Books and Authors Page
In our frenetic times, prayer is easily neglected. In partnership with Ave Maria Press, the staff members of the Apostleship of Prayer have been authoring books to enrich the prayer lives of Christians. Prayer is essential to the encounter with God to which we are all called. Our books seek to emphasize the value of prayer, not just to the individual, but to one another, the world, and the Church. All books are available in our online catalog. Or you may order them by calling us at 414-486-1152 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Titles are also available through Ave Maria Press and Liturgical Press.
Fr. James Kubicki, SJ Fr. Christopher Collins, SJ Douglas Leonard, Ph.D. Grace Mazza Urbanski Fr. Will Prospero, SJ
Rev. James Kubicki, SJ, National Director. In addition to being a frequent guest on radio and television, Fr. Kubicki is also a popular conference speaker, retreat director, and parish mission speaker. His areas of expertise include the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Eucharist, the Spiritual Exercises, and the practical spirituality of the Apostleship of Prayer. He is working now on his second book for Ave Maria Press, a volume of daily reflections. Check out his blog, Offer it Up, on the Apostleship of Prayer web site. You may e-mail him at email@example.com.
A Heart on Fire: Rediscovering Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Ave Maria Press, 2012) is a lively introduction to devotion to the Sacred heart of Jesus—showing clearly how the Heart of Christ can be a source of joyful transformation for contemporary Catholics. Fr. Kubicki persuasively and entertainingly explores the spiritual roots of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He demonstrates how the faithful may encounter the Sacred Heart in one another, Scripture, and especially the Eucharist.
Rev. Christopher Collins, SJ, Chair, Apostleship of Prayer Board of Directors. Fr. Collins is a Jesuit theologian, teacher, and scholar at St. Louis University. He has written about the dialogical theology of Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) in a book entitled The Word Made Love (Liturgical Press, 2013), available in our online catalog. Fr. Collins has served on the board since 2009 and as chair since 2013.
3 Moments of the Day introduces three simple, yet powerful daily prayer habits: the morning offering, evening reflection, and contemplation of the Eucharist. These prayer practices are the foundation of Ignatian and Sacred Heart spirituality. Matt Malone, SJ, president and editor-in-chief of America magazine has written: “Fr. Collins shows us how we can meet this challenge [of daily prayer] in an elegant and practical introduction to the Apostleship of Prayer.”
Douglas Leonard, Ph.D. After teaching English in college for ten years, Doug presented one-day and two-day seminars to professional communicators, including judges, lawyers, marketers, managers, and executives. Through his writing, he has helped to raise millions of dollars for nonprofit causes and organizations. Doug served as the Executive Director of the Apostleship of Prayer for 10 years; from 2006 - 2016.
Sacred Reading: The 2016 Guide to Daily Prayer engages readers with the daily Gospel readings of the current liturgical year and presents the traditional spiritual devotion known as lectio divina, or “sacred reading,” in a new way. Inspired by Ignatian spirituality, the Sacred Reading series is a unique guide to praying with Scripture using a six-step process that leads the reader into an imaginative and personal encounter with God. The book is also available in booklet form for Advent and Lent.
Grace Mazza Urbanski is a long-devoted member of the Apostleship of Prayer. Grace served as national director for children's ministry from 2012-2016. During that time she wrote Pray with Me: Seven Simple Ways to Pray with Your Children to help adults who care for children cultivate a habit of prayer with their children. Grace has degrees in English and Theology and spent several years teaching English at Marquette University. She is an energetic speaker, giving presentations to both adults and children. She and her husband, David, have five children.
Pray with Me: Seven Simple Ways to Pray with Your Children gives practical advice on how to help children find opportunities to pray throughout the day. Using warmth, humor, and passion, Grace draws on personal experience to show how families are brought closer together through deeper contact with God. Grace identifies seven ways that parents can use everyday life as a trigger for praying with children. She shows how spontaneous prayer, traditional prayers you know by heart, scripture, song, silence, and reflection help families draw closer to God and each other.
Rev. Will Prospero, SJ (1965-2014) entrusted his manuscript of Eucharistic reflections on the Stations of the Cross to Fr. Kubicki, SJ, who edited them for publication by Ave Maria Press. A long-time Apostle of Prayer and a faithful promoter, Fr. Prospero went to his eternal reward in 2014 after succumbing to cancer.
Stations of the Cross with the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus expresses the deep connection between the Eucharist and the Cross. At each of the fourteen stations, readers are encouraged to offer themselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by uniting their sufferings with his in the Eucharist. The book is beautifully illustrated with photographs of the Stations of the Cross located in the School Sisters of St. Francis's St. Joseph Chapel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Focusing on the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the reflections affirm how Jesus gave up his body--his very heart--out of love for all.