Books Read In July

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I am reading a lot of Catholic Theology / Material at the moment. This was the first I picked up. An interesting and basic defense of catholic theology and practice from the scriptures. This gives you a good basics in catholic belief.

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This is Tom Rachman’s first novel. And it’s quite a debut! Set around the lives of those who work for an International Newspaper based in Rome, Italy, every other chapter tackles the life of one of the main characters. The other chapters tell the story of how the newspaper begin back in the 60’s. Rachman’s characters are complex and largely very well written. Each character faces challenges, issues, problems in their personal and professional life – issues and problems which are not resolved. The writing is good and fun. Towards the end of the book I was a little jaded. You had just got into a character when the chapter ends and a new one begins. The final chapter does draw the pieces together somewhat with a ‘what happened to them..’ outline. Overall this was a great vacation read.

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A great book – read my  review HERE

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Semi biographical / examination of the contemplative pilgrimage. The book revolves around a sabbatical she and her husband took which involved a pilgrimage through Spain on the Camino, walking 20 miles a day. Read larger review HERE

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Meyers book is filled with valuable advice for ministers to find the brakes of their train and regain perspective, perspective about God and the real things of ministry. Recommended.

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This is also an important book. The study of Christian Spirituality in Church History in one volume is a great resource. Tracing the various forms and practices of spiritual life in the major epochs of the Christian Church is eye opening

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