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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The Extinction Machine by Jonathan Maberry

Extinction Machine by Jonathan Maberry My rating: 5 of 5 stars “So, basically if we keep trying to save the country and maybe the world from a bunch of murderous assholes with outer space weapons, then we’re the bad guys?” “In a nutshell.” “Then, hey … let’s be bad guys.” Joe’s back. Pulled off vacation, [Read More…]

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Graphic Novels on the Saints from Pauline Books & Media

I have to hand it to the folks at Pauline Books and Media: they continue to delight me with the products they send me. When I see the brown envelope in my mailbox, addressed so politely to “Mrs. Sarah Reinhard,” I always know there’s a treat inside. And late last week, what should arrive but… [Read More…]

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Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life by Elizabeth Scalia

Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life by Elizabeth Scalia My rating: 4 of 5 stars The “you shall nots” are less a list of restrictions and limitations than an invitation to keep turning back to God, who will “satisfy the desire of every living thing.” (Ps 145:16). The “shall nots” say, “Don’t steal [Read More…]

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Theology of the Body for Every Body

I heard about it from a good friend, who rated it as one of the two books that everyone who has anything to do with the Catholic New Evangelization should read. (In case you were wondering what the other one is, look no farther than this summer’s Lawn Chair Catechism at CatholicMom.com to find out.) [Read More…]

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Finding God in the Bible

Finding God in the Bible: What Crazy Prophets, Fickle Followers, and Dangerous Outlaws Reveal about Friendship with God, by Darren Wilson, looked like just the evangelical fare I like to avoid. It’s fine, like dark chocolate, if that’s your thing. But if you aren’t so much a fan, then…well…not. Or that’s what I thought. As I got [Read More…]

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Barefoot Summer

It was a quick read and though I found it predictable, it was well-written in many ways and entertaining. I think this book is the very definition of beach read, and though I wasn’t on a beach, it was enjoyable. You’ll meet characters who may feel familiar, because they’re so real. You’ll find yourself pulling [Read More…]

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Love the Lord with All Your Mind . . . Resource Round-Up

It’s Passing on the Faith Month at Patheos, and I’m jumping in with my #1 criticism of parish faith formation in the US today: Treating people like they’re idiots.  Allow me to begin with a word from our sponsor, emphasis mine:  . .  . thou shalt love the Lord thy God with the love of [Read More…]

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Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing Catholicism’s 21st Century Opponents

Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing Catholicism’s 21st Century Opponents is a new book by Radio host Al Kresta. Now I am already thoroughly a Kresta-fanboy in that I never miss his show via podcast (I review his podcast here). This book takes on a variety of topics that might not be a the forefront of [Read More…]

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