The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry

Feast of St James the Apostle, Son of Alphaeus
The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry edited by Mark T. Mitchell

Berry_Human_Vision_Square.jpgA STRIKING contribution to the conversation that is conservatism. Wendell Berry—poet, novelist, essayist, critic, farmer—has won the admiration of Americans from all walks of life and from across the political spectrum. His writings treat an extraordinary range of subjects, including politics, economics, ecology, farming, work, marriage, religion, and education. But... Continue Reading

Orality and Literacy

Feast of St Gregory the Illuminator, Bishop of Armenia
Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word by Walter Ong, S.J.

Orality_and_Literacy_Square.jpegOne can scarcely exaggerate how profoundly the introduction of writing changed all facets of human existence. Ong lucidly documents those changes and then projects his conclusions into the age of mass electronic communications. This thirtieth anniversary edition offers two new essays by cultural critic John Hartley, which contextualize Ong... Continue Reading

The Mystery of the Church

Feast of the Falling Asleep of St John the Evangelist and Theologian
The Mystery of the Church: A Course in Orthodox Dogmatic Theology by Boris Bobrinskoy

Bobrinskoy__Mystery_of_Church_square.jpegFATHER BORIS, in his introduction, identifies a growing tension between the “original and ultimate Truth” of the Church, on the one hand, and its incarnation, on the other. Theologically speaking, the Church is a mystery, the “locus and mode of mankind’s communion in... Continue Reading

The Love of Learning and the Desire for God

Feast of St Ariadne the Martyr
The Love of Learning and the Desire for God: A Study of Monastic Culture by Jean Leclercq

Leclerq_Love_learning_square.jpgORIGINALLY presented as lectures to Benedictine novices over fifty years ago, this book conveys an immediacy and relevance that draws the reader into the neighborhood of ideas and culture that has so often rejuvenated ad renewed the wider Christian community. Leclercq offers countless insights into fundamental... Continue Reading

Happiness and Contemplation

Feast of St Anthimus, Bishop of Nicomedia
Happiness and Contemplation by Josef Pieper; introduction by Ralph McInerny

Happiness___Contemplation_Square.jpegIN THE "EIGHTH day,” says St. Augustine, we shall rest and see, see and love, love and praise. In this world of shadows, that trajectory still holds; leisure (rest) makes possible contemplation (seeing) in which is found a foretaste of our only lasting happiness (love and praise). Ten years after the publication... Continue Reading

Idiot Psalms

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Idiot Psalms: New Poems by Scott Cairns

Idiot_Psalms_Square.jpgFOURTEEN “Idiot Psalms” are surrounded by dozens of other poems by one of our favorite poets. This collection by Cairns follows several other works of poetry, essays, and memoir, and will prove his most challenging work yet. Acclaimed fellow poet B. H. Fairchild says of Cairns: “Among American poets of religious belief at the... Continue Reading

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

Feast of Sts Silvas, Crescens, Epenetus & Andronicus the Apostles of the 70
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