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Recent Reads


Just Married: The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Five Years of Marriage, by Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak (Ave Maria Press, 2013)

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Are you married? Read this book.

This book wasn’t necessarily written for me: I’ve been married ten years this year. Honestly, I intended to skim through it and pull together a general review.

But I couldn’t.

I got sucked in, just as surely as the dog hair gets into the toothpaste container. (Don’t ask.) I was intrigued and nodding and (dare I suggest it?) making notes of things and learning a thing or three…

Highly recommended.


Mind Over Psyche, by Karina Fabian (fiction, Dragon Moon Press, 2013)

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

First, I have to admit this: I'm a Karina Fabian fangirl. And this book exemplifies the why. You can read it on its own, but I have been waiting OVER A YEAR to get my hands on this...reading Mind over Mind hooked me onto this storyline and has had me all but sending her letters and emails and texts (mwahaha) to demand this book. Now.

Characters: compelling. Storyline: addictive. Elements: unbelievably possible. After my brain went "poof" and sort of exploded, and after the third morning in a row when I woke to dreams of trying to think where the next book would go (and to talk myself off the cliff of starting to harass the poor author about that next book)...well, that's probably the point when I realized that all I could do in a thumbnail review of this book is say, READ IT. GOOOOOD stuff. With coffee on top.

Current Reads

True or False Possession? How to Distinguish the Demonic from the Demented, by Jean Lhermitte (Sophia Institute Press, 2013)

This book is really, really, REALLY interesting. And scary. And creepy. And...well, yeah. I used to be a horror novel junkie. I've since gone through a mental detox, but reading this book (which is NOT a novel, mind you) has made me realize that, uh, maybe those authors weren't making so much up...

How and When to Tell Your Kids about Sex: A Lifelong Approach to Shaping Your Child's Sexual Character (God's Design for Sex), by Brenna and Stan Jones (NavPress, 2007)

So far, so good. Slow going, but good. Hoping to do some whipping through it this week, though my "up next" book below will make you see that I'm probably delusional...

Acts of the Apostles: Good News for All Peoples (Liguori Catholic Bible Study), by Fr. William Anderson (Liguori, 2013)

Father's using this for his weekly Bible study, and since I was going to read Acts next, I decided to do it independently (I can't make it to his study in this season of life). I'm really enjoying the book and the way it has me reading and rereading the passages. I'm failing at Lectio but that's not shocking. I have a lot of work to do on that particular challenge...

Up Next


The Sinner's Guide to NFP, by Simcha Fisher (advance copy)

It is all I can do to continue along with life and not just whip into this book. Sometimes, I decide I'm going to drink less coffee, too, just to prove I can. This is like that. If I deny myself the bliss of reading it, will that make it read better? Not that it needs to... This is an advance copy, and there's not much to say about it except that, SIMCHA. So we'll see...

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