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


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

Next I just finished this one. It helped.

Understanding Trump by Newt Gingrich


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


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


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


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.



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


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

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  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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