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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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 book,...

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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 of...

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Posted on Dec 1, 2012 |

Review: Advent at Ephesus

Review: Advent at Ephesus

I hesitated to write a review because this gorgeous album by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles in Ephesus, MO, has been eagerly seized upon by at least half...

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Posted on Nov 24, 2012 |

Review: Rise of the Guardians

Review: Rise of the Guardians

Opening today nationwide, Rise of the Guardians is the DreamWorks Studios bid for a holiday blockbuster. But is it worth your while? And how does it stack up for a...

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Posted on Nov 17, 2012 |

Review: The Complete Thinker

Review: The Complete Thinker

Reading the bulk of Dale Ahlquist’s new book about the thought of G.K. Chesterton is exactly like reading a new book by G.K. Chesterton.   If you are not already a...

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Posted on Nov 10, 2012 |

Review: Ten Universal Principles

Review: Ten Universal Principles

The only thing wrong with this book is that it is directed toward, and only toward, exactly what it says in the subhead: the “life issues.”   Fr. Robert Spitzer,...

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Posted on Oct 27, 2012 |

Review: Indivisible

Review: Indivisible

  Indivisible: Restoring Faith Family and Freedom Before it’s Too Late. By James W. Richards and Jay Robison. Catholic edition from Ignatius Press, 2012....

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