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The Shepherd's Pie

The Shepherd's Pie

By Antony Barone Kolenc

“A slice of faith for our messy lives.”

This uplifting, ecumenical show uses engaging discussions and positive conversations to offer faith-based insights to help handle the messes that life serves to each of us. It's a practical show offering everyday help for Christians of all ages and at all phases of their faith journeys.
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Developing Spirituality in Our Kids (#64)

The Shepherd's PieApr 16, 2023

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Disability and Faithfulness (#84)

Disability and Faithfulness (#84)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with Becca Wierwille about coping with physical disabilities through the eyes of faith, and we discuss her middle-grade novel, Road Trip Rescue.


Becca's website: https://beccawierwille.com/

Nov 26, 202327:22
Who is Marginalized in My Life? (#83)

Who is Marginalized in My Life? (#83)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with Anne DeSantis about how our faith grows when we aid the marginalized in our churches and communities, and we discuss her book, Love and Care for the Marginalized.


Anne's website: https://www.annedesantis.com/

Nov 19, 202326:57
Self-Destructive Behavior (#82)

Self-Destructive Behavior (#82)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with Tim Shoemaker about his novel, The Second Storm, and how faith can help us combat self-destructive behavior in ourselves and our children.


Tim's website: https://www.timshoemaker.com/

Nov 12, 202327:58
Faith and the Shroud of Turin (#81)

Faith and the Shroud of Turin (#81)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with Bill Snyder about his documentary, Who Do You Say I Am?, and the history and science behind the Shroud of Turin, as well as how it can affect our daily faith.


Bill's website: https://www.patchworkheart.org/

Nov 07, 202327:30
Trusting God When It Hurts (#80)

Trusting God When It Hurts (#80)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with Jamie Ogle about how to trust God when it seems that doing His will hurts. We also discuss her book, Of Love and Treason, which deals with issues of trusting God in the life of Saint Valentine.


Jamie's works are available at her website: https://www.jamieogle.com/.


Oct 22, 202325:60
Faith and Forgiving Others (#79)

Faith and Forgiving Others (#79)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with Claudia Cangilla McAdam about practical ways that faith can help us forgive those who hurt and disappoint us. We also discuss her book, A Miracle for Micah, which deals with issues of forgiveness.


Claudia's works are available at her website: http://www.claudiamcadam.com/.

Oct 15, 202328:27
Faith In Life's Difficult Seasons (#78)

Faith In Life's Difficult Seasons (#78)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with author Melanie Dobson about her novel, The Wings of Poppy Pendleton, and about how faith can help us deal with some of life's most difficult seasons.

Melanie's novel, The Wings of Poppy Pendleton, is available at her website: https://melaniedobson.com/books/the-wings-of-poppy-pendleton/.



Oct 01, 202326:57
Faith and Life's Curveballs (#77)

Faith and Life's Curveballs (#77)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with author Amanda Lauer about her novel, Royal and Ancient, and about how faith can help cope with the difficult curveballs that life throws at our families. We also review the self-help book, Reframe Your Brain, by Scott Adams.


Amanda's novel, Royal and Ancient, is available at her website: https://amandalauer.com/.

Scott Adams' book, Reframe Your Brain, is available at https://www.facebook.com/ScottAdamsOfficial/.

Sep 24, 202326:43
Faith and the Single Life (#76)

Faith and the Single Life (#76)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with marriage and family therapist Annie Harton about the challenges of living as a single person while also maintaining faith in this messy world, including the challenges of dating and loneliness.


Annie's book, Single Truth: You Are More Than Your Relationship Status, is available at her website: https://www.annieharton.com/.

Sep 17, 202326:46
Instilling Faith in Kids Every Day (#75)

Instilling Faith in Kids Every Day (#75)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with author and communications expert Maurice Prater about everyday ways that families can instill the faith into their younger children, and we review Catholic Book Publishing's various books about the lives of the saints.

