Category Archives: On My Bookshelf

On My Bookshelf: Rebuilt

I lobbied our parish librarian to acquire this book for our faith community. I plan to recommend everybody on the pastoral council read it. My staff colleagues, too. If any reader out there has any sense of commitment to the … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Great Ship, Long Lives, and Short Fiction

I’ve been a fan of Robert Reed’s Great Ship stories for many years. Granted, the novels are not the absolute best. Though they are very good, I thought they could have been better. More successful are Mr Reed’s short fiction pieces. … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The King of Infinite Space

When I was a senior in college, I took two upper level math courses to satisfy a degree requirement for General Science. I was in way over my head in Number Theory. But I survived. Two of us were enrolled … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Are We Being Watched?

I just finished Paul Murdin’s 2013 book, Are We Being Watched? The subtitle gives it away as a science book, not conspiracy theory: The Search for Life in the Cosmos. An astronomer pens a book that amasses planetary science, geology, … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Shadows of the Heart

Evelyn and James Whitehead have written a slew of books touching on ministry, theology, and psychology. I found this mid-90′s volume, subtitled “A Spirituality of the Painful Emotions” on the bookshelf in my parish’s library. It tackles some very difficult … Continue reading

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How To Choose a Wedding Reading

We fielded an apt question from a commenter yesterday about choosing the right reading for a wedding. It is very heartening to see engaged people take the selection of wedding Scripture seriously. This is a topic that I find difficult … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Evangelization

I’ve been cleaning off the bookshelf in my parish office. A few weeks ago I noticed two brief, older volumes I must have picked up shortly after grad school. Authored by the Chicago archdiocesan priest Patrick J. Brennan, each is a … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Office of Mercy

I never completed The Hunger Games. But from my daughter’s description, I think I came close when I recently finished Ariel Djanikian’s first novel, The Office of Mercy. I think I could recommend this book to the young miss. It has … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ‘n’ Roll is Marc Dolan’s massive 2012 bio that takes the reader through an entertainer’s life from first guitar to the present day. Up front, I’ll set my personal perspective. I had a … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Mistborn

On a friend’s recommendation, I tackled the title book of Brandon Sanderson’s fantasy series. Really good read. And a unique idea in my reading experience: what if evil triumphed in a fantasy? What would life be like after the defeat? … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Cloud Atlas

I’ve spent over a week with David Mitchell’s thoughtful and intriguing Cloud Atlas. The book has been highly praised in critics’ corners. I noticed the film release a few months ago. But a book is nearly always better than its … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Understanding Variable Stars

As years pass, various interests wax and wane in astronomy. Some might says fads come and go. Early in the 20th century, there’s big interest for finding that second Earth–a blue and green planet somewhere in the universe where maybe aliens like … Continue reading

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The Brightest Stars

I’ve been reading quite a bit in 2013, including some books on astronomy. In the next few weeks, I’ll take a look at some volumes currently on my bookshelf and assess them for readability by the general public, for amateur … Continue reading

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More Solar System Drama

My second Solar System science fiction book in the past four months: Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds. I first read two or three of his early novels about a decade ago. Last appearance on my bookshelf was about five … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Mariette in Ecstasy

I think I’m a few decades late to Ron Hansen’s coming-out party. And it’s likely most of my Catholic readers have already read this book. So you’re likely not going to need my recommendation. I’m going to touch on some … Continue reading

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