By Steven Pressfield
(Black Irish Entertainment, 2012)
Reviewed by Sarah Gould
Have you ever wanted to lose weight, but couldn’t bring yourself to start the diet because it’s always a “bad time”? Have you ever wanted to pray more but every time you sat (or knelt) down you got distracted and didn’t pray? Have you ever wanted to write a book, learn to make wedding cakes, play the violin, or start a lawn mowing business and you didn’t because you were too scared? Then “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield is for you. I didn’t know much about this book when I first heard of it, but something prompted me to buy it anyway and I am glad that I did. This book punched me in the face. In a good way.
Reviewed by Amy MacInnis
Romance is one of the most popular fiction genres. And why not? The God we are all restlessly yearning for is Love itself; marriage is the icon of Christ’s love for his Church. It’s only natural, therefore, to delight in stories that dwell on falling in love. Disappointingly though, romance novels have become increasingly pornographic, some intentionally written as erotica, and others containing that token, if not as explicit, sex scene. Romance readers can only devour classics like Austen’s and the Brontë sisters’ so many times before desiring other fare. Fortunately, we can partake of over thirty romances penned by twentieth-century English authoress, Georgette Heyer.
By Christoph Cardinal Schönborn
(Ignatius Press, 1994, translated by Lothar Krauth)
Reviewed by Colin Kerr
Too many works on Christology stop at the Council of Chalcedon (451). The latter centuries become but footnotes of lesser moment in epilogues. That Schönborn concentrates on the final two of the first ‘Seven Great Ecumenical Councils’ is welcome. That he focuses on a subject that is of great interest in the West today – icons – makes this a work many will want to consult.