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message 1: by Manuel (new)

Manuel Alfonseca | 1415 comments Mod
It is time to vote for our January 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 December 19.

A book will be randomly selected for elimination from the nominations list from among those that don't receive any votes. The new book added to the voting list this month, He Leadeth Me, will be excluded from the Randomizer.

The books up for consideration for the January 2019 BOTM are:

The Autobiography of St. Anthony Mary Claret, by Anthony Mary Claret
Bares the soul of a saint and reveals the methods which were so successful for him in converting others. From age 5 he was haunted by the thought of the souls about to fall into Hell. This insight fueled his powerful drive to save as many souls as he could.

He Leadeth Me by Walter J. Ciszek
He Leadeth Me is the deeply moving personal story of one man's spiritual odyssey and the unflagging faith which enabled him to survive the horrendous ordeal that wrenched his body and spirit to near collapse. Captured by the Russian army during World War II and convicted of being a "Vatican spy," American Jesuit Father Walter J. Ciszek spent some 23 agonizing years in Soviet prisons and the labor camps of Siberia. He here recalls how it was only through an utter reliance on God's will that he managed to endure.

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.

Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture by Anthony M. Esolen
What do you do when an entire civilization is crumbling around you? You do everything. This is a book about how to get started.
Providence College professor Anthony Esolen, blunt and prophetic, makes the case that the decay of Western civilization is alarmingly advanced.
Our sickly, sub-pagan state resembles a bombed-out city. We have to assess the damage, but merely lamenting it does no good. There is work to be done. The first step is the restoration of truth. America's most powerful institutions - including the government - are mass producers of deceit. We have to recognize the lies and clear our minds of cant.
Let us begin.

The Restoration of Christian Culture by John Senior
A sequel to The Death of Christian Culture, this spiritual treatise covers social, cultural, and political topics. It explores the importance of religious knowledge and faith to the health of a culture, provides a historical sketch of the change in cultural and educational standards over the last two centuries, and illustrates how literary and other visual arts either contribute to a culture or conspire to tear it down. Compared to a series of sermons, this analysis explains that there is a continuing extinction of the cultural patrimony of ancient Greece, Rome, medieval Europe, and the early modern period of Western civilization, owing to the pervasive bureaucratization, mechanization, and standardization of increasing materialism.

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.

The Satin Slipper; or, The Worst Is Not the Surest by Paul Claudel
The Satin Slipper (Le Soulier de satin) is a long play by the French dramatist and poet Paul Claudel. It was written in 1929, but first performed on stage in 1943. Today it is rarely staged because of its extreme length and its challenging production requirements. It was made into a film in 1985 by the Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira.
The scene is set during the Renaissance at the time of the conquistadors. The play is a love story dominated by the ideas of sin and redemption and the various characters, some divine and some comic, frequently engage in a dialogue as though between Heaven and Earth.

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.

Sons of Cain by Val Bianco
An ancient group of twelve unspeakably powerful men are prepared to implement mass suicide in the United States. Already in control of the Congress and the Presidency, all that they lack is the Supreme Court. The only thing standing between these SONS OF CAIN and the lives of the Court is a small group of dedicated warriors.
Wealthy ex SEAL, Nick Rieper and his dozen "Knights of Longinus" have pledged their lives and fortunes to battle international Satanism. Battle is joined as they engage the Cainites and their demon leader, Namon, in mortal combat.

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.

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 Kevin (new)

Kevin Coriolan (coriolankevin) My vote is for Story of a Soul and for Lift up your Heart.


message 3: by Surisaray (new)

Surisaray | 4 comments The Autobiography of St. Anthony Mary Claret and Lift up your heart.


message 4: by Celia (new)

Celia (cinbread19) Lift Up Your Hearts - Sheen


message 5: by Matt (new)

Matt Mitchell | 11 comments Story of a Soul or The Restoration of Christian Culture


message 6: by C.D. (new)

C.D. (skymama) | 57 comments Sons of Cain


message 7: by Randi (new)

Randi Hicks | 21 comments Lift up your heart and return of the prodigal son


message 8: by Jill (new)

Jill A. | 654 comments He Leadeth Me
Stranger in a Strange Land


message 9: by Mariangel (new)

Mariangel | 518 comments Lift up your heart
The Spiritual Combat


message 10: by Fonch (new)

Fonch | 1149 comments I vote for Toward the Gleam, by T.M. Doran and Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture by Anthony M. Esolen.


message 11: by Andy (new)

Andy He Leadeth Me and Return of the Prodigal Son.


message 12: by Steven R. (new)

Steven R. McEvoy (srmcevoy) | 67 comments 1. The Spiritual Combat, by Lorenzo Scupoli
2. The Myth of Hitler's Pope: Pope Pius XII And His Secret War Against Nazi Germany, by David G. Dalin


message 13: by Madeleine (new)

Madeleine Myers | 245 comments Toward the Gleam
Story of a Soul


message 14: by Edith (new)

Edith | 1 comments Lift up your heart, Fulton Sheen


message 15: by Manuel (new)

Manuel Alfonseca | 1415 comments Mod
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Lift up your heart, Fulton Sheen


message 16: by John (new)

John Seymour | 1824 comments Mod
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Out of the Ashes


message 17: by Ramon (new)

Ramon  (frostonthewindow) My vote is for Return of the Prodigal son


message 18: by Ramon (new)

Ramon  (frostonthewindow) I also like The Scarlet


message 19: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Vega (jpalomav) | 3 comments He leadeth me by Walter J Ciszek
Lift up your heart by Fulton J Sheen


message 20: by Lucy (new)

Lucy | 2 comments He Leadeth Me by Walter J. Ciszek or The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming, by Henri J.M. Nouwen


message 21: by Bill (new)

Bill Breen | 5 comments Lift Up Your Heart,
The Return of the Prodigal Son


message 22: by Alex (new)

Alex (sir_a1ex) | 1 comments Story of a Soul
The Spiritual Combat


message 23: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Frohn | 8 comments Lift up your hearts


message 25: by Manuel (last edited Dec 19, 2018 08:15AM) (new)

Manuel Alfonseca | 1415 comments Mod
Voting is closed. Results are here: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


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