Scott loses the riddle game …

… when he forgets the name of every actor he mentions. Meanwhile, Julie and Scott get lost in the tunnels of Tolkien-y goodness for a very long time. At long last, The Hobbit is discussed at A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast. [Read more...]

Something Good (and Free) from Amy Welborn for Christmas

When the rights reverted to Amy Welborn for a book she wrote and another by her late husband, Michael Dubruiel, she made the pdfs available free. I just noticed these and wanted to let you know because both are terrific. Mary and the Christian Life is one that our Catholic Women’s book club read and [Read More...]

The Seven Deadly Sins: A Visitor’s Guide

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With The Seven Deadly Sins: A Visitor’s Guide, author Lawrence Cunningham has prepared a resource that, I kid you not, is a gem. Are you a catechist? You’ll love it. Are you a parent? You’ll need it. Are you a struggling sinner? You’ll see an approach to sin that may well give you hope. Not that [Read More...]

Christianity, Islam and Atheism

Christianity, Islam and Atheism: The Struggle for The Soul of The West is a new book from Ignatius Press by William Kilpatrick. This is not a light read, but I found it to be an very informative read. There are a range of ideas about engaging Islam and whether Islamist terrorists are misusing their religion or [Read More...]

More Good Books to Give for Christmas

Indeed, you must be saying to yourself, that Happy Catholic person has quite a large stack of books she owes reviews for. And you’d be right about that. I consider myself lucky to have had time to read so many, although there are a few that I read so long ago I’m cringing with guilt [Read More...]

Gene Wolfe Named 2012 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced that Gene Wolfe will be the recipient of the 2012 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award. SFWA President John Scalzi, on choosing Wolfe, “You’d have to search far and wide to find a contemporary fantasy writer who has not been directly influenced by Gene Wolfe.” [Read More...]

Catholic Spiritual Practices

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  I’ll be honest: I probably wouldn’t have picked up Catholic Spiritual Practices: A Treasury of Old and New, edited by Colleen M. Griffith and Thomas H. Groome, if not for the Patheos Book Club. That said, I’m glad it came my way. This book gave me some ideas for enhancing my own prayer life and [Read More...]

Good Books to Give for Christmas

I owe a longer review for most of these. However, I wanted to mention these in case anyone has been wondering whether they were good. Catholicism: Pure and Simple by Dwight Longenecker Here’s the blurb I have on Father Longenecker’s promo page. Easy to read, compelling, logical … this is a fantastic book. “I don’t [Read More...]

Rooted in Love

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I tend to have had, well, enough of all this “be a happy Catholic woman” stuff. Maybe I’m just still too jaded, maybe I’m overdue for confession (well, I certainly am), or maybe I am just unworthy, but it seems the market is saturated. So I appreciate someone who keeps it real. I tend to begin [Read More...]

Holding Jesus and A Mary Christmas

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If you’re like me, the fact that the Second Sunday of Advent has come and gone doesn’t mean you have your Advent figured out. (If you’re not like me, feel free to brew some coffee and smile.) This year, somehow, despite all the usual floundering, I’ve found myself with an odd sense of peace. I’m [Read More...]


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