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***Big catch-up “In The Mail.” Mostly non-fiction as that is what the publishers are sending.***

Tin God by Terese Svoboda


When G-O-D broadcasts in Svoboda’s fictional realm, it’s not a message of revelation sent from on high. That would be way too predictable. Instead, this edgy, irreverent supreme being would rather spread grass than gospel over the rolling fields of the midwestern heartland. But there’s grass, and then there’s grass, and it’s the eponymous latter that has captured the attention of Jim and Pork, two hapless jokers who have somehow managed to lose a bag of the “good stuff” in tough guy Rolf’s field. It’s the same field, where, eons ago, a Don Quixote-like conquistador flummoxed a tribe of whispering natives when, on his horse, he catapulted to earth from out of the blue. As Pork starts digging for his lost stash, he uncovers evidence of the earlier man’s presence. Is there a message here, a cosmic connection that spans centuries? Only G-O-D knows for sure, and she’s not saying. Svoboda’s fiercely symbolic and brashly audacious allegory is a fanciful yet cautionary tale.

White Ghetto : How Middle Class America Reflects Inner City Decay by Star Parker

Book Description:

Much has been said about Bill Cosby’s incendiary remarks about urban black culture and its “dirty laundry.” But in this provocative book, Star Parker, one of today’s most controversial commentators, goes even further, proving that urban plight simply reveals a decay that is gnawing its way throughout American society as a whole.

The sexual chaos, values disorientation, and social turmoil we see in our inner cities, Parker argues, is just a magnified reflection of the moral collapse happening all over America: in our schools, our churches, our homes. And this slide toward moral decrepitude is all due to a flagrant dismissal of and assault on America’s tried-and-true values.

Muzzled : From T-Ball to Terrorism-True Stories That Should Be Fiction by Michael Smerconish

Book description:

This brazen, furiously funny book is the antidote to today’s poison of political correctness. With humor and chutzpah, attorney, commentator, and popular radio host Michael Smerconish takes on today’s oversensitive culture with a collection of entertaining, outlandish anecdotes about PC gone wild-stories that are hilarious, horrifying, and unbelievably true.

Painting the Map Red: The Fight to Create a Permanent Republican Majority by Hugh Hewitt

Book Description:

Painting the Map Red, the insider’s guide to the 2006 elections and the crucial messages GOP candidates and activists will be adopting to foster the spread of Red States, is a must-read from Hugh Hewitt, nationally syndicated talk show host and political strategist.

American Conservatism : An Encyclopedia by Bruce Frohnen, Jeremy Beer, Jeffery O. Nelson

Book Description:

American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia is the first comprehensive reference volume to cover what is surely the most influential political and intellectual movement of the last half century. More than a decade in the makingand more than half a million words in length?this informative and entertaining encyclopedia contains substantive entries of up to two thousand words on those persons, events, organizations, and concepts of major importance to postwar American conservatism. Its contributors include iconic patriarchs of the conservative and libertarian movements, including Russell Kirk, M. E. Bradford, Gerhart Niemeyer, Stephen J. Tonsor, Peter Stanlis, and Murray Rothbard; celebrated scholars such as George H. Nash, Peter Augustine Lawler, Allan Carlson, Daniel J. Mahoney, Wilfred McClay, Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, George W. Carey, and Paul Gottfried; well-known authors, including George Weigel, Lee Edwards, Richard Brookhiser, and Gregory Wolfe; and influential movement activists and leaders such as M. Stanton Evans, Morton Blackwell, Leonard Liggio, and Llewellyn Rockwell. Ranging from abortion to Zoll, Donald Atwell, and written from viewpoints as various as those which have informed the postwar conservative movement itself, the encyclopedia’s more than 600 entries will orient readers of all kinds to the people and ideas that have given shape to contemporary American conservatism. This long-awaited volume is not to be missed.

The Story of a Soul: A New Translation by Robert J. Edmonson (Translator)

Book Description:

Millions of hearts have been touched by Thérèse of Lisieuxs’s desire, not to be mighty and great, but to be a humble, little flower that would gladden God’s eyes as He glances down at His feet. Canonized in 1925, she was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1997 by Pope John Paul II because of her writings that have touched generations of souls. Written in obedience to her Carmelite superior, Thérèse’s personal story was edited and published following her death in 1897 at the age of twenty-four. Combining charming descriptions of family and community life with a sense of humor and intense devotion to God, her autobiography became an instant bestseller. Earlier editions of Thérèse’s modern spiritual classic have often excluded passages, and refined her use of the French dialect often spoken by peasants. Edmonson translates everything and retains the complete charm of the original. The result is a complete and unabridged work, longer than most other editions available today. Careful research and attention to accurate, flowing language are the hallmarks of this new translation of The Story of a Soul, written by the saint known to us as the “Little Flower.”

Medjugorje the Message by Wayne Weible

Book Description:

“In a tiny village in the mountains of Yugoslavia, the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, had reportedly been appearing to a group of local teenagers, beginning in June, 1981, and continuing every evening since.” So begins journalist Wayne Weible’s life-transforming investigation into the veracity of one of the most popular Marian apparition claims in history. What began as a quick attempt to add some spice to his regular newspaper column resulted in a life-long exploration of what is (still) happening at Medjugorje, and the lives that are changed as a result. Do miracles happen? Wayne Weible is one former skeptic who is now convinced that they do. Paraclete Press presents a special, hardcover, illustrated edition of Medjugorje: The Message—the best-selling English-language book on the subject— on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Mary’s first message to six youths in the mountains. This new edition includes a new preface by the author and a special, eight-page photo insert.

Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season).

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