This one … that will be lost through me.”  Not for nothing, the curse that he next calls down upon his own father is fully realized; and the man who had so unfeelingly raised Hugh as a virtual slave is only reconciled with his own son after having lost his inn and his wits. If you aren’t an Anglophile, read this captivating children’s story, and you will be. His chapter on how California is devolving into a feudalist state is alone worth the price of admission. (Are all readers plagued by book-stealing house elves?) Slim, however, were the volumes of poetry I read. Drawing heavily upon Catholic, Protestant, and classical sources, Whitfield offers an appreciation of the vital importance of the homily to Catholic life and gives a number of helpful insights about the preparation, composition, delivery, and even the reception of homilies. It has been a bestseller in that country ever since and should be more widely known among Christians of the West. The first book in Fr. I spent several days in my 20s and 30s standing outside the Soviet Embassy with banners saying things like: “USSR: Free your Christian prisoners”, and taking part in prayer-vigil and similar activities. It is a work of relentless and insufferable preening. Mary figures in both, summarized in The Holy Slavery of the Admirable Mother of God. Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America. This is witnessed in its condemnation of abortion and infanticide. How we would react? CNA Staff, Nov 18, 2020 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- A new book on St. John Paul II examines the relationship of the Polish pope with Central and Eastern European countries during the Cold War. A Year with the Mystics: Visionary Wisdom for Daily Living by Kathryn Jean Lopez (Saint Benedict Press/TAN Books, 2019). The essays collected in these volumes are profoundly relevant today because they penetrate surface issues to probe the perennial elements of society, arguing that a metaphysical order grounded in Christianity is essential for the western world to regain its spiritual and social health. I seem to have read several mediocre or outright bad books, the worst of which, readers of CWR will not be displeased to learn, was Hans Küng’s multi-volume memoirs. In an age of confusion, leaders within various vocations promote a chaste understanding of human sexuality. Click here to sign up for our newsletter. Many years ago I noticed that one of my friends had the habit of asking visitors to sign a Guest Book so he could look back later on the company he had entertained in his home over the years. Some of the content of Christopher R. Altieri’s Into the Storm: Chronicle of a Year in Crisis, which focuses on 2018 and its many disturbing revelations about clerical sex abuse, originally appeared on the CWR site. This book also sheds light on the theological issues that divide the churches of the east and west and how such obstacles might be overcome. This tome, edited by M. Dauphinais, A. Hofer, and R, Nutt, is a collected book of essays first given as lectures at a conference of the same name held in 2018 at Ave Maria University. How did it relate to what came after? Allegory haters beware. Filip Mazurczak is a journalist, translator, and historian. Kołakowki, for his part, wrote clearly, and humanely, about the evils of totalitarianism (and the Marxist roots of Leninist-Stalinism), God and the problem of evil, and the search for truth under conditions of modernity. In May, in preparation for a summer in quarantine, USA Today published a list of 25 escapist books to read in quarantine. Aliens meet medieval priests (who are written with affection and nuance, not as anachronistic caricatures) and, hundreds of years later, scholars attempt to piece together the mysterious outcome of that encounter. And the author is a good friend. So although the rightist would concur with the leftist that it is a mark of progress for fewer women to die in childbirth, or poverty to be alleviated, the rightist has a very different reason for saying so, as well as a different account of how and why such progress happens. The writing, the analysis, and the intensity each moved me, intellectually and spiritually. Natural Law and Human Rights: Toward a Recovery of Practical Reason by Pierre Manent (University of Notre Dame Press, 2020). Dr. Kelly Scott Franklin wrote an excellent review of it here for the CWR ]. Scruton’s second edition of his important critique of the New Left. And Rebuking the Devil compiles various quotes from Pope Francis about keeping watch for the subtle traps set by the enemy in everyday life. Don’t fear that these books are depressing, though: Berry’s endings offer a sober but believable hope. A Damsel in Distress,  Adventures of Sally, Something Fresh, Leave it to Psmith, by P.G. The book is straightforward, searingly honest, and extremely readable. I read this alongside the American psychiatrist Irvin Yalom’s classic work, Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, which has been helpful for me in clinical work I have started doing. Wilfrid Sheed’s Essays in Disguise also offered fun diversion and a literary flair that made me miss his father. This book will solidify your pro-life convictions. I enjoyed reading Mark Twain’s major work on Joan’s life titled Joan of Arc which he considered to be his most important and best book. I re-read Gaudy Night, considered to be Dorothy L. Sayers’s masterpiece. I interviewed him here. Russell Shaw is the author of more than 20 books. I am not convinced, but it is certainly a work of profound beauty, depth, and insight into human nature. In crisp prose Bergsma offers a measured, scholarly and nuanced examination of the spirituality and theology of the Essenes community revealed in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the role these may have had (and most likely, did have) in the lives of John the Baptist, Jesus, and the early Christian community. An entertaining comedy about two odd friends, a fallen and an unfallen angel, trying to postpone the imminent Apocalypse. Finally, a strange and rather haunting children’s book Nicolas and the Six Bells (London: DA Publishing, 2020) by David Ackerman. Ernest L. Fortin, The Birth of Philosophic Christianity. NPR’s sites use cookies, similar tracking and storage technologies, and information about the device you use to access our sites (together, “cookies”) to enhance your viewing, listening and user experience, personalize content, personalize messages from NPR’s sponsors, provide social media features, and analyze NPR’s traffic. The book is in Polish, but I believe that Wyszyński’s upcoming beatification would be a fine opportunity for publishing an English translation; her book on St. Faustina has already been published in English and many other languages. I’ll mention one other novel, Jamie Quatro’s debut novel, Fire Sermon. Fabrice Hadjaj’s La Profondeur Des Sexes brings today’s libertine attitudes toward sex into dialogue with Patristic theology. Cyril Sigourney Fay, a friend and inspiration to F. Scott Fitzgerald and Willa Cather. This arc follows Wimsey–English aristocrat and amateur detective–from his first meeting with Harriet Vane (on trial for murder in Strong Poison) through the progression of their relationship, carried out on the side while they solve mysteries. Rereading it now, I was simply gobsmacked. Obviously, our pandemic and Camus’s plague are radically dissimilar in scope and in virulence, so there’s no straight parallel to be drawn. Amit is adept with form, and that makes his free verse stronger and more compelling than most; it has the muscularity and depth and play with sound that so much “plausible free verse” lacks. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Everybody needs a little Wodehouse in 2020. This is an excellent introduction to why Newman is really the thinker of today’s Church. I wrapped up the year by dipping back into one of my favorites, and one of my favorite books to give. Both are praiseworthy for reading as if they were not written by an academic and for having the sort of substance that only comes through serious study and thought. Theological Retrieval for Evangelicals: Why We Need Our Past to Have a Future was an encouraging look at some Church fathers that also seemed like an unsolicited gift from a member of the evangelical mafia. Amid all of the difficulties of 2020, I’ve been reminded again of how many friendships I’ve made because of books. Who would believe that a former political correspondent for Rolling Stone magazine would deliver one of the best, most honest books on media studies of the new century? First-hand accounts by women who left, and then rediscovered, the treasures of the Catholic faith, this was a re-read. If a bit of moralizing crept in now and then, it didn’t spoil the wonder. Writer based in London to catastrophic results I wrote about here GKC ’ plans. 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