Saturday, September 27, 2008

Good Reads!

You've seen so much of me talking about books, now you can listen to some of the other sisters... Sister Anne brought a video camera to some community meetings and just asked the sisters to talk about their favorite books, or what they were reading at the moment...

What about you? What are your favorite books? What are you reading right now?

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The Year of St. Paul!

We had audio problems with this one (taped at the same time as the fiction recommendations), but hopefully we will do better in the future!

Speaking of future, every 2nd Wednesday of the month from September through June, our sisters in Chicago sponsor a Theology of the Body study group. You don't have to be in Chicago to join: it's online, with live streaming video! John Paul's work is a real tome, so it can be helpful to have someone guide you through it, someone you can also ask questions or clarifications. Join the group at 7:30 Eastern Time, 6:30 Central: . If you don't have a copy of the book, you can order it online right from the "channel" page. (Every 2nd Wednesday, so starting up again Sept. 10.)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

It's not about a book, but...

I've been in Boston for a music project as well as my annual retreat. While we were in the studio (recording "Catholic Favorites, vol. 2"), Sr. Tracey got some candid footage on video, and this is the result: see if you can spot me!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Summer Reading

Granted, we're already in the middle of summer and I'm only now offering a summer reading list... But summer is a great time for a relaxed read, and nothing beats a good story. I'm talking fiction

Sr. Anne, the videographer, had some problems with the microphone (and some camera wobbling, too). So the video is not so great; the books are!

Thursday, June 26, 2008


I've continued to get requests for new book reviews since the last post. Sorry it's been so long, but I had to wait until Sr. Anne came home on vacation with her camera. In the meantime, if you want a really good summer read, try Anne Rice's "Road to Cana." This is the second volume in her series on the life of Christ, and I didn't think it would be better than the first, but it is. Her description of St. Joseph in the first volume ("Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt") was the best I've ever read, and I still have that picture of St. Joseph in my mind--good thing, because he's still around at the beginning of the second volume! Enough said: go out and read!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

St. Paul!

Now you would think that a Daughter of St. Paul would be able to tell you where to find a book about her spiritual father and patron saint, right? Well, up until a short while ago I would probably have responded, “good luck!” It seems I’ve been on the look out for a good biography of St. Paul since forever, but in spite of the fact that I basically live in a book store, I couldn’t seem to find anything that wasn’t academic, dry, outdated or just too over my head. Sure, you can always find shelves of books on St. Paul in the Scripture study section (after all, he did write 14 letters in the New Testament) but a decent biography? One that inspired devotion and made me want to be related to him?

Well, I’m writing this to tell you that all is not lost. I did find one! Last year we published Paul, Least of the Apostles, and I grabbed a copy as soon as we put it on display! It was easy to get into the story and I found it an extremely readable biography and one that I could confidently pass on to anyone. You’ll be happy to know that no degree in Scripture or Theology is needed to understand and enjoy this book. Alain Decoux is a French journalist and historian and writes this popular biography for the average reader (that would be most of us!). He has a smooth way of connecting past and present by giving details of the actual places Paul visited in a way that makes you feel as though you’re there and it’s real and you’re part of it. It has great pictures, too – both of the archeological sites and masterpiece artwork of Paul.

All in all, it comes highly recommended by one of his Daughters who has been looking a good long time for a book on him worth getting excited about.