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...]

C.S. Lewis–A Life by Alister McGrath

This is a book written by someone who discovered Lewis through his writings, for others who have come to know Lewis in the same way. … Why so? As Lewis emphasized throughout the 1930s, the important thing about authors is the texts that they write. What really matters is what those texts themselves say. Authors [Read More...]

Wool by Hugh Howey

Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey My rating: 4 of 5 stars I finished this book today, the same day that the Wall Street Journal had a piece about author Hugh Howey’s “Underground Hit.” See that’s a joke because he’s making a fortune self-publishing it as an e-book and the story is about people living underground [Read More...]

Downpour – A Worthy Competitor to Audible With No DRM

Downpour.com, Blackstone Audio’s online audiobook store, is a genuine competitor to Audible.com. It offers audiobook downloads of titles, from Blackstone Audio’s extensive catalogue, and also those from many other audiobook publishers like Recorded Books, Harper Audio, Penguin Audio, Hachette Audio, and AudioGo. Their subscription service is almost identically priced to Audible’s, each offers one credit [Read More...]

Introduction to Catholicism for Adults, Chapter 2 Notes

Continuing now with my chapter-by-chapter review of Introduction to Catholicism for Adults by Rev. James Socias, which you’ll recall is hefty enough that yes, it is necessary to review the book in bits.  Chapter 2, aptly titled “The Existence of God and Divine Revelation” is about . . . yep, that. The chapter can be [Read More...]

The Woodcutter by Kate Danley

The Woodcutter by Kate Danley My rating: 4 of 5 stars I was interested in this book after reading a few reviews that said the author told a story referencing fairy tales, but in a way that made the tale itself something brand new … yet faithful to fairy tales. And this review pulled me [Read More...]

Review: The Encyclicals of John Paul II: An Introduction and Commentary

A couple of weeks ago I finished The Encyclicals of John Paul II: An Introduction and Commentary by Richard A. Spinello. I was all set to review the book when then-Pope Benedict XVI resigned. I just couldn’t write a review of this book at that time since I was a bit depressed over the fact [Read More...]


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