On My Summer Reading List: 3 New Ignatius Novels

Summer Catholic Fiction Ignatius 2014

There are some names I trust, and Ignatius Press is one of them, especially when it comes to fiction. It doesn’t hurt that they’re unabashedly Catholic. They are releasing good fiction, reliably and consistently. When I see they have something new out, I request it (or, sometimes, I even buy it with my very own money). [Read More...]

The Last Monk of Tibhirine by Freddy Derwahl

The Last Monk of Tibhirine: A True Story of Martyrdom, Faith, and Survival by Freddy Derwahl My rating: 4 of 5 stars When Jean-Pierre appeared at the gate in the late afternoon of my arrival, we immediately embraced each other. He knew what I expected of him—namely, that I hoped he would relate the whole [Read More...]

Starship Grifters

Starship Grifters (A Rex Nihilo Adventure) by Robert Kroese Almost everything about this book amused me. From the title to the cover to the contents. The idea of it was so promising and thankfully it delivered. It is hard not to think about the “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” when reading this book. Although there are [Read More...]

Angels and Saint by Scott Hahn

Angels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God’s Holy Ones by Scott Hahn My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a solid, understandable book that explains the concept and theology of angels and saints. The last half of the book contains the stories of specific saints and angels, along with an excerpt [Read More...]

A classic for our times: reviewing Something Other Than God by Jennifer Fulwiler

Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It by Jennifer Fulwiler My rating: 5 of 5 stars SHORT VERSION: I can think of an awful lot of people who I’d give this book to: Christians trying to understand atheists (like a pal of mine who said, “I just don’t know [Read More...]


Innocence: A Novel by Dean Koontz I specifically bought this book based on an interview with the author and Raymond Arroro of EWTN. When I added it to my Goodread’s reading list I noticed that the ratings of this book were very mixed. As one of my friends noted, that people either loved or hated [Read More...]

Ignatius is offering free fiction to bloggers!

Hey check this out! For a limited time, Ignatius Press is offering bloggers a FREE e-book of your choice of two new novels: The Rising by Bob Ovies Tobit’s Dog by Michael Richard In exchange for the e-book, we ask that you review the book on your blog and post the review on all social [Read More...]

A Few of My Favorite Mary Books


Over the years, I’ve gathered quite a library of Mary books. In fact, they have their own shelf (and, before long, I suspect there will be more than one shelf). Because May is Mary’s month, I thought it would be a good time to share five of my favorites with you. Mary, Mother of the [Read More...]

Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang

Boxers & Saints Boxed Set by Gene Luen Yang My rating: 5 of 5 stars Jen Ambrose’s discussion both introduced me to these books and got me interested. Then I saw that other much trusted readers (the Hodges) were all on board and that got me really, really interested. These are graphic novels which I [Read More...]

Celebrating Mary and Pilgrimaging to Jesus


I love May for a LOT of reasons, not least of which because it’s a month of usually lovely weather. This May finds me reading two books that are helping me appreciate the loveliness of two of my favorite people: Jesus and Mary. One is a book you’d expect to use for prayer, and the [Read More...]