Books Received: Christmas Break Reading

It’s that time of the semester again: presentations are being given, classes are wrapping up, and papers are due. The cumulative weight of the academic term is bearing down on students and teachers alike. And the holidays are coming, plans to see family are being made, and packages are beginning to arrive in the mail. I’ve recently received a number of packages in the mail, with gifts of a different sort–books to read and review.Books Received 11.21.14


Thanks to Fortress Press, Random House, and Thomas Nelson for these books–I’m really looking forward to reading and reviewing them.


Book Review: Catholic Bible Dictionary (Ed. Hahn)

Catholic Bible DictionaryIn an age of competing “internet histories” and lists of “ten things you need to know about this”, where the first page of Google and a Wikipedia entry are often marshaled as appropriate evidence for engaging important issues, access to serious resources serves an important role in properly understanding and interpreting our world. This is especially true when it comes to faith, where what you hear in church and what you see on the History Channel are often worlds apart. And, while there are some great online resources for encountering our world, for many topics nothing quite replaces the encompassing usefulness of a well-written book. To serve this purpose among the Catholic faithful comes the Catholic Bible Dictionary (New York: Doubleday, 2009) edited by Scott Hahn. Continue reading

In the Mail: September 16

Yesterday in the mail I received the Catholic Bible Dictionary (edited by Scott Hahn), courtesy of Random House and Blogging for Books. While I’m not Roman Catholic (for more on that, check out our Church Search), I have long appreciated the work of Scott Hahn and I’m eager to see what this dictionary has to offer. As you can see from the photo, I also have received the NIV College Devotional Bible to review, courtesy of Zondervan. Expect to see reviews of these works up in the next couple of weeks.20140916_192658

“Scott Hahn’s writings and conferences have been so effective in bringing Catholics closer to Sacred Scripture. His valuable Catholic Bible Dictionary will be another big help to faithful Catholics who have taken seriously the Church’s encouragement to become immersed in God’s Word.” —Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York