The Abbey by Chris Culver

The Abbey by Chris Culver My rating: 3 of 5 stars Ever seen those books from the 1960s where one volume had two books, with one printed upside-down and back-to-back with the other? That concept is why wound up with this book. I requested The Outsider from the Amazon Vine program. I found … lucky [Read More…]

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Becoming a Great Godparent: Everything a Catholic Needs to Know

Becoming a Great Godparent: Everything a Catholic Needs to Know by Paraclete Press My rating: 5 of 5 stars “I do have one godparent who has really been supportive of me my whole life. She has pushed me to become a better version of myself, and has supported me in the difficult decisions I’ve had [Read More…]

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Imitating Mary

Try to imagine for a second how today’s culture would respond to something like Mary’s yes to the angel Gabriel when he came to ask if Mary would bear the Son of God. Would Mary update her Facebook status? Would Gabriel be tweeting the play-by-play? Would the tabloids be filled with dramatic photos of Mary [Read More…]

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Recent Reads: Young Adult & Middle Grade Fiction

I’ve had a reading “crush” on YA fiction for quite some time. And given the number of young readers in my life, I have an interest in it on a lot of levels. In the last couple of months, I’ve read some books that bear mentioning here. These are all worthy of being read whether [Read More…]

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Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious by Pat Gohn

A young woman I know told me she loved the title of this book, saying, “You had me at bodacious!” A lot of people love that word — bodacious. This review is for the rest of us, the ones who see “bodacious” and cringe a little. I am here to tell you, “Be not afraid.” [Read More…]

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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…]

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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…]

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Anathem

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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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