Only One Option

Name it what you will, but in the end, there is only one option for Christians in today's world. Rod Dreher's insightful recent work, The Benedict Option, is but one iteration of it. There are others espousing the Dominican Option, the Franciscan Option, even the Justin Martyr Option. But for as many feast days as there are on … Continue reading Only One Option

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A lesson in mercy

I'd never read The Merchant of Venice until tonight. And I do not have significant exposure to Shakespeare generally. In this Year of Mercy, I found the discussion of mercy and justice very profound. In Act IV, Scene 1, Portia, acting as the judge, is discussing with Shylock his insistence that Antonio pay a pound of … Continue reading A lesson in mercy

Wing Tip (Sherry Boas)

What does a priest do when faced with several startling revelations, all at the time of his mother's death? That is what awaits in this novel by local Phoenix author, Sherry Boas. The novel takes the reader through a short period in the life of Fr. Dante. After receiving a letter from his mother after … Continue reading Wing Tip (Sherry Boas)

If Aristotle’s Kid Had an iPod (Conor Gallagher)

This is a book I wish I had written (Mr. Gallagher, like me, is a lawyer and has an MA in philosophy from Catholic University). The book was enjoyable to read, but it was also a wonderful introduction to Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics for common folks. Despite the silly title, this book is a serious but … Continue reading If Aristotle’s Kid Had an iPod (Conor Gallagher)

Streetwalking with Jesus (John Green)

I wanted to read this book after hearing an interview with John Green on the Hugh Hewitt show. After hearing of Deacon Green's amazing ministry, I just had to read his story. Streetwalking with Jesus was an amazing read. The most amazing part, perhaps, is how this book will challenge you in your own spiritual … Continue reading Streetwalking with Jesus (John Green)

The End and the Beginning (George Weigel)

If authors were baseball players, everyone would want George Weigel on his team. He would have the highest batting average in the Major Leagues, hitting doubles and triples with the greatest of ease. And with The End and the Beginning, Weigel has hit another grand slam, a fitting afterword to his masterpiece, Witness to Hope. … Continue reading The End and the Beginning (George Weigel)