How the West wasn’t: A review of True Grit
It may take true grit to avenge a murder, but the gritty truth is that revenge only works in the movies.
I grew up watching Westerns like other boomers, so when critics praised Joel and Ethan Coen’s remake of True Grit as a splendid classic Western à la John Ford, I decided to treat myself to the guilty pleasure of an old-fashioned sagebrush saga.
I Know I've Been Changed
I Know I've Been Changed
By Aaron Neville (EMI Gospel, 2010)
The Greatest Prayer
John Dominic Crossan, the eminent if controversial scholar of the Bible, is most well known through his work to uncover the historical core of the gospels. With this book, subtitled Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord’s Prayer, however, he may become known as a spiritual writer as well.
A Time to Plant
A Time to Plant: Life Lessons in Work, Prayer, and Dirt by Kyle Kramer (Ave Maria, 2010)
I admit it. When I received a review copy of A Time to Plant: Life Lessons in Work, Prayer, and Dirt, I cringed. A book about back-to-basics living?
No, thank you.
I live in a city. If my family was dependent on my gardening abilities for survival, we would have died a long time ago. Being forced to go camping is my idea of a nightmare. Yet, even with all that working against it, A Time to Plant was still well-worth reading.
Politics with Principle: 10 Characters with Character
Politics with Principle: 10 Characters with Character by Michael Kerrigan (Wheatmark, 2010)
It’s not often that one hears a rational discussion of virtue in politics.
Paths to prayer: A Field Guide to Ten Catholic Traditions
Have you ever heard someone speak of “Augustian spirituality” or “Ignatian Spirituality” or “Dominican spirituality” and not been sure exactly what he was talking about? What does it mean to speak about different schools of spiritual thought?
How bland thou art
Editors' note: Sounding Board is one person’s take on a many-sided subject and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.
The Star of Christmas
The Star of Christmas By Maria T DiVencenzo with illustrations by Elaine S. Verstraete (Winterlake Press, 2009)
Opening the Christmas tree box is an emotional experience in our home. Nestled inside last year’s newspapers are fragile handmade ornaments from our children and treasured gifts from distant friends or relatives that have passed away. Each ornament laden with happy memories.