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Recent Reads

Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families, by Patti Armstrong & Theresa Thomas (Scepter, 2013)

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

I have a lot of excuses for why this book waited for me on my to-read shelf, but I'll be honest: one of them was that I wasn't sure I'd like it. I did like it, though, quite a bit. (When will I LEARN?) It's a collection sure to warm your heart and inspire you. Comes with a Kleenex warning for anyone with a soft spot.

Under the Mantle: Marian Thoughts from a 21st Century Priest, by Donald H. Calloway, MIC (Marian Press, 2013)

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

I didn't whip through this one as I planned to in early August when I started it, but I did enjoy it and walk away...maybe a little budged by it. I had a few editorial disappointments (oh ye of grammar geek ilk, know that I love you much), but they were overcome by the honesty, candor, and interestingness of Fr. Calloway. He has a way of painting a picture and saying things that is just...well, I like it. He speaks to me. About Mary. We're good. I recommend it.

Current Reads

These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the Body, by Emily Stimpson (Emmaus Road Publishing 2013)

I'm a Theology of the Body fangirl and a bit of an Emily Stimpson fangirl too. Combine the two and, from halfway through, you have a SCORE! Stimpson's done what she does so well: take a complex topic that most of us are intimidated by and make it approachable and—dare I say it?—attractive. (I was going to say pretty, but...well, calling TOB "pretty" is even beyond my realm.)

Totus Tuus: A Consecration to Jesus through Mary with Blessed John Paul II, by Fr. Brian McMaster (Our Sunday Visitor, 2013)

Little did I know when I started this total consecration last week just how much I would neeeeeeeeed it. Funny how that works. It's a "short-form" type of total consecration, reminiscent of Fr. Gaitley's 33 Days to Morning Glory, but with a completely JP2 focus. It can be a short commitment for reading (so far), and yet there's a lot to chew on throughout the day. I'm liking it so far.

What have YOU been reading lately?

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