Review: The Protestant’s Dilemma

The Protestant’s Dilemma: How the Reformation’s Shocking Consequences Point to the Truth of Catholicism by Devin Rose is a rather interesting read.Many apologetics books in this area concentrate on a couple of arguments such as the faults of interpretation such as Sola Scriptura. What I found most interesting is that this book uses a variety of arguments taking the consequences of various Protestant theology to their natural conclusion. That often some of these Protestant premises really pro … [Read More...]

Reviewing The Feasts by Cardinal Wuerl and Mike Aquilina

The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics by Donald Cardinal WuerlMy rating: 5 of 5 stars The Church's calendar is an intricate, complex, and beautiful technology. It is the work of many human hands and human minds trained to deal with holy things. The seasons turn and the feasts interplay like the gears in a priceless clock. They regulate our religious life and enrich our spiritual life.They seem to happen automatically, but only because the Church oversees the apparatus, … [Read More...]

One Bright Star to Guide Them

This week John C. Wright released a novella called One Bright Star to Guide Them.First off, I can't remember being so filled with a novella. I feel as if I read a 400-plus page fantasy novel. So much to unpack from it and think about and the story is really something I want to re-read.It contained an interesting premise where a group of children had previously gone on an adventure together and survived the quest in some instance of fairyland. Now they are adults who have put such ideas … [Read More...]

Booktalk: Jane Austen and Me

NORTHANGER ABBEY. It began with Northanger Abbey. I'm considering reading this on my podcast so I reread it after having done so many years ago.(And then Jesse from SFFaudio asked if I wanted to discuss it in November. Hey, I can tell when a book is haunting me.)I know this was an early work and also that it is not as polished or accomplished as Austen's later books. That being said, I am still very fond of this parody of Gothic literature which reminds us that novels are no substitute … [Read More...]

When the Game Stands Tall

Here's something else on the bookshelf that isn't a book but I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to mention it in a lot of places. And, as I always say, we're all about stories no matter how they are told! Coach Bob Ladouceur: Winning a lot of football games is doable. Teaching kids there’s more to life? That’s hard. Most sports movies show us the underdog team fighting their way to the top by the end.When the Game Stands Tall, however, begins with an unusual premise.It pos … [Read More...]

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Scott wants a semaphore tower and Julie never wants to hear of steam engine valves again.

We're discussing Pavane by Keith Roberts, an alternate history from the times when that genre was new — way back in 1966. With lots and lots of Catholic stuff to talk about! Join us at A Good Story is Hard to Find. … [Read More...]

Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? – Guy Consolmagno, SJ, and Paul Mueller, SJ

Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?: . . . and Other Questions from the Astronomers' In-box at the Vatican Observatory by Guy Consolmagno My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book is structured around a half dozen particular questions we've been asked time and again—questions that are interesting in themselves but that tend also to presuppose a conflict of some sort between religion and science. This intent leads to rich, interesting dialogues. I use the word dialogues intentionally because the b … [Read More...]

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Movie Review: Calvary

We usually just discuss books around here but this movie was unusual enough that I wanted to share it also. Also, there is a brief H.P. Lovecraft inclusion. Is there anything that Lovecraft can't improve? I think not. ============ Not for the faint-of-heart. But simply astounding. A real masterpiece that provides food for thought for everyone from Catholics to atheists. ============"No point in killing a bad priest. I'm going to kill you because you're innocent." Father James … [Read More...]

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin SloanMy rating: 3 of 5 stars “[...] We keep a record for every member, and for every customer who might yet become a member, in order to track their work." He paused, then added, "Some of them are working very hard indeed.""What are they doing?""My boy," he said, eyebrows raised. As if nothing could be more obvious: "They are reading.” Clay Jannon was lucky to find a job at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. Times are hard and jobs are sca … [Read More...]

Children’s Books: Women of the Bible by Margaret McAllister

Women of the Bible by Margaret McAllisterMy rating: 5 of 5 stars "Rescuing animals is only the start of it," said Mother Noah. She scooped up a handful of seeds and placed them carefully in her pocket. "If God wants to send a flood, it's very good of him to ask Noah to put the animals in a boat. But then what do you do with them?"[...]But however hard it [work] was, every day brought something good. On day ten the tigers realized that she was a friend and stopped trying to eat her. … [Read More...]


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