Great Summer Reads: The Book Thief

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I read this book almost 18 months ago, and though I read it in the winter, it struck me then as a great summer read. My first reaction to it was something to the effect of: What a read! I LOVED IT! This book was wonderful, though in a “tough topics all around” sort of way. [Read More...]

Children’s Books: “The gospel according to… dog” by Peter D. Ward

The gospel according to… dog: ‘the greatest story ever told’… by a dog by Peter D. Ward My rating: 4 of 5 stars ‘Come Lazarus!’ I have never heard the Wisest One shout so loudly. ‘Come, Lazarus… come out to me!’ again he shouted. The Great Ones [men] all looked at each other uneasily, the [Read More...]

Review: Therese, Faustina and Bernadette: Three Saints Who Challenged My Faith…

Elizabeth Ficocelli is a talented writer and one of her recent books is no exception. Therese, Faustina and Bernadette: Three Saints Who Challenged My Faith, Gave Me Hope, and Taught Me How to Love These are three saints I knew a good amount about and so biography-wise I did not expect to learn much from [Read More...]

The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov

The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov My rating: 5 of 5 stars Like most people on the over-populated Earth, New York City police detective Elijah Baley has little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions. But when a prominent Spacer is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Baley is ordered to help track [Read More...]

Great Summer Reads: Do No Harm

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I’m a biiiiig fan of novels. In fact, I’ve been known to reward myself with fiction after I’ve read some certain number of nonfiction books. I used to think that made me something of a slacker. I mean, surely the great theologians don’t read fluffy stories before bed. Of course the scholars are always immersed [Read More...]

On the Shoulders of Hobbits by Louis Markos

On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis by Louis Markos My rating: 5 of 5 stars We need the truth, but we also need to know how to live in and through and by that truth. What we need, in short, are stories. Louis Markos begins with the idea [Read More...]

Pilgrimage Reading: Grandma’s on the Camino by Mary Wyman

Grandma’s on the Camino: Reflections on a 48-Day Walking Pilgrimage to Santiago by Mary O’Hara Wyman My rating: 3 of 5 stars I included this in my “pilgrimage” reading although I’m planning to go to the Holy Land which is a quite different sort of pilgrimage. Mary Wyman has an entry for each day of [Read More...]

Great Summer Reads: Bleeder

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This is the sort of book that’s hard for me to review, because of the potential for spoilers.  So if I don’t say enough to suit you, let that be supporting evidence that you should read it for yourself.  I received a copy of this book for review, and I’ll admit that the title and [Read More...]

The 13 Clocks by James Thurber

The 13 Clocks by James Thurber My rating: 5 of 5 stars Once upon a time, in a gloomy castle on a lonely hill, where there were thirteen clocks that wouldn’t go, there lived a cold, aggressive Duke, and his niece, the Princess Saralinda. She was warm in every wind and weather, but he was [Read More...]

Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World by Brandon Vogt

Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World by Brandon Vogt My rating: 5 of 5 stars The phrases “social justice” and “solidarity” could hardly have been more unwisely coined or adapted by the Catholic Church in my opinion. From the moment I heard them, they turned me off. I always thought they [Read More...]


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