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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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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Be an “Aquinas Angel” … Every Little Bit Helps

Heartened by the support shown when they announced they would have to close their doors, Aquinas and More is stepping out in faith, in this year of faith, to see what the Lord has in store. More importantly, to see if we care enough to be His hands and support them both as a Catholic [Read More...]

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Recent Fiction Book Club Picks

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After years of waiting and wishing for someone to start a book club near me, I decided, sometime last summer, that the task was mine. So I sent an email, inviting a few friends to join me for a discussion of one of my favorite novels, Mr. Blue. It’s evolved into a few more ladies, and [Read More...]

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The Christus Experiment by Rod Bennett

The Christus Experiment by Rod Bennett My rating: 4 of 5 stars He’s been divinized, demonized, demythologized, and decoded. He’s been spoken for and spoken against, the best loved, least understood, most controversial figure in human history. All of which makes Jesus of Nazareth the single most tempting target for haunted Georgia billionaire Anson MacDonald [Read More...]

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Refuse to Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery

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“Hey, wanna watch a movie?” I’ll be honest: I almost didn’t agree to it. In some ways, I wished for at least a week afterward that I hadn’t. But when my husband and I talk in the evenings, and when I’m actually awake enough to watch something and want to watch something (I default to preferring [Read More...]

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