Social Justice and Mercy: “Two Threads of the Same Helix”

For yourself, for the world, read this book!

All it takes to sustain a culture war is a few select voices shouting in ideological indignation and people who are willing to label themselves “left” or “right” and then fall in line. In the 21st Century, this uncompromising mindset is creating economic and political stagnation and a socio-political distrust that is destroying us.It doesn’t have to be this way. With Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World, author Brandon Vogt dares to suggest that our world might be saved f … [Read more...]

Before October’s Synod on the Family, Read this Book!

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When the Patheos Book Club told me they were going to be featuring the paperback release of Mary Eberstadt's How the West Really Lost God, I wondered what else I could possibly say to recommend the book? I had brought it up -- not once, but twice -- at First Things, and referenced it here on the blog a number of times -- always with the recommendation that people read it for themselves because How the West Really Lost God gives us a fresh, and very wise, perspective on how we as a society (and … [Read more...]

Blegging What to Read, Retreat Topics, Book Subjects

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So, I owe some apologies. If you've asked me to review your book, or to read your pdf, or to write a book for you, and I haven't gotten to reading it, or offering assessment, or um, writing the thing due in August, I am really, really sorry.I truly intend to do all of those things, or most of them, and have them done by the end of summer. Right now, there is just an awful lot of material coming in, breaking stories, very long workweeks, exercise regimes, prayer hours, boatloads of email, a … [Read more...]

Top Reasons to Admire Jennifer Fulwiler

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By now you've likely seen the book trailer wherein 32 authors and one banana take turns reading from Jennifer Fulwiler's long-awaited book, Something Other than God.I was flattered to be asked to blurb the book (which I read in one sitting, from a pdf, on my iphone, which is really all you need to know about how good it is!) and I wrote:This book could have been called Indiana Fulwiler and the Quest for Truth. This personal conversion story reads like an adventure novel one cannot put … [Read more...]

The “it’s an honor to be mentioned” cliche

Strange Gods, now with Study Guide!

You know that whole, "it's an honor just to be nominated" thing that people say when they discover they're up for some sort of award?It's a true thing! I know, it sounds hackneyed and cliched and false, but it's a reality.I know it's a reality, because the Association for Catholic Publisher’s Excellence in Publishing Awards has announced their finalists for titles published in 2013, and I just learned that Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life is one of them! It is a f … [Read more...]

Harry and Hermione, Agape and Narrative Thrust: What do you think?

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Leah Libresco is deeply gratified that JK Rowling regrets putting Ron and Hermione:It’s not just that Ron seems less intelligent and inquisitive than Hermione in the books, but that her joy in research and making connections leave him uninterested at best and impatient or contemptuous at worst. And she hardly seems to share his interest in Quidditch or Wizard Chess. Couples don’t need to share every interest, but a partner who checks out when you’re at your most engaged and joyful is bad n … [Read more...]

The New School: Saving Education from Itself

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The Federal Reserve also found that those with student loan debt were less likely to purchase houses or cars than those without student loans. This isn't surprising. [Such debt] doesn't encourage people to live large. But with young people traditionally being a major source of demand in both the housing and auto markets, two areas deemed important to economic recovery and prosperity -- buying first houses and first cars and then moving up to something fancier every few years -- this burden is … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Has a Favorite Book for Christmas!

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It was a secret, but the folks at Ave Maria Press sort of spilled the beans!Wait, what's that in his hand? What is he getting ready to put on the tree? Let's take a closer look!Oh, it's my book! He must have heard that the next printing will include a study guide, which you can also find right here if you care (or dare) to further explore the role idols play in your life!I'm actually kind of relieved that he is not holding my other book in his hand because you know, it's a … [Read more...]

Christmas Gift Ideas, Part II: BOOKS and DVD’s – UPDATED!

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For the first time ever, I've had to split the Annual Gift Ideas post into two part. Part I, which is all about appliances, clothes and really mostly girly things can be found here.Now, for books, music and DVD's!On DVD's: okay, given that Pope Francis was just named Time Magazine's Person of the Year, this one is a no-brainer: Francis, the Pope from the New WorldIf your family loves Downton Abbey a video set is a nice idea, but incomplete, as the series is still running. This … [Read more...]

John Allen’s Stark Reality of a Global War on Christians – UPDATED

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Deacon Greg Kandra has linked to the words of an Orthodox Priest, Fr. Peter-Michael Preble, who is sketching out the difference between what American Christians perceive as persecution, and what what real persecution is:Are you, as a Christian, prevented by anyone from setting up a Christmas tree in your home? Are you, as a Christian, prevented from attending the church of your choice on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?. . .Have armed rebels stormed your church or home and taken you hostage … [Read more...]


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