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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On My Bookshelf: Dreams of Other Worlds

This is a good tome if you are looking for well-written astronomy books that are comprehensible to the average intelligent reader. (I’m thinking people who are or were comfortable with high school-level science.) Each chapter is devoted to one space mission, … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: V-S Day

When I was a kid, I didn’t think the space program was going fast enough, so I invented my own. Crewed missions, observatories, planetary exploration–most everything I thought was missing. Because of all that, I feel quite sympathetic to an … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Old Man’s War

My readers here may be surprised with this dip into military science fiction. John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War is neither a walk in the park nor a mindless kowtow to the gods of war. It’s a well-regarded book, especially by fans, nearly … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Naked, And You Clothed Me

I’m on the fence about books of homilies. A confession: I wrote for a homily service for several years back in the 90’s. I was given three assignments each quarter, and I tried my best with them. But toward the … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Math in 100 Key Breakthroughs

Richard Elwes’ book is my new favorite … of 2014. Math in 100 Key Breakthroughs is something of a coffee table book–I almost missed it because it was stashed at the bottom of the new book shelf at the public … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Simple Dreams

I confess an indulgence for musician biographies. Especially rock artists. So I think I enjoyed Linda Ronstadt’s “musical memoir,” Simple Dreams, well enough. The writing early on caught me as highly thoughtful, and revealing of a deep intelligence and discerning heart. … Continue reading

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Kindling the Greatship

I was surprised to find a published collection of Robert Reed’s older Greatship stories. I’ve blogged about this fine author before: his decent novels and his superior shorter fiction, like here. I saw the Kindle edition greatly discounted, so I … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Five Billion Years of Solitude

Lee Billings has written a very worthy first book, one of the best science volumes I have ever read. This young science journalist manages to describe the search for life in the universe with intelligence–but unburdened by technical details. One … Continue reading

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