Barefoot Summer

It was a quick read and though I found it predictable, it was well-written in many ways and entertaining. I think this book is the very definition of beach read, and though I wasn’t on a beach, it was enjoyable. You’ll meet characters who may feel familiar, because they’re so real. You’ll find yourself pulling [Read More…]

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Love the Lord with All Your Mind . . . Resource Round-Up

It’s Passing on the Faith Month at Patheos, and I’m jumping in with my #1 criticism of parish faith formation in the US today: Treating people like they’re idiots.  Allow me to begin with a word from our sponsor, emphasis mine:  . .  . thou shalt love the Lord thy God with the love of [Read More…]

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Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing Catholicism’s 21st Century Opponents

Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing Catholicism’s 21st Century Opponents is a new book by Radio host Al Kresta. Now I am already thoroughly a Kresta-fanboy in that I never miss his show via podcast (I review his podcast here). This book takes on a variety of topics that might not be a the forefront of [Read More…]

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More Scenes From the Rural Life by Verlyn Klinkenborg

More Scenes from the Rural Life by Verlyn Klinkenborg My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a review book from Amazon Vine. I hadn’t heard of this author but was casting around for something different to read. The idea of reading someone’s collected essays about life on a farm in upstate New York sounded [Read More…]

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Light, Enjoyable Summer Audiobook Listening

I was pretty excited about the chance to listen to audiobooks with my husband, Tom, on our 2,800 mile round-trip driving vacation to Virginia and Pittsburgh. It turned out that Tom, never having listened to an audiobook, was nervous I’d commit us to a 26-hour whale like Middlemarch. Never fear! We went with a light [Read More…]

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Waking Up Catholic: A Guide to Catholic Beliefs for Converts, Reverts, and Anyone Becoming Catholic

The premise behind Chad Torgerson’s new release, Waking Up Catholic: A Guide to Catholic Beliefs for Converts, Reverts, and Anyone Becoming Catholic, isn’t a new one. He wants to help people understand what the Catholic Church teaches. It’s a laudable goal. What’s different about this book than what I expected from another Catholic guide can be found, [Read More…]

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Resurrection Year: Turning Broken Dreams Into New Beginnings

Those who suffer from infertility bear a special sort of cross, and it’s one that breaks my heart. It’s among the pain I wish I could bear for those I love. I don’t wish it on anyone. Our world got so tiny, our vision got so small—confined to the walls of our problems. For us it [Read More…]

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Mysterious Albion (Vatican Vampire Hunters)

While I am not enraptured over the current vampire fiction phase I found Mysterious Albion (Vatican Vampire Hunters) by Paul Leone to be a fairly decent read. The author had contacted me regarding reviewing it and I acquiesced only after he assured me the vampires didn’t “sparkle.”  The author mentions a creative debt he owes to [Read More…]

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The Social Media Gospel: Sharing the Good News in New Ways

The Social Media Gospel: Sharing the Good News in New Ways, by Meredith Gould, is nothing short of wonderful. It’s filled with information that’s useful even to those of us who consider ourselves old hands at new media. Church communications have changed over the last ten years that I’ve been working in a parish, and [Read More…]

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Mackerel Snappers

Mackerel Snappers: How to explain even the toughest teachings about God and his Catholic Church. is a new book written by Spencer L. Allen. I received this book from the author for review. At roughly 350 pages this book is surprisingly comprehensive as sort of a beginners guide to apologetics and answering questions concerning the [Read More…]

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