Summer Reading List

What’s on your reading list this summer?

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  1. Ninck Senger Says:

    I’m currently reading The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything by Fr. James Martin, S.J., and these are a few of the books I plan to read this summer:
    -The Future Church by John Allen
    -Til We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
    -The Great Mysteries by Andrew Greeley
    -The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time by Daniel S. Burt
    -Novelists and Novels: A Collection of Critical Essays by Harold Bloom

    Thanks for asking!

  2. c.s. Says:

    -Embryo – Robert P. George
    -What Does God Want? A Practical Guide to Making Decisions – Fr. Michael Scanlan
    -Be a Man! Becoming the Man God Created You to Be – Fr. Larry Richards
    -Love and Responsibility – Karol Wojtyla (John Paul II)

  3. Angela Says:

    “The Book of Her Life” – St. Teresa of Jesus; from The Collected Works of St.Teresa of Avila, Vol. 1 available through ICS Publications

    “The Fire Within” by Thomas Dubay

  4. Erin Says:

    I’m currently reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

    Probably will try to read the 2nd and 3rd book in the series.

    I’d also like to read:
    The Wind-up Bird Chronicle

    Probably won’t get it all done. 🙁

  5. Michael Says:

    These Stones Will Shout – Mark Link, then: The Selfhood of the Human Person – Dr John Crosby, Person and Being – W. Norris Clark, The Last Days of Socrates – Plato, The Splendor of the Church – Henri de Lubac, Razing the Bastions – Hans Urs von Balthasar, What is the Church – Dr Regis Martin (got to love school!). The Articulate Executive – Granville Toogood, Reasons to Believe – Scott Hahn, CompTIA Strata Green IT Study Guide.

  6. Peggy C Says:

    I may tap into what my son is reading as his core curriculum for the summer internship he’s doing with the Blackstone Legal Fellowship, with the Alliance Defense Fund. See:


    The Abolition of Man – Lewis, C.S.
    Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith – Bahnsen, Greg L.
    Apologetics to the Glory of God – Frame, John M.
    No Other God: A Response to Open Theism – Frame, John M.
    Pushing the Antithesis – Bahnsen, Greg L.
    Thinking Straight in a Crooked World – DeMar, Gary
    What’s So Great About Christianity – D’Souza, Dinesh

    Natural Law

    Natural Law for Lawyers – Budziszewski, J.
    The Summa of the Summa – Kreeft, Peter
    Theology of the Body Explained – West, Christopher
    What We Can’t Not Know – Budziszewski, J.
    Written on the Heart – Budziszewski, J.

  7. marian shaw Says:

    Am currently reading the book “The Difference God Makes” by Cardinal Francis George.
    Chicago right now is undergoing its own baptism. My other selection was “The Chicago River” by Libby Hill. Water is the lifeblood of this city.
    Also am reading The American Insurgency (the American Revolution) by T.H. Breen, just published. The book makes the point: independence was won in the end by “the embattled farmers who fired the shot first heard around the world.”
    I have finished several books on Abraham Lincoln, following exhibits by two museums in Chicago. People don’t realize, always, the problems he had with his own cabinet; many felt that had he fired a few generals earlier, the Civil War would have ended sooner. It is the “creed” of every American that they could run the country better than the Administration, once they realize the President is not a messiah.

    “Di Profundis clamavi” ( Psalm 130

  8. Louise Says:

    I’m reading Half The Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Cheryl WuDunn about human trafficking. Next will be Thomas Merton’s New Seeds of Contemplation, I just finished his Seven Storey Mountain. And then I have all these wonderful recommendations from the responses to your poll.

  9. Vernon Hull Says:

    The book we are reading is entitled:

    “Unlocking Heaven: Keys to Living Naturally Supernatural” Author: Kevin Dedmon
    We saw Kevin Dedmon on Sid Roth’s TV program.

    My wife Nancy and I launched a new phase of our lives in Christ Tuesday morning June 15th, 2010.

    We lighted a lovely sculpture/candle depicting Mary, Joseph & baby Jesus and then took Holy Communion together. Nancy & I standing in our kitchen. We read the account of Jesus sharing the Last Supper with his disciples from Luke 22 (RSV) aloud! We each had a swallow of red wine and munched a torn piece of toasted pita bread
    thinking about the blood and body of that completely outrageous Jewish carpenter person
    who has commanded us;

    “DO THIS in remembrance of me!”

    We then lay hands on and prayed for each other before heading off to the trenches (work). Total 4 minutes…

    On the way to work, the Holy Spirit impressed upon me that by that one simple obedient act of taking communion together before we went to work… we have entered a new phase in our walk with Jesus. Jesus laughingly said I could call this phase of our lives in Him… code name “tigerlily” if I wanted to… Jesus just loves it when I get really “silly”. I believe Jesus laughs a lot.

    All along the country roads I traveled on my motorcycle, Union Center Road and Floyd Ackert Road, I saw glorious sheaves of orange and yellow tigerlilys shooting forth and blooming for the very first time this year. Tuesday June 15, 2010 as Nancy and I shared
    The Lord’s Supper before going to work and submitted to the Lord’s End Times Plan for us something profound was launched into motion.

    Of the increase of His Government and His Kingdom there shall be no end.

    Thanks for asking!


    Vernon (Buddy) & Nancy Hull

  10. Meadow Says:

    I’ve just finished reading Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, which are remarkable novels about the plight of Afghanistan. These books truly hit upon the theme of freedom and liberty from political as well as cultural oppression, particularly for women. It is remarkable how women and girls are so ill-regarded, unprotected and vulnerable. These are women who are imprisoned within their own culture. I believe cultural traditions, as do religious traditions, bring people together and provide security, but should always be questioned when they don’t respect the dignity, humanity and personal freedoms of the individual – regardles of cultural affiliaton or gender!

  11. Vicki Says:

    I have just finished reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I was undecided whether or not to read this book because it says Young Adult Fiction and I am 68 years old! I loved it! The story is told from an interesting perspective by the Angel of Death who collects ‘souls’ at the instant of death. He interests himself with Liesel, the main character who is a pre-teen girl in Nazi Germany. “Death” crosses her path three times. At his first visit, Liesel picks up a book that was dropped by the grave digger entitled The Gravediggers Handbook. It is the first book she has ever “owned” and she doesn’t know how to read. Enter her foster father, Hans, who is as tender and patient as a saint. Her love of books and words increase as does her theft of more books! The story is intriguing and heart-warming in many places, difficult and overwhelmingly sad in others. It has many interesting characters. A worthwhile book that has won many awards and a must read for anyone who loves historical fiction no matter what their age! Destined to become a classic.

  12. Jenaro Rodriguez Says:

    Daniel Berrigan- Orbis Books
    The Tao of Liberation- Hathaway Mark & Boff Leonardo.

  13. Mike Says:

    Jenaro, I think some of Leonardo Boff’s writings have been deemed questionable by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and Pope John Paul II has condemned liberation theology (at least some aspects of it). If you read those books, I would do so with caution and make sure to consult other sources (such as the Catechism of the Catholic Church) to make sure what the Church really teaches, rather than what some theologian (i.e. Boff) teaches.

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