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Posted on Apr 4, 2014 |

Review: A Voice Undefeated

Review: A Voice Undefeated

by Gail Deibler Finke This isn’t an ordinary review, because A Voice Undefeated isn’t an ordinary book. I’ve enjoyed other biographies more. I’ve enjoyed other...

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Posted on Feb 22, 2014 |

Review: The War on Humans

Review: The War on Humans

The War on Humans documentary and ebook by Gail Deibler Finke Free to watch on YouTube (or above), the half-hour documentary The War on Humans by writer Wesley Smith...

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Posted on Feb 1, 2014 |

Review: Gimme Shelter

Review: Gimme Shelter

When there’s life, there’s hope by Gail Deibler Finke Lets’s start with the important stuff: Is Gimme Shelter any good? Is it a “Christian” movie?...

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Posted on Jan 4, 2014 |

Review: Ugly as Sin

Review: Ugly as Sin

In print since 2001, this indispensable primer on church architecture, good and bad, by Cincinnati’s own Michael S. Rose is on sale now for $5 at Sophia Institute...

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Posted on Dec 8, 2013 |

Review: The Sound of Music Live on NBC

Review: The Sound of Music Live on NBC

Worth Owning Let’s cut to the chase: If you missed it and wonder if it’s a good buy for family viewing, the answer is yes: a thumbs’s up for the NBC live broadcast...

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Posted on Dec 7, 2013 |

Review: The Symphony and the Static

Review: The Symphony and the Static

From terror to hope The new album by Indiana’s Fr. Claude “Dusty” Burns (stage name: Fr. Pontifex) starts with terror and ends with hope. The first track, The...

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Posted on Oct 26, 2013 |

Review: Surfing with Mel

Review: Surfing with Mel

by Gail Deibler Finke Published last year as an e-book, Matthew Lickona’s literary film script about Mel Gibson and writer Joe Estzterhas is now available as a...

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Posted on Aug 3, 2013 |

Review: How the West Really Lost God

Review: How the West Really Lost God

by Gail Deibler Finke I’ve read a lot of great Catholic books this year (see some reviews here) but this is the first one to make me want to run out and find someone...

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Posted on Jul 20, 2013 | 2 comments

Review: Strange Gods

Review: Strange Gods

By Gail Deibler Finke Idolatry isn’t a thing of the past, Elizabeth Scalia says in her new book, Strange Gods. It’s part of everyday life. We make idols when we...

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Posted on Jul 13, 2013 | 1 comment

Review: Shakespeare on Love

Review: Shakespeare on Love

By Gail Deibler Finke First: However catchy the title, this book is not about what Shakespeare has to say about love. A better title would be How Romeo and Juliet...

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Posted on May 18, 2013 |

Review: The Ear of the Heart

Review: The Ear of the Heart

by Senior Editor Gail Deibler Finke The Ear of the Heart doesn’t know what kind of book it wants to be. It’s a sort of two-person dialogue memoir, yes. But a...

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Posted on Apr 27, 2013 |

Review: American Church

Review: American Church

Lay people, it’s up to you. That’s the conclusion of Russell Shaw’s alarming but slightly hopeful new book, American Church. After cataloguing exactly how bad...

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Posted on Apr 20, 2013 |

Review: Jacob’s Ladder

Review: Jacob’s Ladder

Peter Kreeft has a particular love for the Socratic method. I am one of the few people on Earth who is no fan of Socrates. At best, I find the device of a...

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Posted on Apr 6, 2013 |

Review: The Spark

Review: The Spark

The Spark, a new double album from Dayton native Kevin Heider, is Catholic music in the best sense: great music by a Catholic. There are songs about God here, but most...

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Posted on Mar 23, 2013 | 2 comments

Review: Les Miserables

Review: Les Miserables

Victor Hugo, whose sprawling novel is the basis of the theatrical and film smash musical Les Misérables, wasn’t exactly a good Catholic. But his soul was Catholic...

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Posted on Mar 16, 2013 | 1 comment

Review: Shine

Review: Shine

Shine: Live in Studio by The Glory Collective is the fourth album from Mysterium, a new Catholic music and publishing concern dedicated to the place “where truth and...

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Posted on Jan 19, 2013 |

Review: The Beauty of the Word

Review: The Beauty of the Word

This new book by Anthony Esolen for Magnificat is subtitled “A Running Commentary on the Roman Missal,” and that’s exactly what it is. A one-of-a-kind sort of...

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Posted on Dec 22, 2012 |

Review: Laudamus!

Review: Laudamus!

This CD of sacred music by the Regina Caeli Schola Cantorum was recorded and produced at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center (where the choir sings First Friday Mass at...

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Posted on Dec 8, 2012 |

Review: Martyrs Prayers

Review: Martyrs Prayers

It’s hard to review this album because, let’s face it, no one is going to say, “How about we pop in that CD of songs inspired by martyrs?” It’s not that kind...

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