By Sr. Rose Pacatte
A Golden Voice: How Faith, Hard Work, and Humility Brought Me from the Streets to Salvation
By Ted Williams (with Brett Witter)
Penguin, New York
$26 hard cover
Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and a Son
By Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez (with Hope Edelman)
Free Press, New York
$27 hard cover
Two books were released in May about what it means to be a man: a father, a son and a grandfather, too. Both are apologias more than memoirs and both have a strong faith dimension and links to Catholicism and Ohio — and addiction. The men in both books became fathers at a very young age. Their stories are extremely honest and reveal details that will surprise and inspire you, and some that may shock you as well. Both books have dual voices and are easy, swift reads that ask us to admit our humanity. They invite us to walk with these fellow travelers to discover humility and the action of grace in people’s lives that will astonish you
I read Ted William’s story first, the “theater of the mind” man with a voice born for radio. Ted was born in New York in 1957 and adopted by a woman, Julia, who always wanted a child, and her husband, Al, who worked his entire career in the same job for an airline at JFK International Airport. His parents were steady, but Ted was a “pleaser” who wanted to be liked and accepted. He was raised Protestant but began going to the Jehovah Witness Kingdom hall in his teens. He went to Catholic school in Brooklyn for a while, too. From the age of 14, he wanted to become a radio announcer. He and his father never saw eye to eye.
A very generous friend donated several books of Adams’ photography for the lending library at the Hospitality Kitchen on Skid Row, two books on John Muir and one other on Baja California. However, they are coffee table books for the most part and quite heavy. So we thought to ask if anyone would like to send an offering for the collection and we will then use that donation to purchase books in English and Spanish for the lending library. If you are interested, please send an email to RosePacatte@gmail.com. We would like these to go as a group to save on postage, but we are grateful for your offer.
For links to the books on Amazon, for descriptions, see the list here. These are all used books.
Ansel Adams Classic Images (hard cover)
Ansel Adams Singular Images (paperback)
Ansel Adams Our National Parks (paperback)
Ansel Adams by Barry Pritzger (hard cover)
Ansel Adams Eloquent Light: The Classic Biography (hard cover)
Ansel Adams An Autobiography (hard cover)
Son of the Wilderness: Life of John Muir (hard cover)
John Muir’s America (hard cover; no dust jacket) (hard cover)
Baja California and the Biography of Hope by Joseph Krutch (Serra Club) (hard cover)
For a film essay by Sr. Hosea Rupprecht and I, visit The Tidings or a slightly different version at Arkansas Catholic.
Please join Sr Gretchen and I, the authors, for this book signing and enjoy the gracious hospitality of the Paulist Book Center in Costa Mesa:
OUR MEDIA WORLD: Educating Kids K-8 about Faith & Media book signing this Saturday, January 30, at the
PAULIST BOOK CENTER
801 Baker Street (just off the 405 after Fountain Valley if going south)
Costa Mesa, CA 92626-4347(714) 545-8021
Sr. Gretchen and I will be on hand to sign copies of our new book!
This free ePrayerbook download from Pauline Books & Media.
Download it here: Prayers for Haiti: A World on Its Knees
Sister Kathrn Hermes, FSP, who edited the book, explains:
“Now, more than ever, we need to stand with our Haitian sisters and brothers, both those in Haiti and their friends and relatives around the world
worried about their well-being.
“This e-prayerbook is a useful way to focus intentions and be in spirit with those who need us most.
“Let’s get this into the hands of millions of people around the world who can’t go to Haiti in person but can pray. The Haitians are giving us an impressive example of faith and prayer. Let us lift up their needs now that they will be able to rebuild their lives, their church, and their nation.
“Tweet it, embed it in your blog, post it on your own site or Facebook page. Use the prayers in bulletins, prayer groups, parishes or in the silence of your own heart.
Here is the link if you want to embed it:
or it can be downloaded from http://www.pauline.org