|Two free downloads from Circle Press.|
August 14, 2009. Circle Press has just released new
free study guides to two of its most popular titles:
Strength of a Woman by Amy LeBlanc and The New
Fundamentalists by Fr Daniel Brandenburg, LC.
Strength of a Woman
original book Strength of a Woman is a creative
re-telling of the stories of 11 courageous Biblical women who
used their feminine genius to accomplish difficult missions.
The spinoff study
guide’s 11 chapters are written as meditations with practical applications
for daily life, followed by reflection questions. The study guide
can be useful even if one has not read the
book. Download the study guide here.
Sample text and questions:
or I may never be accused of adultery, but that
doesn’t mean we can’t learn from the silence, courage, and
serenity that Su¬sanna had in the face of this trial.
In silence, we will always be sur¬prised to discover strengths
that we never knew we had. Many times we find
ourselves addicted to noise, afraid to face silence and the
loneliness that comes with it. But there is nothing to
fear in silence if we see it as a place
to encounter ourselves in God. And when we take those
brief moments of silent reflection, we will be surprised to
discover that we really do have the courage and strength
we need to make it through each day…
What do I
most need courage for? Family relationships? Situations at school or
work? Difficulties with friends? Moral dilemmas? In light of Susanna’s
courage, how can I face my fears with more serenity?
The original book The New Fundamentalists by Daniel
Brandenburg, LC, is a resource to help readers understand how
“tolerance” has become the new fundamentalism in today’s world. At
the same time, it also equips readers to engage in
authentic dialogue with secular society.
The companion study guide, which presents
a series of questions to go with each chapter, is
meant to go along with the book. Download the study
1. In recent years, the media provided
exhaustive coverage of new diseases that later proved to be
blown out of propor¬tion. This included the scare over swine
and avian influenza outbreaks, since both strains proved much less
severe and far less widespread than normal, seasonal flu. Meanwhile
several types of sexually transmitted disease infect millions of people
each year, even after subtracting new HIV/Aids cases, but the
media pays almost no attention to these. Sev¬eral STDs are
incurable, life-altering contagions – and all of them are easily
avoided. What factors account for the glaring discrepancy in media
coverage of these two very different public health hazards, new
flus and ever-expanding STDs?
2. Pro-abortion activists nearly always frame abortion
as an issue of women’s rights; they refuse to acknowledge
the dignity of the unborn baby as a human person
endowed with rights of his or her own. “It’s not
a baby, just a blob of tissue” – that’s their
story and they’re sticking with it. But in spring of
2009, for the first time since polling began on this
issue, more Americans identified them¬selves as pro-life than pro-abortion. What
do you think accounts for this turning point? How might
pro-lifers capitalize on the moment so as to win over
more and more hearts and minds?
Circle Press will be
producing more free study guides in the future. Visitwww.circlepress.org to
keep an eye on new releases.