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CBC Moderator 2 | 85 comments Mod
You can vote for two books from the list below. The book with the most votes will be our February 2020 BOTM. One book out of those that receive no votes will be selected for elimination by the randomizer. The two books added to the voting list last month, The Light of Christ: An Introduction to Catholicism and Doors in the Walls of the World: Signs of Transcendence in the Human Story are protected from the randomizer. Because I am starting the voting so late in the day, voting will remain open an additional day, until Sunday, January 19 at 5:00 eastern. The books for voting are:

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.

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".

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.

Bodies and souls, by Maxence Van der Meersch, nominated by Fonch.
This dramatic novel about doctors, students, nurses and patients, has become a classic. It seems to be difficult to obtain in English (it doesn't even have a page in Goodreads), but it can easily be got in other languages (French, Spanish or Italian). This is their page in Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

Deliver Us from Evil, Thomas A. Dooley, nominated by Manuel.
This is Dr. Tom Dooley's moving account of his humanitarian work in the newly divided Vietnam aboard U.S. Navy refugee ships and in refugee camps in the turbulent years of 1954-55. The book focuses on American efforts to evacuate Vietnamese from Communist-controlled areas, and Dooley's work in camps, hospitals and orphanages with those needing medical care. Dooley, born in 1927, passed away in 1961 from cancer at the age of 34. Deliver Us From Evil was the first of 3 books he wrote about his experiences in Vietnam and Laos.

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.

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.

The Light of Christ: An Introduction to Catholicism, by Thomas Joseph White, nominated by John
This book provides an accessible presentation of Catholicism that is grounded in traditional theology and engaged with a host of contemporary questions and objections. Inspired by the theologies of Irenaeus, Thomas Aquinas, and John Henry Newman, and rooted in a post-Vatican II context, Fr. Thomas Joseph White presents major doctrines of the Christian faith in a way that is comprehensible for non-specialists: knowledge of God, the mystery of the Trinity, the Incarnation and the atonement, the sacraments and the moral life, eschatology and prayer.

Doors in the Walls of the World: Signs of Transcendence in the Human Story, by Peter Kreeft, nominated by Vicky
With razor-sharp reasoning and irrepressible joy, Kreeft helps us to find the doors in the walls of the world. Drawing on history, physical science, psychology, religion, philosophy, literature, and art, he invites us to welcome what lies on the other side of these doors, and to begin living the life of Heaven in the here and now.

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.

Relic of His Heart, by Jane Lebak
Tessa delivers babies at night and raises five sons by day. When an angel appears after a birth and asks for help on a quest, her first response is, “Angels don’t even exist,” followed by a swift, “No.” Even after he proves he exists (and lets her call him Martin) she wants nothing to do with his quest: Martin wants to find a relic stolen at the end of World War II, when the town of Barlassina was torched and its church destroyed. The relic went into the pocket of a long-dead soldier and hasn’t been seen since. Without the relic, the church won’t be rebuilt; without the church, Barlassina will die.

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.

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 Lucy (new)

Lucy The light of Christ.

Strangers in a strange land.


message 3: by Christine (new)

Christine Bengle | 21 comments The Ascent of Mount Carmal
Deliver us from Evil


message 4: by Jill (new)

Jill A. | 702 comments Bearing False Witness
Relic of His Heart


message 5: by Lynn Ann (new)

Lynn Ann Zazzara Grabavoy | 17 comments Doors in the Walls of the World.

Strangers in a Strange Land.


message 6: by Daniella (new)

Daniella Dedvukaj The Light of Christ: An Introduction to Catholicism.


message 7: by Mary (new)

Mary Catelli | 53 comments Bearing False Witness


message 8: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Albano | 1 comments Doors in the Walls of the World: Signs of Transcendence in the Human Story, by Peter Kreeft,
Bearing False Witness: Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History,


message 9: by Madeleine (new)

Madeleine Myers | 249 comments Bearing False Witness
Doors in the Walls of the World


message 10: by James (new)

James Orange | 1 comments Okay, so there were three I really wanted to read...so I had to vote for all of them, I apologize...deal with my vote how you would like...

1. Doors in the Walls of the World: Signs of Transcendence in the Human Story by Peter Kreeft
2. The Myth of Hitler’s Pope: Pope Pius XII and His Secret War Against Nazi Germany by David D. Dalin
3. Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World by Charles J. Chaput


message 11: by John (new)

John Seymour | 1904 comments Mod
James wrote: "Okay, so there were three I really wanted to read...so I had to vote for all of them, I apologize...deal with my vote how you would like...

1. Doors in the Walls of the World: Signs of Transcenden..."


:^) Your “vote” for Strangers in a Strange Land” will be disregarded.


message 12: by John (new)

John Seymour | 1904 comments Mod
Bearing False Witness
Doors in the Walls of the World


message 13: by Mariangel (new)

Mariangel | 561 comments Bearing False Witness
The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican


message 14: by Ben (new)

Ben Eastman | 21 comments Strangers in a strange land
Out of the Ashes


message 15: by Manuel (new)

Manuel Alfonseca | 1515 comments Mod
Bearing false witness
The Divine Milieu


message 16: by Briela (new)

Briela | 1 comments Bearing false
Strangers in a strange


message 17: by Pop (new)

Pop (sauraspop) Strangers in a Strange land
& American Catholics: History of the Catholic Church in America


message 18: by Kristi (new)

Kristi Kerr (kristikerr) Doors in the Walls of the World
Relic of His Heart


message 19: by Elia (new)

Elia | 7 comments The Divine Milieu And
Deliver Us From Evil


message 20: by Elia (new)

Elia | 7 comments I’m sorry but it’s not posting properly. I voted for the
Divine Milieu


message 21: by Manuel (new)

Manuel Alfonseca | 1515 comments Mod
Elia wrote: "I’m sorry but it’s not posting properly. I voted for the
Divine Milieu"


Your last two comments are somewhat contradictory, Elia. What are you voting for, The Divine Milieu and Deliver us From Evil? Or just The Divine Milieu?


message 22: by Fonch (new)

Fonch | 1264 comments I vote for "Bodies and souls" by Maxence van der Meersch and "The Secrets of Successful Financial Planning: Inside Tips from an Expert," by Dan Gallagher


message 23: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer | 3 comments Strangers in a Strange Land

and

The Ascent of Mount Carmel


message 24: by Faith (new)

Faith Flaherty (contemprisma) | 36 comments The Light of Christ: An Introduction to Catholicism, by Thomas Joseph White,

and

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


message 25: by Hollisch (new)

Hollisch | 2 comments Doors in the Walls of the World
Out of the Ashes


message 26: by Krystal (new)

Krystal | 5 comments Strangers in a Strange Land & Myth of Hitler’s Pope


message 27: by Enrique (new)

Enrique (eautontimorumenos) | 9 comments Bearing false witness


message 28: by John (new)

John Seymour | 1904 comments Mod
Voting is closed. Results will be posted shortly.


message 29: by John (new)

John Seymour | 1904 comments Mod
Manuel wrote: "Elia wrote: "I’m sorry but it’s not posting properly. I voted for the
Divine Milieu"

Your last two comments are somewhat contradictory, Elia. What are you voting for, The Divine Milieu and Delive..."


I am recording this as a vote for Divine Milieu and a vote for Deliver us from Evil.


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