Meet a Reader: Dr. Ray Ramirez, DVM

Christsmas_2012_natalie-rachel-mary-elyse-therese (3)How you know me:

I am a veterinarian and owner of Lakeview Vet Clinic in East Peoria. I am also a part-time Lighthouse Catholic Media account manager. My, wife Kelly and I have five daughters, and we are members of St. Monica parish in East Peoria.

Why I love reading:

I must confess–I do a lot of reading for my profession, but until recently, I did not read much about my Catholic faith.

This changed several years ago when I discovered Lighthouse Catholic Media CDs in a parish I was visiting. That has allowed me to discover a wealth of Catholic authors. Since then, upon hearing an inspiring Catholic speaker either in person, on the radio, or on a CD,  I want to learn more about their thoughts and insights on our Catholic faith.

So, I pick up the book.  I can then continue to ‘hear’ their excitement in their books, and this gets me inspired to learn more.

What I’m reading now:  I just finished reading How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.  I am amazed at how relevant this book is since it was written in 1936.  I find it very helpful as I strive not to argue, but to win souls for Christ.  As Venerable Archbishop Sheen said: “Win an argument, lose a soul.”

I am also re-reading Man and woman, He Created Them by Blessed John Paul II.  These are the 126 audiences that Pope John Paul II gave on what is now known as the “Theology of the Body.”  This reflection has greatly improved my understanding of my vocation as a man and husband, and how to view women – not as society wants or propagandizes, but as God does.

I’m also reading Michael Hyatt’s Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.  This is interesting in the way to use the ‘get noticed’ concept and apply this to our faith. I have found myself searching for ‘best practices’ for business and have been very pleasantly surprised at how this can apply to our evangelization efforts as well.

My favorite books:

My favorite book is The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell.   I was no used to reading non-medical literature, or even faith books, when I listened to this audiobook back in 2004.  Listening to the author read the book,  opened my eyes to how I should use my gifts in a better way as a leader in my family, in our community, and in our parish.  I was convicted and realized I needed a lot of reshaping of my personal mannerisms and techniques.  This book is a must read or listen for anyone who has to make a decision at home, church or work, in my opinion.

Theology of the Body for Beginners by Christopher West is also another favorite. This book helped me to see our bodies as God intended.  This book is a very easy read and I highly recommend it.

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