritual path whose guideposts can lead us to a deeper faith and into a more harmonious relationship with God and others.


June 13:    The God Box by Mary Lou Quinlan  

Subtitled:  Sharing my mothers gift of faith, love and letting go.  "After her mother passed away, Mary Lou went searching for the God Box. But rather than one box, Quinlan found 10 containers stuffed with hundreds of origami-like folded papers. Covering the last 20 years of her mother's life, the notes contained a treasure of brief prayers for family, friends, and people she had never even met. Note by note, Quinlan discovered the greatest lesson her mother could impart: the importance of letting go in order to live. Poignantly written and beautifully designed, The God Box is a gift for every parent, every son or daughter, every person who trusts in the permanence of love and the power of prayer."  (description from  



Past selections include:


April - The Second Greatest Story Ever Told by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC

March  - Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody by Alan Hunt

February  - How God Changes Your Brain by Andrew Newberg, MS and Mark Robert Waldman

January  - Thy Will be Done: Letters to Persons in the World by Saint Francis de Sales


Reaching Out by Henri Nouwen

My Life with the Saints by Fr. James Martin, S.J.

What's so Great about Christianity by Dinesh D'Souza

Five Years in Heaven by John Schlimm

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis