Rapunzel Let Down: A Fairy Tale Retold

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I’m pretty guilty of not knowing my fairy tales that well. And I have Regina Doman to thank for not only educating me in the last few years with her Fairy Tale Novels, but for also making them relevant to modern life. Her latest installment, Rapunzel Let Down, is categorized adult fiction (all the others are [Read More...]

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The Quiet Light by Louis De Wohl

The Quiet Light by Louis De Wohl My rating: 5 of 5 stars Having finished G.K. Chesterton’s The Dumb Ox for my book club, I thought it would be good supplementary material to read a more straight forward biography of this saint. Chesterton is amusing and clever and did a fine job of making me [Read More...]

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Creatures of the Abyss by Murray Leinster

Creatures of the Abyss by Murray Leinster My rating: 3 of 5 stars I listened to the LibriVox free audio version, narrated by the wonderful Mark Douglas Nelson. Radar expert and electronic engineer Terry Holt has been recruited by a scientific expedition in the Phillipines to make underwater listening devices. They won’t tell him what [Read More...]

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Youcat Youth Prayer Book

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I wasn’t sure what to expect from the newly-released Youcat Prayer Book, and I wasn’t even sure how I would review it. Even if *I* love it, is it something I’ll share? Give? Promote? As it turns out, I had nothing to fear. It’s done well and I’m really enjoying the journey I’m taking through [Read More...]

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What I’m Reading: America – The Last Best Hope (vol. 1) by William Bennett

America: The Last Best Hope, Volume 1: From the Age of Discovery to a World at War by William J. Bennett My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is just what I wanted. An American history that is even-handed and thorough, yet doesn’t bog me down so I can never get the overall gist (such [Read More...]

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Shakespeare on Love: Seeing the Catholic Presence in Romeo and Juliet

The state of commentary on the works of Shakespeare shares a lot with the sad state of affairs concerning scripture scholarship. In both cases instead of exegesis and drawing out of the text, we get eisegesis and a reading into the text. interpretations that say more about the commentator than the text. Just like “the [Read More...]

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The Restless Flame by Louis de Wohl

The Restless Flame by Louis De Wohl My rating: 4 of 5 stars Having dropped The Brothers Karamazov and realizing I will have to resort to Cliff Notes before my book club meets in August (there’s a first time for everything), I am moving on to the next BIG BOOK they chose. The Confessions by [Read More...]

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On Heaven and Earth

On Heaven and Earth is an extended dialogue, in book form, between Jorge Mario Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) and Rabbi Abraham Skorka. Apparently the two men became friends over a great many discussions over quite a long time, and eventually decided to put some of them into a book. The book is organized around a [Read More...]

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A Method to the Madness: A Guide to the Super Evil

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Are you aiming for world domination? Looking for tips on minions and henchpeople? Need a boost to your moral in a world that just doesn’t appreciate evil the way it should? Look no further, because I have the book for you! A Method to the Madness: A Guide to the Super Evil is a collection of [Read More...]

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The Ear of the Heart: An Actress’ Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows

The Ear of the Heart: An Actress’ Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows is the new biography written by Mother Dolores Hart and Richard DeNeut. Much has been made of the actress who was Elvis’ first kiss in a film that went on to enter a Benedicine monastery. Yet the Elvis aspect is probably the [Read More...]

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