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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

Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine

Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine - Glenn Beck The first half was kinda depressing (statistics about debt and decaying morals, etc.), mostly to tweak those who are not yet resolved to take action to take the country back from the politicians who have steered us so far from our founding principles.

The second half doesn't offer many step-by-step solutions, but it concludes with Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" pamphlet in its entirety. That part is amazing! It is worth reading to see how he summarized the natural rights of man; derived those rights from Scripture (as well as denouncing monarchies through Scripture); demonstrated how monarchies (specifically the King of England) ruled and acted against those natural rights; and not only outlined an excellent starting point for our current Republic form of government, but also predicted the rise of Napoleon in France due to the absence of such a government.

If you've ever listened to Glenn Beck's show or attended a Tea Party rally, this book will be mostly a rehash of what you've heard before, and should be read mostly for the second half to remind us of where our country started and the sacrifices our founders made.

If you have not listened to his show or been part of the Tea Party, this book should knock you on your butt with frank descriptions of the current state of our nation (hint: it's worse than you think, and getting even worse, regardless of the party in charge). This book, if you are paying attention, should wake you from your slumber. If after reading this book, you are still asleep at the wheel, you probably shouldn't vote and may God have mercy on your soul. (Just sayin'...)