2013 Books Read

January

  1. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (fiction)
  2. Operation Screwtape: The Art of Spiritual War, by Andrew Farley (fiction) (review)
  3. A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens (fiction, audio, courtesy of Just the Books)
  4. The Sacred Search: What if It’s Not about Who You Marry but Why?, by Gary Thomas (review)
  5. Daily Reflections with Mary, by Rawley Myers
  6. Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacioius: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood, by Pat Gohn (review)
  7. Flight of the Earls (Book 1, Heirs of Ireland), by Michael K. Reynolds (fiction) (review)
  8. Moments with God: Turn Waiting into Praying, by Jacquelyn Graham
  9. Prayers, Promises, and Devotions for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, by Susan Tassone
  10. Cultivating God’s Garden through Lent, by Margaret Rose Realy (review & another review)

February

  1. The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See, by Richard Rohr
  2. Love & Salt: A Spiritual Friendship Shared in Letters, by Amy Andrews & Jessica Mesman Griffith (review)
  3. Something More: The Professional’s Pursuit of a Meaningful Life, by Randy Hain (review)
  4. Bring Lent to Life: Activities & Reflections for Your Family, by Kathleen M. Basi
  5. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain (review)
  6. Living the Beatitudes: A Journey to Life in Christ, by J. Brian Bransfield (review)
  7. Refuse to Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery, by Shayne Moore and Kimberly McOwen Yim (review)
  8. Manalive, by G.K. Chesterton (fiction)

March

  1. Mission Libertad, by Lizette M. Lantigua (fiction) (review)
  2. My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir, by Colleen Carroll Campbell (review)
  3. C.S. Lewis–A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet, by Alistair E. McGrath (review)
  4. The New Evangelization and You: Be Not Afraid, by Greg Willits (review)
  5. Frozen Footprints, by Therese Heckenkamp (fiction)
  6. 33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Marian Consecration, by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC
  7. Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to to the Transfiguration, by Pope Benedict XVI
  8. Why the Mystics Matter Now, by Frederick Bauerschmidt
  9. The Secrets of Happy Families: Surprising New Ideas to Bring More Togetherness, Less Chaos, and Greater Joy, by Bruce Feiler
  10. Love Among the Chickens, by P.G. Wodehouse (available free as an ebook, fiction)
  11. Wonder, by R.J. Palacio (young adult fiction) (review)
  12. Catholics Come Home: God’s Extraordinary Plan for Your Life, by Tom Peterson (review)
  13. Francis, Pope of a New World, by Andrea Tornielli

April

  1. The Unforeseen, by Dorothy Macardle (fiction, audio, courtesy of Forgotten Classics)
  2. For Better, For Worse, For God: Exploring the Holy Mystery of Marriage, by Mary Jo Pederson
  3. A Garden of Visible Prayer: Creating a Personal Sacred Space One Step at a Time, by Margaret Rose Realy (review)
  4. Toupeé Mice, by Karl Bjorn Erickson (middle grade fiction) (review)
  5. Recipe for Joy: A Stepmom’s Story of Finding Faith, Following Love, and Feeding a Family, by Robin Davis (review)
  6. Random MOMents of Grace: Experiencing God in the Adventures of Motherhood, by Ginny Kubitz Moyer (review)
  7. This Little Light of Mine: Living the Beatitudes, by Kathleen M. Basi
  8. God’s Favorite Place on Earth, by Frank Viola (review)
  9. How To Deliver A TED Talk: Secrets Of The World’s Most Inspiring Presentations, by Jeremy Donovan
  10. Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st Century, by George Weigel

May

  1. Greater Treasures: A DragonEye Novella, by Karina Fabian (fiction) (review)
  2. The Everyday Catholic’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours, by Daria Sockey (review)
  3. More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity, by Jeff Shinabarger (review)
  4. The Parish Guide to Social Media: How Social Networking Can Recharge Your Ministry, by Clarissa Aljentera
  5. Consoling the Heart of Jesus: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat, by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC
  6. 21 Ways to Worship: A Guide to Eucharistic Adoration, by Vinny Flynn (review and another review)
  7. Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life, by Elizabeth Scalia (review)
  8. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte (fiction, audio, courtesy of Just the Books)
  9. Consuming the Word: The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church, by Scott Hahn (review)
  10. A Method to the Madness: A Guide to the Super Evil, by Jeffrey Hite (fiction) (review)
  11. A Titanic Hero: Thomas Byles, by Cady Crosby (middle grade fiction)
  12. Sisters of the Last Straw: The Case of the Haunted Chapel, by Karen Kelly Boyce (middle grade fiction)

June

  1. Finding Grace, by Laura Pearl (young adult fiction)
  2. Cracks in the Ice, by Deanna Klingel (young adult fiction)
  3. On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-First Century, by Jorge Bergoglio (Pope Francis) & Abraham Skorka (review)
  4. Rapunzel Let Down: A Fairy Tale Retold (Book #6), by Regina Doman (fiction) (review)
  5. Anna Mei: Blessing in Disguise, by Carol Grund (middle grade fiction)
  6. Blinded by the Darkness: Three Short Fantasy Stories, by Karl Bjorn Erickson (fiction)
  7. A Primer for Philosophy & Education, by Samuel D. Rocha (review)
  8. 7 Secrets of Confession, by Vinny Flynn (advance copy) (review)
  9. Breaking the Time Barrier: How to Unlock Your True Earning Potential, by Mike McDerment and Donald Cooper (available here)
  10. Youcat: Youth Prayer Book (review)
  11. Horse in the Wilderness, by Debbie Eckles (WestBow Press, 2013, fiction) (review)

