At the Register: Something Other than God: Jennifer Fulwiler’s New Memoir


. . . is great! Of course it is. But it's even better than I expected.   Don't you love the cover? It's finally ready for just plain buying, rather than pre-ordering. And check out Jennifer's site for the launch party including a HUGE contest with LOTS of excellent prizes. Dammit, it's no fair that someone who write so well should also be such an excellent promoter! Well, I hear she has big feet, so there's some comfort. … [Read more...]

At the Register: Great New Children’s Book about the Papacy (updated with link this time!)

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Our Holy Father, the Pope:  The Papacy from Saint Peter to the Present would make a very good addition to the library of any Catholic child.  Quick review here. This week or next, I'll be doing a few more book reviews of some of the excellent children's books coming out of Ignatius/Magnificat.  … [Read more...]

Help me load my iPad with freebies!

At first I was going to give it to someone, and then I thought I would raffle it for a good cause, then I thought it would make a great prize, and then I realized I WANT THIS.

The other day, I was amazed and delighted to hear that I had won second prize in Catholic Vote's contest. First prize was a trip for two two Rome for the upcoming beatifications, which would have been niiiice, but I am beyond thrilled at what I did win, as top referrer: a spiffy new iPad Mini!I understand its microwhatever is roughly as powerful as the International Space Station and that the touchscreen can, by analyzing the electrolyte content in my fingertips, predict the very moment … [Read more...]

Cisgendered Bears and Other Horrible Things That Have Happened to My Mommy Brain

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A few weeks ago, a mom of my acquaintance got The Three Little Bears from the library, but was irritated to discover that the story had been bowdlerized for 21st century sensitivities.  Gone were the heteronormative Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear. Instead, we just had three genderinoffensive bears, one big, one medium, and one small. What. A. Crock. But when she posted a picture, I thought, Wait, that's got to be Paul Galdone, who has been illustrating for a lo-o-o-ong time. … [Read more...]

At the Register: Reading Suggestions for Lent

Sixteen great books I've read or mean to read for Lent. … [Read more...]

Advice for mom who is unexpectedly expecting?

A reader writes: Dear Simcha, do you have any reading material suggestions (in print or online) for me?  I have an adorable 8 month old and just found out I am unexpectedly expecting another one!  I intellectually know this is a blessing but yet could use some encouragement about how to overcome the panic? My answer: First of all, congratulations on your pregnancy, AND don't feel like you have to Feel the Right Thing right away. I always figure it takes nine months to get used to the idea of b … [Read more...]

Book giveaway! A Little Book About Confession for Children

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As promised: I'm giving away one copy of Kendra Tierney's A Little Book About Confession for Children from Ignatius and Magnificat.This lovely, thorough, practical guide to confession is pretty much everything you could ask for in a book about confession for kids. It's simple but not fluffy in the slightest, and would also make a fine guide for teenagers or adults who never understood the sacrament well. The pictures are nothing special, but the book is very clear and well designed. … [Read more...]