Friday, June 08, 2012

Catholic Books, Great Reads, Good Authors

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This book is a short, inspiring life-changer for everyone: moms, dads, BFFS, Cousin George, Grandma Peggy, blog buddies. Everyone should have at least five of these on their bookshelf to give away.

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Here’s another one that’s an easy read and recounts hundreds of Miracles wrought by Our Lady’s intercession. She does go into our everyday lives to perform the extraordinary. She spared us during a devastating tornado. If you’re curious, here’s my earlier post about it.

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Speaking of books, my six year old wrote these without it being part of our curriculum for the year. One problem though: we hadn’t gone over the necessity of using quotation marks. (I mean, who does that at first grade?) So I instantly tried to make a quick lesson of it. Her reply? “Uh-uh. It’s my book. I get to make my own writing rules.” So much for having her guest post on my blog. HAHA.

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We scoured a used bookstore this week and I asked the Holy Spirit to find me some children’s books worth keeping. (I am wary of the current trend of mainstream secular books and media that are raising a generation of unbelievers who accede to moral relativism and glorify vampires/witches.) These treasures suddenly appeared for a dollar each. Holy Spirit works every time.
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A quote worth re-quoting: “Where there is no belief in the soul there is very little drama. The Christian novelist is distinguished from his pagan colleagues by recognizing sin as sin. According to his heritage he sees it not as sickness or an accident of environment, but as a responsible choice of offense against God which involves his eternal future.” –Flannery O’Connor, “Novelist and Believer” Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose, (New York: Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 1969), 167.

I know those endangered species are hard to come by. But its your lucky day, you stumbled on a page of a Catholic novelist and her novels are free. Check out the right sidebar.
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One of my favorite author’s earlier works. She was five at the time she wrote this:

Now that's what I call a Catholic writer.
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Is there anything you recommend I read? I’m halfway done with a verrrry slowww book (that’ll teach me to go by amazon’s ratings) and would ditch it in a heartbeat if you suggest one.
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1 comment:

Monica @ Equipping Catholic Families said...

Just found your blog through Catholic Bloggers Network (thanks for sharing!)
Love the books you shared and sense of humor too!