Category Archives: On My Bookshelf

On My Bookshelf: Radical Hospitality

Lonni Collins Pratt and Fr. Daniel Homan, a Benedictine monk collaborated on the fine book Radical Hospitality: Benedict’s Way of Love. One of my parishioners recommended it to me months ago, and it finally made it to my bookshelf last … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Book of Heaven

Some feminist writing I can’t stomach well. Most is okay. But I often find that when politics of any sort becomes the raison d’être for fiction or other art, it too often dominates the affair, like a loud drunk at … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: On The Steel Breeze

Not every science fiction novel, especially recent ones, have their own Wikipedia entry. Is that a good thing? My latest read does, which I checked after finishing the book earlier this afternoon. I really want to really like Alastair Reynolds’ books. … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Five Love Languages

A staff colleague loaned my wife Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages. My spouse is like a sponge when it comes to information on relationships, self-improvement, and such. At the student center, we have plugged into this resource now and then … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Close to the Heart

Margaret Silf, the English author and spiritual director, has a loyal following among those steeped in Ignatian spirituality. And no surprise: she is in demand as a retreat director and workshop speaker. From what I’ve read of her prose, I’ve … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Republic of Thieves

I’ve waited seven years to continue reading Scott Lynch and his series begun here and continued here. After an author’s long hiatus The Republic of Thieves emerges as the third book in a seven-book series. Like installments one and two, it is engrossing. … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Burning Paradise

Robert Charles Wilson was one of my favorite authors about twenty years ago. I’ve found his more recent books less edifying than those from his early career. Those nominating him for awards don’t seem to differentiate. He exploded into top-shelf science … Continue reading

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