Pilgrimage Reading: Grandma’s on the Camino by Mary Wyman

Grandma’s on the Camino: Reflections on a 48-Day Walking Pilgrimage to Santiago by Mary O’Hara Wyman My rating: 3 of 5 stars I included this in my “pilgrimage” reading although I’m planning to go to the Holy Land which is a quite different sort of pilgrimage. Mary Wyman has an entry for each day of [Read More...]

Great Summer Reads: Bleeder

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This is the sort of book that’s hard for me to review, because of the potential for spoilers.  So if I don’t say enough to suit you, let that be supporting evidence that you should read it for yourself.  I received a copy of this book for review, and I’ll admit that the title and [Read More...]

The 13 Clocks by James Thurber

The 13 Clocks by James Thurber My rating: 5 of 5 stars Once upon a time, in a gloomy castle on a lonely hill, where there were thirteen clocks that wouldn’t go, there lived a cold, aggressive Duke, and his niece, the Princess Saralinda. She was warm in every wind and weather, but he was [Read More...]

Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World by Brandon Vogt

Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World by Brandon Vogt My rating: 5 of 5 stars The phrases “social justice” and “solidarity” could hardly have been more unwisely coined or adapted by the Catholic Church in my opinion. From the moment I heard them, they turned me off. I always thought they [Read More...]

Review: Prayer and You: Wit and Wisdom from a Crabby Mystic

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“This is a book about you,” writes Sister Mary Lea Hill on page 1 of Prayer and You: Wit and Wisdom from a Crabby Mystic (Pauline Books and Media, 2014). “I’m willing to bet that many people pick [this book] up because it says right on the cover that it’s for you. You, however, may have picked [Read More...]

Great Summer Reads: The Screwtape Letters

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Though I don’t exclusively read fiction in the summer, I always want to. This summer’s no different, so I thought I would examine some of my favorite fiction reads and share them periodically throughout the summer. First up: The Screwtape Letters. Ah, here‘s an old friend. My battered old copy of Screwtape was marked and dog-eared and loved. It wasn’t [Read More...]

3 Great New Books to Help You Teach Your Faith

3 Great New Books to Help You Teach Your Faith

I’ve been a catechist for over ten years, and in that time I’ve found a number of helpful books. While nothing beats the essentials, I’ve been thrilled recently with the resources I’ve seen published. Here are three that caught my eye and that I just had to share. Totally Catholic!: A Catechism for Kids and [Read More...]

Review: Something Other Than God

I almost always enjoy reading conversions stories as a full length book. While you usually find certain commonalities there are also aspects that flow from the uniqueness of individuals. Grace shines off the facets that can make such stories familiar and new. In this case I am referring to Something Other Than God: How I [Read More...]

On My Summer Reading List: 3 New Ignatius Novels

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There are some names I trust, and Ignatius Press is one of them, especially when it comes to fiction. It doesn’t hurt that they’re unabashedly Catholic. They are releasing good fiction, reliably and consistently. When I see they have something new out, I request it (or, sometimes, I even buy it with my very own money). [Read More...]

The Last Monk of Tibhirine by Freddy Derwahl

The Last Monk of Tibhirine: A True Story of Martyrdom, Faith, and Survival by Freddy Derwahl My rating: 4 of 5 stars When Jean-Pierre appeared at the gate in the late afternoon of my arrival, we immediately embraced each other. He knew what I expected of him—namely, that I hoped he would relate the whole [Read More...]


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