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Using the Bible as the Lens for Life

March 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Using the Bible as the Lens for Life Seeds of the Word (Week 10 of 11) Have you ever logged into someone else’s Facebook account? If you did, especially if it’s someone who doesn’t share all your viewpoints, you may be surprised at how things appear in their feed. You might, in fact, start to question whether the algorithms that underlie the way we consume information—in many more places than Facebook!—might... Read More

Who Is a None? And Why Are There So Many?

February 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Seeds of the Word (Week 9 of 11) Just what—or who—is a “None”? Have you ever heard that phrase before to describe people’s religious affiliation? I remember hearing about the findings of the 2008 American Religious Identification Survey when they were originally published. There was an outcry about the “Nones,” those people who self-identify as, well, nothing. No religion. To be honest, I still... Read More

Gospel Truth in Fiction

February 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Gospel Truth in Fiction Seeds of the Word (Week 6 of 11) I’m a huge fan of novels. Left to my own devices, I might never pick up another nonfiction book… And when I have the chance to find the Gospel truth in fiction…well, I feel more than a little justified. 🙂 Last year, I pulled a novel off the shelf. “I advise to read it,” the cover boasted, with Pope Francis’ name underneath. I dove... Read More

Finding Jesus in Superhero Movies

January 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Seeds of the Word (Week 4 of 11) Confession: I’m a fan of superhero movies. It’s my husband’s fault. He introduced me to Iron Man and we’ve made date nights again and again as new movies have been released. While we mostly stay with the Marvel universe (cleaner and interwoven so delightfully), I can’t help but notice how these suited men trying to save the world from evil have a lot in common with... Read More

How Seeds of the Word May Make Me Watch More Movies

January 10, 2017 by  
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How Seeds of the Word May Make Me Watch More Movies   Seeds of the Word (Week 2 of 11) Sometimes the way God gets me to read a book is by having me give away my review copy and forcing me to purchase one… And sometimes the way God gets me to watch more movies is to have me purchase a book I could’ve read for free. I’m a huge fan of Bishop Barron and his work. I’ve been following and reading him for... Read More

Scandalous Mercy and Tireless Mercy: Beautiful Mercy Book Club

November 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Beautiful Mercy (Week 5 of 5)   Mercy is one of those words that’s just…used. We toss it around without fully thinking about what it means, what it implies, what trouble it causes. Scandalous would definitely not have been on the list of adjectives I would have used to describe mercy before reading this book, but consider how Fr. James Mallon describes “scandalous mercy”: God’s mercy is scandalous.... Read More

Refreshing Mercy – Affirming Mercy

November 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Beautiful Mercy (Week 3 of 5) Consider Lisa Hendey’s reflection on giving drink to the thirsty: she took readers with her to Tanzania, painting a picture of the young girls carrying huge water jugs on their heads. She then zoomed back to her own California home, where a drought had made her more aware of water. Yet, she mentions, it’s more than just about water, isn’t it? But let us also remember that the “thirsty”... Read More

Announcing the Beautiful Mercy Book Club!

October 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Mercy, Sarah Reinhard

Beautiful Mercy (Week 1 of 5) You know, I’ll be honest: I wouldn’t have picked up this book if it wasn’t for this book club. I read a lot of books and I have a big pile of books I want to read (and hope to someday get to). This book would have never made it onto any pile I would have been likely to touch. And that would have been too bad for me, because once I started reading this book, I couldn’t stop! I... Read More

A New Look at the Ascension (Life of Christ Book Club)

October 12, 2016 by  
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Life of Christ (Week 27 of 27) The Ascension has never really been a mystery that’s resonated with me. In fact, it’s kind of confusing. Or it has been. Jesus comes, does all his miraculous stuff, and saves humanity through the sacrifice of the Cross and Resurrection. But the story’s not over! He ascends. What does that mean? In the Gospel of Luke, we get a mere four verses about this…and I don’t... Read More

Jesus Meets Us Where We Are (Life of Christ Book Club)

September 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Life of Christ (Week 25 of 27) One of the things I have most appreciated in our journey through Life of Christ is how Fulton Sheen makes me think and chew on things I’ve honestly never thought of before. He makes me realize anew, with each chapter, how Jesus meets us where we are. This continues to be a Bible study of immense proportions because Sheen’s breaking open Scripture as he leads us through Christ’s... Read More

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