Jul 30, 202325:28
Bringing the Saints to Our Kids (#74)

Bringing the Saints to Our Kids (#74)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with author and editor Maria Riley about ways to introduce the saints to younger children, and we review the children's series, The Armor of God, by Theresa Linden.

Jul 23, 202327:03
Homeschooling in the Summertime (#73)

Homeschooling in the Summertime (#73)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with long-time homeschooling mom Mary Ellen Barrett about great ideas for the summer for families who educate at home, and we review the children's series, The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Stewart.

Jul 16, 202328:11
Fighting Radicalization in Our Kids (#72)

Fighting Radicalization in Our Kids (#72)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with mother and author Stephanie Landsem about how our kids are radicalized, and what families can do to combat that radicalization, and we review her novel, Code Name Edelweiss, about Nazi radicalization in 1930s Los Angeles.

Jun 25, 202327:58
Keeping Kids in the Church (#71)

Keeping Kids in the Church (#71)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with educator and author D.J. Dixon about the challenges to keeping our youth in the faith today, and we review Why We Are Catholic, by Trent Horn.

Jun 18, 202326:30
Book Clubs for Teens (#70)

Book Clubs for Teens (#70)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with blogger and book reviewer Steven McEvoy about the importance of book clubs for teens, and we review How to Get Better Grades and Have More Fun, by Stephen Douglass.

Jun 03, 202328:31
The Impact of Mass Media on Kids (#69)

The Impact of Mass Media on Kids (#69)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with filmmaker and bestselling author Bill Myers about the impact of movies and books on the development of our kids, and we review his Magnificent Mulligans book series.

May 28, 202327:19
Helping Kids Deal with Change (#68)

Helping Kids Deal with Change (#68)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with spiritual director and author Kimberly Novak about ways to help kids handle change in their lives, and we review the teen book, A Single Bead, by Stephanie Engelman.

May 21, 202324:21
Helping Kids Find Their Identity in Christ (#67)

Helping Kids Find Their Identity in Christ (#67)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with Catholic school teacher and author C.D. "Chris" Smith about ways to encourage our youth to find their true identities in Christ, and we review the inspirational movie, Bright Ones.

May 07, 202321:05
Challenges & Blessings in Adoption (#66)

Challenges & Blessings in Adoption (#66)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with adoptive mother and award-winning author Allison Gingras about the beauty and challenges in raising adopted children, and we review Adoption: Room for One More?, by Jamie Wolfe.

Apr 30, 202327:58
Social Challenges for Youth Today (#65)

Social Challenges for Youth Today (#65)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with clinical counselor and school speaker Julane Fisher about the challenges facing kids today with school and social media, and we review her award-winning novels that affirm positive youth values and identities.

Apr 23, 202328:17
Developing Spirituality in Our Kids (#64)

Developing Spirituality in Our Kids (#64)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with editor, author, and lecturer Gary Jansen about developing spiritual practices in little steps with our youth, and we review his award-winning family picture book, Remember Us With Smiles.

Apr 16, 202327:07
Building Virtue in Our Kids (#63)

Building Virtue in Our Kids (#63)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with cathechist and educator Cathy Gilmore about how to build the virtues in our youth, and we review her Tiny Virtue Heroes book series.

Apr 02, 202328:26
Tips for Aspiring Teen Writers (#62)

Tips for Aspiring Teen Writers (#62)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc interviews book-reviewer and blogger Carrie Schmidt about how teen writers can improve their craft and get published, and we review two children's picture books: Nana the Great Comes to Visit and Everyone Belongs.

Mar 26, 202328:29
The Grieving Daughters' Club (#61)

The Grieving Daughters' Club (#61)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc interviews author and high-school teacher Andrea Bear about how families can deal with grief and the loss of a family member, and we review the series, Adventures with the Saints, by Maria Riley.

Mar 12, 202328:19
Keeping Faith with Disabled Children (#60)

Keeping Faith with Disabled Children (#60)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with author and travel-blogger Denise Mercado about raising a disabled child while keeping faith in the family, and we review It Is Good To Be Here, by Christina Chase.

