Category Archives: On My Bookshelf

On My Bookshelf: Under The Starry Night

This volume pictured here has been on my bookshelf for over two decades. As I’ve been indulging some old reads and discovering new things, I thought I’d share some recommendations, starting with this book. I’ve had a membership in the … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Bees

What if religion were hard-wired into our physical being? To the point where sin or disobedience brought us the physical sensation of pain. Reader know I enjoy speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy both) because of the potential for sparking … Continue reading

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Strong In The Face Of Tribulation

The Vatican publishing house offered a free book this week. Strong In The Face Of Tribulation is like a small library. Andrea Tornelli offers a four-page introduction. He states the purpose of the volume: (A) little help offered to all, so … Continue reading

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Dystopia In Current Science Fiction

One unfortunate trend in speculative fiction (in my opinion) is the ongoing indulgence for dystopia. To be clear, I think dystopia is fine if that’s your story. The problem is that publishers seem to be gravitating to it in great … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: A Memory Called Empire

One of the best things about good science fiction is when an author takes us places we’ve never been in ways we’ve never gone. The first of those is easy to do. No human has yet set foot on Mars … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Letter to a Suffering Church

My boss gave me a copy of Bishop Barron’s book. It’s a quick read–about an hour. It covers all the bases: victims, survivors, clergy, bishops, and outraged laity. The author’s name will get this book attention, sales, and reads, but … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Gift Of Peace

My beloved wife acquired this book many years ago. She is more of a collector than I, so it sat on my shelf for many years. I pulled it out last week, on impulse. She was having a difficult dental … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Into Your Hands, Father

My boss’s Christmas present this year was the small book Into Your Hands,  Father. She mentioned it was recommended by our archbishop, something he gifted to pastors and lay coordinators. It was the best bishop-sourced suggestion since this book. I may … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Pope

I saw the playwright Anthony McCarten’s book in my local library’s new book shelf. I wondered what a non-journalist, non-theologian would have to say about “the pope.” It’s a quick read. Not very flattering of the last three popes, but … Continue reading

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Fatigue

In the collection Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits, the editor provides a series of prayers to accompany the Spiritual Exercises. (I recommend this book very highly, not just for people making the Exercises. So many of the prayers apply to … Continue reading

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Book Challenge Day 8

One of my two favorite astronomy books of all time. Usually I go for planets and smaller bodies–my astronomy leans more to geology and physics and cosmology. But this book is great.

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Book Challenge Day 7

I have valued the guidance of spiritual directors in person far more than books they’ve recommended, but this collection of prayers stands above others as formative for my early spiritual life. Before I read it, I sang the psalms; afterward, … Continue reading

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Book Challenge Day 6

I read this in graduate school. The cover mentions two other fine novels, and I could easily have selected Lost Horizon for this series. I recall reading that novel in one sitting on a cold Fall day in my college library’s … Continue reading

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Book Challenge Day 5

Another difficult choice, from a trinity of possibilities. Near the end of my college days, my faith life was deepening. Within a year or so, I read Merton’s autobiography, the Rule of St Benedict, and this early Henri Nouwen book, … Continue reading

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Book Challenge Day 4

This novel stood a bit above the other five I read my senior year in high school. We had four weeks for a unit on 20th century American authors, and after an adolescence filled with fantasy and science fiction, these … Continue reading

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