God in Patristic Thought

Feast of the Holy Apostle Thaddaeus
God in Patristic Thought by G. L. Prestige

God_in_Patristic_thought_Square.jpgThis is a recent reprint of a book first published in 1936, well worth revisiting because of its careful and organized look at themes in patristic Trinitarian theology. After meticulously combing through the works of the Greek Fathers to grasp the meanings of words as the Fathers actually used them, Prestige had assembled a lexicon... Continue Reading

Soil and Sacrament

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Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith by Fred Bahnson

Soil___Sacrament_book_square.jpegSOIL AND SACRAMENT is the memoir of a pilgrimage about staying put. Author Fred Bahnson, though driven by a calling to grow food for people, had become burnt-out in his role as a community garden director. Realizing his current role was not a sustainable way to cultivate his spiritual and... Continue Reading

In Dominico Eloquio—In Lordly Eloquence

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In Dominico Eloquio – In Lordly Eloquene: Essays on Patristic Exegesis in Honor of Robert Louis Wilken edited by Paul M. Blowers, Angela Russell Christman, David G. Hunter, and Robin Darling Young

In_Dominico_Square.jpgWE OFFER TWO reasons you’ll want this book: the vision represented by its honoree, Robert Louis Wilken, and the bright excellence of the essays themselves.... Continue Reading

The Bible and the Liturgy

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The Bible and the Liturgy by Jean Daniélou

Bible_and_Liturgy_square.jpgDANIELOU'S Bible and the Liturgy has been a perennial favorite since Eighth Day’s humble beginning as a four-room bookshop. A quick skim of chapter sixteen even fleshes out the significance of our name, but it’s the premise on which Jean Daniélou builds his “justly famous study” that places... Continue Reading

Truth Is Symphonic

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Truth is Symphonic: Aspects of Pluralism by Hans Urs von Balthasar

Truth_is_Symphonic_Square.jpgON THE KNOTTY issue of pluralism, we offer the profound erudition and musicality of Hans Urs von Balthasar. Herein, he reflects on the theme of pluralism and its relation to the truths of Christianity. With his utility of metaphor, von Balthasar is able to speak appropriately concerning many mysteries of God. He presents God... Continue Reading

Christ, Our Way and Our Life

Feast of the Holy Great Martyr Procopius
Christ, Our Way and Our Life: A Presentation of the Theology of Archimandrite Sophrony by Archimandrite Zacharias

Christ_True_Vine_Square.jpgArchimandrite Zacharias, a member of the Monastery of St. John the Baptist in Essex, England is the spiritual son of Archimandrite Sophrony, and therefore spiritual grandson of St. Silouan the Athonite. From all reports this humble, unassuming monk is as remarkable as his spiritual forebears.... Continue Reading

Toward a Eucharistic Vision of Church, Family, Marriage and Sex

Feast of the Righteous Fathers Sergius & Herman, Founders of Valaam Monastery
Toward a Eucharistic Vision of Church, Family, Marriage and Sex by Philip LeMasters

Christ_Serving_Square.jpgTHE AUTHOR describes this work as “an ‘apologetic’ essay that aims to ground sex and marriage in the Church’s understanding of the Eucharist.'” Sex and Eucharist in one essay?! Certainly, no other topics could seem more divergent, even opposed, yet LeMasters claims to see... Continue Reading

Old Testament Homilies - 3 Volume Set

Feast of the Nativity of the Forerunner John the Baptist and of St Elizabeth, Mother of the Forerunner
Old Testament Homilies – 3 Volume Set by St John Chrysostom; translated by Robert Charles Hill

John_Chrysostom_square_3.jpgALTHOUGH ST John may best be known for his commentaries on the New Testament (for which St. Thomas Aquinas declared he would give ''the whole town of Paris''), he was well-versed in Old Testament interpretation... Continue Reading

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction

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The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs

Pleasures_Reading_Age_Distraction_Square.jpgIN RECENT YEARS, cultural commentators have sounded the alarm about the dire state of reading in America. Americans are not reading enough, they say, or reading the right books, in the right way. In this book, Alan Jacobs argues that, contrary to the doomsayers, reading is alive and well in America.... Continue Reading

The Noetics of Nature

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The Noetics of Nature: Environmental Philosophy and the Holy Beauty of the Visible by Bruce V. Foltz

Noetics_of_Nature_square.jpgWhen you look at the natural world around you, what do you see? Purely physical matter, valuable apart from any link with the supernatural? Many sense an intuitive link between science and this “materialist” perspective, assuming that scientific discovery depends on preserving the independence... Continue Reading