Race With the Devil

Over the years I have heard bits and pieces of author and literary critic Joseph Pearce’s conversion story. I always wanted to hear more since the basic details seemed so wild. I usually find conversion stories as a genre fascinating since while there are similarities in each one, there is also a uniqueness to the [Read More…]

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A Hero for the People: Stories of the Brazilian Backlands

A Hero for the People: Stories of the Brazilian Backlands, by Arthur Powers, is a book I stumbled upon. I didn’t expect it to be good, much less at the “write to the author and ask for an interview” level. I didn’t expect much from it. I found myself, about a third of the way [Read More…]

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Sisters in Crisis Revisited: From Unraveling to Reform and Renewal

Having admired the reporting and coverage provided by Ann Carey regarding women in religious life in the United States I had been interested in reading her book “Sisters in Crisis.” Considering this book was first published in 1997 I had wished for an updated version especially considering recent history. So I was delighted to see [Read More…]

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A Land Without Sin

I didn’t expect to read A Land Without Sin in a weekend, so be warned. This is a well-crafted and very compelling novel. The storyline is pretty basic, when I think about it: main character Eva is trying to find her missing brother Stefan. It involves a journey through Central America, some flirting with politics at [Read More…]

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Sam Rocha’s Primer for Philosophy & Education – A Gentle Wake Up Call for Catechists

I accepted a review copy of Sam Rocha’s A Primer for Philosophy and Education with trepidation: Academics tend to write horribly, and philosophers are the worst of the lot.  Well, I found a jewel. Not only can the man write clearly and well, he can think straight, too.  Sam Rocha’s Primer is a treasure trove [Read More…]

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Forming Intentional Disciples

When I started reading this book as part of a summer-long study, I knew it would be a good read and I thought it would be worth the time I was investing in it. It was way more than worth it. It was transformative. There’s something in the air right now, and Forming Intentional Disciples [Read More…]

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Trends in YA Literature

A couple of years ago Steven D. Greydanus wrote an excellent essay A House Divided: Broken Homes, Flying Houses, Divorce, and Death in Family Fantasy Films. I thought that what he had to say was dead on. Some of the movies he discussed were based on children’s books. During the summer the site Sync offers [Read More…]

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Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves

I remember when everyone was talking about Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves, edited by Helen M. Alvaré (Our Sunday Visitor, 2012). Some reviewers I really respect had good things to say about it and I’ll be honest: I believed them. I just had no real desire to read it for myself. And then, then, I [Read More…]

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The Everyday Catholic’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours by Daria Sockey

The Everyday Catholic’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours by Daria Sockey My rating: 5 of 5 stars Awaking the Dawn–Morning Prayer Morning Prayer is one of the two principal Hours of the day on which the day’s liturgy–and our own day–should hang. Hence, the Church’s reference to Morning and Evening Prayer as the [Read More…]

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Five Stones: Conquering Your Giants

You know what I love? That the Bible stories I’ve grown up with stand up to the test of time and yield more than just the story itself. Take the story of David and Goliath, for example. In fact, that’s just what the new book Five Stones: Conquering Your Giants, by Shane Stanford and Brad Martin, [Read More…]

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