Friday, April 23, 2010

Book Bleg

I'm looking for a few good books. I want to offer a reading group for students, staff, and community members around SDSU this summer. I thought perhaps three books: a novel, a nonfiction, and a theology book. We would do one each in June, July, and August. For novel, perhaps Graham Greene's The Power and the Glory and for theology, perhaps Pope Benedict's Jesus of Nazareth.

Any informed opinions or suggestions?


Chris Burgwald said...

For novels you could always give one of Dostoyevsky's a go. Or more basic, perhaps George Eliot's _Silas Marner_.

I can't quibble with your pick for theology... I think that'd be great.

For non-fiction... hmm... Weaver's _Ideas Have Consequences_? I have some other ideas, but I wonder if you might be able to specify a bit more here... economics? History? Philosophy? Math? Current events?

thetimman said...

Any novel by Robert Hugh Benson is an excellent choice:

Come Rack! Come Rope! (great paperback edition by Baronius Press)
The King's Acievement
By What Authority

These novels are historical fiction, beautifully written about Catholics in England at the time of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.


Campion: A Life, by Evelyn Waugh
The Heresy of Formlessness, by Martin Mosebach


Christ, the Life of the Soul
Christ in His Mysteries

both by Blessed Columba Marmion

or perhaps Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales.

Pablo said...

There are a number of books written about Catholic heros a Father Prior at a Monastery is having the monks read...

I am going back May 4th. I will ask for a list of the books for myself, and I would like to send you the list, if I may.

With the assurance of my Holy Rosary prayers for all your good work in the vineyard of the Divine Master, I remain yours truly in Jesus and Mary Immaculate.


Anonymous said...

Tim left off the best book by Benson - LORD OF THE WORLD.

Pablo said...

1). Untold Stories from the Band of Brothers-Marcus Brotherton

2). The Grunt Padre 'Servant of God'- Fr. Daniel L. Mode

3). Father Duffy's Story-Francis P. Duffy

4). D-Day Normandy- Francois Bertin

5). D-Day Paratroopers-The Americans by History and Collections Books

These books illustrate what Catholic Men do

I hope you enjoy these books as much as the Monks enjoy the inspiration they derive from them.

God be with you.


Ray from MN said...

Well, I'm much too late for this year, Father.

But for next Summer, how about books by J.F. Powers or Jon Hassler, Minnesota Catholic authors or O.E. Rolvaag's Giant's in the Earth about the settlement of South Dakota.