Western Backyard Birds is the ideal portable guide for bird lovers and nature enthusiasts living in the western USA (west of the 100th Meridian). This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 140 familiar species and includes information on attracting, feeding and creating safe habitats for birds to rest and nest. Laminated for durability, this lightweight, pocket-sized folding guide is an excellent source of portable information for novices and experts alike. Made in the USA.
The only sector of clerical and religious growth in the Catholic (Latin) Church is that of the deacon. To these men – and to those in formation – Professor James Keating (a deacon himself) addresses this "self-directed" retreat. Though deacons are many in number, their responsibilities – to their bishop, pastor, diocese, parish, parishioners, families, and the sundry other souls whom they guide – are often overwhelming. 'A Deacon's Retreat' is not a mere stop-gap for a full-fledged 30-day Ignation retreat into the wilderness, but a marvel of how a compressed "taking-time-for-one's-own-soul" can revivify and reanimate the body and soul of the deacon. Its structure based on the deacon's faculties and functions at Holy Mass, the book guides the deacon to prepare for Christ's effectiveness in his life to becoming an icon of peace to those he preaches to. The books concludes with an appendix of prayers for the deacon.