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New Year, new books to read (and review)

Orthodoxy
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For Christmas this year, I received a bunch of books from my wife (mostly lives of the Saints). So I have decided to add books reviews to this column. They will not necessarily be reviews of new books, but they will definitely be about books Catholics should read (or should avoid, as the case may be).

For starters, I will list of books I intend to read and/or review this year. (Some are books I have already read recently that deserve a review.) Please let me know in the comments if there are any books about which you'd like me to post a review. (I will be reviewing a mix of fiction, autobiography, history, philosophy, etc., but please stick to books that are in some way related to the Catholic faith.)

Here is the list of books I intend to review this year (so far):

Orthodoxy
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Orthodoxy

"Orthodoxy" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The ever-quotable G.K. Chesterton answers the questions about fairy tales, Christian pagans, and how being orthodox is not boring but rather the most exciting rollercoaster ride through life.

Why Do Catholics Do That?
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Why Do Catholics Do That?

"Why Do Catholics Do That?" by Kevin Orlin Johnson

Answers the questions of Catholic culture that you grew up with but never really understood.

Guardian Angel Prayer Book
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Guardian Angel Prayer Book

"Guardian Angel Prayer Book" by Regina Press (edited by Bart Tesoriero)

A children's prayer book that also details the Mass, Rosary, and Stations of the Cross.

Lord of the elves and eldils: Fantasy and Philosophy in C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien
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Lord of the elves and eldils: Fantasy and Philosophy in C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien

"Lord of the elves and eldils: Fantasy and Philosophy in C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien" by Richard L. Purtill

It discusses the Christian elements in Lewis and Tolkien, with some comparisons between the two and their styles.

A Concise History of the Catholic Church
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A Concise History of the Catholic Church

"A Concise History of the Catholic Church" by Rev. Thomas Bokenkotter

An attempt to relate the 2000-year history of the Catholic Church in just over 500 pages.

Real Love: Answers to Your Questions on Dating, Marriage and the Real Meaning of Sex
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Real Love: Answers to Your Questions on Dating, Marriage and the Real Meaning of Sex

"Real Love: Answers to Your Questions on Dating, Marriage and the Real Meaning of Sex" by Mary Beth Bonacci

How to live a chaste (and truly Christian) lifestyle while dating.

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
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Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

"Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship" by the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops (updated every 4 years, i.e., Presidential Election years)

Catholic Update Guide to Faithful Citizenship
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Catholic Update Guide to Faithful Citizenship

"Catholic Update Guide to Faithful Citizenship"

Companion guide to the U.S.C.C.B.'s "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship" document.

'In the Beginning...' A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall
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'In the Beginning...' A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall

"'In the Beginning...' A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall" by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (before he was Pope Benedict XVI)

Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul
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Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul

Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul

This is the book that started devotion to the Divine Mercy of Jesus (and the Feast of Divine Mercy being celebrated the 1st Sunday after Easter).

Truth and Tolerance: Christian Belief and World Religions
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Truth and Tolerance: Christian Belief and World Religions

"Truth and Tolerance: Christian Belief and World Religions" by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (before he became Pope Benedict XVI)

Examines the false tolerance that pervades our modern culture toward all religions, without examination of the truths (or lack of truths) they hold.

The Interior Castle
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The Interior Castle

"The Interior Castle" by St. Teresa of Avila

The story of a nun in Spain who became a Doctor of the Church due to the spiritual depth of an autobiography she was ordered to write by her Mother Superior.