And incidentally, if you want to know what I’ve been reading, I’ve started keeping “Book Notes” over at Happy Catholic Bookshelf. Check it out, right after you enter in the commetns.
This week’s giveaway:
The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist
By Matt Baglio (2009, Doubleday)
From the back cover:
Written with an investigative eye that will captivate both skeptics and believers alike, The Rite is a uniquely intimate glimpse into the chilling world of a real-life Roman Catholic exorcist. Father Gary Thomas was working as a parish priest in California when church leaders asked him to travel to Rome for training in the rite of exorcism. In Rome, as an apprentice to a veteran Italian exorcist, his eyes were opened to a side of the Catholic faith he had never known, and he came to see the battle between good and evil in a whole new light. Journalist Matt Baglio had full access to Father Gary over the course of his training, and the astonishing story he found reveals that the phenomena of possession, demons, the Devil, and exorcism are not merely a remnant of the archaic past, but remain a fearsome power in many people’s lives even today.
Jesus: What Catholics Believe
By Alan Schreck (2012, Servant)
Note: This is an uncorrected proof copy.
From the back cover:
What do Catholics really believe about Jesus? Dr. Alan Schreck offers a thorough answer to this question. Jesus is central to everything the Church believes and teaches, yet few people really understand the significance of who Jesus is in their own lives. Dr. Schreck explains when and how Jesus lived, what he taught, his human and divine nature, and how the Risen Jesus continues to act today in the sacraments, through the Holy Spirit, and in his people and ministers. Written in an engaging, straightforward style, this is a book for anyone wanting to know more about Jesus.
Accepting entries until 7 AM Eastern one week from today.
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