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?

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...]

“Strange Gods” heads into 3rd Printing, with Study Guide!

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I know, I know, I haven't done my "comprehensive" list of good reads for Christmas, or my annual Christmas Gift Ideas post -- they're coming, I promise -- but first let me share this because I'm having a bad, overwhelmed day where all I can do is fight on Twitter and quote T.S. Eliot, and announcing this makes me feel better!Coming soon, a third printing of Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life, with a Study Guide included (as they say) "by popular demand"!That's cool, … [Read more...]

The Catholic Book Blogger comes to Patheos!

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Back when Strange Gods was first released, I got an email from a friendly fellow named Pete Socks whose site, The Catholic Book Blogger, was about six months old.He gave my book a spanking review and also shot me some fun and interesting questions for an interview, and I began to follow Pete's work. I was impressed with his energy, his willingness to read and read when the books sometimes flow in more quickly than most of us can manage them, and to conduct lively give-aways. Along with … [Read more...]

Advent Reading Recommendations 2013 – UPDATED

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Julie Davis beat me to it, but as usual, I have some Advent Reading ideas -- and more than one of them would also make terrific Christmas gifts:Topping the List, because I just think it's so cool to have music specific to Advent to access at this time: The Benedictines of Mary's must-have recording, Advent at Ephesus. If you didn't get it last year, do yourself a favor and gift yourself with this glorious music, which is the antidote to all the noise that is about to come upon us. Listen … [Read more...]

Books in the Mail! Books Over the Air! – UPDATED

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When I started blogging, I used to watch Instapundit make note of books he'd received in the mail, (even, eventually, making note of mine!) and I would be so jealous, thinking, "I want that! I want people to send me books in the mail!"I have come to understand why Glenn Reynolds makes a quick mention, when a book comes in, rather than waiting until he gets a chance to read them. The books, once they start coming in, tend to um...pile up quickly!Don't get me wrong. I love getting new … [Read more...]


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