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I really like Bobby Jindal, the Louisiana governor and Catholic convert.  It took him seven years to decide to convert to Christianity from Hinduism and he has spoken before about how difficult that was for relationship with his parents.  He seems like an intelligent and thoughtful man, and it seems like he is earnest, which we don’t really see much of in politics these days.  Oh sure, they all make out that they are so very very sincere, but how many truly earnest politicians can you name?

Anyway, I read this brief interview that Sarah Bailey Pulliam (also of GetReligion.org ) wrote for Christianity Today about Gov. Jindal and it reminded me of what a tough road politicians of faith have.  So many contradictory and conflicting interests, their road is full of traps and snares, and Satan keeps setting out more.

We should pray for Bobby Jindal and all our elected officials.

Q & A: Bobby Jindal on his Vision | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction.

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From the London Times:

The son of one of Hamas’s founding members was a spy in the service of Israel for more than a decade, helping prevent dozens of Islamist suicide bombers from finding their targets, it emerged today.

Codenamed the Green Prince by Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of Hamas co-founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef, supplied key intelligence on an almost daily basis from 1996 onwards and tracked down suicide bombers and their handlers from his father’s organization, the daily Haaretz said.

Information he supplied led to the arrests of some of the most wanted men by Israeli forces, including Marwan Barghouti, a Fatah leader often tipped as a potential president who was convicted of masterminding terrorist attacks, and one of Hamas’ top bomb-makers Abdullah Barghouti, who is no relation of the jailed Fatah chief.

Mr Yousef, a 32-year-old convert to Christianity who now lives in California, has revealed the intrigues of his years as a spy in a new book called Son of Hamas, much to the concern of Shin Bet, whose operations will be revealed in detail. While the revelations may give a boost to Israel’s intelligence service, whose external counterpart Mossad is still grappling with the diplomatic fall-out of last month’s Hamas assassination in Dubai, there will be concern that the account may give too many insights into the murky world of espionage.

However, Mr Yousef’s work will be far more damaging to Hamas, whose brutality he denounced.  read more here

I find this story to be fascinating, and would be interested in reading the book.  My interest is really piqued by the mention of the son’s conversion to Christianity.   My questions would be: when did this happen?  how did the conversion affect his spying activities?  which came first, conversion to Christianity or disillusionment with Hamas?  how did the son of a top Hamas official become a Christian?  is he Catholic?

Pray for this young man; with all the risks he’s taken, the biggest one might be the publishing of this book.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article7039011.ece

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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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Today’s  book is a bit off-the-wall, I know, but I think this is an excellent book for those of us with an insatiable need to know random stuff. 

There really isn’t any good reason to keep building ugly post-VII churches.

Catholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy by Denis McNamara; Foreword by Scott Hahn.  Here is what the publisher says about it:

This unique book delves into the deep meanings of liturgical art and architecture, and by association, the Sacred Liturgy itself. It is meant to help pastors, architects, artists, members of building committees, seminarians, and everyone interested in liturgical art and architecture come to grips with the many competing themes which are at work in church buildings today. The object of Catholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy is help the reader to drink deeply from the wells of the tradition, to look with fresh eyes at things thought to be outdated or meaningless, and glean the principles which underlie the richness of the Catholic faith.

  • Part one presents an emerging area of study: Architectural Theology
  • Part two introduces the readers for the first time to the scriptural foundations of church architecture
  • Part three focuses on the classical tradition of architecture
  • Part four examines iconography as eschatological flash and
  • Part five concludes with a discussion of the Twentieth Century and where we are now in the Age of the Church.

Catholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy is a  foundational sourcebook for studying, designing, building, and renovating Catholic churches, this book is intended to find the middle of the road between differing and sometimes conflicting theories of liturgical architecture.  It will give architects and building committees the theological language and tools to understand the elements of church design by examining past architecture and will help decision makers link these principles to their current building projects.

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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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Oh! I thought the title was The Search for God IN Guinness. My bad.

So some of these posts just write themselves.  This is one of those posts. 

For today’s Tis the Season of … Books!  entry I bring you ==>>

It’s a book

It’s a book about God and Guinness

‘Nuff said.

Remember boys and girls:  Good things come to those who wait.**

 

** see also

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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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