Sunday, January 02, 2011

Quick Reviews: Books Worth Reading -- 2010

Starting with just a couple, and I'll keep adding to this series of posts:

I received a review copy of Catholic Controversies, by Stephen Gabriel. This is an impressive collection of essays. Atticus and I have both been reading it; we find ourselves pointing out interesting and illuminating bits to one another. A variety of authors address difficult and commonly misunderstood doctrines of the Catholic Church. Evolution, Galileo, the Inquisition, the Protestant Reformation, women and the Church, natural law, stem cell research -- solid,fascinating, readable apologetics on these topics and many more. I'll be using this one with my daughters.

Walking Together : Discovering the Catholic Tradition of Spiritual Friendship, by Mary DeTurris Poust, was a Christmas present from Atticus. I read it yesterday and found it so touching and encouraging. If Mary DeTurris Poust did not have such a clear personal understanding of what a spiritual friendship is, she may not have been able to write such a lovely book about it. Interweaving accounts of saintly friendships with her own experiences (including a lovely tribute to her mother, who was also her dear friend), DeTurris Poust has written an uplifting book that will lead you -- if you don't already have such cherished soulmates -- to seek out what she describes. Though Mary and I have connected briefly online professionally, Walking Together made me want to invite her over for coffee and get to know her much, much better.


Mary DeTurris Poust said...

Thank you so much for your kind words. Funny thing is, I was planning a 2011 book post for OSV and your book was going to be on the list. Now it will look like payback. ;-) Your review really made my day.

Karen E. said...

Oh, Mary, that's funny!

Spiritual friendship is a topic dear to my heart and your book really does it justice. It's beautiful.

I forgot to mention in the review that your description of your mother's death had me in tears. I pray that I can be such a mother to my girls. May your mother's soul rest in peace.