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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

Lest Darkness Fall & To Bring the Light

Lest Darkness Fall/To Bring the Light - L. Sprague de Camp, David Drake This book is definitely for fans of time travel, alternate history, as well as Ancient Roman history. In fact, this book is almost the exact opposite of the short story "The Man Who Came Early".

It isn't just good for the "what if?" nature of the concept, but for how it expands your own imagination into "what if *this happened to me*?" It has good characterization, so you can truly picture yourself around these people in this time - makes it fun to imagine, while also making you thankful for living in modern times.

Really, the only weak point of it is how the hero is able to understand the ancient languages. This is handled much better in "The Doomsday Book", but, granted, the time travelers in that book were prepared for their journey. The hero in this book is just assumed to be intelligent enough to get by.

Still a fun read.