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Manuel Alfonseca | 1438 comments Mod
You can vote for two books from the list below. The book with the most votes will be our October BOTM. One book out of those that receive no votes will be selected for elimination by the randomizer. The two books added last month, Four Witnesses: The Early Church in Her Own Words and The Everlasting Man are protected from the randomizer. Voting will remain open until Wednesday , September 18 at 11:00 eastern. The books for voting are:

The Ascent of Mount Carmel by Juan de la Cruz
Written between 1578 and 1579 in Granada, Spain, after John's escape from prison, the Ascent is illustrated by a diagram of the process outlined in the text of the Soul's progress to the summit of the metaphorical Mount Carmel where God is encountered. The work is divided into three sections and is set out as a commentary on four poetic stanzas by John on the subject of the Dark Night. John shows how the Soul sets out to leave all worldly ties and appetites behind to achieve "nothing less than transformation in God".

Four Witnesses: The Early Church in Her Own Words, Rod Bennett, nominated by Mariangel.
What was the early Church like? Contrary to popular belief, Rod Bennett shows there is a reliable way to know. Four ancient Christian writers--four witnesses to early Christianity --left us an extensive body of documentation on this vital subject, and this book brings their fascinating testimony to life for modern believers. With all the power and drama of a gripping novel, this book is a journey of discovery of ancient and beautiful truths through the lives of four great saints of the early Church--Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr, and Irenaeus of Lyons.

The Divine Milieu, by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.
Teilhard de Chardin -- geologist, priest, and major voice in twentieth-century Christianity -- probes the ultimate meaning of all physical exploration and the fruit of his own inner life. The Divine Milieu is a spiritual treasure for every religion bookshelf.

Bearing False Witness: Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History, by Rodney Stark.
As we all know, the Inquisition was one of the most frightening and bloody chapters in Western history, Pope Pius XII was anti-Semitic and rightfully called “Hitler’s Pope,” the Dark Ages were a stunting of the progress of knowledge to be redeemed by the secular spirit of the Enlightenment, and the religious Crusades were an early example of the rapacious Western thirst for riches and power. In this stunning, and ultimately persuasive book, Rodney Stark argues that some of our most firmly held ideas about history, that paint the Catholic Church in the least positive light are, in fact, fiction.

Georgios, by A.K. Frailey
Georgios was destined for greatness - at least that is what his grandparents told him, his father assured him, and his mother had left embedded in his heart. Living on the island of Patmos in the year 100 A.D. surrounded by the Aegean Sea, he knew the world through Greek eyes, but he also knew there was more to life than a home built on rock. At the age of thirteen, Georgios takes an unexpected voyage, almost murders his first real friend, gets waylaid by Celtic traders, and inadvertently discovers the truth about his father. What he learns horrifies him, forcing him into a decision and an adulthood, he is not ready for. In facing his father honestly, Georgios finds the strength to accept his grandfather’s vision and is thrust into the most dangerous adventure of all.

Knowledge and Christian Belief, by Alvin Plantinga.
In his widely praised Warranted Christian Belief (Oxford, 2000) Alvin Plantinga discussed in great depth and at great length the question of the rationality, or sensibility, of Christian belief. In this book Plantinga presents the same ideas in a briefer, more accessible fashion. Recognized worldwide as a leading Christian philosopher, Plantinga probes what exactly is meant by the claim that religious -- and specifically Christian -- belief is irrational and cannot sensibly be held. He argues that the criticisms of such well-known atheists as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens are completely wrong. Finally, Plantinga addresses several potential defeaters to Christian belief -- pluralism, science, evil and suffering -- and shows how they fail to successfully defeat rational Christian belief.

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.

The Everlasting Man, G_K_Chesterton, nominated by John.
What, if anything, is it that makes the human uniquely human? This, in part, is the question that G.K. Chesterton starts with in this classic exploration of human history. Responding to the evolutionary materialism of his contemporary (and antagonist) H.G. Wells, Chesterton in this work affirms human uniqueness and the unique message of the Christian faith. Writing in a time when social Darwinism was rampant, Chesterton instead argued that the idea that society has been steadily progressing from a state of primitivism and barbarity towards civilization is simply and flatly inaccurate. "Barbarism and civilization were not successive stages in the progress of the world," he affirms, with arguments drawn from the histories of both Egypt and Babylon.

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.

