Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang

Boxers & Saints Boxed Set by Gene Luen Yang My rating: 5 of 5 stars Jen Ambrose’s discussion both introduced me to these books and got me interested. Then I saw that other much trusted readers (the Hodges) were all on board and that got me really, really interested. These are graphic novels which I [Read More...]

Celebrating Mary and Pilgrimaging to Jesus


I love May for a LOT of reasons, not least of which because it’s a month of usually lovely weather. This May finds me reading two books that are helping me appreciate the loveliness of two of my favorite people: Jesus and Mary. One is a book you’d expect to use for prayer, and the [Read More...]

This Just In: Something Other Than God by Jennifer Fulwiler

Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It by Jennifer Fulwiler Snagged a review copy! This got here yesterday afternoon. FIRST IMPRESSIONSI have to say I flipped to the first page, where the camp counselor is going down the line publicly asking the little girls if they give their heart [Read More...]

Why Science Does Not Disprove God by Amir D. Aczel

Why Science Does Not Disprove God by Amir D. Aczel My rating: 3 of 5 stars Short version: I want to believe Aczel’s arguments. However, some of the inaccuracies in nonscientific areas made me wonder if he was trustworthy in the science. Full Review THE GOOD The purpose of this book is to defend the [Read More...]

Suspect by Robert Crais

Suspect by Robert Crais My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a book any dog lover will enjoy. That is if they also enjoy thriller/mystery books. A traumatized police officer and a traumatized war dog (German Shepherd Maggie) help each other get back to full life while working on the case that killed the [Read More...]

Books for Praying Stations of the Cross with Children

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You know what I love about our Catholic faith? There’s always next year. Or next week. Or, hey, the next hour! Here it is, Good Friday. Have I prayed the Stations? No, I have not, and don’t even ASK if I’ve prayed them with my children. My litany of excuses is long and impressive, but [Read More...]

Code Zero by Jonathan Maberry

Code Zero by Jonathan Maberry My rating: 5 of 5 stars SHORT VERSION: WOAH. This is the worthy sequel to Patient Zero. At one point, Rudy Sanchez says that “this has done something fundamental to the American people.” I’ll tell you this. It did something fundamental to me. It was exciting, suspenseful, terrifying, and haunted [Read More...]

The Adventure Bible Handbook


Now that my oldest, who’s nine and in the third grade, is an avid reader, I’m always on the lookout for ways to introduce her to Bible stories, again and again. So when the Adventure Bible Handbook, by Robin Schmitt & David Frees (Zondervan, 2013) came my way, I was thrilled. I was even more thrilled [Read More...]

Book Review: Catholicism

This partial review is part of a blog tour for the recently released paperback edition of Fr. Barron’s Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith. This blog tour is focused on reviewing one chapter from this book. So I will be looking at Chapter 10 – World Without End: The Last Things which [Read More...]

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...]