Kresta in the Afternoon – January 14, 2019 – Hour 1

+  Social Science Apologetics: Helping Families Find Time for Christ

  • Description: Families are under more pressure than ever today. School, work, social media, drugs, materialism and other issues all challenge each member of the family and make it more difficult to connect with each other and their faith. The constraints on time alone make it tough for families to even have dinner together! Catholic families are no different; however, they are called to live differently. How can families of all kinds gracefully rise to the challenges they face in the modern world? Greg Popcak joins us with some advice and a special announcement.
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    • Dr. Greg Popcak
      Dr Greg Popcak is Chair of the Online Master of Pastoral Studies program at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He's also Executive Director of Pastoral Solutions Institute and the author of more than a dozen books. He and his wife Lisa co-host More2Life on Ave Maria Radio. Visit CatholicCounselors.com and find his Faith on the Couch blog at Patheos.com.
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    • Parenting With Grace: The Catholic Parent’s Guide to Raising almost Perfect Kids

      Family therapist and parent Gregory Popcak and his wife, Lisa, are back with their second edition of Parenting with Grace: The Catholic Parents' Guide to Raising almost Perfect Kids. This latest updated version continues to guide parents through each stage of child development, from infancy through adolescence, offering additional age-specific advice on "parenting with grace." Practical, faithful, and humorous, Parenting with Grace will help you discover: Seven factors that make Catholic parents unique. How to C.A.R.E. enough to parent your very best Practical, faith-filled solutions to common problems of every childhood stage -- sleep problems, tantrums, faith issues, childhood fears, dating, dealing with technology and media, and much, much more! "This book's uniquely Catholic approach to parenting combines vigorous relational advice with careful theology and plenty of good humor." -- Publishers Weekly (learn more)

    • Unworried: A Life Without Anxiety

      Anxiety. It's practically an epidemic. Twenty percent of Americans suffer from anxiety disorders, and millions more wrestle with worry and stress on a daily basis. For us as Christians, all that worry gets mixed up with a lot of guilt. After all, Scripture tells us, Have no anxiety at all (Phil 4:6). How can we stop worrying and start living an anxiety-free life? As you'll learn in Unworried: A Life Without Anxiety, the answer isn't just pray more or just read more Scripture or, worst of all, just stop worrying. If we learn to respect how God made us, we can build new habits of thinking, communicating, and acting that will help set us free from worry. Dr. Gregory Popcak integrates insights from our Catholic Faith with cutting-edge psychological research to help the anxious reader form a comprehensive plan for conquering anxiety and living a life of true peace. (learn more)

    • Just Married: The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Five Years of Marriage

      Nationally syndicated radio hosts and international family life speakers Greg and Lisa Popcak combine decades of counseling, the latest findings in marriage research, twenty-three years of marriage, and the wisdom of Catholic teaching to offer newlyweds a master plan for creating a strong bond in the first five years of marriage. Recent research shows that now, more than ever, couples doubt their ability to create a marriage that will withstand the test of time. In their newest book, Catholic therapist Greg Popcak and family life coach Lisa Popcak offer their own story and a master plan for creating and sustaining a Catholic marriage that will last a lifetime. Readers will be heartened to see that despite the odds, every couple has the capacity to live happily ever after. They need only commit to learning the critical skills of the first five years of marriage, including: praying together, conflict resolution, stress management, and holy sex. (learn more)

+  How Early Persecution Made the Church Stronger (2 segments)

  • Description: The early Church faced challenges from all sides – outside persecution from the Romans, and inside strife with heretics like Arcion and Arius. But rather than bring down the Church, these challenges made it stronger. The Church Fathers were forced to deepen their knowledge of divine mysteries and strengthen their resolve to resist persecution. We look at their stories with Mike Aquilina.
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    • Mike Aquilina
      Mike Aquilina is the award-winning author of more than forty books on Catholic history, devotion and doctrine, including Villains of the Early Church and How they Made Us Better Christians. His works have been translated into many languages. He has hosted nine television series and several documentary films and is a frequent guest on Catholic radio. Visit fathersofthechurch.com
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    • Villains of the Early Church: And How They Made Us Better Christians

      The early Church faced its share of villains—persecutors like Nero and Julian, heretics like Marcion and Arius. And what good were they? Plenty, say the Church Fathers. The threat of persecution made Christians strong and bold. As noted author Mike Aquilina demonstrates in Villains of the Early Church: And How They Made Us Better Christians, the menace of heresy made Christians smarter—and deepened their knowledge of the divine mysteries. The villains of the ancient world proved the mettle of heroes like Peter and Paul, Irenaeus and Athanasius. Treachery and adversity inspired the Fathers' clearest teaching, most entertaining invective, and more than a few memorable jokes. The time of villains—and heroes—is hardly over. Through Villains of the Early Church, you'll learn how you can keep your good humor through trials and opposition, and all the while grow sharper in doctrine and warmer in devotion. (learn more)

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