Category Archives: On My Bookshelf

On My Bookshelf: My Real Children

What if? Many of us look back on our lives and wonder about a pivotal moment. What if we went to that school instead of this one, took this job instead of that one? Turned left instead of right? What … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Dark Eden

Lacking the support of modern infrastructure in a fully-developed society–this is a common theme in science fiction that a stranded colony will regress if abandoned by Earth or lost to them. The idea has been visited many times by many authors. … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Psychohistorical Crisis

This seems to be a running theme in my leisure reading these days: dissatisfaction. That might mean I either could write my own novel, or I could give up on everything but Ignatian spirituality. Other good authors have tackled Isaac … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Nancy Kress

Nancy Kress is not your usual science fiction author. Like others, she pops a big idea into her stories, then see where it leads the characters. In almost everything I’ve read from her, she looks deep within the person and explores … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Atchison Blue

Yesterday I overheard my colleague Shari describe our parish library to a prospective student as “one of the best theological libraries in Iowa.” That may be right. It also has amazing spiritual riches, like this book by the poet and journalist Judith … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Radical Hospitality

Lonni Collins Pratt and Fr. Daniel Homan, a Benedictine monk collaborated on the fine book Radical Hospitality: Benedict’s Way of Love. One of my parishioners recommended it to me months ago, and it finally made it to my bookshelf last … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Book of Heaven

Some feminist writing I can’t stomach well. Most is okay. But I often find that when politics of any sort becomes the raison d’être for fiction or other art, it too often dominates the affair, like a loud drunk at … Continue reading

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