I love a good book, particularly a good Christian book. (I’m a non-fiction fiend!) I’m always meaning to review books and yet, somehow, it just doesn’t happen.
But inspired by the Modern Mrs. Darcy, I’m going to try do shorter reviews. Let’s see how it goes, shall we?
by Eve Tushnet
Eve’s book has been on my to-read list for a while now. I’m so glad I’ve finally read it. Eve’s graciousness and intelligence shine through in her story. And this really is her story.
Gay and Catholic is not an apologetic for the Catholic Church’s teaching on same-sex relationships or an explanation of that teaching. It is Eve’s story of how she is living her faith. In fact, the real focus of this book isn’t being gay as such but how we are all affected by sin and how we are all called to love through our different vocations. And therein lies it’s power.
Perfect for anyone who doubts that being celibate, gay and joyful at the same time is even possible.
by Rodney Stark
Goodness, what a triumph! After every chapter, I thought “THIS. This was worth the price of the book just for this chapter!!”. Every chapter. Stark manages to be scholarly and accessible, entertaining without being snarky.
It’s well worth reading (even if you’re not a history fan) because it will completely alter the way you understand the Christian Faith. Some of the highlights of The Triumph of Christianity include how radically pro-woman the Early Church was (and how this basically converted the Roman Empire), how light and progressive the so-called “Dark Ages” were, and why secularism and religious pluralism could be the best thing that’s happened to Christianity. I absolutely LOVED it.
Perfect for anyone who wants to fall in love with Christian history all over again.
by Shaun McAfee
I’ve been a big fan of Shaun McAfee for a while now. He’s just a “get stuff done” kind of guy who loves Jesus Christ and His Church. That’s exactly what comes through in this book too. Shaun shows how every Catholic can learn from the particular gifts and skills Evangelical converts bring into the Church. He covers things like how to write and share a personal testimony, how to read the bible regularly, and how to get involved in or start an enriching small group in your parish.
Even though this was old-hat to me (3-year old Evangelical revert at your service!), Filling Our Father’s House was still an encouraging read that made me want to get out do stuff. Do stuff for Jesus and His Kingdom! What more could you ask for?
Perfect for anyone who’s ever wanted to be a Catholic convert… without going to the trouble of leaving the Church to start with.
So that’s what I’ve been reading. What have you been reading? Or what would you recommend? (I’m always on the look-out for more books!)
This post is linked up to What I’ve been reading lately: the new and the notable at Modern Mrs Darcy.