Gospel of Mark Week: 2- More about the manuscript and some context

A couple of additional items to add to our previous look at the author of Mark and the manuscript. A fragment of 1st century manuscript of the Gospel of Mark has been discovered. We might think this is not that big a deal, but this bit of the interview about it shows the difference it [Read More...]

It’s a romance, it’s a ghost story, it’s like Oliver Twist: “Jane Eyre” at A Good Story is Hard to Find

Scott and I discuss whether men can read Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre versus The Hunger Games … and Scott’s one big question. All on A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast. [Read more...]

Gospel of Mark Week: 1 – The Author and the Manuscript – UPDATED

So I’m reading this really great Catholic commentary on the Gospel of Mark and I remembered that I have a ton of Bible study stuff for the Gospel of Mark. So lets go through it together. I like the idea that the Gospel of Mark is just about as close to an eyewitness account as [Read More...]

Reading Art by a Painting Nun

Painted by Sister Isabella Guerra Found at lines and colors where you may see more of Sister Isabella Guerra’s luminous paintings and read about her. Sister Isabel Guerra is a nun at the Cistercian monastery of Santa Lucia, Zaragoza in Spain. She is a self-taught painter whose work in oil is often strikingly realistic, at [Read More...]

Catholic Thriller Week Finale: Sons of Cain by Val Bianco

Here’s the book I was reading that made me remember all those Catholic thrillers I highlighted last week. Good, evil, angels, demons, and a new breed of Knight Templar with (naturally) hearts of gold. Sons of Cain by Val Bianco You’re either going to love this thriller or hate it. It has a definite Catholic [Read More...]

Catholic Thriller Week: Valley of the Bones by Michael Gruber

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I’m slipping this in under the “thriller” category but it is actually a mystery. Valley of the Bones by Michael Gruber is hands-down one of the most interesting books I have ever read in. Gritty and very Catholic, it is without the usual trappings found in a mystery. In Miami, a man is hit on [Read More...]

Catholic Thriller Week: Bleeder by John Desjarlais

Reed Stubblefield is on his way to his brother’s cabin in a small Illinois town. He needs time to recuperate from a debilitating injury, he is traumatized by his wife’s recent death, and he is writing a book. A little peace and quiet are just what the doctor ordered, right? Wrong. Of course, Reed is [Read More...]

Catholic Thriller Week: Dimiter by William Peter Blatty

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Written for SFFaudio, book provided by publisher. In 1973 a nameless prisoner is being tortured in an Albanian prison, where “grace and hope had never touched.” Colonel Vlora, known as “The Interrogator,” is frustrated and mystified by a man they have come to call The Prisoner because they cannot even make him speak. Is he [Read More...]

Catholic Thriller Week: The Death of a Pope by Piers Paul Read

It is not often that I receive a book around 1:00 in the afternoon and finish it by 10:00 the next morning. This thriller was compelling enough to keep me reading at every opportunity so that I did precisely that. Juan Uriarte, a former priest known for his compassion for the marginalized in third world [Read More...]

Catholic Thriller Week: The Secret Cardinal by Tom Grace

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After distributing the bread of the Eucharist, Yin offered the wine, reenacting a ritual that originated with the Passover Seder Jesus shared with his closest friends on the eve of his crucifixion. The simple act brought Yin and his congregants into communion with a billion other Roman Catholics around the world and with God.Yin had [Read More...]


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