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Surprised by Truth 2: 15 Men and Women Give the Biblical and Historical Reasons for Becoming Catholic
Surprised by Truth 2: 15 Men and Women Give the Biblical and Historical Reasons for Becoming Catholic
by Patrick Madrid
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Apologetics Meets Innovation, Dec 29 2001
When Pat Madrid brought together "Surprised By Truth" he innovated the Catholic apologetics movement by bringing together the stories of various converts to Catholicism from Protestantism. That first book revolutionized the Catholic Apologetics world and sparked many immitations.
Yet few can immitate Pat Madrid except Pat himself. This is proven in "Surprised By Truth II," in which Madrid once again demonstrates why he is a leading Catholic apologist in North America. This book goes beyond the scope of the first book, bringing together the stories of converts from non-Christian religions, reverts who left the Church and came back, as well as people who re-ignited their Catholic faith after falling away for a time to follow secularism and the ways of the world. As such, it reaches a wider audience than Pat's first book, asking questions which trouble modern man.
I highly recommend this work, which can be read in short sittings and which will challenge even the most mediocre Catholic to rethink their faith.

Celtic Psalms
Celtic Psalms
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, Dec 29 2001
This review is from: Celtic Psalms (Audio CD)
I first came across Eden's Bridge as a contemporary light pop / Christian folk band. One of my biggest complaints within the Christian music scene had been, with a few exceptions, the many bands who simply immitate a secular counterpart without ever trusting the Lord to lead them into innovating or developing their own musical style. Eden's Bridge was definitely one of the exceptions, which is why I took to them immediately.
So I began buying up their entire collection, not realizing they were mainly a praise and worship celtic group. This was another pleasant discovery, since they are not only innovative in this area as well, but they do it well, mixing both traditional and contemporary hymns, styles, instruments and injecting a celtic flavor to it. Not too many artists, I feel, could attempt such a feat and pull it off well -- but through the grace of God Eden's Bridge has succeeded.
And thus, what I most enjoy about their music is that it facilitates prayer. This CD is particularly good in this regard, as true to the Psalms (which as a Jew, Our Lord Jesus Christ would have prayed daily) this music contains both an active praise as well as a comtemplative dimension to it. I strongly recommend this and other CDs by Eden's Bridge.

Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism
Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism
by Scott Hahn
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charitable and Compelling..., Dec 2 2001
I originally read this book as a Catholic who had left the Church to join a Pentecostal assembley. This is the book which brought me back into the Catholic Church. Scott and his wife Kimberly provide a compelling testimony as to how they came to discover the truths of the Catholic Church.
At the time, Scott was finishing his theological studies as a Reformed Presbyterian minister. Kimberly came from a lineage of well-known Presbyterian ministers. They were not your usual candidates for Catholic conversion.
Nevertheless, Scott came across a couple old Catholic theology books and began reading them with interest. As he read, he began to struggle with certain theological questions pertaining to Catholicism. Initially, Kimberly was not impressed by the direction she saw her husband going, and Scott's theological quest took a personal turn.
One of the nice things about this book is that while it recounts Scott and Kimberly's theological and personal journey into the Catholic Church, they remain both charitable towards and grateful for their Presbyterian background, and thus their journey into Catholicism is not so much a rejection of their Protestant past, but a fulfillment of their Christian love.

Romance Writer's Phrase Book: The Essential Source Book for Every Romantic Novelist
Romance Writer's Phrase Book: The Essential Source Book for Every Romantic Novelist
by J. Kent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Any romantic writer will love this..., Dec 1 2001
As a writer, I had never wandered into Romance writing until recently challenged to do so by friend of mine who writes romance. Of course, a little research was in order.
This was my favorite of the resource books I picked up. It provides examples of good tags -- that is a descriptive sentence which smoothens out the writing and makes a story much more enjoyable. It is broken down into themes and subjects common to all romance novels, and the examples are wonderful.
I highly recommend this book to any writer looking to inject some good description into their work.

