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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

Zoe's Tale

Zoe's Tale - John Scalzi I love reading stories that tell you "other events" in an already familiar story (like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead or Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina). Since I'd read (and loved) the whole "Old Man's War" series, this was quite fun to revisit familiar territory through new eyes.

It was, as all of Scalzi's books (so far!), a very funny read, but what made it most interesting was the perspective. Viewing events (some previously known, some unknown until now) through the eyes of a teenage girl, rather than an adult man, added even more humor and drama than expected.

This is a must-read, but only after you have read the other must-reads in Scalzi's "Old Man's War" series.