Book Review: Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel

Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love by Dava Sobel Among his other accomplishments, Galileo Galilee had three children out of wedlock. His son was eventually “legitimized” by the Grand Duke of Tuscany; the daughters, probably unmarriageable due to their illegitimacy, became nuns in the convent of San Matteo in Arcetri, a [Read More…]

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Book Review: Between the Wall and the Fire

I recently finished a new collection of short stories from various authors I have not read before. Between the Wall and the Fire edited by Russell S. Newquist, who also provides three stories. “Between the Wall and the Fire – A collection of superversive science fiction and fantasy stories celebrating family devotion, including the stories” [Read More…]

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Book Review: The Walls Are Talking

The Walls Are Talking: Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories is a new book put together by Abby Johnson, the former manager of a Planned Parenthood in Texas. She told of her conversion into the pro-life cause in Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life [Read More…]

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The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun by J.R.R. Tolkien

Old Norse and Germanic tales were a huge influence on J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. He was a university professor specializing in philology, studying ancient languages and texts. Among the works he studied were the old Norse and Icelandic poems (called Edda) along with the later prose work Volsunga Saga. He re-wrote [Read More…]

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Book Review: Richard III by David Baldwin

Richard III by David Baldwin King Richard III (1452-1485) is one of the most controversial kings of England. He was the last of the Plantagenet line and was replaced by Henry Tudor, who became King Henry VII. Richard came to the throne through a mixture of circumstances and deliberate acts. His decision to take the [Read More…]

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Book Review: The Journey of the Mind to God

The Journey of the Mind to God by Bonaventure Saint Bonaventure was a medieval Franciscan theologian. He wrote this brief but dense work inspired by Francis of Assisi, who often focused on seeking peace as a way to God. Bonaventure meditated on this peace and found a way to the mystical contemplation of God. He [Read More…]

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Book Review – When You Suffer

Jeff Cavins latest book When You Suffer: Biblical Keys for Hope and Understanding is aptly titled. Added to the well known “Death and Taxes” should be added “suffering” as something guaranteed for us. Jesus did not say “If you happen to have a cross, pick it up.” It is how we handle suffering that is [Read More…]

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Book Reviews: Handed Down, Saints Who Battled Satan, Messy & Foolish

Handed Down: The Catholic Faith of the Early Christians by Jim Papandrea. Published by Catholic Answers Press. There are plenty of Catholic apologetic books showing the falseness of the idea of Sola Scriptura. As a part of this the subject of Apostolic Tradition is often covered in part. This book goes more in-depth regarding Apostolic [Read More…]

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Review: Thomas More: A Portrait of Courage by Gerard B. Wegemer

Thomas More: A Portrait of Courage by Gerard B. Wegemer This birth-to-death biography of Saint Thomas More has an interesting twist. As it goes through the personal history of More, it stops to review his various writings when he wrote them. Thomas More was the first great Christian humanist to write in English. He was close [Read More…]

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Review: A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. In this post-nuclear-war future (centuries from now), education is something despised. Along with wiping out the government officials (all of whom were blamed for the war), the mobs killed as many intelligent people as they could (who were blamed for giving the government officials the power to [Read More…]

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