The Joyful Beggar by Louis de Wohl

The Joyful Beggar by Louis de Wohl My rating: 4 of 5 stars What is it with Louis de Wohl’s books? They’re like peanuts or popcorn. You just keep tossing back handfuls because they’re so good and go down so tastily. I received The Joyful Beggar on a Saturday at noon in the mail. Sunday [Read More...]

Review: The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

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I’m delighted to announce that Joseph of Zombie Parent’s Guide will be joining the Happy Catholic Bookshelf team at Patheos. I’ve enjoyed his excellent reviews for a long time and hope you do too! Joseph’s debut is with The Lord of the Rings, which is one of my favorite of his reviews. Enjoy! The Lord [Read More...]

Great New Prayer Books

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Sarah Reinhard reviews three new Catholic prayer books. [Read more...]

The American Catholic Almanac by Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson

The American Catholic Almanac: A Daily Reader of Patriots, Saints, Rogues, and Ordinary People Who Changed the United States by Brian Burch My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’m a sucker for daily readers whether they are devotionals, writings of the saints, or historical almanacs. So if you combine American History with Catholicism naturally I’m [Read More...]

No Bible, No Breakfast! No Bible, No Bed!

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Sarah Reinhard reviews a daily calendar from Fr. Larry Richards. [Read more...]

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

Scott Danielson and I discuss a classic American horror novel and the traces of the One Reality we see below the surface at A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast. [Read more...]

A Great Children’s New Book: I Forgive You

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Sarah Reinhard reviews I Forgive You, the new children’s book by Nicole Lataif. [Read more...]

Review: The Hope of the Family

Cardinal Gerhard Müller who is Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has a new book coming out on October 10th during the Synod of Bishops as they discuss ‘The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.’ The Hope of the Family: A Dialogue with Cardinal Gerhard Müller. This [Read More...]

The Sacred Year by Michael Yankoski

The Sacred Year: Mapping the Soulscape of Spiritual Practice — How Contemplating Apples, Living in a Cave, and Befriending a Dying Woman Revived My Life by Michael Yankoski My rating: 4 of 5 stars Father Solomon spoke again, and the shaking of my foundation continued. “The God who called you into existence ex nihilio—out of [Read More...]

Great Expectations Time After Time

One of my GoodReads friends said that watching me try to force myself to finish Great Expectations was better than the book itself. I feel rather proud actually as my usual practice is to just toss a book when it’s not working for me. Even the classics (especially Russian classics). But this is Charles Dickens [Read More...]


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