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The Virtue Driven Life
The Virtue Driven Life
by Benedict J. Groeschel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking open the true path to happiness, March 3, 2008
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The title may be a play on Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Life (apparently an editorial decision), but the content is both solid and time tested. Father Groeschel takes a look at the seven virtues, and explains the role of each of them in the life of a Chrisitan. He gives multiple examples of how each virtue is lived out, and insights on how to reach for them in our own lives. This is a straightforward guide on reaching a focus which will more readily help the reader attain the focus and peace they desire.


Journey to Easter: Spiritual Reflections for the Lenten Season
Journey to Easter: Spiritual Reflections for the Lenten Season
by Pope Benedict XVI
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Feast in a Time of Fasting, February 29, 2008
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This book feels like a gourmet multi-course meal. You begin with the appetizer of small reflections on the readings for each of the first few days of Lent. Then you dive into more and more substantial reflections on a diverse array of topics from the necessity of the connection between Christology and Ecclesiology to a beautiful reflection on priesthood. This is truly the sort of nourishing read one needs at any time, and in particular during a season which is geared to helping us grow in love of God and His Church.


Unchanging Heart of the Priesthood
Unchanging Heart of the Priesthood
by Thomas Acklin
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Deep Insight into the Priestly Heart, February 21, 2008
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Fr. Acklin's book shows both the weaknesses and strengths which priests today experience. He speaks at length about contemporary challenges such as the abuse crisis, but more than that, his focus is on those things which enrich priestly life. He speaks of the challenge and gift of celibacy, the need for prayer and other similar themes. This is a book which takes a sober and realistic look at how challenging yet joyful a priest's life can be, and it gives great hope for the future of the Church.


Lord, Who Are You?: The Names of Christ
Lord, Who Are You?: The Names of Christ
by Jorge Medina Estévez
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reference and Reflection on the Names of Christ, February 1, 2008
Cardinal Estevez based this book on a 16th century Spanish work written by Fray Luis de León which reflexcted on the names of Christ. This short book follows a similar patter of presenting reflections on the different names for Christ found in the New Testament. 31 different names are presented in alphabetical order, and each is presented within the scriptural context where it is found. Some of the names such as Word of God are extensively fleshed out, with the theological and spiritual significance richly illustrated, while others are presented more briefly. This is a book which provides rich fodder for prayer and meditation. It is perhaps not one that one can simply sit and read cover to cover, it seems that would be a bit tedious, but it is certainly a book worth exploring.


A Map of Life: A Simple Study of the Catholic Faith
A Map of Life: A Simple Study of the Catholic Faith
by F. J. Sheed
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Journey to Man's Fulfillment, January 25, 2008
Sheed bases his book on the postulate that every man is on a journey. This journey ultimately must take into account the destination, but also who man is and the various turns he will encounter on the path. Sheed answers these questions, turning his attention to various aspects of human nature and the end of man as understood in Catholic theology. This is a useful book for clarifying one's thoughts on such topics as the Trinity, the Four Last things: death judgment, Heaven, Hell, and many other topics in between.


The Problem of God: Yesterday and Today (The St. Thomas More Lectures Series)
The Problem of God: Yesterday and Today (The St. Thomas More Lectures Series)
by John Murray
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dearth of God, January 25, 2008
The problem of God can be briefly stated as the difficulty in knowing God's existence and man's relationship to God. This book examines the development of this problem through the biblical period and into modernity. It is a short book, so it paints with broad strokes through several human periods, but overall I think it provides an adequate depiction of man's quest, in particular of modern atheism and it's relationship to God.


Three by Flannery O'Connor (Signet Classics)
Three by Flannery O'Connor (Signet Classics)
by Flannery O'Connor
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5.0 out of 5 stars A jarring read!, January 25, 2008
Reading this book, I was struck by how often the macabre and the perverse is intricately depicted in O'Connor's stories. In sharp contrast to this theme, there is also a clear Christian sense to many of the stories, and those where it is lacking it is perhaps the lack of it which jars the reader most profoundly. This is the most masterful stroke of Flannery O'Connor; she can show fallen and falling human nature in all its grotesqueness an d can also show us how difficult the struggle can be to obtain the Christian ideal; how it is often easier to give into our baser instincts. These are stories which should rightfully jar us, and having done so, should lead us to reflect on the truths which they contain.


Rekindling the Fires: An Introduction to Behavioral Spirituality
Rekindling the Fires: An Introduction to Behavioral Spirituality
by Val J. Peter
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling and unintentional answer to "The Secret", January 15, 2008
Chances are that as the fad of "The Secret" uses up its 15 minutes of fame and fades in a few months, some of this review might become obsolete. However, I'll begin with it anyhow. This book which embraces the philosophy of behavior changing thoughts and feelings presents a significantly more credible approach to improving one's situation in life than books like the Secret which at best seem to promote some strong "wishful thinking". This book concretizes the human struggle for happiness, particularly in the midst of difficult life situations and how to approach these problems more successfully. It's not a perfect read, in particular I think the appendix defending behavioral psychology in the light of faith could have been written better. However as a whole this book was a very useful read.


Letter and Spirit: From Written Text to Living Word in the Liturgy
Letter and Spirit: From Written Text to Living Word in the Liturgy
by Scott Hahn
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exploring the Bond between Scripture and Liturgy, January 13, 2008
To say that this book is simply a continuation of what Dr. Hahn began in The Lamb's Supper is inaccurate. Yes, he does treat on the book of Revelation in this book, and yes he does deal with the Mass, but this book is a tour de force in its own right. It is perhaps one of his denser and more challenging books; gone are the cutesy "punnish" section headings and it its place is much more scholarly language. This is not to say though that the book is inaccessible, rather it is very rich and nourishing. Dr. Hahn's main focus in this book is to explore the fact that the scriptures are most at home in the heart of the Church; liturgy illustrates scripture and vice versa. Again he makes frequent reference to the Church fathers and prove that rather than being a "Romish" innovation, such an understanding of the relationship between Liturgy and scripture has been with the Church since the beginning.


The Abolition of Man: Or Reflections on Education With Special Reference to the Teaching of English in the Upper Forms of Schools (C.S. Lewis Classics)
The Abolition of Man: Or Reflections on Education With Special Reference to the Teaching of English in the Upper Forms of Schools (C.S. Lewis Classics)
by C. S. Lewis
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to fix what is broken, January 13, 2008
This book is a series of three talks where Lewis illustrates the breakdown of education , from a system which embraces natural law, truth, and virtue, to one which embraces much of nothing and feeds back nothing. It is perhaps a bit dated now as teaching methods have moved on (though not necessarily in positive directions), but yet it still has much to say as we contemplate the inadequacy of our present systems and what we need to reclaim to restore them.


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