My Book Writing and Interactions

2012 Reading Stuff


  1. Darkling Fields or Arvon, by James Anderson & Marc Sebanc (fiction)
  2. Who’s There? by Seth Godin (free pdf)
  3. Surviving Depression: A Catholic Approach, by Kathryn James Hermes
  4. Simplifying the Soul: Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit, by Paula Huston (review)
  5. Strengthening Your Family: A Catholic Approach to Holiness at Home, by Marge Fenelon (review)
  6. Inheritance, by Christopher Paolini (fiction)
  7. Parenting on Purpose!: 7 Ways to Raise Terrific Christian Kids, by Jason Free
  8. The Catholic Briefcase: Tools for Integrating Faith and Work, by Randy Hain (review)
  9. Tears, by Gloria Winn (advance copy/manuscript)


  1. At the Heart of the Gospel: Reclaiming the Body for the New Evangelization, by Christopher West (review)
  2. Unbridled Grace: A True Story about the Power of Choice, by Dr. Michael J. Norman (review)
  3. Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back, by Todd Burpo
  4. In Defense of Sanity: The Best Essays of G.K. Chesterton (review)
  5. The Dragon’s Tooth (Ashtown Burials #1), by N.D. Wilson (YA fiction) (review)
  6. Annabelle of Anchony: Burdens of the Mind, by Ruth Apollonia (fiction) (advance copy/manuscript)
  1. The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation, by Jon M. Sweeney (review)
  2. A Child Will Lead Them, by Elizabeth Schmeidler (fiction)
  3. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (YA fiction)
  4. Style, Sex, and Substance: 10 Catholic Women Consider the Things that Really Matter, Edited by Hallie Lord (review)
  5. The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single Years: The Nuts and Bolts of Staying Sane and Happy While Waiting for Mr. Right, by Emily Stimpson (review)
  6. The Work of Mercy: Being the Hands and Heart of Christ, by Mark Shea (review)
  7. Fatherless, by Brian Gail (fiction)
  8. Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck, by Kevin Lowry (review)
  1. Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins (YA fiction)
  2. Live and Let Fly: The Case Files of DragonEye, PI, by Karina Fabian (fiction) (advance copy) (review)
  3. Catholic Philosopher Chick Makes Her Debut, by Rebecca Bratten Weiss & Regina Doman (fiction) (advance copy) (review)
  4. Missing Money (Pony Investigators #1), by Kathleen Pennell (YA fiction)
  5. The Phantom Stallion (Pony Investigators #4), by Kathleen Pennell (YA fiction)
  6. Summer of My Dissent (John Paul II High, Book 3), by Christian M. Frank (YA fiction)
  7. Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins (YA fiction)
  8. Wish You Were Here: Travels through Loss and Hope, by Amy Welborn (review)
  9. The Catholics Next Door: Adventures in Imperfect Living, by Greg and Jennifer Willits (review)
  10. Sons of Cain, by Val Bianco (fiction) (review)
  11. Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers, by Kate Hopper (review)


  1. Holiness for Everyone: The Practical Spirituality of St. Josemaria Escriva, by Eric Sammons (review)
  2. Boleto, by Alyson Hagy (fiction) (review)
  3. Coraline, by Neil Gaiman (YA fiction) (review)
  4. Undercover Papist (John Paul II High, Book 4), by Christian M. Frank (YA fiction)
  5. Extreme Makeover: Women Transformed by Christ, Not Conformed to the Culture, by Teresa Tomeo (review)
  6. 33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat, by Michael E. Gaitley, MIC
  7. The Priest and the Peaches, by Larry Peterson (YA fiction)
  8. Angela’s Song, by AnnMarie Creedon (fiction) (advance copy/manuscript) (review)
  9. Along the Way: Lessons for an Authentic Journey of Faith, by Randy Hain (advance copy) (review)
  10. Stout Hearts and Whizzing Biscuits (Kingdom of Patria #1), by Daniel McInerny (MG fiction) (review)
  11. The Reapers Are the Angels, by Alden Bell (fiction)


