Philip K. Dick’s World … And Ours

So what does Dick have to say about surviving and prevailing in this world? [...] Instead he focused on human decency, as expressed through empathy and sacrifice. In his work, characters often come through by doing the hard thing at the right moment. … This is what Dick has to offer — something beyond mere [Read More...]

A Primer on Philosophy and Education

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of reading a pre-release review copy of Sam Rocha’s new book, A Primer on Philosophy and Education. The book is not (nor does it pretend to be) a general introduction to Western philosophy; rather, it’s an introduction to philosophical thinking, especially as it applies to education—and here [Read More...]

7 Books Mom’s Sure to Love


The first part of this year has seen a quite amazing batch of books coming my way. And since I may not be the only one trying to come up with a few great Mother’s Day ideas, I thought I’d share links to a few of these newly-released books and (not always) brief reviews. The [Read More...]

God’s Favorite Place on Earth


Last week, if you had asked me, in all seriousness, where God’s favorite place was on earth—or if he even had one—I would have probably wrinkled my eyebrows and then defaulted into “Well, duh! Ohio!” as a non-answer. Because, really? A favorite place on earth? For God? Blame the Patheos Book Club (again!) for introducing me to [Read More...]

What I’m Reading: Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word

Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word: Meditations on the Gospel According to Saint Matthew by Erasmo Leiva Merikakis Yes it’s 700 pages and only covers the first third of the Gospel of Matthew. And your point is …? That I might not live long enough to finish all three books? If I don’t finish [Read More...]

American Church: The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America

I am usually rather delighted whenever I find a book to review in my mailbox. When I received American Church: The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America I was certainly eager to read it. This new release by Russell Shaw is put out by Ignatius Press. It seems book subtitles [Read More...]

The Abbey by Chris Culver

The Abbey by Chris Culver My rating: 3 of 5 stars Ever seen those books from the 1960s where one volume had two books, with one printed upside-down and back-to-back with the other? That concept is why wound up with this book. I requested The Outsider from the Amazon Vine program. I found … lucky [Read More...]

Becoming a Great Godparent: Everything a Catholic Needs to Know

Becoming a Great Godparent: Everything a Catholic Needs to Know by Paraclete Press My rating: 5 of 5 stars “I do have one godparent who has really been supportive of me my whole life. She has pushed me to become a better version of myself, and has supported me in the difficult decisions I’ve had [Read More...]

Imitating Mary

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Try to imagine for a second how today’s culture would respond to something like Mary’s yes to the angel Gabriel when he came to ask if Mary would bear the Son of God. Would Mary update her Facebook status? Would Gabriel be tweeting the play-by-play? Would the tabloids be filled with dramatic photos of Mary [Read More...]

Recent Reads: Young Adult & Middle Grade Fiction


I’ve had a reading “crush” on YA fiction for quite some time. And given the number of young readers in my life, I have an interest in it on a lot of levels. In the last couple of months, I’ve read some books that bear mentioning here. These are all worthy of being read whether [Read More...]