BOOKS: My recent and future reads

Here are some titles I’ve gotten into lately.

First, this – from my Kindle wishlist – arrived from reader today and I have already started.

The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left by Dinesh D’Souza

US HERE – UK HERE

No, that’s not at all an inflammatory title.

Next I just finished this one. It helped.

Understanding Trump by Newt Gingrich

US HERE – UK HERE

I’ve been scratching my head about Donald Trump for a long time.  Mind you, I would have voted for the corpse of Millard Fillmore in the last election to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House.  Also, I heard an exasperated Gingrich respond in a TV interview with some talking head that, of course Trump isn’t a “conservative” in the usual sense; he is the natural ally of conservatives and that he would produce more conservative results than republicans who claim to be conservatives.  In any event…

I continue to graze in Cardinal Sarah’s important book.  I finished it some time ago, but you don’t really finish a book like this.

The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise, by Robert Card. Sarah

US HERE – UK HERE

I also finished the following. It was a slog, since it was, well, written in a colloquial style obviously meant for a very broad audience.  The content and concepts were timely, good and inspiring.

Worth Dying For: A Navy Seal’s Call to a Nation by Rorke Denver

US HERE – UK HERE

I mentioned already this following book, which is terrific and beautifully written. The author and I are in a virtual, long distance Vulcan mind-meld.

Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness: Why the Modern Age Needs the Mass of Ages by Peter Kwasniewski

US HERE – UK HERE

That is one to get and to give, for sure.  I have it also in paperback.  I need to get a copy of this one to the bishop.

Also, to celebrate the centenary of Martin Luther, I’ve now read almost all the essays in this fine collection – which came from a reader via my wishlist

Luther and His Progeny: 500 Years of Protestantism and Its Consequences for Church, State, and Society, edited by John Rao.

US HERE – UK HERE

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Let’s just say that the writers are not about to become Lutherans.

Queued up are

  • The Priest Barracks: Dachau 1938-1945 by Guillaume Zeller (US HERE – UK HERE)
  • The Black Spider by Jeremias Gotthelf (US HERE – UK HERE) – I learned of this author during a lecture at Acton University this year.  I hope the English is as good as I hear the German is.
  • In Defense of Nature: The Catholic Unity of Environmental, Economic, and Moral Ecology by Benjamin Wiker (US HERE – UK HERE) Great writer.  Commonsense and intelligence applied.  His 10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn’t Help is a must.
  • Rediscovering Americanism: And the Tyranny of Progressivism by Mark Levin (US HERE – UK HERE)
  • Benedict XIV and the Enlightenment: Art, Science, and Spirituality by Rebecca Messbarger (US HERE – UK HERE)

And I must mention:

Teaching and Learning the Love of God: Being a Priest Today

US HERE – UK HERE

I’ll be picking this one up frequently and reading the short offerings within.

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2 Responses to BOOKS: My recent and future reads

  1. acardnal says:

    Thanks for this post,Father. I am always interested in what you are reading and it helps with my own selections.

  2. ehiverson says:

    Luther and his progeny is awesome. Dr. Rao and friends have much to say that goes deep into how we got where we are. I also have Noble beauty on my nightstand in my lineup. Good to know I am in great company with Father Z.

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