Snippet Reviews of Recent Reads

Here’s some snippet reviews of books I’ve finished in the last week: 33 Days to Morning Glory, by Fr. Michael Gaitley (Marian Press, 2011) My Rating: 5 of 5 stars (reread) I read this last year, and I’ll admit: given that we had plans for spring break that involved packing books, I read the last [Read More...]

Scott and Julie wander around yet another failed civilization …

… saved only by a bag of tortilla chips they pick up on the way (this announcement sponsored by Tostitos) while they discuss The Parable of the Sower on A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast. [Read more...]

Conversing with God in the Easter Season by Stephen Binz

Conversing with God in the Easter Season: Praying the Sunday Mass Readings with Lectio Divina by Stephen J. Binz My rating: 5 of 5 stars “Mystagogy” is a Greek word referring to the process of leading those who have been initiated into a mystery into an understanding of its deep meaning and its significance for [Read More...]

Assassin’s Code by Jonathan Maberry

Assassin’s Code by Jonathan Maberry My rating: 4 of 5 stars In my trade, confidence is built on a platform whose legs are made up of good intelligence, continuous training, proper equipment, and field support. I had a sick dog, a dead man’s gun, a stolen briefcase, a vampire hunter’s stake in my belt, and [Read More...]

Getting the Marriage Conversation Right: A Book About the Catholic Position on Same-Sex Unions

I originally posted this column at my personal blog, as part of a book review on behalf of The Catholic Company. The review is at the bottom of the page, but I need to lay out some preliminary matter first.  And this is a post concerning sex.  Not for children. To be Catholic is to [Read More...]

Twilight Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

Twilight Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko My rating: 5 of 5 stars Sergei Lukyanenko is back to full form in the third of the books looking at the Light versus the Dark. Intriguingly this book begins with the joint statements: This book is of no relevance to the cause of the Light. — The Night Watch [Read More...]

My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell

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I’m always a little scared, lately, when I agree to read something that is either biography or memoir. Though they can be well-done (and often are), they can also represent a genre that, well, sends me packing and screaming and launching a book across the room. I was unable, though, to turn down the chance [Read More...]

Alister McGrath’s Biography on C.S. Lewis

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I’ve been fascinated with C.S. Lewis in a arms-length sort of way for quite some time. I read the Chronicles of Narnia in late grade school and loved them. I rediscovered and reread them with my husband when the first movie came out in 2005 and loved them even more. His fiction has continued to fascinate [Read More...]

Lectio Divina Bible Study: Learning to Pray in Scripture by Stephen J. Binz

Lectio Divina Bible Study: Learning to Pray in Scripture by Stephen J. Binz My rating: 5 of 5 stars As I have mentioned before, Stephen Binz is a passionate advocate of Lectio Divina, the ancient practice of studying and praying using Scripture. Learning to Pray in Scripture is part of Binz’s Bible Study series, which I [Read More...]

Farmer in the Sky by Robert Heinlein

The Earth is crowded and food is rationed, but a colony on Ganymede, one of the moons of Jupiter, offers an escape for teenager Bill Lermer and his family. Back on Earth, the move sounded like a grand adventure, but Bill realizes that life on the frontier is dangerous, and in an alien world with [Read More...]


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