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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

Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy, Book 1)

Out of the Silent Planet  - C.S. Lewis This book was a bit difficult to get through, because it was written before space travel was a common, familiar experience. Therefore, his descriptions of what happens in space definitely fall more into the "fantasy" category than "space sci-fi". This made it quite a bit more difficult to get into. (It would be like reading a book about a sea voyage in which the entire trip was in a boat that, once it got a few miles from the shore was actually floating several feet above the surface of the water.)


That said, once on the other planet, the alien surroundings (and the aliens themselves) are definitely imaginative.

The best part, from a philosophical standpoint, is in the translation toward the end, making what we consider to be "progress" sound like so much nonsense. The rewording of complex, intellectual-sounding phraseology into its simpler components completely deconstructs the logic of the seemingly high-brow statements of the antagonist. It's one of the more humorous (and thought-provoking) parts of the book.

I recommend it for the thought exercise, but not as a great work of sci-fi.