Walking with Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross

My introduction to Dr. Edward Sri’s writing was a few years ago, when he wrote a thoughtful, bite-sized book about the Mass. His latest book, Walking with Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross, caught my attention in part because I loved his writing so much in that earlier book. Walking with Mary is one [Read More…]

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A Continual Feast by Evelyn Birge Vitz

A Continual Feast: A Cookbook to Celebrate the Joys of Family & Faith Throughout the Christian Year by Evelyn Birge Vitz My rating: 5 of 5 stars At Pentecost a few years ago the usefulness of food for teaching religious ideas really became apparent to me. I was trying to explain to my children what [Read More…]

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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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