Review: Prayer and You: Wit and Wisdom from a Crabby Mystic

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“This is a book about you,” writes Sister Mary Lea Hill on page 1 of Prayer and You: Wit and Wisdom from a Crabby Mystic (Pauline Books and Media, 2014). “I’m willing to bet that many people pick [this book] up because it says right on the cover that it’s for you. You, however, may have picked [Read More...]

Great Summer Reads: The Screwtape Letters

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Though I don’t exclusively read fiction in the summer, I always want to. This summer’s no different, so I thought I would examine some of my favorite fiction reads and share them periodically throughout the summer. First up: The Screwtape Letters. Ah, here‘s an old friend. My battered old copy of Screwtape was marked and dog-eared and loved. It wasn’t [Read More...]

3 Great New Books to Help You Teach Your Faith

3 Great New Books to Help You Teach Your Faith

I’ve been a catechist for over ten years, and in that time I’ve found a number of helpful books. While nothing beats the essentials, I’ve been thrilled recently with the resources I’ve seen published. Here are three that caught my eye and that I just had to share. Totally Catholic!: A Catechism for Kids and [Read More...]

Review: Something Other Than God

I almost always enjoy reading conversions stories as a full length book. While you usually find certain commonalities there are also aspects that flow from the uniqueness of individuals. Grace shines off the facets that can make such stories familiar and new. In this case I am referring to Something Other Than God: How I [Read More...]

On My Summer Reading List: 3 New Ignatius Novels

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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

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...]


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