Category Archives: On My Bookshelf

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┬áLost 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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Book Challenge Day 3

This was one of two very formative books that kick-started me into an avocation that lasted about a decade. The other was a 400-pager that taught tactics via multiple choice. (Move A, turn to page 36; move B, turn to … Continue reading

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Book Challenge Day 2

  On facebook, no comment, just cover. Here, a few words. This was one of the four books I ordered at the end of eighth grade from our scholastic book service. Up to a few months prior, I never bought … Continue reading

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