Roald Dahl > John Steinbeck (up to a point)

Today was Roald Dahl Day. You've probably read all the famous books by him -- James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Witches (which is seriously disturbing), The BFG, The Twits. I loved them all when I was a kid, and I'm more or less happy to see my kids enjoying them; but as an adult re-reading them, the constant drumbeat of "challenge authority" is worrisome.If you read Dahl's autobiography of his childhood, Boy, it's obvious why he wrote his children's books the … [Read more...]

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The Sinner’s Guide to NFP is on sale for NFP Awareness Week!

In honor of nobody's favorite week of the year, my book's on sale all week! The paperback version, (usually $9-10) is now $5 (only when you order direct from OSV). The Kindle version (which you can read on any computer -- you just need to download the Kindle app), which is usually $4.99, is now $2.99. These prices will hold until  July 27th, so step lively! … [Read more...]

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Is Your Facebook Feed the Sea of Galilee or the Dead Sea?

I don't have non-Catholic and secular Facebook friends merely because I want to proselytize them (although I try to answer any questions they have about my faith, and I'm delighted when I hear that they have learned something about the Church through me!). Instead, I have non-Catholic and secular Facebook friends because I like them, and find them interesting -- and yes, I learn from them. Of course I do.Read the rest at the Register. P.S.:  I heartily recommend the book I mention, Peter … [Read more...]

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What book gets your region right?

It's hard to say which is more satisfying: a book that introduces you to a fascinating, new, unfamiliar world, or a book which is set in a time and place that you know intimately, and which really nails it.For me, The Dogs of March by Ernest Hebert is a great example of the latter. It's set in a fictional small town of Darby, New Hampshire, and man, is it familiar. It gives us painfully accurate picture of the small town full of foster children, incestuous shack people, pompous little fief … [Read more...]

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Autographed books about marriage for Valentine’s Day

I'm not going to tell you to get your wife a book or two for Valentine's Day, but IF you are VERY SURE that she would want a book or two for Valentine's Day, here's a deal for you: I'm offering ... The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning (OSV list price $9.95) and Catholic and Married: Leaning Into Love (OSV list price $14.95) with my chapter, called "Mirrors Around a Flame: The Gift of Children". This is a new book from OSV. You can read a nice review of it at Aleteia he … [Read more...]

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That time you were so busy, you forgot you wrote that book

Well, one chapter of it, anyway.This is so dang stupid. Right before supper, FedEx delivers a box of ten copies of Catholic and Married: Leaning Into Love , which looks good, but I have never heard of it, and I certainly didn't order ten copies. So I fire off a note to the publisher, saying that I think I got the author's shipment by mistake, and what should I do with them? Ha ha, I says to myself, I'm not the only one who flakes out from time to time! They don't even know who wrote their own … [Read more...]

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First Things likes The Sinner’s Guide to NFP!

Reviewer Christine Emba says in First Things: What especially recommends The Sinner’s Guide to a broader ­audience is Fisher’s ability to use NFP as a starting point to engage with the larger and more universal questions facing anyone attempting to live out a Christian life day to day. What is prudence? How does one persevere in adversity? What does charity actually look like in relationships, and in daily life? As Fisher asks, “Does God just hate women, or what?” The question “Is it the right t … [Read more...]

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