The Night Circus

In one of the geek related podcasts I listen to I heard reference to  The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern’s first novel. The various members of this podcast all recommended it The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is [Read More...]

The Tribune by Patrick Larkin [updated]

The Tribune by Patrick Larkin My rating: 4 of 5 stars Promoted to a tribune of the Sixth Legion, Lucius Aurelius’s task is to quell a war in Galilee that has already claimed the lives of the Emperor’s foot soldiers. But the scene of the alleged slaughter turns up only a peaceful settlement of farmers, [Read More...]

When the King Was Carpenter by Maria von Trapp

When the King Was Carpenter by Maria von Trapp My rating: 5 of 5 stars I discovered this poking around in the Kindle resources after seeing a book by Maria von Trapp was used by for their liturgical year e-books (which I really, really like, by the way). What a treasure this little book [Read More...]

Cultivating God’s Garden through Lent


On Friday, I outlined my Lenten reading plan. On Sunday, I read Cultivating God’s Garden through Lent by Margaret Rose Realy and my Lenten reading plan changed. I didn’t intend to read it all in one day, but it was one of those Sundays where I had both the time and the inclination. And the book [Read More...]

The Christus Experiment

When it comes to a plot concerning Jesus and time travel there are about a million ways this will go horribly wrong. Some authors have already explored those paths to failure. On one side you could get the skeptic concerned more about debunking than storytelling and on the other side a Christian who is just [Read More...]

Flight of the Earls


Drama. Intrigue. Famine. Flight of the Earls, which is the first in a trilogy by Emmy and Telly award-winning writer and producer Michael K. Reynolds. There are pretty women and poverty-stricken beggars, multiple trans-atlantic voyages and enough action and character development to have kept me up reading later than I intended and thinking about where things [Read More...]

History of the Catholic Church: From the Apostolic Age to the Third Millennium

James Hitchcock has written a new one volume history of the Catholic Church. History of the Catholic Church: From the Apostolic Age to the Third Millennium. A one volume history of the Catholic Church is quite an undertaking and to do it in a bit over 530 pages is not a simple task. Writing only [Read More...]

Julie’s looking for bees holding onto pebbles while Scott bears small trials patiently.

Yes, it is St. Francis de Sales’ feast day and we’re discussing his classic Introduction to the Devout Life at A Good Story is Hard to Find. When I add that neither of us had any idea this episode would air on St. Francis’ feast day, you’ll know we were meant to read this book! [Read More...]

Free E-book Wed. and Thurs.: Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits

I haven’t read this yet, but if you’re interested then Wednesday and Thursday are your chance to get it free … WHEN CONTROL OF THE VATICAN IS AT STAKE, MONEY TALKS AND NOBODY PLAYS FAIR. Italian intelligence specialist and former Jesuit student Michael Visconte is shocked by the brutal murder of a Jesuit priest, who [Read More...]

Reader’s Choice Awards: What’s YOUR favorite Catholic book?

readers choice 2013 is once again hosting their Catholicism Reader’s Choice awards. Every year, the About Readers’ Choice Awards showcase the best products, people, organizations, and services in multiple categories, from technology to hobbies to parenting to religion. The readers of make the nominations; each Guide chooses the finalists (up to five in each category) from among [Read More...]