Good Pope, Bad Pope by Mike Aquilina

Good Pope, Bad Pope: Their Lives, Our Lessons by Mike Aquilina My rating: 5 of 5 stars Of course, we all know about Pope Francis. Even when he became a bishop and then a cardinal, he was in the habit of walking rather than riding, fasting, staying up all night to pray, and in general [Read More...]

Feasts of Judaism by Stephen J. Binz

Feasts of Judaism by Stephen J. Binz My rating: 5 of 5 stars Catholics hear a lot about how the Jewish people are their “elder brothers in the faith.” Other than reading the Old Testament aloud every Sunday, however, you aren’t given a lot of backup for this statement. Some similarities in worship are obvious [Read More...]

Just Married by Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak

Just Married: The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Five Years of Marriage by Gregory K. Popcak My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is now the book I’m going to give newlyweds. I wish we’d had it when we got married. I wasn’t religious at all then and my husband was [Read More...]

Win a “CATHOLICISM” Trip to Rome and Paris

I’m a real fan of Father Robert Barron’s book Catholicism (my review here). When my husband and I helped with RCIA last year, they were using the DVD series to supplement the classes and we fell in love with those as well. I am delighted to see how well the book has done (over 100,000 [Read More...]

This Just In — Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin

Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James J. Martin I am a fan of Father James Martin’s books, especially A Jesuit on Broadway. When Scott chose this book for our next religious book discussion at A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast, I was on board, having been interested since I first saw it mentioned at [Read More...]

Lenten Reading Ideas

I have no clue what I’m going to read for Lent. Usually I choose something special but I may just keep going with my current book, The Medium and the Light: Reflections on Religion and Media by Marshall McLuhan. Yes, you read that right. It’s by “the medium is the message” Marshall McLuhan who happened [Read More...]

Review: Lent at Ephesus

If you own or have heard either of the two albums by “Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles” then all you need to know is that Lent at Ephesus is now available. Otherwise if you are unaware of their recordings it is certainly time to acquaint yourself with them. At the end of 2012 they [Read More...]

Review: The Romance of Religion

Fr. Dwight Logenecker’s new book The Romance of Religion: Fighting for Goodness, Truth, and Beauty is somewhat of a sequel to his previous book Adventures in Orthodoxy. Being that the previous books is one of my favorites I was very happy to see this book. Fr. Longenecker was kind enough to send me an advance [Read More...]

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge My rating: 5 of 5 stars I was raised to marry a monster. How’s that for a first line? From that moment we are immersed in a world which has been ripped out of time, suffering a curse which Nyx has been pledged from birth to break by marriage to [Read More...]

The Immediate Book Meme – Julie’s Answers

DarwinCatholic’s got a book meme. That means I’m playing. (Jen played too.) With the caveat that I’m always reading too many books simultaneously. Here we go! There are plenty of memes that want to know all about your book history and your all-time greats and your grand ambitions, but let’s focus on something more revealing: [Read More...]