Monday, June 8, 2015

The 2015 #CatholicHipsterBookAwards

Catholic Hipsters love to read. We are a dying bread.

With that in mind, it was only natural for us to start up our very own annual book award. 

For our first ever Catholic Hipster Book Awards, we have narrowed down the giant, amazing list of potential nominees to just five. The only rule was that the book had to be Catholic (even if only loosely so), and had to have been published in the last 365 days. 

With the stipulations set, it's game time!

1. The Catholic Drinkie's Guide to Home Brewed Evangelism by Sarah Vabulas

Our list of nominees kicks off with the most recently released book on the market, the awesome tale of Catholicism and beer from our Twitter pal Sarah Vabulas. This book has it all: the history of alcohol, a chroincal of the enjoying of alcohol in the Bible, and helpful tips on home brewing. If you didn't pre-order this book, you may be a heretic. 

2. Chastity is for Lovers: Single, Happy, and (still) a Virgin by Arleen Spenceley

There are very few writers who are able to get the good news about chastity across as well as Arleen Spenceley. She's funny, accessible, and most importantly, really accomplished at being able to speak the truth in love. I see her get an article about chastity printed in a secular newspaper, and I'm like, "Man, is there anything Arleen can't do?" 

3. The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living by Lisa Hendey

As a Catholic Mom contributor, Lisa Hendey is pretty much my boss, so I'm definitely voting for her. You should consider it too! Learning to say "Yes" to God and everything he gives us is one of the most important lessons we can learn as we journey toward our eternal home. It certainly isn't easy, but with the tips shared by Lisa, you can start to take those small steps toward thanking God and saying yes in all things. 

4. Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World by Brandon Vogt

Remember when Brandon Vogt won our "Hippest Catholic Dad" contest? It turns out, in addition to that accolade, he also writes pretty amazing books. The often misunderstood social teaching of the Catholic Church gets put in it's correct place and context in this book where Brandon gives us the blueprint for being truly Catholic and through that witness and action, completely changing the world.

5. Now What? A guide for new (and not-so-new) Catholics by Patrick Madrid

Too often, Catholic are wrapped in support as they come into the Church, and then left to figure the rest out for themselves once the Easter Vigil Mass comes to a close. It is with that in mind that Patrick Madrid tosses out this book, tackling the issues that don't often come up in RCIA classes. Not  only does this do a great job in reaching out to the newbies, but also to the rest of us who may find that we have been going through the motions since our own baptism. 

So, my dear Catholic Hipsters and lovers of the written word, let's get to the voting. The poll on the right said of the page closes on Sunday at 11:59 pm (my time), and when it is all said and done, we will crown one of these fine works as the Hippest Catholic Book of the Year!

Game on. 

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