The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis My rating: 5 of 5 stars I read this five years ago and, prompted by Louis Markos’ chapter about it in Heaven and Hell, picked it up again. Clearly, I read it too soon in my own faith life the first time and now am giving it the proper [Read More...]

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Book Review – Demons, Deliverance, Discernment

Demons, Deliverance, Discernment : Separating Fact from Fiction about the Spirit World is a recently released book by Fr. Mike Driscol which is published by Catholic Answers Press. This book takes a different focus then other books I have read on the subject. Often even when there is a serious look at the subject there [Read More...]

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Book Review – The Drama of Salvation

I had certainly been looking forward to Jimmy Akin’s newest book The Drama of Salvation: How God Rescues You from Your Sins and Delivers You to Eternal Life as it has been teased for awhile on Catholic Answers. The doctrine of salvation (Soteriology) is of course of supreme importance and like many important things it [Read More...]

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Heaven and Hell: Visions of the Afterlife in the Western Poetic Tradition by Louis Markos

Heaven and Hell: Visions of the Afterlife in the Western Poetic Tradition by Louis Markos My rating: 5 of 5 stars This was an excellent overview of the stories that have influenced and shaped our views of Heaven and Hell from ancient times until now. I particularly enjoyed the author’s exploration of the chain of [Read More...]

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Book Review: St. Francis of Assisi by G. K. Chesterton

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Chesterton takes on a challenging task in writing a biography of Saint Francis of Assisi. Francis was beloved in his own life time, so even the earliest sources are bound to exaggerate (if not make up) stories. Or at least skeptics can assume so. And Francis’s life was well over five hundred years ago leaving [Read More...]

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The Lord by Romano Guardini

The Lord by Romano Guardini That Jesus’ task “is consummated” must be true, because he says so (John 19:30). Yet what a spectacle of failure! His word rejected, his message misunderstood, his commands ignored. None the less, his appointed task is accomplished, through obedience to the death—that obedience whose purity counterbalances the sins of a [Read More...]

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Book Reviews: Finding Happiness and First Cause Arguments

Finding True Happiness: Satisfying Our Restless Hearts (Happiness, Suffering, and Transcendence) by Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, SJ. In some ways this is a seemingly odd book bringing together arguments from physics, a technical analysis of the four levels of happiness, along with help with prayer. Moving from physics to prayer. Still as a whole it [Read More...]

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Dante’s 750th Birthday, Pope Francis and Some Good Reading

On the eve of the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the Holy Father expresses his hope that during this year the figure of Dante and his work will also accompany us on this personal and community path. “Indeed”, he remarks, “the Comedy may be read as a great itinerary, or rather as a true pilgrimage, both [Read More...]

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The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne This was a great book. It was very different from The Scarlet Letter style-wise with lots of description which set mood, tone, and gave layers of additional meaning. Luckily, I’ve been reading so much Dickens lately that I was able to recognize when to abandon my [Read More...]

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Book Review: Triumph by H. W. Crocker III

Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church by H. W. Crocker III   With a title like Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church, any reader can make a reasonable guess about the attitude of author H. W. Crocker III. He’s as pro-Catholic a writer as you may ever [Read More...]

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