Mar 05, 202327:15
Faith from a Teen's Perspective (#59)

Faith from a Teen's Perspective (#59)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with Kate Waldyke, part of the YouTube duo, Catholic Mom and Daughter, about her take on faith from the perspective of a teenager today, and we review The Other Side of Beauty, by Leah Darrow.

Feb 26, 202324:53
Protecting Kids from Web Exploitation (#58)

Protecting Kids from Web Exploitation (#58)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with D. Rodney Brown, an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, about how to avoid child sex exploitation from predators on the internet, and we review the website that helps educate kids on web safety, NetSmartz.

Feb 19, 202326:24
Helping Teens Find Value in Lent (#57)

Helping Teens Find Value in Lent (#57)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with Leslea Wahl, co-founder of CatholicTeenBooks.Com, to discuss how teens can engage in the Lenten Season, and we review the short story anthology for Lent, Ashes: Visible and Invisible.

Feb 05, 202328:29
Using Imagination to Teach History (#56)

Using Imagination to Teach History (#56)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with Marianne Hering, author of over 50 children's books, to discuss how imagination and fiction can be used to help kids learn history, and we review The Tree Street Kids series by Amanda Cleary Eastep. 

Jan 29, 202327:09
Turning the Tide of Teen Atheism (#55)

Turning the Tide of Teen Atheism (#55)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with Bryan Mercier, a popular speaker with teens across the nation, about stemming the rise of atheism in our youth today, and we review his site, TheCatholicTruth.Org.

Jan 22, 202328:09
Teens Active in the Cause For Life (#54)

Teens Active in the Cause For Life (#54)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc speaks with Hannah Blosser, the teen president of a national homeschool chapter of Students for Life, about helping teens be more active in promoting a culture of life, and we review the pro-life movie, Unplanned.

Jan 15, 202328:28
A Writing Community for Teens (#53)

A Writing Community for Teens (#53)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc interviews Dominic de Souza, the founder of Legend Fiction, about the importance for teens to have a writing community for self-expression and mentorship, and we review his site, Legend Fiction.

Jan 08, 202328:31
A Parent's Guide to Social Media (#52)

A Parent's Guide to Social Media (#52)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc interviews Evan Barber, a publisher at Axis, about the various social media platform challenges and opportunities for parents and teens today, and they review five of the Axis Guidebooks by Tyndale Kids.

Dec 18, 202226:32
Controversial Saints and Our Kids (#51)

Controversial Saints and Our Kids (#51)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc interviews teacher and author Joseph Lewis about the best ways to speak with kids about controversial saints, and we review Joseph's YA novel, Miracle at the Mission.

Dec 11, 202227:12
Christmas Activities for Our Kids (#50)

Christmas Activities for Our Kids (#50)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc interviews author Mindy Baker about her picture book, Mouse's Christmas Gift, and about creative ways to bring Advent and Christmas to your family, and we review the children's book, Christmas Love Letters from God.

Dec 04, 202226:04
Speaking with Teens About Truth (#49)

Speaking with Teens About Truth (#49)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc interviews editor and author Mary Woods about her novel, Markmaker, and on speaking to teens about the importance of knowing truth and identifying falsehood, and we review Lois Lowry's novel, The Giver.

Nov 20, 202226:45
Speaking with Teens About Evil (#48)

Speaking with Teens About Evil (#48)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc interviews award-winning author Jill Willis about her YA novel, The Demons Among Us, and on speaking to teens about the existence of evil, and we review Sharon Rene's series, Defying Destiny.

Nov 13, 202225:45
Talking with Kids About Church Scandal (#47)

Talking with Kids About Church Scandal (#47)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc interviews award-winning Catholic author Ellen Gable about the best ways to speak with youth about church scandal, and we review Ellen's YA novel, Ella's Promise.

