Reading

Updated Dec 9 2015: I rarely read one book at a time; I prefer to juggle several. Will be adding more books to this as time permits. It’ll give me a way to procrastinate while I should be writing. I’ll link reviews to these books, too. Eventually.

I had pre-ordered the latest novel by Dean Koontz (who is Catholic, btw): Ashley Bell, in Kindle format, and downloaded it yesterday. I won’t give anything away. I’ll just say: How timely! Loving it! Currently on page 110 of 564.

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Also added to the nightstand stack this week: a used copy of The Mysticism of Paul the Apostle, by Albert Schweitzer. I’ve never read any Schweitzer before, but Dr. Brant Pitre recommended it (and other titles by Schweitzer) highly in his course, The Apostle Paul: Unlocking the Mysteries of His Theology. I downloaded a few other titles for free at archive.org but had to get this one used. Sigh. The life of the scholar wannabe, ;)

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Added to the stack by the bed: The Story of Kullervo, by JRR Tolkien. Who knew? The Kindle and hardback are being released in the US edition in April of 2016. I was impatient so I got the international edition from the UK. (Well, a bookseller got it from the UK, and I got it from him. And after all that hurry, I haven’t even started reading it.)

New book by Tolkien, I got the International edition from the UK

Medjugorje Revisited: 30 Years of Visions or Religious Fraud?, by Donal Anthony Foley. Also see his website. I wrote a bit about this in a post. No review yet, but will write one later. Excellent book!

Medjugorje Revisited, Donal Anthony Foley

Have also been reading Marian Apparitions, the Bible, and the Modern World, also by Foley, “an in depth investigation into the major Marian apparitions that have occured during the last five centuries. It relates them to secular happenings and important revolutionary events in Western history…” More about this in the same post mentioned above.

Marian Apparitions, the Bible, and the Modern World

Communism and the Conscience of the West, by Ven. Fulton J. Sheen. This is an amazing book. But, then, it’s Sheen, so… I got my copy used after a public library so heartlessly (and foolishly) discarded it. (Poor little book, come to mama.) From the book jacket:

 The title of this book has been carefully thought out and it describes exactly what Monsignor Fulton J. Sheen has taken for his subject. Com- munism and the Conscience of the West is about communism, yes, but it is also a stern indictment of the shortcomings and evils of our Western civil- ization, out of which communism has grown and with which it is akin.

In his many books and even more in his radio speeches, Monsignor Sheen, the Catholic thinker, is accustomed to addressing not only Catholics but multitudes of all faiths. Here he is reaching out to all men still capable of responding to conscience and religious feeling.

 He is unalterably opposed to communism.- He is almost equally opposed to the laissez-faire liberalism, the relativism and materialism of our own society.

Re-reading “The Three Ages of the Interior Life” (Kindle, free PDF, Print) by Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, as part of a course in Spiritual Theology by Dr. Brant Pitre.

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