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Sigrid Undset

A Guide for Reading Sigrid Undset

If you must read Sigrid Undset—and I recommend you do—you’d better be prepared.  Be prepared for an emotional ride.  Sigrid Undset is a woman, by the way, and a major Norwegian author of the early twentieth century.  A major author of everywhere, actually.  And she ought to be still. Start with Kristin Lavransdatter You’ll probably begin with Kristin Lavransdatter because everyone will make you […]

Enrico and Chiara, Easter 2010 - Photograph © by Stefano Dal Pozzolo

Chiara Corbella Petrillo: 21st Century Witness to Love

By K. V. Turley K. V. Turley is a London based freelance writer and filmmaker with a degree in theology from the Maryvale Institute. I am here now, in your room, your last room… It was here the doors were opened and He came in person to meet you… So starts a quite remarkable book: Chiara Corbella Petrillo: A Witness […]

A Novel about Same Sex Attraction from a Catholic? – Interview with Dena Hunt

In The Lion’s Heart (2nd ed, Full Quiver Publishing, 2014), Dena Hunt tackles a topic that’s hot and that gets people talking in loud tones at times: same sex attraction. She does it in a way that’s not preachy, that’s good writing, and that’s gut-wrenchingly honest. While I loved the book, I didn’t necessarily love reading it. This is a […]

"Suffer little children to come unto me" (detail) by Juan Urruchi

Special Children, Blessed Fathers and The Profound Witness They Offer

She sat in the first pew, directly in front of our parish’s beautiful gold tabernacle.  She was dressed for the occasion, donning a simple white dress and she had a small lace veil clipped into her hair.   Her excitement over the upcoming event left her wiggly and every few minutes, she’d look over at her teacher and flash a grin […]

Dawn Eden -- Photography © Ron Santini

Chastity as…Exciting? Dawn Eden Says Yes…

Confession: I wasn’t keen on reading Dawn Eden’s new edition of The Thrill of the Chaste (Catholic Edition), but an editor asked me to interview her, and I determined that yeah, I should probably read the book to prepare myself. I was NOT prepared for (a) excellent writing that (b) applied to me and that was (c) page-turningly compelling. There’s a reason […]

Three Good Catholic Reads

During the last week of January, when the grey had permanently settled in the sky and all I could see out my windows was a world painted the colors of a penitentiary, I received a late Christmas package: a box of review copy books. When I tore into the brown UPS package, my heart leapt with joy because although it […]

Joyful Witness — Everyday Heroes and More

I am 99% sure I’ve read all of Randy Hain’s books. And I’ve enjoyed them all. But his latest, Joyful Witness: How to Be an Extraordinary Catholic (Servant Books, 2014), is something different than the rest, and I can’t help but call it his best writing. Though it’s unmistakably Hain’s voice, it’s also something more, like he let go and […]

Lisa Hendey on The Grace of Yes

Though I’ve conducted a fair share of interviews, I can’t hold a candle to the person I’m interviewing today, who, by her own admission, is more comfortable asking the questions than answering them. It’s an honor to have the chance to interview Lisa Hendey, founder of CatholicMom.com and author of the brand-new book The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues to Generous […]

New Prayer Books Worth Checking Out

I have a bit of a “thing” for prayer books, it’s true. For one thing, they make great gifts. For another, they help if you’re stuck in a corner with your prayer life (which, ahem, I may or may not be quite often). These new books are perfect for teens…and for the rest of us too! Prayers for Young Catholics […]

You Owe It to Yourself to Read The American Catholic Almanac

I was cruising through my new favorite book, The American Catholic Almanac: A Daily Reader of Patriots, Saints, Rogues, and Ordinary People Who Changed the United States, when I came upon the April 7 entry, entitled “The Duke.” It began, “When asked about his religion, John Wayne usually gave one of two responses. Either he claimed to be a ‘presbygod____nterian’ or a […]