Category Archives: On My Bookshelf

On My Bookshelf: When Saint Francis Saved the Church

Jon M. Sweeney’s 2014 release sat on my parish’s bookshelf until I picked it up for my trip this past week. Known as a historian, Mr Sweeney ventures a bit into spiritual autobiography here. And it’s well done. The man … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Gethsemani

The full title of Dianne Aprile’s 1998 book is The Abbey of Gethsemani Place of Peace and Paradox. Written on the occasion of that Kentucky monastery’s 150th anniversary, I read it over the course of four nights. A most enjoyable … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: A Natural History of the Piano

Stuart Isacoff’s book–I could call this a biography–is a hugely enjoyable read. Great combo of historical information, personal testimony of artists and by artists, and the occasional supporting illustration. Mr Isacoff starts with the ancient history of the instrument, early … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Just City

To begin with, I have enjoyed every book I’ve read by Jo Walton. I might have enjoyed The Just City, but if I did, it was just for the ideas. I have not read Plato. I have no interest in … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Pearls of the Southern Skies

This is an excellent indulgence in astronomy eye candy. Photographer Dieter Willasch presents seventy-one images of galaxies and nebulae. Auke Slotegraaf adds a page of commentary on each. This is one of the better coffee table books on astronomy I’ve … Continue reading

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Another Francis

Francis de Sales getting some nice e-press this week. Check here and (surprisingly) here. From Ulrich Lehner at First Things, six points of congruence with Pope Francis, including a note on gentleness: (He) was, like his most famous follower, St. Alphonsus … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Artemis Awakening

Before reading her latest novel, I was unfamiliar with the author Jane Lindskold. The book cover informs me her books have been NYT bestsellers. I almost picked Artemis Awakening off the new book rack before Christmas. I did last week and it … Continue reading

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