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  1. Ignatius Press Novels

    First Chapter: The Rising

    April 13, 2015 1:47 pm 1 Comment

    Read the first chapter of the thrilling novel The Rising by Robert Ovies. If you like what you’re reading, visit the novel’s page to learn more or order! One It was, as wake services go, unremarkable. Marion Klein had been a faithful wife for twenty-one years, a gracious mother for… Read more »

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  2. Meryl Amland

    I Am Divergent

    April 9, 2015 2:07 pm 3 Comments

      I have made it a habit to read certain kinds of popular literature for one main reason: to be able to have intelligent dialogue with other readers for evangelization purposes. This has proven helpful in quite a few instances when arguing against such literary trash as Dan Brown’s The… Read more »

    Tags: Allegiant books to film Divergent Divergent series Insurgent novel reviews Veronica Roth

  3. Michael J. Lichens

    Chesterton the Poet

    April 9, 2015 12:52 pm 2 Comments

    “A complete poem is one where an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found its words.” — Robert Frost In his otherwise disparaging review of Dr. Ian Ker’s G. K. Chesterton: A Biography, the late atheist critic Christopher Hitchens noted that he and Ker were in agreement… Read more »

    Tags: ballad of the white horse G.K. Chesterton lepanto Literary Criticism poetry

  4. James Casper

    Chesterton around the Corner

    April 7, 2015 11:08 am Leave a Comment

    By the time I graduated from Loyola High School in Minnesota, I had read almost everything G.K. Chesterton had written. Not long after, at St. Louis University, I found myself in the office of Dr. Edward Sarmiento as he shared the story of publishing a poem in G.K.’s Weekly years… Read more »

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  5. John Herreid


    March 26, 2015 5:35 pm 1 Comment

    The great novelist Graham Greene used to divide his work into “novels” and “entertainments”, with books such as The Power and the Glory falling into the former category and ones such as The Human Factor into the latter. To my mind, some of his “entertainments” are every bit as good… Read more »

    Tags: genre fiction reading lists

  6. James Casper

    The Past is a Foreign Country

    March 19, 2015 1:06 pm 3 Comments

    Much we know about the world would be lost were it not for artistic renderings of the past. Memories otherwise would seldom outlive those who remember. Eamon Duffy’s The Stripping of the Altars forced professional historians and casual readers alike to revise assessments of the Catholic religion in England in… Read more »

    Tags: chesterton eliot latin shaw waugh writing

  7. John Herreid

    Great Films for Kids: Song of the Sea

    March 13, 2015 9:08 am 2 Comments

    Animator Tomm Moore’s vision is the vision of old Irish folktales, where saints and heroes, fairies and angels, monsters and missionaries comingle in stories and legend. His first film, The Secret of Kells, is a fanciful and wondrous imagining of the creation of the Book of Kells. His second, Song… Read more »

    Tags: animation film review great films for kids movies

  8. Ignatius Press Novels

    NEW: The Wife of Pilate

    March 10, 2015 5:45 pm Leave a Comment

    “A book to be treasured. The times and places are beautifully and accurately evoked, and the stories are gripping to read.” – Lucy Beckett, Author, Postcard from the Volcano “Von le Fort’s serene and probing intellect examines with absolute honesty the dilemmas of our human striving for authentic faith and… Read more »

    Tags: gertrud von le fort new books stories

  9. ordway3

    Good Catastrophes, Part 3

    March 9, 2015 3:20 am Leave a Comment

      I’ve been arguing for the importance of a revitalized Catholic literature that is eucatastrophic, grounded in confidence of the truth of the Christian faith and nourished by the reality of the sacraments. I’ve repeatedly referenced Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings as an example of what we need to… Read more »

    Tags: Catholic literature eucatastrophe J.R.R. Tolkien recovery

  10. John Herreid

    Great Films for Kids: The Secret of Kells

    March 6, 2015 9:05 am 12 Comments

    If the world is going to ruin, what is the purpose of creating beautiful things? That’s a question you might find interwoven in the plot of an art film aimed at adults. But here it is in a movie for kids. And it’s better expressed here than in many other… Read more »

    Tags: animation great films for kids movie reviews the secret of kells

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