Category Archives: On My Bookshelf

On My Bookshelf: Hearts on Fire

The subtitle is “Praying with Jesuits,” and this book offers that opportunity. Recently, it’s been less a presence on my bookshelf and more tucked with my journal or on my desk. Those familiar with the Spiritual Exercises will notice it … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Grace of Kings

I remember as a young teen coming to about forty pages from the end of The Fellowship of the Ring before realizing the book was coming to an end soon, and there weren’t enough pages to resolve the plot. So … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The End of Eternity

I’ve read a lot of Isaac Asimov, mainly when I was a teen and college student. I had never cracked his short novel The End of Eternity until last week. If you are familiar with time travel and the various … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Interstellar Age

I endorse Jim Bell’s The Interstellar Age as an accessible and enjoyable read. He explores the unfolding story of the Voyager probes that expanded human knowledge of the outer solar system. He was there for some of it as a Caltech student … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: A Still and Quiet Conscience

The central narrative of this biography is the struggle between Rome and the Archdiocese of Seattle. A very sympathetic author sets up the tale with an account of his archbishop’s involvement in the 80’s anti-nuclear and peace movement. In Chapter … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Three Fantasy Novels

Last month I found a Guy Gavriel Kay book labeled “science fiction.” The public library mislabeled; it is really a YA effort. Ysabel is a mystery novel with fantasy overtones. After I finished it, I remember reading somewhere that Mr Kay … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Theology of Christian Marriage V

This post could be subtitled “Faithfulness in Love”–that is the theme taken up by Walter Kasper at the very end of Chapter One of the book whose cover you see imaged, right. Remember, the first premise is that marriage is … Continue reading

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