God’s Favorite Place on Earth

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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Recent Reads: Young Adult & Middle Grade Fiction

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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...]

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Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious by Pat Gohn

A young woman I know told me she loved the title of this book, saying, “You had me at bodacious!” A lot of people love that word — bodacious. This review is for the rest of us, the ones who see “bodacious” and cringe a little. I am here to tell you, “Be not afraid.” [Read More...]

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An Absolutely Spiffing Review of Stranger in a Strange Land

I’ve gotten into a wonderful conversation over at the Catholic Writers’ Guild blog. It goes on in the comments box of whatever book review I’ve posted lately, but carries on the same conversation. Don has begun dipping into Robert Heinlein’s writing and his comment is a really wonderful review of Stranger in a Strange Land. [Read More...]

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Pope Francis: The Pope From the End of the Earth

Pope Francis: The Pope From the End of the Earth by Thomas J. Craughwell is the latest entry in the biographies of Pope Francis pushed out. This one is put out by Saint Benedict Press. Having read some of Mr. Craughwell’s other books I was not surprised to find it nicely researched and well written. [Read More...]

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