Book Review – Advent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Just in time for Advent is Advent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta: Daily Meditations by Heidi Hess Saxton. With St. Teresa of Calcutta’s recent canonization, timely indeed.This devotional is similar to many daily’s. An introductory snippet of scripture, a mediation for the day, a moment to reflect, and a closing prayer. The meditation is centered around an aspect of St. Teresa’s history, quotes, or both. I found the mediations worthwhile considering they are limited to a page or page and a half … [Read More...]

Book Review: Two from Jimmy Akin

Jimmy Akin’s latest release from Catholic Answers Press is A Daily Defense: 365 Days ( plus one) to Becoming a Better Apologist.I have become quite found of books in the format of reading a short page a day. In Catholic circles these usually involve the writings of a specific saint, saints in general, or other spiritual topics. This is a good format that you can always make time for and I have found them to be quite worthwhile.Still I have never seen this format used for a specifically a … [Read More...]

Hostile Witnesses – Book Review

Hostile Witnesses: How the Historic Enemies of the Church Prove Christianity is one of the latest books from Catholic Answers Press and continue their excellence in offerings. I had previously read Gary G. Michuta’s book Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger and was impressed by his thoroughness.This book takes a very interesting tact. It is sort of a compilation of back-handed compliments to the Church. How the assumptions made by her attackers in fact gave credibility to what the Church p … [Read More...]

Guardians of the Louvre by Jiro Taniguchi

Guardians of the Louvre written and illustrated by Jiro Taniguchi and translated by Kumar Sivasubramanian A Japanese artist stops off in Paris on his way home from a conference in Spain. Why not add an extra week to the trip and see the museums of Paris? Unfortunately he gets stuck in his hotel for a few days with an illness. He recovers a bit and heads off to the Louvre. Once inside with the other crowds, he has a feverish relapse. He wakes up in an almost empty Louvre. He's led around to … [Read More...]

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury Eight mid-western boys head out on a great Halloween adventure: to visit an old (and presumably haunted) house on the outskirts of town. Their big problem--they are supposed to be nine boys. Pipkin, the boy who found the house and is their favorite, is missing. Maybe he'll meet them at the house? The house is tall, gabled, brimmed with railings and lightning rods and chimneys. Around back is a gigantic tree with hundreds of candles and pumpkins decorating it. … [Read More...]

History of the Kings of Britain by Geoffrey of Monmouth

History of the Kings of Britain by Geoffrey of Monmouth Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote this fictionalized version of English history that starts with the Trojan War. Aeneas flees from Troy and founds Rome. His great grandson Brutus leaves Italy and eventually founds Britain. The book covers a vast range of time, from the fall of Troy in the 1100s B.C. to  circa A.D. 700. He covers a lot of ground, much of it mythical or at best historically dubious. The highlights for me were his passages about … [Read More...]

Book Review: Discovery

Karina Fabian latest novel is a SF first contact called Discovery.First off there was just so much I enjoyed. I just love the concept of an order of Religious sisters dedicated to rescuing people involved in accidents in space (Our Lady of the Rescue).An apparently dead alien starship is detected in the Kuiper Belt on an asteroid and a team has been sent out to investigate. The “Rescue Sisters” were sought out to join the mission and to provide training and oversee safety.An int … [Read More...]

Book Review: Faith Under Fire

When I received Faith Under Fire: Dramatic Stories of Christian Courage by Matthew Archbold I thought I already had a good idea regarding what it would cover. Figured it would focus extensively on the situation in the Middle East and elsewhere with the focused murder and persecution of Christians in those lands. While that is one aspect, this book is much broader than that important focus.I found stories both familiar and ones I had not heard of. They follow the gamut from some form of … [Read More...]

Book Review: Navigating the Tiber by Devin Rose

There is certainly a wealth of book regarding apologetical arguments to use with Protestants. Some that help you get across these arguments at the personal level. Devin Rose’s new book Navigating the Tiber: How to Help Your Friends and Family Journey Toward the Catholic Faith combines both of these aspects.I really enjoyed how this book was laid out. The first chapter addresses the fact that Protestantism in not monolithic in any way. So it is important to have at least a general idea of the … [Read More...]

Book Review: Paradise by Dante

The Divine Comedy Vol. III: Paradise by Dante Aligheri, translated with an introduction, notes, and commentary by Mark Musa See my reviews of Vol. I: Inferno and Vol. II: Purgatory!Having ascended to the top of Mount Purgatory, Dante the Pilgrim is ready to leave Virgil behind and be led by the love of his life, Beatrice, through Heaven. Heaven is divided into concentric spheres, one each for the moon, the five known planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn), the Sun (in between Venus … [Read More...]