US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Bread Body Spirit

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Bread Body Spirit
Edited and with introductions by Alice Peck (Skylights Path Publishing, 2008)

This is a book that will make you hungry. You’ll be hungry for the rich curried vegetable soup in the chapter entitled “The Parable of the Squash,” and you’ll be hungry to take a new, more meaningful look at the meals you serve and eat.

Character development

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There is no particular person author Ann Patchett has looked to for inspiration. Instead, she credits her Catholic faith for teaching her a boundless capacity for creativity and appreciation for metaphor. Patchett has harnessed that power to her audience: She is the recipient of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize (2002) and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for her novel Bel Canto, which sold more than 1 million copies in the United States and has been translated into 30 languages.

Caught on the blogosphere

By Katherine Jacob | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
A U.S. Catholic baker's dozen

Got an opinion, get a blog seems to be the current internet ethos, but the great thing about most blogs is that the opinionating isn't limited to the blog hosts, visitors get to sound off, too. Just like every other area of interest, from cooking to sports commentary, Catholics have evolved their own blog realm where they can focus on the latest news of most interest to Catholics or share their personal stories of faith, family, or community. 

Our fall book harvest

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Here are a few books U.S. Catholic editors think are worth adding to your reading list this month


Animal vegetable miracleAnimal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

Barbara Kingsolver (HarperCollins, 2007)

The Dark Knight

By Patrick McCormick | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

Directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner Brothers, 2008)

The truth understood by every 14-year-old comic book fan is that we love superheroes not because they are “faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound,” but because these steel-bodied crusaders can beat the living daylights out of the most satanic boogeymen.

The Geography of Light

By Heidi Schlumpf | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

Carrie Newcomer (Rounder, 2008)

Back when I used to sort my CDs into categories (back when I still bought CDs), one section was devoted to inspirational female artists whose lyrics spoke to my life’s experiences. Too bad I didn’t know about Carrie Newcomer back then. She would have fit in perfectly with the Indigo Girls, Alanis Morissette, and Dar Williams.