Code Zero by Jonathan Maberry

Code Zero by Jonathan Maberry My rating: 5 of 5 stars SHORT VERSION: WOAH. This is the worthy sequel to Patient Zero. At one point, Rudy Sanchez says that “this has done something fundamental to the American people.” I’ll tell you this. It did something fundamental to me. It was exciting, suspenseful, terrifying, and haunted [Read More...]

The Adventure Bible Handbook


Now that my oldest, who’s nine and in the third grade, is an avid reader, I’m always on the lookout for ways to introduce her to Bible stories, again and again. So when the Adventure Bible Handbook, by Robin Schmitt & David Frees (Zondervan, 2013) came my way, I was thrilled. I was even more thrilled [Read More...]

Book Review: Catholicism

This partial review is part of a blog tour for the recently released paperback edition of Fr. Barron’s Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith. This blog tour is focused on reviewing one chapter from this book. So I will be looking at Chapter 10 – World Without End: The Last Things which [Read More...]

Catholic by Choice by Richard Cole

Catholic by Choice: Why I Embraced the Faith, Joined the Church, and Embarked on the Adventure of a Lifetime by Richard Cole My rating: 4 of 5 stars I read this for the Patheos book club after they approached me because they needed more bloggers to participate. Originally I thought, “another conversion story … I’ve [Read More...]

Book Review: The C.S. Lewis Bible

C. S. Lewis Bible: New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) by C.S. Lewis My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ve never understood the enthusiasm for study Bibles on a single theme or with a single person’s commentary. Obviously, they are popular because you can see them everywhere. When this Bible came to my attention, I blanched. [Read More...]

Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads


From the back cover of Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads: Pope Francis has captured the world’s attention with his seemingly counterintuitive approach to leadership. In Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads, best-selling author and former Jesuit seminarian Chris Lowney offers an in-depth look at how Pope Francis’s Jesuit training has [Read More...]

Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James J. Martin

Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James J. Martin My rating: 5 of 5 stars I am a fan of Father James Martin’s books, especially A Jesuit Off-Broadway. When Scott chose this book for our next religious book discussion at A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast, I was excited, having been interested since I first [Read More...]

DVD Review: The Faithful Traveler in the Holy Land

I know, I know, this is a book blog. But sometimes you’ve got to go beyond books because something else shows things to you better. That’s why I thought you’d like to know about The Faithful Traveler in the Holy Land. This review is by Scott Danielson. I haven’t made a trip to The Holy [Read More...]

Good Pope, Bad Pope by Mike Aquilina

Good Pope, Bad Pope: Their Lives, Our Lessons by Mike Aquilina My rating: 5 of 5 stars Of course, we all know about Pope Francis. Even when he became a bishop and then a cardinal, he was in the habit of walking rather than riding, fasting, staying up all night to pray, and in general [Read More...]

Feasts of Judaism by Stephen J. Binz

Feasts of Judaism by Stephen J. Binz My rating: 5 of 5 stars Catholics hear a lot about how the Jewish people are their “elder brothers in the faith.” Other than reading the Old Testament aloud every Sunday, however, you aren’t given a lot of backup for this statement. Some similarities in worship are obvious [Read More...]