Book Review: Googling God by Mike Hayes


I’m a fan of Mike Hayes from the BustedHaloCast so I read his book Googling God: The Religious Landscape of People in their 20s and 30s (2007). This thin volume is basically a guide for ministers to young adults in the Catholic Church, although I read it more as a young adult looking for ministry….

Book Review: The Misunderstood Jew by Amy-Jill Levine


The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus (2006) by Amy-Jill Levine is like Jesus Before Christianity in that it puts Jesus in a historical context of his time.  Levine is a Jewish scholar with a lifelong interest in Jesus and Christianity.  Her simple thesis for this book is that Jesus…

Book Review: The Rapture Exposed by Barbara R. Rossing


Revelation is a difficult book of the Bible to understand so I turned to The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation (2004) by Barbara R. Rossing for some insight. I was particularly intrigued by the subtitle since Revelation is known for his scary, albeit symbolic, imagery. First order of business…

Book Review: Jesus Before Christianity by Albert Nolan, O.P.


Jesus Before Christianity (1976, 2001) by Albert Nolan, O.P. is a book which removes the lens of Christianity from looking at the historical Jesus, and provides the context for the times in which Jesus lived, walked the Earth, and taught His people. Interestingly, Nolan minimizes Jesus’ supernatural acts and even his divinity, but in a…

Book Review: Saints Behaving Badly: The Cutthroats, Crooks, Trollops, Con Men, and Devil-Worshippers Who Became Saints by Thomas J. Craughwell


Saints Behaving Badly: The Cutthroats, Crooks, Trollops, Con Men, and Devil-Worshippers Who Became Saints (2006) by Thomas J. Craughwell is a collection of short essays of Saints who lived rather unsaintly lives. Usually this was before their conversion, of course, but sometimes even after turning their lives to God we see that even the saints…

Book Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


I have to confess that I never before completed reading a novel by Jane Austen, something unheard of in our Austen-obsessed society. I started Pride and Prejudice (1813) for my Senior English class in High School, but I didn’t finish it and then the school year ended and I was off to college where I…

Book Review: Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton


Cry, The Beloved Country (1948) by Alan Paton is my Around the World for a Good Book selection for South Africa.  This is probably the most famous South African novel and maybe too obvious a choice, especially since I try to read the most contemporary books possible.  This novel actually precedes apartheid as well as…

Sabbatical


I’ve notice that I’ve put up at least one post pretty much every day this year (mainly because of my Ireland/Britain travelogue). I’m getting to the point where thinking of my blog, keeping up with my blog, and writing in my blog is becoming a bit too mentally taxing.So I’m going to take a break,…