A Season of Mystery

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A few months ago, my mother-in-law asked me to write her a book. She’s facing issues now as a “mature mom” that, frankly, she could use some support with. I’m not exaggerating: I found the request impossible. I’m well outside my experience, for one thing! Thankfully, one of my favorite writers tackled the topic and [Read More...]

FINAL-2012 Personal Reading Challenge

FINAL results on books I’ve read (or dropped) thus far. Originally written in December 2011. One Sunday, when we’d gone to the Vigil Mass on Saturday to avoid getting embroiled in a local marathon that shuts down all the streets around our church (don’t ask … Tom has been enraged before to the point of [Read More...]

Julie’s Favorite Books of 2012

Top books I read in 2012 with descriptions in 10 words or less. In no particular order. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins A great book. Too bad she didn’t stop at that one. Gospel of Mark (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture) by Mary Healey Very accessible while still being scholarly. (my review here) Coraline by [Read More...]

What Jesus Really Said about the End of the World

What Jesus Really Said about the End of the World

It is rather understandable when nonbelievers and skeptics look at the New Testament and come to an understanding that follows from a framework of doubt and skepticism. It is quite another for believers to take the exact same approach and to undermine reasons for faith. There is certainly a role to play for Christians as [Read More...]

Magnificat Year of Faith Companion – review

I have long been a fan of Magnificat’s books. Their simple companions to praying the rosary or to the liturgical seasons of Lent or Advent have served as guides to helping me focus on prayer and meditation. Their more complex books such as The Beauty of the Word or the series praying with the gospels [Read More...]

Scott loses the riddle game …

… when he forgets the name of every actor he mentions. Meanwhile, Julie and Scott get lost in the tunnels of Tolkien-y goodness for a very long time. At long last, The Hobbit is discussed at A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast. [Read more...]

Something Good (and Free) from Amy Welborn for Christmas

When the rights reverted to Amy Welborn for a book she wrote and another by her late husband, Michael Dubruiel, she made the pdfs available free. I just noticed these and wanted to let you know because both are terrific. Mary and the Christian Life is one that our Catholic Women’s book club read and [Read More...]

The Seven Deadly Sins: A Visitor’s Guide

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With The Seven Deadly Sins: A Visitor’s Guide, author Lawrence Cunningham has prepared a resource that, I kid you not, is a gem. Are you a catechist? You’ll love it. Are you a parent? You’ll need it. Are you a struggling sinner? You’ll see an approach to sin that may well give you hope. Not that [Read More...]

Christianity, Islam and Atheism

Christianity, Islam and Atheism: The Struggle for The Soul of The West is a new book from Ignatius Press by William Kilpatrick. This is not a light read, but I found it to be an very informative read. There are a range of ideas about engaging Islam and whether Islamist terrorists are misusing their religion or [Read More...]

More Good Books to Give for Christmas

Indeed, you must be saying to yourself, that Happy Catholic person has quite a large stack of books she owes reviews for. And you’d be right about that. I consider myself lucky to have had time to read so many, although there are a few that I read so long ago I’m cringing with guilt [Read More...]


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