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

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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...]

Just Married by Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak

Just Married: The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Five Years of Marriage by Gregory K. Popcak My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is now the book I’m going to give newlyweds. I wish we’d had it when we got married. I wasn’t religious at all then and my husband was [Read More...]

Win a “CATHOLICISM” Trip to Rome and Paris

I’m a real fan of Father Robert Barron’s book Catholicism (my review here). When my husband and I helped with RCIA last year, they were using the DVD series to supplement the classes and we fell in love with those as well. I am delighted to see how well the book has done (over 100,000 [Read More...]

This Just In — Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin

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


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