Though summer doesn’t technically begin until June 20, we’re calling it summer due to the end of the school year (and the hope of more sun! more swimming! more fun!). Summer always puts me in a different frame of mind with my reading…and with a puppy and a toddler boy under foot, I have a feeling, I’ll have lots of opportunities to sit near the dirt pile and read. (A mom can hope…)
Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life, by Elizabeth Scalia (Ave Maria Press, 2013)
It’s no surprise that Strange Gods is well-written or thought-provoking. Anyone who’s come across one of Elizabeth Scalia’s columns or blog posts knows she’s articulate and masterful with the written word. She writes through life as a boy pokes through the mud, examining each and every thing she finds and bringing it to the light or stashing it in her pockets to bring out later.
What surprised me was how relevant I found Strange Gods to my life.
I highly recommend you buy two copies: one for yourself (and don’t lend that one out) and one for a friend. If we called our idols what they were, how would it change the world as we know it?
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte (fiction, audio, courtesy of Just the Books)
Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s a classic and all of that. But what I really love about listening to the audio through Just the Books is that Heather Ordover gives you a college-level instruction on it without making you feel like you’re learning anything. She gets professionals to do the narration and then she prefaces and ends each chapter or section with commentary that’s second-to-none.
I KNOW I read Jane Eyre in my youth. Somehow, though, I forgot pretty much all of it. Thanks to the craziness of my life, I never did actually pick the book up and read to find out what would happen next (but you’d better believe Just the Books got bumped to the top of my playlist as soon as it showed up in iTunes!).
I’m reminded of what’s so fun about reading the classics and even more, what’s fun about reading them together. Just the Books gives me the feel of a book club even while I’m out and about, mowing the yard or running errands.
Consuming the Word: The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church, by Scott Hahn (Image Books, 2013)
If you feel like the Year of Faith is slipping through your fingers, like maybe you are slackering a bit (I’m holding up a mirror to my face here), let me make a suggestion. Pick up a copy of this book and read it slowly, prayerfully, and maybe with a friend. Consider the lessons Hahn includes and the fire he ignites for the Word of God, both as sacrament and as text. Let Hahn inspire you to make the Word of God your life’s priority.
A book you’ll be glad you read and one you’ll want to share as you re-read it. Hopefully, though, it lights the fire under you to attend to the Word of God at Mass and in your life with a new fervor.
A Method to the Madness: A Guide to the Super Evil, by Jeffrey Hite (Five Rivers Chapmanry, 2013, fiction)
I will finish this book this week. I WILL. After all, I have minions to breed and small children to brainwash and evil to sow…mwahaha. A seriously entertaining book that I wish I wasn’t reading at the end of the day when the couch’s comfort is greater than my ability to keep my eyes open…
Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus, by Sherry Weddell (Our Sunday Visitor, 2012) (as part of the Lawn Chair Catechism study here at CatholicMom.com)
I’ve been meaning to read this book for quite some time, and thanks to Jen Fitz, now I am. (Yes, the secret’s out: she’s the brain behind the LCC summer fun.) So far, so good. I’ll be posting about it here and at my place on Wednesdays.
On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-First Century, by Jorge Bergoglio (Pope Francis) & Abraham Skorka (Image Books, 2013)
Whether I read one chapter or five, this book is like a sweet caramel melting in my mouth. The taste lingers and hopefully the wisdom sinks in. I’m reading it slowly (in part by design and in part by necessity).
What have YOU been reading lately?
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Copyright 2013, Sarah Reinhard