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  1. Who Is My (Time Traveling) Neighbor?

    June 21, 2018 10:41 am Leave a Comment

    And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read?”  And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,… Read more »

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  2. Ray Bradbury is best remembered as a writer of fantasy and science fiction, whose stories often took huge ideas and grappled with them by inventing fantastic worlds and creatures. But he was also the master of the small and quiet, someone whose observation of human tics and traits served him… Read more »

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  3. Novels Like a Ship in a Bottle

    May 8, 2018 1:49 pm Leave a Comment

    One of these days the person standing in front of you at the convenience store, at Starbucks, at the post office, or just about anywhere two or more are gathered will tell you he has just finished writing a novel. Hearing this, a woman standing behind you will reveal that… Read more »

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  4. Meryl Kaleida

    All Lives Matter

    May 7, 2018 12:00 pm Leave a Comment

    I recently read a novel called Reliquary by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. It is book number 2 in their Agent Pendergast series, and I highly recommend it. I have always enjoyed good mysteries and these books combine mystery with myth, science, and a little fantasy. The first book, Relic,… Read more »

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  5. Ignatius Press Novels

    Humanum, a quarterly review from the John Paul II Institute, recently posted a perceptive review essay by Michalina Ratajczak of three novels by Fiorella De Maria. Titled “The Face of Human Dignity in the Novels of Fiorella de Maria”, the essay examines some of the common themes that unite these… Read more »

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  6. Michael N. Richard, Requiescat in pace

    April 18, 2018 12:13 pm Leave a Comment

    “My faith is rather like courage. It is said that courage is to act in the face of fear. For me, faith is to act in the face of doubt. I think it irrational to not have doubt, no matter if you are an atheist doubting your atheism, or a… Read more »

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  7. Is Realistic Catholic Fiction a Unicorn?

    December 15, 2017 9:42 am 2 Comments

    The accusation of blasphemy, at times directed at Christ, recorded in the Gospels, has long been directed at writers of Catholic fiction attempting to be realistic. Christ was a realist about his times and the world in which he mingled. He could also at times seem idealistic, e.g. in The… Read more »

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  8. Meryl Kaleida

    Headline: Teenage Girl Gives Birth in Dirty Barn!

    December 4, 2017 12:00 pm Leave a Comment

    What was the last dramatic novel that you read? Was it a classic or pop fiction? Or perhaps, historical? Was it Biblical? Ah, you say, the Bible is not a novel! And you are right. But the Bible is one of the biggest dramas—particularly the Gospels. As we enter Advent,… Read more »

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  9. Ignatius Press Novels

    Video: Why Should I Read Jane Eyre?

    November 29, 2017 9:37 am 1 Comment

      Renaissance woman Eleanor Nicholson—author, Ignatius Critical Editions contributor, educator, serial funny video maker—sheds light on why you or a student you know should read the classic novel Jane Eyre. Even if you hated it the first time. Maybe especially if you hated it the first time.

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  10. Ignatius Press Novels

    Half-Priced Novels

    November 18, 2017 11:59 am Leave a Comment

    Just use the discount code NOVELS17 at ignatius.com for the next week (until November 26, 2017). These are all great titles. Remember, you only have until November 26, 2017 to get 50% off by using the code NOVELS17 at checkout!

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