Each night for over a year now I have prayed with and over my children before bed. It started after reading Mark Batterson’s Praying Circles Around Your Children. After the first week or so my oldest asked me why I was praying over them each night. So I told her I read a book and felt it was important […]
I am the oldest of three boys. The father of three children. Husband of one wife. I spent the better part of the last 25 years in University. Most recently at St. Jerome's University at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo Ontario in the Religious Studies Program. My focus area's of study are Catholicism, Judaism, Monasticism and Pauline Studies. My Greatest struggle is NT Greek. (My Dyslexia really messes up language learning)I was in university as a student or staff from 1988 until 2010. I love reading and read on average about 150 books a year. Over the last few years I have published 200 book reviews in 7 different publications. My reviews on my blog are reprints of those I still have rights to. My area of focus in reading is divided between Catholicism, Christianity, Classics, Fiction and Fitness. When I was younger I read a lot more Sci-fi Fantasy, but now tend to have greater variety. A complete list of what I have read since August 1994 is available on my website. My blog is most book reviews and literary ramblings with the occasional article or movie review. My three biggest passions are faith, fitness and books and that is what I write about most.
Goals for 2014 I have not been a big new year’s resolutions person. Maybe because I spent so many years in University that for me the year still begins in September with the beginning of the academic year. But Some great posts got me things, first Sarah Reinhard from Snoring Scholar had a great piece […]
A Chance Encounter, Prayer and Life A few days ago I was donating blood at Canadian Blood Services I had an interesting conversation with three young people after donating. And by young people I mean early to mid 20′s. During the conversation I found out historically they are from Wolfe Island, which is near Kingston. One young man […]
Rapunzel Let Down A Fairy Tale Retold Regina Doman Chesterton Press ISBN 9780982767771 I have enjoyed all the books by Regina Doman that I have read. But this one is to date the best! The story was so powerful I read it twice. It is raw, powerful and riveting! As a reader we can see […]
A 40 Day Spiritual Workout For CatholicsBob Rice Servant Publications ISBN 9781616365264 This book was a spiritual treasure trove. I loved it! Each day I looked forward to the straightforward devotional and teaching. I especially loved reading the digital edition and always having it on me, on my phone, my iPad, my computer at work […]
This prayer card was given to me by a stranger years ago.Often at Mass I ended up behind the same family. I asked one day where the card came from and they gave it to me. Every time I came across the card I prayed for them. I do not know their names or […]
Of everything that I have read and watched about Father Damien, I must state this is the best. It is an amazing biography of a man not easily understood. We can look back upon Damien’s times, and his conflicts with authorities within and outside the church and it is easy to judge or be harsh. For Damien is a saint. But as this book details, saints are not always easy people, and often their plight is a very difficult path.
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The Perfect Prayer
The Circle Maker dream big, pray hard, think long Student Edition Mark Batterson and Parker Batterson Zondervan eISBN 9780310725145 ISBN 9780310725138 This is the second book by Mark Batterson that I have read in under a month. It was such an amazing read that when I finished it I flipped back to the first page […]
Magnificat, Year of Faith Companion Magnificat ASIN B00A6CYPQM ISBN 9781936260508 This book will be an amazing devotional read during this Year of Faith. It has a new reading for each day of the year. The readings are a mix of profiles of characters from the bible, prayers, meditations and excerpts from the catechism. Everyday gives […]