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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

Childhood's End

Childhood's End - Arthur C. Clarke the first part of the book was intriguing, and it kept you going with "what is the big reveal going to be? what is the answer to this big mystery? who are these aliens really?"

Then, the big reveal is kind of a let-down. In fact, the whole tone of reading the book changes almost to a depressing and atheistic view, compounded by Clarke's writing insinuating a "future memory". He's not willing to accept belief in God, but he's willing to believe that we have a collective memory of the future that inspires our fears and nightmares and mythologies. Very confusing, especially coming from someone who is so "logical and scientific".

Rama was much better. Even 2001 (a mixed-bag of science and hallucination) was better than the payoff of this book. Interesting at first, but not really worth the time.