American Catholics: A History of the Roman Catholic Community in the United States, by James J. Hennesey.
Written by one of the foremost historians of American Catholicism, this book presents a comprehensive history of the Roman Catholic Church in America from colonial times to the present. Hennesey examines, in particular, minority Catholics and developments in the western part of the United States, a region often overlooked in religious histories.

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 WWII was a tall, jolly Irish Priest, Monsignor Hugh Joseph O'Flaherty. Working throughout the war at the Vatican, he organised, unofficially, an incredibly efficient underground system which gave shelter to inumerable escapees. 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 Secrets of Successful Financial Planning: Inside Tips from an Expert, by Dan Gallagher
There are six interrelated segments to a complete financial plan: Cash & Budget Planning, Insurance & Risk Management, Tax Management, Retirement Planning, Investment Planning, and Estate Planning. What aspects of the financial plan require sophisticated planning by a professional, and what can savvy, well-educated consumers handle themselves? The Secrets of Successful Financial Planning empowers readers to take charge of their financial present and future, regardless of where they are financially, by presenting technical jargon in a way that's easy to understand.

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.

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.

message 2: by John (new)

John Seymour | 1860 comments Mod
I will vote for

Four Witnesses
Bearing False Witness

message 3: by Randi (new)

Randi Hicks | 22 comments Out of the Ashes
Return of the Prodigal Son

message 4: by Surisaray (new)

Surisaray | 4 comments The return of the prodigal son
Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican

message 5: by Steven R. (new)

Steven R. McEvoy (srmcevoy) | 72 comments Georgios, by A.K. Frailey

message 6: by Christine (new)

Christine Bengle | 21 comments Four Witnesses
Return of the prodigal son

message 7: by Matt (new)

Matt Mitchell | 11 comments Everlasting Man
Return of the Prodigal Son

message 8: by Henry (new)

Henry (hankc) | 4 comments The Everlasting Man

message 9: by Mariangel (new)

Mariangel | 536 comments Ascent of Mt. Carmel
The Spiritual Combat

message 10: by Bowler (new)

Bowler | 2 comments The Ascent of Mount Carmel
The Divine Milieu

message 11: by Richard (new)

Richard Hannay (hannay) | 17 comments The Everlasting Man

message 12: by Christopher (new)

Christopher Hunt (elmarinero) | 18 comments Everlasting Man

Ascent of Mount Carmel

message 13: by Mary (new)

Mary Catelli | 47 comments The Everlasting Man
Bearing False Witness

message 14: by Madeleine (new)

Madeleine Myers | 245 comments Four Witnesses
Return of the Prodigal Son

message 15: by Jill (new)

Jill A. | 666 comments Bearing False Witness

message 16: by María Amparo (new)

María Amparo (ajenjo) | 20 comments The Ascent of Mount Carmel by Juan de la Cruz
Bearing False Witness: Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History, by Rodney Stark.

message 17: by Frances (new)

Frances Richardson | 93 comments The Divine Milieu

Return of the Prodigal Son

message 18: by Faith (new)

Faith Flaherty (contemprisma) | 34 comments Strangers in A Strange Land--Chaput

Out of the Ashes--Esolen

message 19: by Pop (new)

Pop (sauraspop) Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World, by Charles J. Chaput and:

Scarlet Pimpernel Of The Vatican, by J.P. Gallagher

message 20: by Connie (new)

Connie | 19 comments The Myth of Hitler’s Pope

Out of the Ashes

message 21: by Manuel (new)

Manuel Alfonseca | 1438 comments Mod
My votes:

Knowledge & Christian Belief (Plantinga) and
The Everlasting Man (Chesterton)

message 22: by Fonch (new)

Fonch | 1186 comments I vote for "The Secrets of Successful Financial Planning: Inside Tips from an Expert", by Dan Gallagher and "American Catholics: A History of the Roman Catholic Community in the United States", by James J. Hennesey.

message 23: by Manuel (last edited Sep 18, 2019 08:38AM) (new)

Manuel Alfonseca | 1438 comments Mod
Voting is closed. Results are here:

message 24: by pk (new)

pk | 1 comments The Everlasting Man by G.K. Chesterton

message 25: by Mark (new)

Mark OFS (brbearofs) | 5 comments Bearing false witness and
Knowledge and Christian Belief

message 26: by Manuel (new)

Manuel Alfonseca | 1438 comments Mod
Votes given after the voting was closed are not counted.

message 27: by Fonch (new)

Fonch | 1186 comments In two months you Will have other chance Mark R. Bansbach OFS :-).

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