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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

Old Man's War

Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1) - John Scalzi I read this after reading Spin, because the 2 titles kept appearing together in various Amazon.com lists. What a world of difference between the 2 books! Where Spin is somewhat dry and very focused on the science of what is going on, Scalzi's books do not get bogged down in the "future science", and instead focus on the premise (what if old people could become young space-soldiers with enhancements?) while tracing a larger story arc (the nature of war; why we fight; what it means to be human or even alive). And the humor! This book is hilarious - so many things, from the juvenile to the intellectual, are just laugh-out-loud funny!

I heartily recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun (and funny!) "space opera" adventure trilogy (read The Ghost Brigades and The Last Colony as well - you won't be disappointed). The only caveat I would add is that there are some sex scenes, but they are more implied and not nearly as graphic as your average "bodice-ripper" romance novel.