Category: On Books

Book Review: <i>My Sisters the Saints</i>
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Book Review: My Sisters the Saints

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“Is this all there is?” Colleen Carroll Campbell found herself asking that universal question midway through college.  Every generation needs to discover the role of faith in their lives and to seek answers to the hard questions such as the meaning of life and the role of suffering. While human nature may remain fairly consistent, […]

John B Tabb - America's Forgotten Priest-Poet
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John B. Tabb: America’s Forgotten Priest-Poet

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A Very Brief Biography Rev. John Banister Tabb (March 22, 1845 – November 19, 1909) was a Catholic priest and professor of English. Born into one of Virginia’s oldest and wealthiest families, at “The Forest” in Amelia County, Tabb fell in love in his teens, though his marriage proposal to the neighbor girl was declined. He […]

Are Catholic Ebooks the Future of Publishing?
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Are Catholic Ebooks the Future of Publishing?

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Digital media has changed the landscape of the entertainment industry.  Traditional music albums have been replaced by MP3s, and streaming services are now delivering movies to your home instantly. Will the same hold true for the book publishing industry?  Will ebooks become the new medium of choice? According to the Center for Applied Research in […]

Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women
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Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women

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How many books begin with an invitation to a slumber party? This one does! Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle’s richly personal, but powerfully catechetical new book, Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women, is as delightful, intimate, and honest as a 3 a.m. chat with your best friend over a cup of hot chocolate, and I can’t […]

Judge Robert Bork
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Robert Bork and Grove City College

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On a dark February afternoon in 1988, 25 students in a U.S. Constitutional History class waited expectantly in a little-used dining hall on the campus of Grove City College (in Grove City, Pennsylvania) for a special guest lecturer to arrive. I was the professor in charge of that class. Through the doors of that meeting […]

If Aristotle's Kid Had an iPod
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If Aristotle’s Kid Had an iPod

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What is the difference between a child born in the Twenty-first century and one born in 300 BC?  Nothing, since human nature is unchanging, but everything, if modern child-rearing techniques are applied. Human nature never changes, be it during ancient times or in the modern world. Thus, Aristotle’s philosophy was as brilliant in 350 BC […]

New Sci-Fi Thriller, <em>The Christus Experiment</em>, is “<em>Da Vinci Code</em> in Reverse”
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New Sci-Fi Thriller, The Christus Experiment, is “Da Vinci Code in Reverse”

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An interview with author Rod Bennett A fascinating new novel is out in paperback today which ought to be of great interest to Catholic Lane readers with a taste for fantasy or science fiction.  It’s called The Christus Experiment and it’s the first major work of fiction by Rod Bennett, author of the popular Catholic apologetic Four […]

Book Review: <em>Sons of Cain</em>, Modern Knights in a Catholic Thriller
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Book Review: Sons of Cain, Modern Knights in a Catholic Thriller

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A couple of weeks ago a friend recommended to me the book Sons of Cain by Val Bianco.  After being told the general storyline, I was interested in reading it and was able to do so.  I was delighted as I very quickly became wrapped-up in a page-turning book that left my emotions flying and […]

Finding Peace on Earth
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Finding Peace on Earth

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“Peace on earth and good will to men.” This is the season where we reflect on Christ’s offer and promise of His peace. But why do so few seem to have it? Why is it that some people rant over such things bad drivers and delayed appointments while others walk peacefully through life’s storms? I […]

<em>Liberty, the God that Failed</em>: Interview with the Author, Christopher Ferrara
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Liberty, the God that Failed: Interview with the Author, Christopher Ferrara

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This interview with Christopher Ferrara, Catholic author and founder of the American Catholic Lawyers Association, was conducted by Dr. John C. Rao, November 11, 2012. JR: Let’s begin, appropriately enough, with your title, [Liberty, the God That Failed: Policing the Sacred and Constructing the Myths of the Secular State, from Locke to Obama] and the […]

Book Review: <i>A Winter Dream</i>
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Book Review: A Winter Dream

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Judging from the front cover of A Winter Dream, which features a lit-up Christmas tree, one might expect that this latest offering from best-selling author Richard Paul Evans is a Christmas story. It is not; it is a story for every season. While it does open with a dream that includes a Christmas-type tree, this […]

Want To Enhance This “Year of Faith” With A Free Kindle Book Companion?
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Want To Enhance This “Year of Faith” With A Free Kindle Book Companion?

