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You know what they say about the book being better than the movie? Well, the book is better than the movie.

I love P.D. James.  I read her mysteries years ago.  But better than the stories of Dalgliesh and Cordelia Gray is her book The Children of Men, an apocalyptic story set in the near future that shows what might happen to society when humans stop reproducing.  The Children of Men has strong Christian and pro-life themes, some reviewers say it is the Gospel of Luke in reverse and others have noted that there is a strong anti-Liberal theology theme.  Regardless, its good stuff.

Get this book for Christmas!

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2 out of 3 bible scholars think that Scott Hahn's Catholic Bible Dictionary should be in Christmas stockings.

Well, I couldn’t very well put together a Catholic blogger list of recommended books and NOT have Scott Hahn, could I?  I mean, they might take away my Catholic Blogger credentials.  Oh yeah…I don’t have any. 

Dr. Hahn has soooooo many wonderful books to choose from but I decided on The Catholic Bible Dictionary because Michael Barber requires it for his classes.  No.  I’m not making that up.  :-P   He does.  Plus I love dictionaries.  It’s one of my things.  /shrug

And look at these recos from the Amazon site!

Scott Hahn’s writings and conferences have been so effective in bringing Catholics closer to Sacred Scripture. His valuable Catholic Bible Dictionary will be another big help to faithful Catholics who have taken seriously the Church’s encouragement to become immersed in God’s Word.”
Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York

Catholic Bible Dictionary is a timely, academically solid and user-friendly response to the call of the Synod of Bishops on the Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church for the development of ways of helping the faithful more fully access the treasures of the Bible.”
Most Reverend Donald W. Wuerl, S.T.D., Archbishop of Washington

Catholic Bible Dictionary is an extremely useful tool for any Bible student, whether beginner or advanced. This dictionary is particularly helpful for Catholics who need both etymological studies of terms and solid theological help. My only hope is that the readers will study the articles on a regular basis and eventually read the whole dictionary as they study the whole Bible.”
Fr. Mitchell C. Pacwa, S.J., president of Ignatius Productions and host of EWTN

Thousands of people have been assisted by Scott Hahn in studying the Bible from an informed and spiritual point of view. This dictionary is a powerful part of that effort and will significantly help any reader learn more about the Bible in an organized and reliable way. I strongly recommend this book for anyone who wants to come to a deeper knowledge and love of sacred scripture.”
Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR

That’s like a roster pulled from Who’s Who in the American Catholic Church.

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What do you mean, 'I can't sing'? I can sing!

Okay, this is a book that I have wanted for a loooong time.  Er…five years, according to Amazon‘s Wish List.  Hmmm.  Anyway, at the risk of getting all New Liturgical Movement-y on you, this is supposed to be an awesome and insightful book.     Why Catholics Can’t Sing: The Culture of Catholicism and the Triumph of Bad Taste by Thomas Day

I found the original review of the book from Catherine Dower on EWTN that made me add it to my Wish List –gosh, I love the internet!

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If you know me …here’s what I want for Christmas!  just kidding.  I’m a bit of a book-a-holic.  I admit it and admitting my addiction is the first step toward…hopefully getting more books for Christmas.  ;-)

Here are Sr. Anne and Sr. Julia, book browsing and making recommendations.  Oh, and the Pope’s  Jesus of Nazareth book really IS awesome.  (I managed to get that book TWICE last year when I bought it for myself before Christmas Day.  Oops!) 

Ugh, I can’t seem to embed it so here is the link.  Enjoy!

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For anyone not familiar with Dante Aligheri’s magnificent Divine Comedy, this may not make a lot of sense.  But…I’m walking with Dante into Hell, to be convicted of my sins so I might move, with the grace of God, into the life to which He’s calling me.  I do not yet have a wisdom guide.  I am praying for the love and discernment and courage I’ll need to complete my journey.
Even when I walk through a dark valley, I fear no harm for you are at my side; your rod and staff give me courage.  
Psalms 23:4
But I am like the deaf, hearing nothing, like the dumb, saying nothing, Like someone who does not hear, who has no answer ready.  Lord, I wait for you; O Lord, my God, answer me.
Psalms 38:14-16
Dante and Virgil in Hell by Wm-Adolphe Bouguereau
Dante and Virgil in Hell by Wm-Adolphe Bouguereau

And He answers:

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