Category: Books

The Little Ones, the Hidden Ones, the Saints

The Little Ones, the Hidden Ones, the Saints

[ 3 ] June 30, AD 2014 |

Somber. Quiet. Reflective. These are some of the feelings that marked last weekend’s centennial commemoration of the start of World War I. Although the historical causes are complex, this much is true: Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary was assassinated by a Serbian nationalist, Gavrilo Princip, one hundred years ago on June 28th, 1914. From this […]

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Book Review: Gene Wolfe’s <em>The Wizard Knight</em>

Book Review: Gene Wolfe’s The Wizard Knight

[ 3 ] June 24, AD 2014 |

An entertaining book might be enjoyed on the first reading, but discarded after the second. A good book, on the other hand, gets better after the second reading, and a great one never grows old no matter how ancient. One might learn more upon the fiftieth reading of Plato’s Republic than from the first or […]

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My Dream Has Come True

My Dream Has Come True

[ 2 ] June 18, AD 2014 |

If 10 years ago you were to have told me I would be a Christian, I would not have believed you. If five years ago you were to have told me I would be a Catholic, I might have puked. If on the day of my confirmation to the Catholic Church you were to have […]

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Book Review: <i>Partners in Holiness</i> by Melaine Ryther

Book Review: Partners in Holiness by Melaine Ryther

[ 1 ] June 17, AD 2014 |

Goodreads | Amazon Partners in Holiness is a poignant book telling us little-known stories about saints and how their angels guided them. It is a powerful reminder of how our Guardian Angels are ever-present, helping us in times of trouble. We can’t see these friends, and usually forget their presence. The book opened my eyes […]

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Five Books That Changed My Life

Five Books That Changed My Life

[ 16 ] June 17, AD 2014 |

Books come into our lives at different times for different purposes, sort of like friends. And like friends, some have a great impact and stay with you forever. Here is a list of five books (aside from Sacred Scripture) that have changed my life. It is not a reflection of the five best books out there, […]

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Book Review: Under the Influence of Jesus

Book Review: Under the Influence of Jesus

[ 3 ] June 3, AD 2014 |

Under the Influence of Jesus: The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ by Joe Paprocki (Loyola Press, 168 pages, $15.95) Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Loyola Press for my honest review. Accessible, humorous, earnest, and faithful are all words I would use to describe the latest book by Joe Paprocki, a national consultant […]

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Is Water Boring?

Is Water Boring?

[ 2 ] May 21, AD 2014 |

“Water is so ordinary it’s boring.” I said that the other day. I was tired of hearing the refrain from “Bring Me Little Water, Sylvie,” and in my tiredness, I was not thinking like a Theology major. My roommate (who, it so happens, is not a Theology major), brought me back to earth by asking: […]

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Someone, Please, Like Me…

Someone, Please, Like Me…

[ 3 ] May 12, AD 2014 |

“Stockholm syndrome, individuals’ desperate attempts to become like their captors.  On a lesser scale it was why good German citizens followed Hitler, Ryan said.  Or why any person might compromise his or her convictions without realizing he or she was doing so to be accepted.  To be wanted. The world was suffering from Stockholm syndrome.” […]

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Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and the Catholic Imagination

Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and the Catholic Imagination

[ 1 ] May 8, AD 2014 |

Growing up, I spent most of my childhood reading, writing, and pretending I lived in fantastical stories. As I got older, I wondered how I could return to the wonderful world of fairyland. Now that I am a mama to a brave knight and princess, I find that I never left. I have come to […]

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Something Other Than God – a Vlog Review of Jennifer Fulwiler’s New Memoir

Something Other Than God – a Vlog Review of Jennifer Fulwiler’s New Memoir

[ 0 ] April 25, AD 2014 |

Something Other Than God is the long awaited memoir from popular blogger Jennifer Fulwiler. The book, which is published by Ignatius Press, is a fantastic read and not just for Jen’s loyal base of blog readers. You can hear the rest of my thoughts on the Something Other Than God in the vlog below.   You can watch […]

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Book Review: Saints and Social Justice by Brandon Vogt

Book Review: Saints and Social Justice by Brandon Vogt

[ 0 ] April 12, AD 2014 |

Brandon Vogt has written a masterpiece in Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World (OSV, May 2014). Brandon’s writing and theological talents have been sharpened to the tenth degree with Saint-master  mentor, Bert Ghezzi (author of Voices of the Saints) and Word on Fire powerhouses Steve Grunow and Father Robert Barron in […]

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‘Consuming the Word’ – Something to Chew On

‘Consuming the Word’ – Something to Chew On

[ 0 ] March 14, AD 2014 |

A Book Review on Scott Hahn’s “Consuming the Word” I have always enjoyed Scott Hahn’s writing style. He makes theology personal and relatable. Almost anyone can pick up one of his short books and get an awful lot out of them. Depending on where one is on his or her faith journey would determine the […]

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Are We a Well Read Culture?

Are We a Well Read Culture?

[ 3 ] March 10, AD 2014 |

Two years ago when the first Hunger Games movie was released, I wanted to be in the know because all my friends were talking about the books and movie. Consequently, I wanted to read the first book before seeing the film. I read the first of Suzanne Collins trilogy which I found to be a […]

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Romancing the Religion

Romancing the Religion

[ 2 ] February 3, AD 2014 |

Forgive the (now somewhat dated) reference to the 80s movie, Romancing the Stone. In his latest book, Fr. Dwight Longenecker seeks to romance something even more valuable than a precious green jewel. The Romance of Religion seems like a strange title, at first blush. “What,” after all, “is so romantic about religion?” Religion seems like the hidebound […]

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Book Review: <i>Go in Peace</i> by Pope John Paul II

Book Review: Go in Peace by Pope John Paul II

[ 0 ] January 29, AD 2014 |

One night I had a lot of questions about life and serving others. I felt like I wasn’t doing enough, or that I wasn’t doing it right. I felt like I was wandering with no direction, and didn’t trust God to let Him take control. That night was not fun–so I picked up a book I […]

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Treason, Good Catholic Historical Fiction

Treason, Good Catholic Historical Fiction

[ 5 ] January 6, AD 2014 |

I got a neat book for Christmas called Treason, published by Sophia Institute Press and written by Dena Hunt. I was doubly interested in this book: first because I love historical fiction, especially one with a Catholic milieu, and second because I am slowly working on my own historical fiction book about the “schism” of AD […]

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