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2020 Books Read

Here's what I read in 2020 (regularly updated throughout the year).

Catechist Resources

This is a listing of catechist resources I've found helpful over the years. Hope it helps you!

    Marian Resources

    My devotion to Mary has grown over the years, and since I've been getting an increasing number of requests for my favorite Marian recommendations, here you go. 

      My Books

      Welcome Baby Jesus
      Welcome Risen Jesus

      “We are told that faith and reason are enemies rather than friends, incompatible adversaries between which one must choose,” write the authors in the prologue. It’s a tug of war many of us have experienced, one that may leave us grappling, frustrated, and convinced we should never attempt to broach certain topics—ever.

      Though this could be a text for an undergraduate course in philosophy, for those of us whose most difficult daily conversations involve curfews, schedules, and the details of family life, this book is a breath of fresh air.

      This is a book that digs in, that doesn’t assume I need to have words defined, that also doesn’t assume I have time to recall every rule from my own undergraduate logic course. While this isn’t an easy book to read, it is engaging, in that it will dust off your mind and get you considering the ways in which faith and reason are, in the phrase the authors borrowed from St. John Paul II, “two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.”

      While this book won’t teach you how to discourse in a way that gets people to listen to you, it will unveil the things you might have felt at a gut level—that, in fact, faith is not unreasonable and that a large majority of the scientific claims are based on some measure of trust. The integration of the two makes sense, and Clayton and Kries walk through it in steps that could even be called enjoyable.

      “It is our hope that this little book will have shown that faith may well be something compatible with reason and that reason need not necessarily be an enemy of theistic belief,” they write in the epilogue. Their goal isn’t to prove anything, but rather to open a door in your mind.

      And it does that. One of my favorite recent reads.

      17 1

      Some things are too good not to share, especially when you’re celebrating a birthday and you can’t be together and the pain in the butt brother has become a dear friend. Happy birthday, little bro. ...

      41 1

      In which I finally finish a book that @katie_herzing and I were buddy reading. It was a quick read, and sort of fun, and very thought provoking. Now I need to finish some others. What’s got you glued to the pages? ...

      16 6

      Saints can be fun. They can make you smile for a number of reasons. They can also be bobbleheads. Happy feast day, St Ignatius of Loyola!
      #ilovebeingcatholic #stignatiusofloyola

      55 5

      This was my pick for our #readingtheclassicsbychoice buddy read. And wow. Read this. ...

      11 6

      It’s been carted around and I should have whipped through it. #SUCHAGOODREAD But I didn’t. Because, confession: I’m having trouble reading and concentrating and life has smacked me. Nothing special or extreme, just the same struggles a lot of other people have. And this book was just the companion to have with me. @haleycarrots you are my hero. Some of the most poignant reading and CTA Catholic love I’ve needed. Highly recommended. ...

      32 2

      Bringing the outside in, even as I bask in memories of that special woman who taught me so much. Maybe I’m instilling some of the best in my favorite people, and at the very least, they have this splash of beauty and color and smell.
      #carefullycropped #flowersareforpicking #ginghamlove

      31 0

      Marking a milestone...and getting the date wrong made it more special #turnthefailintovictory #teamjcub ...

      48 0

      How could I have known that I wanted to be a mom of superheroes when I grew up? ...

      40 2