Backlog of books

There are a lot of books I’ve received to review recently, including three today. I’m going to get to all of them, I promise. And to give you some idea of what is to come, here are the books that I’ll be reviewing in the coming weeks and months:

Ossa Latinitatis Sola (Fr. Reginald Foster and Daniel McCarthy)

A Catechism for Business (Joseph Capizzi)

The Incarnate Lord: a Thomistic Study in Christology (Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP)

He Leadeth Me (Fr. Walter Ciszek, SJ)

Evangelical Catholicism (George Weigel)

The Philanthropic Revolution (Jeremy Beer)

Anything You Want (Derek Sivers)

Behold the Man (Harold Burke-Sivers)

Navigating the Tiber (Devin Rose)

Padre Pio (Fr. Francesco Napolitano)

Candles in the Dark (Joseph Pearce)

The Barefoot Lawyer (Chen Guangcheng)

Passion for Truth (Fr. Juan Velez)

Blood of a Stone (Jeanne Gassman)

Hard Sayings (Trent Horn)

Grace in the Wilderness (Br. Francis de Sales Wagner, OSB)

The Coup at Catholic University (Peter M. Mitchell)

As you can tell, I have my work cut out for me–in addition to the other books and things that come my way. So, off to work.

Revival (Stephen King)

Revival was the first Stephen King novel I’ve read in a while. A long while. But it was worth it. Revival is not a coming-of-age story, but it has elements of that. It’s not a conversion story, but there are deep spiritual lines running through it. It’s not necessarily a story about the vicissitudes of friendship over decades, but that too plays a significant role in the book. The work is, like much of King’s writings, a mix of many themes and character relationships that all join together to tell a wonderful story.I will not recite a plot summary here because¬†you should read it for yourself. But these themes create a wonderful story. Continue reading “Revival (Stephen King)”

Memento Mori

St. Bruno and the call to contemplationRemember death. It’s the constant thought of the monk, and is beautifully described in this story about the monks on Mt. Athos that aired on 60 Minutes some years ago. Having death in front of your mind puts a clearer perspective on many things in life. It reminds me of a prayer of St. Thomas More that I keep in my wallet. It is a powerful refutation of what this world holds up as important and worthy of pursuit.

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