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  1. Taking a Leap

    October 20, 2017 6:16 pm Leave a Comment

    When I was a child I was extremely skinny—not much in the way of extra fat anywhere. It wasn’t something I noticed much about myself until I started going to swim class, and in the beginners’ lessons found that I really didn’t float easily like the teacher said I would…. Read more »

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  2. The recently released new edition of G.K. Chesterton’s The Flying Inn has been garnering stellar reviews! In Catholic World Report, Dr. Kelly Scott Franklin writes that Chesterton’s gleeful exaggeration satirizes the many-headed Hydra of modernity. Abstract modern art is “bad wall-paper; the sort of wall-paper that gives a sick man… Read more »

    Tags: book reviews G.K. Chesterton the flying inn

  3. John Herreid

    Fear of Women, Fear of Reality

    September 29, 2017 1:39 pm 6 Comments

    Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy, has died. Along with countless others, I am offering prayers for his soul. But apart from the man himself, one has to look at the legacy he left behind. It’s a curious and strange thing that Hefner managed to make an old, sad sin seem… Read more »

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  4. Ideological Destruction and Its Remedy

    August 18, 2017 4:00 pm Leave a Comment

    Over the last several months as political passions have ramped ever higher, despite seeming to peak last year during the election, I’ve ended up thinking again and again about a book I worked on, General Escobar’s War. It’s not about politics. Or ideology. It’s a book about how one man… Read more »

    Tags: book reviews General Escobar's War politics Spanish Civil War

  5. It’s a Homeschool Stake Out

    August 16, 2017 5:04 am Leave a Comment

    We recently ran across this fun video starring editor and educator Eleanor Nicholson, a preview for her course on Dracula for Homeschool Connections, which is an online course supplement for homeschooling families. Watch her intro below–it’s engaging, witty, and worthwhile, whether you’re lining up your literature offerings this Fall or… Read more »

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  6. Ignatius Press Novels

    First Chapter: The Sleeping Witness

    August 11, 2017 5:59 pm Leave a Comment

    Read the first chapter of the novel The Sleeping Witness by Fiorella De Maria. If you like what you’re reading, visit the novel’s page to learn more or order! Father Gabriel never felt the slow encroachment of middle age more painfully than on an evening such as this. It was… Read more »

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  7. John Herreid

    The Rolling Road to Sanity

    August 4, 2017 3:27 pm Leave a Comment

    As part of the preparation for designing the book cover for a novel, I always read the manuscript first. An early pet peeve of mine when I was a child was getting a book out from the library based on an intriguing cover illustration and discovering that the content didn’t… Read more »

    Tags: cover design design process G.K. Chesterton illustration the flying inn

  8. John Herreid

    Detective fiction and mystery novels have a long pedigree in the Catholic world. This may seem strange: Catholic and Christian authors writing about murder and crime? What’s up with that? Yet when you look at the long list of detective fiction writers, you’ll find many prominent names among them: G.K…. Read more »

    Tags: author interviews detective fiction mysteries writing

  9. Ignatius Press Novels

    “The Creative Catholic” interviews

    May 3, 2017 2:38 pm Leave a Comment

    In Catholic World Report, writer K.V. Turley has been doing the great service of interviewing a wide range of Catholic writers and artists. So far, he has spoken with a number of authors including Catholic novelists Michael D. O’Brien and Fiorella De Maria. Here is a complete list of the… Read more »

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  10. T. M. Doran

    Every writer brings a perspective to his or her creative work, but there’s a difference between bringing a perspective to storytelling and using storytelling as a means to impose the author’s views on the reader. With thousands of radio and television shows and an unfettered Internet, the commercial and cultural… Read more »

    Tags: fiction ideology politics writing

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