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...]

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...]


Anathem, by Neal Stephenson, is that most odd of things: philosophical science fiction. By which I mean that in order to enjoy it fully, you really need to have at least a passing acquaintance with the history of Western philosophy from Thales on down; and the more you know, the more you’ll enjoy watching it [Read More...]

Jacob’s Ladder: Ten Steps to Truth

The prolific philosopher Peter Kreeft has a new book out titled: “Jacob’s Ladder: Ten Steps to Truth” Like some of his previous books it is set around a dialogue between two characters. This time both characters are fully fictional and set in the year 1977. Libby Rawls is a young women that is a nominal [Read More...]

Middlemarch by George Eliot

Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life by George Eliot My rating: 5 of 5 stars This was highly recommended by everybody, including Rose, so it went on my 2013 Goals Reading List. What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult to each other? This is a gentle tale of [Read More...]

Recipe for Joy (and a chance to win it)


Recipe for Joy: A Stepmom’s Story of Finding Faith, Following Love, and Feeding a Family looked interesting, but I’ll be honest: I almost didn’t read it. There are a number of reasons why, but none of them are as huge as the feeling of “Wow, I am SO GLAD I read that!” that I felt late [Read More...]

Julie and Scott did NOT switch bodies for this podcast …

… Night Watch, an urban fantasy straight from Russia, is the book we’re discussing at A Good Story is Hard to Find. [Read more...]

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’ve never been that interested in this book or anything by Wilkie Collins for that matter. Collins had that stigma (for me) of having written “classics” and “the first detective novel.” Which just killed any interest I’d ever have had because classics and “first [Read More...]

Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious


I can tell you already that one of the books on my “Best of 2013″ list is the newly released brilliance in B by Pat Gohn, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood. For one thing, there’s the title.  Pat has a streak of sassy New England, and she also has a swash of [Read More...]

“Inhale as a believer, exhale as an atheist”

I am an admitted book stalker of Julie Davis and became interested in Save Send Delete by Danusha Goska as she was posting about it at Goodreads. Her 5 star review of the book sealed the deal for me as I know she does not max out stars lightly. When I first read the summary [Read More...]