The Eastern Christian Churches: A Brief Survey
The Eastern Christian Churches: A Brief Survey
by Ronald Roberson
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent overview..., Dec 1 2001
This book provides an excellent overview of the historic Eastern Churches, both Catholic and Orthodox, Byzantine and non-Byzantine. It is arranged along the lines of historical spiritual patrimony. For example, all the Byzantine Churches are grouped together, as well as all the Antiochean Churches, Alexandrian Churches, etc... Don't worry if you don't understand the differences, the author explains it quite well.
Each Church is given its own entry, and the author provides a brief overview of its customs, patrimony, liturgy, history and spirituality. From the Orthodox perspective, all the main branches are covered such as the Greek and Russian Orthodox and those Orthodox Churches in communion with them, the Oriental Orthodox, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
As a Catholic canonist who is often called upon to identify particular Orthodox Churches because of my interest in East-West ecumenism, I find this book an essential resource for my library.

Let's Read Latin With Tape
Let's Read Latin With Tape
by Ralph McInerny
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Dec 1 2001
I had been looking for a good introduction to Latin when, as Divine Providence would have it, I met the author of this work at a conference on the liturgy. He graciously gave me an autographed copy.
I put it to use, and found it wonderful. The texts the author uses to teach Latin are the Church's basic prayers such as the Pater Noster (Our Father), Ave Maria (Hail Mary), and the Credo (Apostle's Creed as well as Nicean Creed). From these prayers, the author teaches Latin grammar, syntax, vocabulary and declenchants.
I found it immensely useful, as well as a practical, especially for those who are looking to learn ecclesiastical (as opposed to classical) Latin.

The Canon Law: Letter and Spirit
The Canon Law: Letter and Spirit
by Canon Law Society of Great Britain & Ire
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pastoral and Faithful, Dec 1 2001
This commentary of the Canon Law Society of Great Britain and Ireland reminds me of the Homeletic and Pastoral Review -- a magazine which strives to be simultaneously orthodox, pastoral and accessible to the average reader. In my opinion, this commentary is a success for these reasons.
As a canonist who does freelance writing on the side for a variety of popular Catholic publications, and who often finds himself teaching canon law to non-canonists, this is the commentary I most often cite when doing so. Again, because it is orthodox, pastoral and written at a level most Catholics can understand. Its larger print layout only facilitates the ease with which one reads it. For those seeking a commentary for reference purposes, this is the way to go. It is very much like the family Bible one keeps on one's bookshelf.

The Running Man
The Running Man
by Stephen King
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing..., Dec 1 2001
At the same time, I found this both to be one of the most enjoyable, and one of the most disturbing, of Stephen King's books. It is definitely Richard Bachman style over King's usual subtle psychological horror. The book is also much better than the movie.
The events take place in the future, when the television networks have more or less taken over political power. The economic distinction between classes is much more stark, and the only opportunity for the poor to rise through the socio-economic ranks is to volunteer for life-threatening game shows.
The protagonist, a married victim of the old economy who is unable to find suitable employment, is unable to pay for basic medication that would save his infant daughter's life. And so the financial allure of the games tempt him.
The story is well-told, but brutal in its telling.

Girlfriend in a Coma
Girlfriend in a Coma
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where "Life After God" leaves off..., Dec 1 2001
This review is from: Girlfriend in a Coma (Paperback)
I really enjoyed this story once I got past the introductory chapter. This story seems to have grown out of "Life After God", which happens to be my favorite Coupland novel. In fact, the principle characters, in many cases, bear many of the similar character traits and personalities of the principle characters in "Life After God."
Moreover, the moral questions raised in this story are the same, as Coupland finds himself contrasting crass materialism with the inner longings of the spirit, raising difficult issues that face our our generation.
The story is set on the West Coast, and begins with a group of teenagers who generally hang out and drift together, not quite sure what their future holds. Other Coupland fans will recognize this as another similarity to Life After God. The story then follows their search for meaning as time passes and they face various trials such as drugs, fame, broken relationships and a host of other mixed blessings.
Then a great miracule takes place, bringing about a prophecy of the end times on popular television. This is where things get rather interesting. However, I won't spoil it for the reader.

Life After God
Life After God
by Douglas Coupland
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can we love without God?, Dec 1 2001
This review is from: Life After God (Paperback)
This remains my favorite of Doug Coupland's works. In this series of unrelated, although not necessarily disjointed, short stories, Coupland notes the unresolved existence of my generation. Namely, what is it about today's generations that separates us from our parents and grandparents.
As the stories unfold, Coupland comes to the realization that our generation is the first where God and Church played no visible public role in our lives. As a result he cannot help but wonder whether this has affected our generation's capacity to love, or to find meaning that goes deeper than materialism.
Therefore, at its essence, this book raises some troubling questions about the meaning of life and love.

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