Amazing Grace’s Brief Run on Broadway Draws to a Close

A few weeks ago, writing over at the National Catholic Register, I told the story of a new Broadway musical, Amazing Grace. The script was the work of first-time playwright Christopher Smith, a former police officer, and told the story of John Newton, who penned the classic hymn "Amazing Grace." In August, I wrote:Young John Newton was familiar with the sea: He was only 11 years old when he first set sail with his father. By the age of 18, he’d accepted a position as a slave master in Ja … [Read more...]

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SAY YES! Lisa Hendey Shows You How

Okay, let's cut right to the chase: Lisa Hendey wants to be on Survivor. I mention this because it's that revelation in Lisa's new book, The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living, that caught me completely off guard and made me laugh out loud. Lisa is a busy evangelizer--writing, travelling, speaking, podcasting, running her CatholicMom.com website.  That she would aspire to spending 39 days on a desert island without coffee or WiFi, communing with the Cr … [Read more...]

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The Thorny Grace of It: Essays for Imperfect Catholics

I’ve gotten completely lost in this book.  Picked it up, read three pages.  Put it down, turned out the light.  Turned on the light, read just two more pages….  Laughed out loud.  Really, I can’t stop reading, laughing, crying, can’t stop myself from sharing stories with my husband or whoever will listen.I’m talking about Brian Doyle’s newest book, The Thorny Grace of It: And Other Essays for Imperfect Catholics.  Not a weighty tome, it’s a carefree book of essays which meander through the ha … [Read more...]

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