Wednesday, June 04, 2008


I'm really enjoying an embarrassment of riches when it comes to new books right now. I'm in the middle of three others (in addition to the upcoming Kathleen Norris book I posted about the other day). What's on the nightstand?
A Friendship Like No Other, by William Barry, SJ. I like Barry's familiar style, as comfortable as a cup of good coffee. Other books on prayer can seem so high-flown I get intimidated; Barry reminds me that prayer is really as normal and vital as breathing.
Bumping into God in the Kitchen, by Father Dominic Grassi. This is a collection of stories and recipes all bound up with priestly life. I'd recommend this pleasant little book to young men looking into the priesthood. Father Grassi's pastoral heart will give you as good an insight as any into the vocation. And I, for one, am looking forward to trying the recipes.
More than a Dream: How One School's Vision is Changing the World (The Cristo Rey Story), by C. R. Kearney. I just started this one at breakfast yesterday, happy to learn the backstory to a successful and hope-filled approach to educating at-risk young people in our city.
What's on your nightstand?


Anonymous said...

Nothing as sophisticated or up to date as the books on your nightstand. I am still reading John Paul the Great, My Life with the Saints by James Martin, Second Chance, Zbigniew Brzezinski, The Hound of Heaven by Francis Thompson (over and over and over) Frank McCourt's most recent book Teacher Man,Priestblock 25487., and Walker Percy Many of these need dusting. Harv

St. Faustina said...

Hello Sr. Anne!

Hmmm..I heard that A Friendship Like No Other is a good one! Right now I have Perelandra by C.S.Lewis on my nightstand, along with a few Anne Rinaldi novels. I really love the paralllels in Perelandra from the story line to the Garden of Eden and some other bible stories. I find it so interesting! I'm actually re-reading this one! :-D

Anonymous said...

I just finished "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson, a nurse/mountaineer who has spent the past dozen years building schools (primarily for girls) in Pakistan and Afganistan; "The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan (do you know where your food comes from?); and "My Dearest Friend," a collection of the correspondence between John and Abigail Adams during the founding of this nation. Very endearing as well as eye-opening. --spqr

Pinc said...

I have on my nightstand, The Sun and Moon Over Assisi, Be a Monastic And Not Leave Your Day Job,Mother Benedict, foundress of the Abbey of Regina Laudis, Lambs Supper, I'm starting RCIA classes in the fall , so any suggestions to learn and read are welcome. Pinc