Tough Decisions about a Great Book


Over at Catholic Exchange today, my good friend and founder of Catholic publishing company Bezalel Books, Cheryl Dickow, is posing an interesting ethical dilemma about one of my favorite books, The Green Coat: A Tale from the Dust Bowl Years.  Cheryl asks many interesting questions in this article, but the crux of the matter is what she would do if Oprah called to select this amazing book for her book club.  Would Cheryl feel comfortable overlooking some of the ethical issues she has with Oprah to expose this book to a very wide audience?

Having read this life-changing book by Rosemary McDunn, I would unabashedly answer Cheryl’s hypothetical question with one word – “Go!”

Books such as The Green Coat have the ability to move minds and touch souls.  I would love it if, one day, I could have one one-hundredth of Oprah’s power to cast light on books.  Some of us question many of her recent choices, but I am convinced that using Oprah’s forum to touch so many lives through Rosemary McDunn’s work would be the best possible use of television.

Cheryl, I hope Oprah’s staff calls you soon and that you take advantage of the opportunity to share not only The Green Coat but also the many other fine books you’ve helped bring to us in the past few years.  If you need someone to carry your suitcases, call me – I’m your girl!


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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