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message 1: by Manuel (last edited May 16, 2018 09:20AM) (new)

Manuel Alfonseca | 1645 comments Mod
It is time to vote for our June 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 11:00 am Eastern time on May 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, The Benedict Option, by Rod Dreher, and Tales from the Brackenwood Ghost Club, by Andrew M. Seddon, will be excluded from the Randomizer.

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

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.

The Life of St. Catherine of Siena: The Classic on Her Life and Accomplishments as Recorded by Her Spiritual Director, 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.

The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation, by Rod Dreher.
In a radical new vision for the future of Christianity, NYT bestselling author and conservative columnist Rod Dreher calls on American Christians to prepare for the coming Dark Age by embracing an ancient Christian way of life.

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.

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.

The Spiritual Combat, by Lorenzo Scupoli.
The Combat is a practical manual of living. At first it teaches that the sense of life is incessant fighting against egoistic longings and replacing them with sacrifice and charity. The one who does not do this loses, and suffers in Hell; the one who does it, trusting not in his own, but God's power, triumphs and is happy in Heaven. The work of Scupoli analyses various usual situations and advises how to cope with them, preserving a pure conscience and improving virtue. It emphasizes also the boundless goodness of God, which is the cause of all good. What is bad originates from the human who rebels against God.

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.

Sword and Serpent, by Taylor R. Marshall.
In A.D. 299, the Roman oracles ceased to prophesy for the Emperor Diocletian. The silence of the gods sparks a bloody storm of persecution that sweeps across the Roman Empire. As the fires of suspicion and hatred ignite all around them, a young man and a young woman are united by a prophecy from the catacombs of Rome...one that will set them on a journey to battle an evil beyond imagining.

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.

Tales from the Brackenwood Ghost Club, by Andrew M. Seddon.
Mysterious lights in a buried church...
A half-glimpsed figure haunting a Montana ranch...
An invisible stalker on a California trail...
A shadowy priest who onlly appears on Good Friday...
Welcome to the world of the Brackenwood Ghost Club, whose members meet to hear tales of the strange turnings beyond the world we know.
If you enjoy traditional ghost stories, particularly those with a Catholic flavor, then the Brackenwood Ghost Club is the place for you. Come and join the circle around Uncle Max's fire as each new guest tells a tale of the supernatural.


message 2: by Steven R. (new)

Steven R. McEvoy (srmcevoy) | 88 comments My two would be:
The Gunpowder Plot.
Sword and Serpent.


message 4: by Jill (new)

Jill A. | 719 comments God of the Christians
Benedict Option (enough talked-about that we should all be familiar with this way of thinking)


message 6: by Marta (new)

Marta LBB (martalbb) Toward the he gleam
Sword and serpent


message 7: by Fonch (new)

Fonch | 1465 comments My vote is for "Sword and the serpent" and "Looking for the king".


message 8: by Bice (new)

Bice (bicebeechay) | 111 comments I vote for all of them! Just kidding because choices are all ones I want to read or have read.
I vote for Sword of the Spirit and The Life of Catherine of Siena.


message 9: by Manuel (last edited May 16, 2018 04:20AM) (new)

Manuel Alfonseca | 1645 comments Mod
Bice wrote: "I vote for all of them! Just kidding because choices are all ones I want to read or have read.
I vote for Sword of the Spirit and The Life of Catherine of Siena."


Please Bice, revise your voting, "Sword of the Spirit" is not in the list! Do you mean "Sword and Serpent"?


message 10: by Bice (new)

Bice (bicebeechay) | 111 comments I apologize! Sword of the SERPENT and The Life of Catherine of Siena


message 11: by Bice (new)

Bice (bicebeechay) | 111 comments Oh my! I meant : Sword AND Serpent! Bear with me as I am a woman of a certain age!


message 12: by John (new)

John Seymour | 1968 comments Mod
My votes, from France, are for the French theologian, Remi Brague, On the God of the Christians and the very American, The Benedict Option.


message 13: by Mariangel (new)

Mariangel | 585 comments -On the God of the Christians
-The Spiritual Combat


message 14: by Manuel (new)

Manuel Alfonseca | 1645 comments Mod
- Story of a soul (Thérèse de Lisieux)
- History of the Church (Eusebius)


message 15: by Manuel (new)

Manuel Alfonseca | 1645 comments Mod
Voting is closed. I'll publish the results soon.


message 16: by PJ (new)

PJ Manning | 1 comments Sword and Serpent.


message 17: by Fonch (new)

Fonch | 1465 comments PJ wrote: "Sword and Serpent."

Do not worry "The sword and serpent" was chosen, now we are speaking about this novel https://www.goodreads.com/topic/group...


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