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John Seymour | 1858 comments Mod
It is time to vote for our April BOTM.

You may vote for up to two of the books listed below.

Enter your votes by replying in this thread.

Voting will end at approximately 5:00 Central time on March 18.

A book will be randomly selected for elimination from the nominations list from among those that don't receive any votes. The two new books added to the voting list this month, Scarlet Pimpernel Of The Vatican, by J.P. Gallagher and The History of the Church: From Christ to Constantine, by Eusebius, will be excluded from the Randomizer.

The books up for consideration for the April 2018 BOTM are:

Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon, by Donald H. Calloway. From the best-selling author of the classic Catholic conversion story, No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy by Fr. Donald H. Calloway, comes a powerful and comprehensive history of a spiritual weapon: the rosary.

The Gunpowder Plot, by Antonia Fraser
Antonia Fraser, a popular historian, has delved into archives across Europe to unravel the true story of the plot by fanatical Roman Catholics to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I at the opening of Parliament in 1605.

The History of the Church: From Christ to Constantine, by Eusebius.
Eusebius's account is the only surviving historical record of the Church during its crucial first 300 years. Bishop Eusebius, a learned scholar who lived most of his life in Caesarea in Palestine, broke new ground in writing the History and provided a model for all later ecclesiastical historians. In tracing the history of the Church from the time of Christ to the Great Persecution at the beginning of the fourth century, and ending with the conversion of the Emperor Constantine, his aim was to show the purity and continuity of the doctrinal tradition of Christianity and its struggle against persecutors and heretics.

Life and Select Works of Peter of Alcantara, by Peter of Alcantara
Among the great accomplishments and benefits to others, he was the Confessor to Teresa of Avila. It was Peter and the work contained within this particular volume, which Teresa of Avila was able to grow and develop into the person she was. It was Peter of Alcantara, who advised not only her but also others into a life of poverty, prayer which lead to spiritual bliss.
Like St John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila, Peter of Alcantara decided to follow the reformed order of the Franciscans, known as the discalced, which started in the year Peter was born. This same rise to return to the origins of the Franciscans, gave the incentive for Teresa and John to follow the reformation within their own order.

The Life of St. Catharine of Sienna, by Raymond of Capua
One of the key works on St. Catharine's life, written shortly after her death by her spiritual director.

Looking for the King, by David C. Downing
It is 1940, and American Tom McCord, a 23-year-old aspiring doctoral candidate, is in England researching the historical evidence for the legendary King Arthur. There he meets perky and intuitive Laura Hartman, a fellow American staying with her aunt in Oxford, and the two of them team up for an even more ambitious and dangerous quest.
Weaving his fast-paced narrative with actual quotes from the works of the Inklings, author David Downing offers a vivid portrait of Oxford and draws a welcome glimpse into the personalities and ideas of Lewis and Tolkien, while never losing sight of his action-packed adventure story and its two very appealing main characters.

A Martyr for the Truth: Jerzy Popieuszko, by Grazyna Sikorska

The Myth of Hitler's Pope: Pope Pius XII And His Secret War Against Nazi Germany, by David G. Dalin
In 1999, John Cornwell excoriated Pope Pius XII as "Hitler's Pope." In this book, Rabbi David G. Dalin provides a ringing defense of the wartime pontiff, arguing that Holocaust-era Jews justly regarded Pius as their protector, not their tormentor.

On the God of the Christians:, by Rémi Brague -
[The book description on GR is in French. The following is excerpted from Amazon, which indicates it is from the back cover of the book.]
On the God of the Christians tries to explain how Christians conceive of the God whom they worship. No proof for His existence is offered, but simply a description of the Christian image of God.

The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming, by Henri J.M. Nouwen
A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt's painting, The Return of the Prodigal Son, catapulted Henri Nouwen into a long spiritual adventure. In his highly-acclaimed book of the same title, he shares the deeply personal meditation that led him to discover the place within which God has chosen to dwell. This Lent course, which has been adapted from the book, helps us to reflect on the meaning of the parable for our own lives. Divided into five sessions, the course moves through the parable exploring our reaction to the story: the younger son's leaving and return, the father's restoration of sonship, the elder son's resentment and the father's compassion. All of us who have experienced loneliness, dejection, jealousy or anger will respond to the persistent themes of homecoming, affirmation and reconciliation.

Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society, by John Horvat
In times of crisis, we are forced to reexamine our ways and ponder our future. It is in this framework that we need to consider our present economic plight and the charting of our path forward. John Horvat focuses on the present crisis with great insight and clarity. He claims modern economy has become cold, impersonal, and out of balance. Gone are the human elements of honor and trust so essential to our daily lives. Society has discarded the natural restraining influence of the human institutions and values that should temper our economic activities.

Scarlet Pimpernel Of The Vatican, by J.P. Gallagher.
To thousands of people escaping- Allied prisoners, refugees, Jews and others wanted for various reasons by the Nazis - one of the greatest heros of WW11 was a tall, jolly Irish Priest, Monsignor Hugh Joseph O'Flaherty. Working throughout the warat the Vatican, he organised, unofficially an incredibly efficient underground system which gave shelter to inumerable escapes. This very readable account of his adventures is an exciting story and throws some interesting light on one of the lesser-known aspects of the war.

Second Friends: C.S. Lewis and Ronald Knox in Conversation, by Milton Walsh
C. S. Lewis and Ronald Knox were two of the most popular authors of Christian apologetics in the twentieth century ... and for many years they were neighbors in Oxford. In Second Friends, Milton Walsh delves into their writings and compares their views on a variety of compelling topics, such as the existence of God, the divinity of Christ, the problem of suffering, miracles, the way of Love, the role of religion in society, prayer, and more. They both bring to the conversation a passionate love of truth, clarity of thought, and a wonderful wit.

Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux, by Thérèse de Lisieux
Two and a half years before her death in 1897 at the age of 24, as Thérèse Martin began writing down her childhood memories at the request of her blood sisters in the Lisieux Carmel, few could have guessed the eventual outcome. Yet this Story of my soul, first published in 1898 in a highly edited version, quickly became a modern spiritual classic, read by millions and translated into dozens of languages around the world.

Toward the Gleam, by T.M. Doran
Between the two world wars, on a hike in the English countryside, Professor John Hill takes refuge from a violent storm in a cave. There he nearly loses his life, but he also makes an astonishing discovery — an ancient manuscript housed in a cunningly crafted metal box. Though a philologist by profession, Hill cannot identify the language used in the manuscript and the time period in which it is was made, but he knows enough to make an educated guess — that the book and its case are the fruits of a long-lost, but advanced civilization.


message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

Hi, and Good Morning! My vote is for “Story of a Soul.”


message 3: by Raul (new)

Raul (angelicdoctor) Return To Order


message 4: by Jill (new)

Jill A. | 666 comments Eusebius sounds fascinating, so he gets one vote.
Still want to read God of the Christians.


message 5: by Manuel (new)

Manuel Alfonseca | 1438 comments Mod
Return to order
Life of St. Catherine


message 6: by Fonch (new)

Fonch | 1185 comments My vote is for Toward the Gleam, by T.M. Doran and Looking for the King, by David C. Downing


message 7: by Sindy (new)

Sindy Castellanos | 2 comments My vote is for Second Friends: C.S. Lewis and Ronald Knox in Conversation
Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican


message 8: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne E | 7 comments Champions of the Rosary, Return of the Prodigal Son


message 9: by Tania (new)

Tania (tmartnez) | 105 comments Return of the Prodigal Son.


message 10: by Jesús (new)

Jesús  (jesuserro) | 15 comments Champions of the Rosary. On the God of Christians


message 11: by John (new)

John Seymour | 1858 comments Mod
Like Jill, I am intrigued by Eusebius, but that will have to wait, as two other books that I've been wanting to read for a long time are in the running, so I will vote for:

- Return to Order, and

- On the God of the Christians


message 12: by Mariangel (new)

Mariangel | 535 comments Return to Order

The Gunpowder Plot


message 13: by Mai (new)

Mai (maisydaisy) | 1 comments These all sound really good! My vote is for 'Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican' and 'Looking for the King'.


message 14: by Fonch (new)

Fonch | 1185 comments Mariangel wrote: "Return to Order

The Gunpowder Plot"


Oh thanks for saving The gunpowder plot :-).


message 15: by Marta (new)

Marta LBB (martalbb) Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society, by John Horvat


message 16: by Anna (new)

Anna | 1 comments The Life of St. Catherine of Siena
Story of a Soul


message 17: by John (new)

John Seymour | 1858 comments Mod
Voting is closed. Results will be posted shortly.


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