Book Review: James and the Giant Peach


James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl James Henry Trotter had a happy childhood until the age of four. His parents went to London on a shopping trip and were eaten by runaway rhinoceros from the zoo. James goes to live with his aunts, Sponge and Spiker, who are the most horrible aunts you [Read More...]

Book Review: In This House of Brede


Phillipa Talbot is a successful British woman who is a mid-level bureaucrat in the government, a high position for a woman in the 1950s. Her staff adores her and she has a small set of close friends. But she has a secret–she’s been exploring a vocation as a nun at a Benedictine abbey. As the [Read More...]

Book Review – Memoirs of a Happy Failure

When I first came across Alice Von Hildebrand while watching Mother Angelica Live I was rapidly impressed with her. Her quick wit, intelligence, and common sense was a delight. Since then I have been interested in what she had to say. Around the same time I became acquainted with the works of her late husband [Read More...]

Book Review – Transforming Parish Communications

My conversion to the faith and the rise of the Internet and social networking occurred in roughly the same time period. So my interest in this intersection regarding how it relates to the faith has been continually of interest to me. EWTN and Catholic Answers both had websites around 1996 and the Vatican came on [Read More...]

Book Review: The Art of Roughhousing


Modern life is rather sedentary. Kids are more likely to sit in front of big screens or down with little screens for unhealthy lengths of time. They spend their free time typing or swiping or just watching. This is one way for kids to play, but is it the best way? Drs. Anthony DeBenedet and [Read More...]

Book Review: The Accidental Marriage


A lesbian couple in San Francisco decides to have a baby but money is tight. Diane, who really wants the baby, convinces Megan to have the baby. To save on the artificial insemination fees, Megan’s gay friend Scott volunteers to donate sperm and she’ll use an at-home kit to “plant the seeds.” The first two [Read More...]

These Just In: Interesting Books for the New Year

Two devotionals arrived in a very timely fashion on New Year’s Eve. Obviously I haven’t had a chance to use either but they are both very appealing to my love of the saints and interest in the desert fathers. A Daily Catholic Moment: Ten Minutes a Day Alone With God by Peter Celano Simple, straightforward, [Read More...]

My 2014 Book Awards, Part 2

More awards which should speak for themselves. (Links go to reviews.) DON’T HATE ME BECAUSE I’M BEAUTIFUL S. A HECKUVA GOOD TIME Pretty Good Number One Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore IN MY HEAD, EVERY DAY A Song for Nagasaki The Smile of a Ragpicker Jane Austen’s books NOW IT MAKES SENSE! Would You Baptize an [Read More...]

My 2014 Book Awards, Part I

Rather than take my usual “defined in 10 words” route, these book awards should be self-explanatory. (Links go to my reviews.) MARRY ME The Rosie Project Cruel Beauty IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S ME Les Miserables WORTH BEING CRUSHED IN BED The Source WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?  Nancie McDermott Jane Austen WHY DID [Read More...]

Book Review – Manual for Spiritual Warfare

One of the gems I got for review late last year was A Year With the Saints: Daily Meditations With the Holy Ones of God. by Paul Thigpen. In the past when I got a book in this format I would just read through all the daily meditations to see if everything was good. I [Read More...]