  1. The 10 Habits of Healthy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity, by Meg Meeker
  2. Until Lily (Lily Trilogy #1), by Sherry Boas (fiction)
  3. After Miscarriage: A Catholic Woman’s Companion to Healing and Hope, by Karen Edmisten
  4. Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: The 30-Day Challenge, by Meg Meeker
  5. Mr. Blue, by Myles Connolly (fiction)
  6. Stoop of Mastodon Meadow (Kingdom of Patria, #2), by Daniel McInerny (MG fiction) (review)
  7. Valley of Bones, by Michael Gruber (fiction)
  8. Walking with God: A Journey through the Bible, by Tim Gray and Jeff Cavins (review)


  1. The Temperament God Gave Your Kids: Motivate, Discipline, and Love Your Children, by Art & Laraine Bennett (mini-review)
  2. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury (fiction) (mini-review)
  3. The Reed of God, by Caryll Houselander (mini-review)
  4. The Pope and the CEO: John Paul II’s Leadership Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard, by Andreas Widmer (my mini-review)
  5. Christopher: A Novel, by David Athey (fiction) (mini-review)
  6. Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was, by Barry Hughart (fiction, audio, courtesy of Forgotten Classics)
  7. Misty of Chincoteague, by Marguerite Henry (YA fiction) (mini-review)
  8. Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, by Michael Hyatt
  9. The Shadow of the Bear (A Fairy Tale Retold #1), by Regina Doman (YA fiction)
  10. Buddy: How a Rooster Made Me a Family Man, by Brian McGrory
  11. Follow You, Follow Me: Why Social Networking Is Essential to Ministry, by John Voelz
  12. The Secret Cardinal, by Tom Grace (fiction)
  13. Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold, by C.S. Lewis (fiction)


  1. The Tripods Attack! (Young Chesterton #1), by John McNichol (YA fiction)
  2. The Beckoning Fair One, by Oliver Onions (fiction, audio, courtesy of Forgotten Classics)
  3. It Was Only on Stun!, by Declan Finn (fiction)
  4. Falling for Your Madness, by Katharine Grubb (fiction, advance copy) (review)
  5. One Body, Many Blogs, by T.J. Burdick (advance copy)
  6. Imitating Mary, by Marge Fenelon (advance copy) (review)
  7. Wherever Lily Goes (Lily Trilogy #2), by Sherry Boas (fiction)


  1. Holocaust House, by Norbert Davis (fiction, audio, courtesy of Forgotten Classics)
  2. Ashamed No More: A Pastor’s Journey through Sex Addiction, by T.C. Ryan (review)
  3. The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity, by Steven H. Strogatz
  4. My iPad for Kids, by Sam Costello
  5. The Maid: A Novel of Joan of Arc, by Kimberly Cutter (fiction)
  6. To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again, by Mary C. Neal, MD (review)
  7. Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free, by Tullian Tchividjian (review)
  8. The Good Pope and His Great Council: A Biography of Saint John XXIII and Vatican II, by Greg Tobin (review)


  1. Princess Academy (Princess Academy #1), by Shannon Hale (YA fiction)
  2. Life Entwined with Lily’s (Lily Trilogy #3), by Sherry Boas (fiction)
  3. The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic: How Engaging 1% of Catholics Could Change the World, by Matthew Kelly
  4. Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift (fiction, audio, courtesy of Just the Books)
  5. Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion & Purpose, by Matthew Kelly


  1. The Covenant (Abram’s Daughters, #1), by Beverly Lewis (fiction)
  2. Seven Glorious Days: A Scientist Retells the Genesis Creation Story, by Karl W. Giberson
  3. There You’ll Find Me, by Jenny B. Jones (YA fiction)
  4. The Imitation of Mary, by Thomas a Kempis
  5. Palace of Stone (Princess Academy #2), by Shannon Hale (YA fiction)
  6. A Mary Christmas, by Kathleen Carroll (review)
  7. Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women, by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle (review)
  8. The Christian World of the Hobbit, by Devin Brown
  9. Holding Jesus: Reflections on Mary, the Mother of God, by Alfred McBride (review)


  1. Catholic Spirituality: A Treasury of Prayers and Practices, edited by Colleen Griffith and Thomas Groome (review)
  2. Terrapin, by T.M. Doran (fiction) (review)
  3. The Seven Deadly Sins: A Visitor’s Guide, by Lawrence Cunningham (review)
  4. Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives, by Pope Benedict XVI
  5. Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God, by Mary deTurris Poust (review)
  6. A Season of Mystery: 10 Spiritual Practices for Embracing a Happier Second Half of Life, by Paula Huston (review)