Jane Eyre

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Jane Eyre
Directed by Cary Fukunaga (Focus Features, 2011)

There are secrets hidden in the shadows of Thornfield Hall, but no mystery as to why Hollywood has made nearly 20 films based on Charlotte Brontë’s Gothic tale of forbidden love.


KMAG YOYO

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KMAG YOYO
Hayes Carll (Lost High, 2011)

Despite the best efforts of the Nashville industry, country music refuses to die, and Hayes Carll’s new album is living proof. It has lyrics about wandering (“Hard Out Here”) and whiskey (“Bottle in My Hand”) and Mama (“Grateful for Christmas”). It’s got the twangy guitars and the sentimental moan of the pedal steel. So, of course, you’ll never hear a lick of Hayes Carll on today’s country radio.


The Sexual Believer

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The Sexual Believer: Uncommon Reflections On Sexual Morality For Catholics in the Third Millennium
By Noel Cooper (CreateSpace, an Amazon.com company, 2011)

The current scandals within the church in North America and in Europe have given cause for many to question the role of religion in defining and determining the sexual mores and practices of believers. Noel Cooper, religious and family life educator and author, suggests that today many adults are coming to the conclusion that they must choose between being religious and being sexual. Cooper believes we can be both.


The Lily Trilogy

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The Lily Trilogy

Novels, if they are compelling, can threaten to suck up all of a busy mother's time away from her children. For half a week, I have been capitalizing on the distraction of my family or stealing needed sleep from myself in order to plunge headlong into the world of Lily in Sherry Boas' books The Lily Trilogy. Some novels tempt you to want to live in a fantasy world, to keep the characters you have come to know and love alive.


The Adjustment Bureau

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The Adjustment Bureau
Directed by George Nolfi (Universal Pictures, 2011)

In director George Nolfi’s movie version of Philip K. Dick’s sci-fi tale, Matt Damon is once again on the run from powerful bureaucrats in dark suits and narrow ties. This time, however, the star of the Bourne films is not being pursued by government officials and assassins but agents from a more secret and metaphysical office: folks employed by the fates to keep our individual lives in line with some bigger plan being worked out on the top floor.


Pathway to Our Hearts: A Simple Approach to Lectio Divina With the Sermon on the Mount

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Pathway to Our Hearts: A Simple Approach to Lectio Divina With the Sermon on the Mount by Archbishop Thomas Collins (Ave Maria Press, 2011)

"Lectio divina is a prayerful encounter with the word of God," Archbishop Thomas Collins states. "By the 'word of God,' I do not mean simply the text of the Bible; I also mean Christ our Lord."


Inside Job

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Inside Job
Directed by Charles Ferguson (Sony Pictures Classics, 2010)

While accepting the Oscar in February for his extraordinary documentary, Charles Ferguson noted that two years into a global economic meltdown caused by massive financial fraud, not one person or company had been accused of a crime.


Adult Faith

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Adult Faith: Growing in Wisdom and Understanding by: Diarmuid O'Murchu (Orbis Books, 2010).

Catholics wondering when their church will rise from scandal’s ashes can take heart. The change they desire is already present and growing like the gospel mustard seed. The roots of this movement are scattered but taking hold.


Fragments of Your Ancient Name

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Fragments of Your Ancient Name: 365 Glimpses of the Divine for Daily Meditation 
By Joyce Rupp (Sorin Books, 2011)

Litanies, or the repeating of various names of Jesus or Mary, as a form of prayer has a long tradition in the Catholic Church. In Fragments of Your Ancient Name, Joyce Rupp explores 365 names for God - one for each day of the year.


Sporting faith at the movies: A review of Soul Surfer

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Whether it's a Christian film, a family film, or a sports film, Soul Surfer aims to inspire.

 

Bethany Hamilton’s story is an amazing one, and she is happy that the movie telling it, Soul Surfer, gets the two most important things in her life right: her faith and her sport. 


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