Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Rising by Robert Ovies

Life, death and our lack of control of these issues is the theme of the book. It takes a realistic look at what would happen if a miracle of the magnitude of resurrection were to happen today in modern times. Amidst the skepticism, angling for personal gain and ambition of the adults is set our main character of C.J. He is a nine year old boy like any average child, not particularly spiritual. His childlike trust and naïveté is what makes the story believable. C.J. is able to resurrect the dead and heal people. You can imagine how this modern day retelling of “Lazarus” unfolds. Everyone wants a piece of the action either for themselves like the Dad or for the world like the Cardinal. Amongst the media hype and frenzy, stands C. J.’s mother, like a “Mary” figure, who is willing to risk everything to protect her son but always obedient to God’s will as she seeks this out. Also, she seeks council in her local priest, Father Mark. He is a faithful priest with deep felt doubts that give insight and thoughtfulness to the story as it unfolds. I highly recommend this book. It is hard to put down. There is a surprise ending that makes me feel hopeful. This book is about beginnings and endings and it may change what you currently think about the definitions of these for yourself.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Called out of darkness by Anne Rice

This book was a unexpected delight. Anne Rice spells out her Catholic reconversion in a moving way. The detail of her early Catholic life is beautiful. I admit I have not read many of her other works but after reading this book I want to read them. She outlines how she was lured away from her faith under a false intellectualism. She describes a love of her faith and her deep felt physical reaction to mass. Ann Rice explains how her Vampire novels were her way of working through her own spiritual demons. This book is a wonderful journey of her life as she reconnects with her Catholic faith of her youth and realizes she never really left. A definite must read especially if you didn't know how deeply Catholic Anne Rice has been. She has also authored many Catholic novels as well. I definitely recommend this book.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

What's in your library...

What books are in your library? I am an avid reader of all things Catholic. Many of my family and friends ask me what books am I reading and what books I recommend. So I have started this blog to review the latest books I am reading. Some books are nonfiction Catholic doctrine and some are Catholic fiction. I look forward to sharing my Catholic bookshelves with you.

The One Thing is Three by Father Michael Gaitley

This is one of my favorite books. The book helps to summarize our Catholic faith and yet gives details that enhance your understanding of hard topics like the holy trinity. The author Father Michael Gaitley does a wonderful job with his illustration of the "Circle of Being". His conversational tone is meant to be like a retreat and it makes it fun and puts the audience at ease. He puts the trinity at the center of understanding our faith. My understanding of the word "communion" has greatly expanded with his description of the trinity's exchange of love. I loved the example of "picturing the pagoda". I highly recommend this book.