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John Seymour | 1968 comments Mod
It is time to vote for our July 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 pm Eastern time on June 19.

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, both by bishops, by the way, Lift Up Your Heart: A Guide to Spiritual Peace, by Fulton J. Sheen and Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World, by Charles J. Chaput, will be excluded from the Randomizer.

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

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 bad news is that the roots of religious decline run deeper than most Americans realize. The good news is that the blueprint for a time-tested Christian response to this decline is older still. In The Benedict Option, Dreher calls on traditional Christians to learn from the example of St. Benedict of Nursia, a sixth-century monk who turned from the chaos and decadence of the collapsing Roman Empire, and found a new way to live out the faith in community.

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. 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.

Lift Up Your Heart: A Guide to Spiritual Peace, by Fulton J. Sheen
Contains a brilliant analysis of the spiritual life. It is full of profound lessons and words of wisdom on sanctifying the present moment, the effect of conduct on belief, how to pray and meditate, and making up for the past.

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 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.

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.

Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World, by Charles J. Chaput
From Charles J. Chaput, author of Living the Catholic Faith and Render unto Caesar comes Strangers in a Strange Land, a fresh, urgent, and ultimately hopeful treatise on the state of Catholicism and Christianity in the United States. America today is different in kind, not just in degree, from the past. And this new reality is unlikely to be reversed. The reasons include, but aren't limited to, economic changes that widen the gulf between rich and poor; problems in the content and execution of the education system; the decline of traditional religious belief among young people; the shift from organized religion among adults to unbelief or individualized spiritualities; changes in legal theory and erosion in respect for civil and natural law; significant demographic shifts; profound new patterns in sexual behavior and identity; the growth of federal power and its disregard for religious rights; the growing isolation and elitism of the leadership classes; and the decline of a sustaining sense of family and community.

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.

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 Theresa (new)

Theresa Linden | 7 comments my vote:

The Life of St. Catharine of Sienna, by Raymond of Capua

message 3: by Celia (new)

Celia (cinbread19) The Myth of Hitler's Pope

Tales from the Brackenwood Ghost Club

message 4: by Marta (new)

Marta LBB (martalbb) Looking for the King, by David C. Downing

message 5: by Bice (new)

Bice (bicebeechay) | 111 comments Lift Up Your Heart A Guide to Spiritual Peace

The Life of St. Catherine of Siena

message 6: by Jill (new)

Jill A. | 719 comments Benedict Option

message 7: by Michael (new)

Michael Brennan | 2 comments I nominate”The Life of St. Catharine of Sienna “

message 8: by Patrick (new)

Patrick Callahan | 1 comments Toward the Gleam!

message 9: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 1 comments I vote Tales From the Brackenwood Ghost Club

message 10: by Margaret (new)

Margaret (margaretz) | 11 comments I read Strangers in a Strange Land when it first was published. I have recommended it to everyone I know. That’s my vote.

message 11: by Steven R. (new)

Steven R. McEvoy (srmcevoy) | 87 comments My first pick is:
The Gunpowder Plot, by Antonia Fraser
My Second is:
The Spiritual Combat, by Lorenzo Scupoli

message 12: by Fonch (new)

Fonch | 1457 comments My votes are for On the God of the Christians:, by Rémi Brague Toward the Gleam by T.M. Doran.

message 13: by Doreen (new)

Doreen Petersen The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican

message 14: by Mariangel (new)

Mariangel | 584 comments The return of the prodigal son

The scarlet pimpernel of thr Vatican

message 15: by Manuel (new)

Manuel Alfonseca | 1643 comments Mod
On the God of the Christians (Brague)
Story of a soul (St. Therese de Lisieux)

message 16: by Pablo (new)

Pablo Gómez-Abajo (gomezabajo) | 11 comments On the God of the Christians, by Rémi Brague

message 17: by Jorge (new)

Jorge Reyes (jemorar) | 2 comments My vote: The return of the prodigal son.

message 18: by Vicky (new)

Vicky | 11 comments Lift Up Your Heart: A Guide to Spiritual Peace, by Fulton J. Sheen
Looking for the King, by David C. Downing

message 19: by John (new)

John Seymour | 1968 comments Mod
I vote for:

On the God of the Christians


The Benedict Option

Two more days of voting.

message 20: by Madeleine (new)

Madeleine Myers | 269 comments Lift Up Your Heart

The Life of St. Catherine of Siena

message 21: by John (new)

John Seymour | 1968 comments Mod
Voting is closed. Results will be posted shortly

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