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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

Executive Orders (Jack Ryan)

Executive Orders  - Tom Clancy Amazing book, but you have to understand the setup. This book picks up right where Debt of Honor ends. As such, it would be very helpful to read that book first. (Other Jack Ryan books don't really have the prerequisite of reading the other books, but this one is the exception.)

Some have described this as a "wish-fulfillment" book about "how would you rebuild the government". My response is: why is that a bad thing? We all have problems with each others representatives in Congress, yet we keep electing the same clowns. Those of us who pay attention to such things also have problems with who is (and isn't) on the Supreme Court, but there's nothing (realistically and legally) that can be done about it. Therefore, this book is a fun little exercise and thought experiment: "What if your favorite spy-thriller-action hero had to rebuild most of the government from scratch?" It gets back to the basics of the Framers of the Constitution - what they wanted the nation's governing bodies to look like, rather than what they've morphed into.

This book was interesting when first written; it was eerie to read it's predecessor (Debt of Honor) after 9/11; it is all the more important to read again now, in light of the Tea Party movement.