Nov 06, 202227:01
Using Animals to Teach Our Kids (#46)

Using Animals to Teach Our Kids (#46)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc interviews beloved Christian children's author Dandi Daley Mackall about using animals to help teach children valuable life lessons, and we review Dandi's Young Winnie series of horse gentler books.

Oct 30, 202227:59
Evangelizing Our Older Children (#45)

Evangelizing Our Older Children (#45)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc interviews teacher and award-winning author Jim Sano about ways to evangelize our children when they go off to college and beyond, and we review Mary Jo Thayer's YA novel, Close to the Soul.

Oct 16, 202227:27
Top Homeschooling Resources (#44)

Top Homeschooling Resources (#44)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc interviews national homeschooling authority Cathy Duffy about the best homeschooling curricula and other resources available to families, and we review Cathy's latest release, 103 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum.

Oct 02, 202226:50
Ignatian Spirituality for Kids (#43)

Ignatian Spirituality for Kids (#43)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc interviews professional writer Claudia Cangilla McAdam about how kids and their imaginations can benefit through Ignatian Spirituality exercises, and we review The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare.

Sep 25, 202227:58
The Character Club (#42)

The Character Club (#42)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc interviews teacher and author Allie Slocum about building character in kids through her experience and her children's series, The Character Club, and we review Resistance, by Jennifer Nielsen.

Sep 18, 202225:54
Media, Psychology, & Our Kids (#41)

Media, Psychology, & Our Kids (#41)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc interviews child psychologist and dystopian author Jacqueline Brown about the psychological impact of media on our youth, and we review The Green Ember series, by S.D. Smith.

Sep 11, 202227:28
Youth & Vocations (#40)

Youth & Vocations (#40)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc interviews Benedictine oblate and Catholic author Julie Ash about the importance of presenting religious vocations to youth at a young age, and Jen and Kate Waldyke from Catholic Mom and Daughter review Miraculous!, by Kathryn Swegart.

Credits: A.J. Kolenc, original music; Amina Kolenc, graphic design


Jul 17, 202227:57
Kindness, Empathy, & Youth (#39)

Kindness, Empathy, & Youth (#39)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc interviews author and acquisitions editor Hope Bolinger about the importance of encouraging kindness and empathy in our youth, and Hope reviews one of her favorite middle grade novels, Legend of the Storm Sneezer, by Kristiana Sfirlea.

Credits: A.J. Kolenc, original music; Amina Kolenc, graphic design

Jul 10, 202227:58
A Christian Book Fair for Kids (#38)

A Christian Book Fair for Kids (#38)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc interviews mother and entrepreneur Tiffany Fischer about her non-profit organization and the value of having books with Christian morals and values sold to students at Catholic and Christian schools, and Tiffany discusses some of her favorite books that she sells at her book fairs.

Credits: A.J. Kolenc, original music; Amina Kolenc, graphic design


Jun 19, 202227:58
Considering Home Education (#37)

Considering Home Education (#37)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc interviews homeschooling mother and librarian Georgiana Daniels about the challenges and opportunities when considering home education as an option for your family, and he reviews Practical Homeschooling Magazine.

Credits: A.J. Kolenc, original music; Amina Kolenc, graphic design

Jun 12, 202227:58
Youth and the Arts (#36)

Youth and the Arts (#36)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc interviews actor and screenwriter Joseph Mauck about the importance of youth participation in the Arts, and the risks involved, and Steven McEvoy reviews Corinna Turner's YA anthology, A Saint in the Family.

Credits: A.J. Kolenc, original music; Amina Kolenc, graphic design

Jun 05, 202227:59
Reading with Your Kids (#35)

Reading with Your Kids (#35)

In this episode, Antony Barone Kolenc interviews worldwide performer and award-winning podcaster Jed Doherty about the importance for families to read with their kids of all ages, and Jed discusses some of his favorite books for families to read together.

Credits: A.J. Kolenc, original music; Amina Kolenc, graphic design

May 29, 202227:59