Resources Week: “Catechism Class” is Like Spark Notes for Catholic Books

Y’all know that I’m all about book reviews. But there is another way to evaluate a great many Catholic books. We realize that the vast majority of Catholics want to read classic and contemporary Catholic books but due to time constraints, they are able to actually only read a small number of them.  We have [Read More...]

1st Corinthians and the LCWR: Mourning and a Wake Up Call to Repentance

This isn’t the usual stuff on my “bookshelf” but I’m including it because it shows how fruitful and possibly dangerous Bible study can be. If you’re not careful you will begin applying it to your own life. And to your relationship with others … and God. Hey, you might even become closer to the person [Read More...]

Apocalypse Week: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

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Zombies, Zombies Everywhere It goes by many names: “The Crisis,” “The Dark Years,” “The WalkingPlague,” as well as newer and more “hip” titles such as “World War Z” or “Z War One.” I personally dislike this last moniker as it implies an inevitable “Z War Two.” For me, it will always be “The Zombie War,” [Read More...]

Apocalypse Week: Neeta Lyfe: Zombie Exterminator by Karina Fabian

Those Zombies Are Nothing That a Little Lysol (and a great big chainsaw) Can’t Clean Up Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator, is a fun romp through the zombie genre that is more akin to Shaun of the Dead than to the more “serious” zombie books I’ve read (World War Z, The Reapers Are The Angels). The [Read More...]

Flannery O’Connor at A Good Story is Hard to Find Podcast

Julie talks Scott’s leg off, but since it isn’t wooden he gets to keep it? Confused? So are we, but we bravely discuss three of Flannery O’Connor’s stories: A Good Man is Hard to Find, The River, and Good Country People. And find out what happens when we leave the recorder running for another five [Read More...]

Apocalypse Week: Mercury Rises by Robert Kroese

So You Stopped the Apocalypse. What Are You Going to Do Now? Finch went on, “If these people spent as much time trying to develop a written language as they did making up deities, they wouldn’t be in this jam. they’ve got rain gods, cloud gods, sun gods…I’ve documented three hundred different deities so far, [Read More...]

Apocalypse Week: Mercury Falls by Robert Kroese

Who Knew Armageddon Could Be So Funny? He carried the ketchup bottle to the breakfast nook and popped open the lid. Time to do some serious damage, he thought. But there was only about half a bottle of ketchup and, and he wanted to make it count. He didn’t want to just make random blotches [Read More...]

Apocalypse Week: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

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All Hell is Breaking Loose. With Hilarious Results. In the beginning ——————- It was a nice day. All the days had been nice. There had been rather more than seven of them so far, and rain hadn’t been invented yet. But clouds massing east of Eden suggested that the first thunderstorm was on its way, [Read More...]

Art of Reading: Still Life with Japanese Children’s Book

Still Life with Japanese Children’s Book (also known as A Japanese Tale) Claude Raguet Hirst – circa 1890-1899 via lines and colors where there is interesting information about Claude Hirst. Image from The Athenaeum where you may see many more of Hirst’s paintings [Read more...]

Same Kind of Happy as Me: Reviewing “A People of Hope: Archbishop Timothy Dolan in Conversation with John L. Allen, Jr.”

Probably my chief professional frustration is that the Catholic Church I have come to know from the inside—the warmth and laughter one finds in most Catholic circles, the rich intellectual tradition, the vast body of lore, the incredible range of characters, the deep desire to do good, the abiding faith against all odds that thrives [Read More...]


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