Book Review – Joy to the World

For the last two years my habit has been to re-read Pope Benedict XVI’s Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives. Just perfect reading leading up to Christmas to review all the scriptures related to the story of Christmas. After reading a book review by William Newton I have found another book to add to that annual reading. Scott Hahn’s recent book Joy to the World: How Christ’s Coming Changed Everything (and Still Does).In some ways they are companion books especially as … [Read More...]

Book Review – Practical Theology

For some book reviews I am almost tempted just to mention that some author has a new book out and that should be sufficient to pique your interest.Case in point is Peter Kreeft’s new book Practical Theology: Spiritual Direction from St. Thomas Aquinas. This is an author always worth reading. Since he is also a rather prolific author, directing your attention to specific books of his is also worth doing.Peter Kreeft’s books have had a positive impact on my life. His book … [Read More...]

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2 Great Prayer Resources from Word Among Us Press

Last year, when I received a review copy of Abide in My Word and the companion prayer journal, I thought it was a good idea. But you know, the thing is that I'm not a really good journaler. I realize this is one of those great ironies of my life: I'm a writer and I'm full of things to say, but I'm not so great at journaling. I feel about journaling like I feel about stopping what I'm doing to eat: I'll do it if I have to.But these two books, which are available yearly from Word Among Us P … [Read More...]

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Book Review: Wholehearted Living

Nobody recites the old "sticks and stones" nursery rhymes anymore. Today we are quite certain that words have the capacity to leave us scarred. But words can do other things, too. Well-chosen ones give us hope, create connections, and help us perceive our lives more clearly.They can turn our attention toward what is good and what is true.Jennifer Grant, in her new release Wholehearted Living: Five-Minute Reflections for Modern Moms, begins by outlining a few things that get my momsense … [Read More...]

Book Review – The Book of Feasts and Seasons

John C. Wright’s latest SF short story collection is called The Book of Feasts & Seasons.Stories are arranged from the Liturgical Calendar starting with “The Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God.” This provides a thematic presentation of the stories although many of the stories would only generally fit into specific feasts and seasons. All of them are SF stories and include time traveling, contacts with aliens, and even a ghost story. The first story “The Meaning of Life as Told Me by an … [Read More...]

Chastity Is for Lovers by Arleen Spenceley

Chastity Is for Lovers: Single, Happy, and (Still) a Virgin by Arleen SpenceleyMy rating: 5 of 5 stars For some people, the chaste life can raise a daunting question — a question a friend and fellow blogger brought up once in an interview: “Do you ever worry that one day you’ll wake up and discover you are forty-five, still single, and past your sexual prime?”I don’t. In order to worry about that, I would need to believe the purpose of sex is pleasure and that we all better get some whil … [Read More...]

Scott and Julie realize they’re not cut out for the cloistered life …

... after reading In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden. Catch our discussion at A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast! … [Read More...]

Dickens-Mania: The Pickwick Papers and more

The Pickwick Papers by Charles DickensMy rating: 4 of 5 starsAs I continue my discovery of Charles Dickens I thought it would be interesting to go to the book that brought him original acclaim. This was combined with a desire for light reading, which every commenter agrees is what one gets from The Pickwick Papers. I also read G.K. Chesterton's commentary on the novel which points out that, for a comic novel, it has a great deal of truth about people especially after Sam Weller's … [Read More...]


App Review – Divine Office 2

Ever since I abandoned the 4-Volume set of the Liturgy of the Hours for mobile app versions I am still always on the prowl for newer apps and updates. The original entry in this field was iBreviary by Fr. Padrini. While good enough I was never happy with the daily update mechanism and the app itself has not been updated for a year and a half.I had been interested in the Universalis app, but at almost $30 dollars at the time I stuck with iBreviary. This changed when I got the first iPad and … [Read More...]

Book Review – Behold Your Mother

After listening to Tim Staples for many years on Catholic Answers I was always hoping he would finally get around to writing a book. He has produced lots of audio CDs along with one book containing a collection of his excellent columns in This Rock (now renamed) magazine. So I finally got my wish with Behold Your Mother - A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines.The Marian doctrines and the high place Mary occupies for Catholics was never really a problem with me during my … [Read More...]