ReadTheSpirit Cover Story: Meet Blessed Solanus Casey whose greatest spiritual gift was humble hospitality

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SOLANUS’ MOVE TOWARD SAINTHOOD IS TIMELY INSPIRATION

A SPIRITUAL SIGN FOR OUR TIMES—We are thrilled to share this timely Cover Story from Patricia Montemurri who was known for years to readers nationwide as a staff writer for The Detroit Free Press. Now that she has left the newspaper, she works on special projects, including this remarkable new book we are featuring today: Blessed Solanus Casey.

Father Solanus could wind up as the first American-born male saint in the official Catholic list of saints recommended to the faithful around the world. That’s an astonishing legacy for a man who was widely known as a monastery “doorkeeper.” Over the years, the greatest spiritual gift of Father Solanus was his humble hospitality. Humility and hospitality are in perilously short supply in today’s dangerously contentious world. That’s why we are so proud that Patricia wrote this column to share with our readers. Please read this Cover Story—and share news of this new book with friends. It would make a great holiday gift for someone you love.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

THANKSGIVINGIt’s not too early to plan for holiday-themed movies, writes faith-and-film columnist Ed McNulty this week. He’s got two suggestions of entertaining but often overlooked movies—one of them a classic from Woody Allen.

NATIVITY FAST—Even before American Thanksgiving, millions of Eastern Christians are beginning their ancient tradition of fasting before Christmas. Stephanie Fenton has the story of this challenging practice—and she includes a news item with links to reports on the split between church leaders in Russia and Constantinople.

HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING—While you’re planning for the holidays, start thinking now about great books for the readers you love. To help, we’ve published an overview of some terrific gift-giving ideas, whatever your year-end occasion might be. And, please, consider sharing this column with friends. Speaking for our entire family of authors: We all hope you’ll join us in encouraging Peace on Earth!

Want to see all the holidays? www.InterfaithHolidays.com

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Click these covers to read the story on publishing trends.

BOOK SALES REMAIN STRONG THIS YEAR

NONFICTION LEADS THE TREND—Our online magazine reaches thousands of avid readers, who will celebrate with us the latest news reports that show book sales growing across the U.S. In this week’s Front Edge Publishing column, David Crumm shares excerpts from several reports. The popularity of nonfiction is the driving force in this trend with books on religion making a strong showing in the sales totals so far in 2018. What about eBooks? Millions of Americans continue to buy and read digital books, so they remain a vital part of any publishing effort—but the vast majority of Americans now prefer to read ink-on-paper books.

Want to learn more about publishing today? Please, share this home address with friends: www.FrontEdgePublishing.com

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FAITH & FILM: Ed McNulty

Click on the movie still to read Ed’s review of Boy Erased.

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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