Encounter: A Middle School Bible Study

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My first exposure to Mark Hart was when our youth ministry and director of religious education (who I’ll just call “Kelly” for short) started talking about him a few years ago. I first saw Mark Hart in action last year during our summer Confirmation Boot Camp (which I co-teach), when Kelly used one of his [Read More...]

A Garden of Visible Prayer

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Two summers ago, I bought two copies of A Garden of Visible Prayer: Creating a Personal Sacred Space One Step at a Time, by Margaret Rose Realy. One copy was for myself. The other copy was for my mother-in-law. It went with the handmade rosary Margaret crafted (I wish she sold them online!), and it was a [Read More...]

Heads Up

Patheos is doing a site-wide transition to Disqus. If comments disappear and reappear for a day or so, this is nothing to fret over. Be not afraid! [Read more...]

Walking Toward Eternity

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Walking Toward Eternity: Engaging the Struggles of Your Heart, written by Jeff and Emily Cavins and available through Ascension Press, has me looking at my Bible in a whole new way and even considering studying it in a whole new way. According to the press package, Walking Toward Eternity is a Catholic adult faith formation program that [Read More...]

Review: Pope Francis by Matthew Bunson

Earlier this week Pope Francis written by Matthew Bunson and published by Our Sunday Visitor was released. As I had written when reviewing Francis: Pope of a New World is that you expect some flaws and lack of depth for a book that quickly comes to market. In many ways this book gets passed some [Read More...]

The Bones of the Old Ones by Howard Andrew Jones

The Bones of the Old Ones by Howard Andrew Jones My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the highly enjoyable sequel to the excellent Desert of Souls (my review here). I really enjoyed it and if Goodreads allowed half-stars the rating would 4.5. Asim and Dabir are pulled into adventure when a young woman [Read More...]

The Desert of Souls by Howard Andrew Jones

I read this in 2011 but am posting it now since I just read the sequel! About which more tomorrow! The Desert of Souls by Howard Andrew Jones My rating: 5 of 5 stars The glittering tradition of sword-and-sorcery sweeps into the sands of ancient Arabia with the heart-stopping speed of a whirling dervish in [Read More...]

Not Peace but a Sword- The Great Chasm between Christianity and Islam

Not Peace but a Sword- The Great Chasm between Christianity and Islam is the new book published by Catholic Answers written by Robert Spencer. As the title suggests this is not a soft look at Islam, but it is also not a diatribe against Muslims and a recitation of acts of evil committed by individuals [Read More...]

Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word, Vol. I

Having spent the last week with Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis’ Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word, Vol. I, I’m now ready to give some preliminary impressions: preliminary because I’ve not read the whole thing, or even a tenth of it. But I spent an hour with it on Monday evening, and half-an-hour each morning since, and [Read More...]

This Just In: Selfless: The Story of Sr. Theophane’s Missionary Life in the Jungles of Papua New Guinea

Selfless: The Story of Sr. Theophane’s Missionary Life in the Jungles of Papua New Guinea by Reida Immolata This was a surprise review book that showed up on my doorstep via UPS last night. The cover and photos inside remind me of Story of a Soul (St. Therese of Lisieux’s autobiography). This is not an [Read More...]


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