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...]

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

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About.com 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 About.com make the nominations; each About.com Guide chooses the finalists (up to five in each category) from among [Read More...]

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The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold My rating: 5 of 5 stars Two readers I trust, Will Duquette (of this blog) and Amy H. Sturgis, have strongly recommended both this author and book. I certainly am glad they did, although if Goodreads allowed it I would give it 4-1/2 stars instead of the [Read More...]

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J.R.R. Tolkien Book Giveaway

Brandon Vogt’s giving away two books I’d dearly love to have (yes, I know it’s a random selection of winners, but I’m just sayin’): The Lord of the Rings … the one-volume version that I’ve been eying at Amazon over and over (but resolutely NOT buying) Tolkien: A Celebration – edited by Joseph Pearce … [Read More...]

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Compendium: Catechism of the Catholic Church

Compendium: Catechism of the Catholic Church by USCCB Publishing My rating: 5 of 5 stars I got this when it came out, flipped through it, and then put it on the shelf, where the poor thing was never moved until I gave an explanatory talk last night to the RCIA class about how to navigate [Read More...]

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Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherry Weddell

  Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherry Weddell is an excellent introduction to the topic of evangelization and discipleship. The first half of the book is devoted to proving that this matters — that church-as-usual in the US today is not succeeding in helping Catholics build a personal relationship with Jesus, nor in passing on the [Read More...]

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Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko My rating: 5 of 5 stars Sergei Lukyanenko is a science-fiction and fantasy author, writing in Russian, and is arguably the most popular contemporary Russian sci-fi writer. His works often feature intense action-packed plots, interwoven with the moral dilemma of keeping one’s humanity while being strong. In Night Watch, set [Read More...]

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Operation Screwtape: The Art of Spiritual War

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I first read C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters back in 2006, and I loved it. Not  long after that first trip through the book, I led a summer book study with a group of women in my parish. The first time I read Screwtape, it was audio. The voice of the narrator was perfect in all the [Read More...]

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Worth a Thousand Words: Regency Lady Reading

Regency lady reading, Journal des Dames et des Modes (1811) via Books and Art This image goes delightfully with this wonderful Wall Street Journal article about one of my favorite authors, Georgette Heyer. Do go read it all. The war—and paper rationing—consolidated her reputation. As an “established stalwart,” she was disproportionately represented in the books [Read More...]

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The Partially Examined Life: Gorgias by Plato [AUDIO DRAMA]

The Partially Examined Life podcast is doing something different with their latest podcast, an amateur full cast production of Gorgias by Plato (sort of). Gorgias is a Socratic dialogue, basically a script in which characters discussing philosophy. It was probably written around 380 BC. The subject of Gorgias is rhetoric, the art of persuasion, and [Read More...]

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