Operation Screwtape: The Art of Spiritual War

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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Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God

I thought, as I picked up my copy of Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God, by Mary DeTurris Poust, that it would be a pleasant read (the author is an impeccable writer) that I would then pass along to a few people (which I will) and then move on. After all, I do [Read More…]

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Century Rain

As a member of Audible I get two audiobooks a month. My book selection for audiobooks has a slightly different criteria. Mainly to get the most bang for the buck I try to find long audiobooks. Fantasy novels often fit this criteria. So searching through their best sellers list for Science Fiction I ran across [Read More…]

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The Kingdom of Patria Experience

Stout Hearts and Whizzing Biscuits (Kingdom of Patria #1)  and Stoop of Mastodon Meadow (Kingdom of Patria, #2) by Daniel McInerny When I was first contacted about this, the author assured me that they’re a completely electronic project. But guess what! They are now available through Amazon as hard copy books, too! Oh, my! What a project! Maps [Read More…]

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War in Heaven

“War in Heaven” is a novel written by Charles Williams in 1930. This was his first novel and from what I have read, it was rated as his best novel.   I had been meaning to get around to reading this author mainly since he was one of the famous Inklings and a sale on [Read More…]

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Of Withered Apples by Philip K. Dick

I did the story reading for SFFaudio and also participated in the discussion afterward. Pick it up at SFFaudio. [Read more…]

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Angela’s Song

Great story. Real characters. Good writing. This book was, in some ways, applied Theology of the Body. It’s romance that’s just about what I like and Catholicism not shoved down my throat. Guys, be warned: I’d call this chick lit. Gals, be encouraged: it’s gooood. It’s “name a big well-sold author” good. It’s completely Catholic, but [Read More…]

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Catholicism Pure and Simple by Fr. Dwight Longenecker

If a good person decides to fight against evil he will always be at a disadvantage. … The evil person will naturally use every devious and nasty trick he can think of. That’s why he’s bad: he is a liar, a cheat, a murderer and a thoroughgoing scoundrel. However, the good person cannot use the [Read More…]

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