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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


e. - Matt Beaumont Clever little book, using the time-honored tradition of epistles as the method of moving the narrative forward. However, in this book, the epistolary form has been updated to the 21st century to great comedic effect. As such, the time lines are greatly shortened, and since the pace is so quick (and much of each email is the header), it is a very fast read.

The most curious thing about this story is not just the storytelling-by-email, but the fact that there are few (if any) characters that you want to see come to a happy ending. Every person in the book has such glaring character flaws that you could care less if each of them met with a horrible accident or even death - in fact, it would add to the hilarity. In spite of this, you can't wait to read what happens next. The book essentially puts you in the role of a voyeur who is curious about the characters without caring one bit for their well-being or success.

There are a few "British-isms" that may be confusing to American readers, but this provides even better (and more hilarious) contrast when the non-British characters jump into the fray (especially the head of the Finnish division).