July

  1. Do No Harm: A Novel, by Fiorella de Maria (review)
  2. Francis: Man of Prayer, by Mario Escobar (review)
  3. The Mouse in the Mountain, by Norbert Davis (fiction, audio courtesy of Forgotten Classics)
  4. Waking Up Catholic: A Guide to Catholic Beliefs for Converts, Reverts, and Anyone Becoming Catholic, by Chad Torgerson (review)
  5. Lumen Fidei, by Pope Francis
  6. The Social Media Gospel: Sharing the Good News in New Ways, by Meredith Gould (review)
  7. A Hero for the People: Stories of the Brazilian Backlands, by Arthur Powers (fiction) (review)
  8. Fleeting Glimpses of the Silly, Sentimental, and Sublime, by Michael Seagriff
  9. Resurrection Year: Turning Broken Dreams into New Beginnings, by Sheridan Voysey (review)
  10. How Far Is It to Bethlehem: The Plays and Poetry of Frances Chesterton, compiled & edited by Nancy Carpentier Brown
  11. Lord I Hurt! The Grace of Forgiveness and the Road to Healing, by Anne Costa
  12. Unwind, by Neal Shusterman (young adult fiction) (review)
  13. Tiny Blue Lines: Reclaiming Your Life, Preparing for Your Baby, and Moving Forward in Faith After an Unplanned Pregnancy, by Chaunie Brusie (advance copy, expected publication 2014)
  14. Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves, edited by Helen M. Alvaré (review)
  15. Tweet Inspiration: Faith in 140 Characters (or Less), by Mark Hart (review)

August

  1. Theology of the Body for Every Body, by Leah Perrault (review)
  2. Barefoot Summer: A Chapel Springs Romance, by Denise Hunter (fiction) (review)
  3. Finding God in the Bible: What Crazy Prophets, Fickle Followers, and Dangerous Outlaws Reveal about Friendship with God, by Darren Wilson (review)
  4. Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus, by Sherry Weddell (as part of the Lawn Chair Catechism study at CatholicMom.com) (review)
  5. The Spear, by Louis de Wohl (fiction) (review)
  6. Five Stones: Conquering Your Giants, by Shane Stanford & R. Brad Martin (review)
  7. Rebuilt: The Story of a Catholic Parish: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, and Making Church Matter, by Michael White & Tom Corcoran
  8. A Land without Sin, by Paula Huston (fiction) (review)
  9. Bernadette, Faustina, and Therese: Three Saints Who Challenged My Faith, Gave Me Hope, and Taught Me How to Love, by Elizabeth Ficocelli (advance copy, expected publication 2014)

September

  1. Teach Like Him: A 2,000 Year-Old Model for Homeschool, Private & Public School Teachers, by T.J. Burdick (advance copy)
  2. Walking with Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross, by Edward Sri (review)
  3. God’s Bucket List: Heaven’s Surefire Way to Happiness in this Life and Beyond, by Teresa Tomeo
  4. Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home, and a Living Faith, by Judith Valente (review)
  5. Rock-Bottom Blessings: Discovering God’s Abundance When All Seems Lost, by Karen Beattie (review)
  6. Saint: Why I Should Be Canonized Right Away, by Lino Rulli (review)
  7. a.k.a. Genius, by Marilee Haynes (middle grade fiction) (review)
  8. Don’t You Forget about Me, by Erin McCole-Cupp (fiction)
  9. Emily Post’s Manners in a Digital World: Living Well Online, by Daniel Post Senning

October

  1. Just Married: The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Five Years of Marriage, by Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak (review)
  2. Mind Over Psyche, by Karina Fabian (fiction) (review)
  3. The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning, by Simcha Fisher (advance copy) (review)
  4. Six Sacred Rules for Families: A Spirituality for the Home, by Tim & Sue Muldoon (review)
  5. True or False Possession? How to Distinguish the Demonic from the Demented, by Jean Lhermitte
  6. Real Men Pray the Rosary: A Practical Guide to a Powerful Prayer, by David N. Calvillo
  7. Dear God, I Don’t Get It, by Patti Maguire Armstrong (Liguori Publications, 2013, middle grade fiction) (review)

November

  1. Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families, by Patti Armstrong & Theresa Thomas
  2. Under the Mantle: Marian Thoughts from a 21st Century Priest, by Donald H. Calloway, MIC
  3. These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the Body, by Emily Stimpson
  4. When Faith Feels Fragile: Help for the Wary, Weary, and Wandering, by R. Scott Hurd
  5. Ceremony of Innocence: A Novel, by Dorothy Cummings McLean (fiction)

December

  1. Prayer and You: Wit and Wisdom from a Crabby Mystic, by Mary Lea Hill, FSP (advance copy)
  2. Totus Tuus: A Consecration to Jesus through Mary with Blessed John Paul II, by Fr. Brian McMaster
  3. Yes, God! What Ordinary Families Can Learn about Parenting from Today’s Vocation Stories, by Susie Lloyd
  4. A Rich Young Man: A Novel Based on the Life of Saint Anthony of Padua, by John Edward Beahn (fiction)
  5. Chesterton Is Everywhere, by David Fagerberg
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