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Books with a Beu

Jamie Beu, owner and co-author (with his wife) of CatholicFamily.info, is a "cradle Catholic", devoted husband, and father of two girls. He is a regular contributor to his parish newsletter, as well as an impassioned defender of the faith who is able to both support and challenge others as necessary -- all in an effort to build-up Christ's Kingdom on Earth. To this end, he does a lot of reading - not just of religious books (for education and research), but also of secular books, both to decompress as well as to keep a finger on the pulse of pop culture (the better to relate to others, as well as to help restore the culture).

Currently reading

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know
Meg Meeker, Meg Meeker
Dan Simmons
Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life
'John Townsend', 'Henry Cloud'
Boundaries Face to Face: How to Have That Difficult Conversation You've Been Avoiding
Henry Cloud
Jesus of Nazareth
Pope Benedict XVI, Adrian J. Walker
Permutation City
Greg Egan
Truth and Tolerance: Christian Belief and World Religions
Pope Benedict XVI
Is Jesus Coming Soon?: A Catholic Perspective on the Second Coming
Ralph Martin
Prelude to Foundation (Foundation: Prequel, #1)
Isaac Asimov
Autobiography of a Saint: Therese of Lisieux
Thérèse de Lisieux, Ronald A. Knox, Vernon Johnson

The Ghost Brigades

The Ghost Brigades - John Scalzi This sequel to "Old Man's War" does an excellent job of filling out the background to one of the more mysterious figures in the first novel, while avoiding the pitfalls common to "2nd-act" books.

The Ghost Brigades - the "special forces" of the CDF - are by their nature shadowy and unknown. This inside look provides the same kind of voyeuristic thrill for a work of fiction that the "Inside SEAL Team Six" books do in real life.

The change of perspective - from common grunt to special forces; from male to female; from old and revitalized to the youthful "reborn" - keeps this 2nd book fresh while also moving the story toward (and providing a key element of) its finale in The Last Colony.