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Everyone agrees that too many of us professing to be Catholic do not know, live, or share our Faith as we should. In this “Year of Faith” we are being challenged to do something about this tragic situation – to learn or relearn the fundamental Truths of our Faith, and to share those Truths with […]

How to Teach Your Children About the Facts of Life
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How to Teach Your Children About the Facts of Life

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There is something about teaching one’s children about the facts of life that inspires fear in the hearts of parents everywhere. When that day came for my boys and me, I nervously searched my local library for an appropriate book (many I found were clearly not appropriate from a moral standpoint), sat down on the […]

Holy Family Prayer Book
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Holy Family Prayer Book

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What is one activity that every family should do together daily?  No matter how functional or dysfunctional a family is, this activity will make things better. Answer:  Pray together. Holy Family Prayer Book, Prayers for Every Family by the Missionaries of the Holy Family is a simple yet practical book.  Rather than overwhelming one with […]

Intelligible Design and Darwin's Black Box
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Intelligible Design and Darwin’s Black Box

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The one thing that modern science should be able to do is to explain to us how things happen. The one thing it cannot do is tell us that things happen by chance. Things may well happen by chance, but then there is no chance of a scientific explanation. “Chance” is the methodology of Darwinian […]

O Radiant Dawn: 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath
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O Radiant Dawn: 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath

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It’s hard to believe but Advent is right around the corner. Are you searching for a meaningful Advent practice to bring more faith and spiritual growth into this busiest of seasons? O Radiant Dawn: 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath (Ave Maria Press, 2012) may be just what you are looking for. Lisa Hendey, founder […]

 Who’s Got You?: Observations of a Catholic Homeschooling Father
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Who’s Got You?: Observations of a Catholic Homeschooling Father

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If you do an Internet search for “Catholic Fatherhood” how much data would you find in comparison to Panda Bears, Applied Linear Algebra, and Welding Theory?  According to John Clark, author of Who’s Got You, Catholic Fatherhood comes in last.  The results respectively were 1,914, 1,706, and 284. Catholic Fatherhood netted 270 results.  Clark surmised […]

Book Review: <i>Along the Way</i>
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Book Review: Along the Way

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Do you know a rebellious teen? How about an agnostic or a workaholic? Those sorts are frustrating people aren’t they? Instead of accepting the truth and peace of Jesus Christ, they run and reject. Oh, and do you happen to know Randy Hain? He is the co-editor of the Integrated Catholic Life (along with Deacon Mike Bickerstaff) […]

Book Review: <i>Wrapped Up: God's Ten Gifts for Women</i>
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Book Review: Wrapped Up: God’s Ten Gifts for Women

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The title of Teresa Tomeo and Cheryl Dickow’s new book, Wrapped Up: God’s Ten Gifts for Women refers to our being “wrapped up” in God’s love.  That can be a hard concept for us women to accept. After all, the world spends a lot of time telling us all the reasons why we are not […]

Book Review: <i>Healed Through Cancer</i>
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Book Review: Healed Through Cancer

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Healed through Cancer by James Littleton is a treasure trove of faith, scripture quotes, and brotherly advice, as well as a personal account of one man’s journey through cancer and the fruits of that journey. With depth and understanding, Littleton takes his readers through the physical, spiritual, and emotional “valley of death” as he learns of […]

Book Review: Indivisible, by James Robison and Jay W. Richards
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Book Review: Indivisible, by James Robison and Jay W. Richards

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In these final few days of election season, wouldn’t it be a relief to read something informative, constructive, and positive? The political scene this year is filled with negativity and misinformation; yet, we are presented with two very clear choices, at least when it comes to the presidential race. The book Indivisible provides a positive […]

Book Review: Seven from Heaven
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Book Review: Seven from Heaven

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How can your family find healing, strength, and protection in the sacraments? They can learn how in the book, Seven from Heaven (The Crossroad Publishing Company) by Elizabeth Ficocelli. As a matter of fact, that question is the exact subtitle of her book. “God’s powerful presence in the seven sacraments is the reason they hold […]

Book Review: A Catholic Mother's Companion to Pregnancy
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Book Review: A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy

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A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism is the book I wish I had owned and read when I was going through my own pregnancies. Sarah Reinhard, a self-described “non-baby” person – even though she has three lovely children of her own, takes an honest and faith-filled look at […]

Pink Picket Fences
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Pink Picket Fences

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As we endure another “Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” it would be good to review how many people are touched by this life-threatening disease. The statistics offered by the American Cancer Society show that there are approximately 230,000 new breast cancer cases annually, and 95% of those incidents are in women above the age of 40. […]

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