Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hey! Wanna Buy a Book!

(Err - sorry about the wonky formatting in this post - don't quite know what happened here...)

So, Lent is coming up folks. Meanwhile, once again my blog traffic seems to be trending upwards. For my new readers (hi there, y'all!) I point out periodically that besides the blog I have also written a few books, which people have been known to buy once in a while, and even read.

Since Lent is a good time to do some spiritual reading, I thought it would be good to run the 'book selling post' once again. So, let me tell you about what I have for you all so far.

First is my latest one: The I-Choice: Staying Human in a Digital AgeThis is my response to our technological culture and the subtle and not-so-subtle effects it is having on all of us. Lots of folks consider reducing or even altogether eliminating their social media intake in Lent. Reading this book can take the place of all those empty hours you usually wasted on Facebook! 

People who have read it have given me great feedback on it, that besides giving food for thought about the devices we use and how they affect us, it also invites us to contemplate just what it means to be a human being anyhow - what is this business of humanity, and what is the good of it? Not a bad subject for Lenten meditation.

Second is Going Home, an exploration of God's mercy in the writings of Catherine de Hueck Doherty, meditating on the parable of the prodigal son. People seem to be finding it truly helpful in contemplating and deepening their faith in the mercy of the Father. Needless to say, this book would be a suitable Lenten spiritual reading. Next:

In a similar vein, The Air We Breathe is all about Mary in the writings of Catherine Doherty. It was my first book, and both subject and title came to me directly in answer to prayer. Hopefully the rest of the book did, too, at least a little bit. Again, as I look at Mary, I meditate quite a bit on the whole subject of our humanity and what she reveals to us about the whole business of life, faith, God, us, and all those good Lenten subjects. 

And then, for the more innerleckually minded (or those less innerlekshul, but who want extra penance this Lent), there is:

This one is my thesis, and the reason this blog exists. I ended up with hundreds of quotes from Joseph Ratzinger on my laptop and 'information wants to be free.' So... here we all are, 800+ posts later. Finally:

For those of you who can't read, ten talks on the basics of Christian spirituality. Perfect for the car, and for parish study groups. Proven to be effective and again, great for Lenten spiritual reflection and growth!

So there - something to do with all those piles of spare cash you have lying around your house. Seriously, and I know it's a bit lame for me to have to say this, but there's some good stuff here, so hope you can buy a bit and enjoy it. Happy Lent to you all!

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