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From 2011 to 2017, I published reviews every other Tuesday for ATX Catholic (formerly Austin Catholic New Media). I chose books, blog posts, essays, and videos based on my relationships with publishers, personal interest, and their potential interest to Catholics in the Diocese of Austin.

DatePost #Book/TopicMediumAuthorPost TitleLink to Post
5/31/20111Austin CNM intron/an/aHow Will They Know Who We Are?
6/14/20112The Picture of Dorian GrayBookOscar Wildenone
6/28/20113ElsewhereBookGabrielle Zevinnone
7/12/20114BumpedBookMegan McCaffertyInconceivable!
7/26/20115CaptivatingBookJohn and Stasi EldredgeMore Like "Drab"
8/9/20116Wild at HeartBookJohn EldredgeThe Search for Real Men
8/23/20117The Handmaid's TaleBookMargaret AtwoodA Balm in Gilead
9/6/20118UnplannedBookAbby JohnsonReally Knowing Both Sides
9/20/20119Who Gets the Drumstick?BookHelen BeardsleyThis One's for Everyone
10/4/201110Cheaper by the DozenBookFrank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth CareyThe Most Efficient Family in the World
10/18/201111The GiverBookLois LowryDeep in the Shallows
11/1/201112Saints Behaving BadlyBookThomas CraughwellReal Role Models
11/15/201113Catholicism for DummiesBookFr. John Trigilio and Fr. Kenneth BrighentiHappy to be a Dummy
11/29/201114A Canticle for LeibowitzBookWalter M. Miller, Jr.The Long View
12/13/201115The Wednesday WarsBookGary PaulsenPresbyterian Lies and Literary Truths
12/27/201116How to Find Your Soulmate without Losing Your SoulBookJason and Crystallina EvertTrusting in the Truth
1/10/201217The Hunger GamesBookSuzanne CollinsPlaying with the Girl Who Was on Fire
1/24/201218Catching FireBookSuzanne CollinsThe Heat Is On
2/7/201219MockingjayBookSuzanne CollinsFlying High and Falling Fast
2/21/201220Theology for BeginnersBookFrank J. SheedNot Quite for Beginners, but Worth It
3/6/201221No Man Is an IslandBookThomas MertonWading into Spiritual Waters
3/20/201222The Westing GameBookEllen RaskinBeware the Players, Beware the Game
4/3/201223SinnerBookLino RulliGod Has a Problem: It's You
4/17/201224The Thrill of the ChasteBookDawn EdenClothes On, Eyes Open
5/1/201225Style, Sex, and SubstanceBookHallie Lord, ed.Prayer, Personality, and Plugging In
5/15/201226My Peace I Give YouBookDawn EdenJesus Had Battle Scars, Too
5/29/201227The Church and New MediaBookBrandon Vogt, ed.A New Media Guide for the New Evangelization
6/12/201228media discernmentn/an/aMedia Discernment and You
6/26/201229The Possibilities of SainthoodBookDonna FreitasA Halo with Some Smudges
7/10/201230Brideshead RevisitedBookEvelyn WaughHow God Calls Us Back
7/24/201231The Story of the Trapp Family SingersBookMaria TrappHollywood Never Gets It Right
8/7/201232The Screwtape LettersBookC.S. LewisThe Gradual Road to Hell
8/21/201233Gathering BlueBookLois LowryThe Other Side of the Future
9/4/201234Brave New WorldBookAldous HuxleyNot So New Anymore
9/18/201235OyMGBookAmy DominyReligious and Happy About It
10/2/201236UnwindBookNeal ShustermanAn Unacceptable Compromise
10/16/201237YOUCAT (Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church)Bookn/aA Proposal to the Youth
10/30/201238ThumpedBookMegan McCaffertyThe Truth Will Set You Free
11/13/201239The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) EverythingBookFr. James Martin, SJA How-to Guide for Those Who Wonder How
11/27/201240The Problem of PainBookC.S. LewisThe Answer to a Really Good Question
12/11/201241Looking for Mary; Or, the Blessed Mother and MeBookBeverly DonofrioIrreverent Mary
1/8/201342Rome Sweet HomeBookScott HahnReading Your Way to Rome
1/22/201343MessengerBookLois LowryHow to Really Fight Evil
2/5/201344OrthodoxyBookG.K. ChesteronWhen Your Very Own Ideas Are the Truth
2/19/201345The Confirmed Catholic’s CompanionBookMary Kathleen GlavichYour New Catholic Toolkit
3/5/201346RebuiltBookFr. Michael White and Tom CorcoranThe Purpose-Driven Catholic Church
3/19/201347Flight of the EarlsBookMichael K. ReynoldsThe Irish Struggle
4/2/201348The Four LovesBookC.S. LewisWhat Love Really Means
4/30/201349Blessed, Beautiful, and BodaciousBookPat GohnEvery Woman's Mission
5/14/201350The World’s First LoveBookVen. Fulton J. SheenMeditations on Mama Mary
6/11/201351Strange GodsBookElizabeth ScaliaThe God Who Is Just Like You
6/25/201352Confessions of a Mega-Church PastorBookAllen HuntRoamin' Home
7/9/201353Bound TogetherBookChris BraunsWe're All in This Together
7/23/201354The Lamb’s SupperBookScott HahnBreaking Open Revelation
8/6/201355Starting at the EndBookBrad AllesWandering Through Worldviews
8/20/201356preparing for Massn/an/a6 Things You Need to Do Before Mass
9/3/201357Waking Up CatholicBookChad TorgersonYour Intro to RCIA
10/1/201358The ReturnedBookJason MottMuch Better Than Zombies
10/15/201359Francis of Assisi: A New BiographyBookAugustine Thompson, OPMore Than Preaching to the Birds
10/29/201360The Love that SatisfiesBookChristopher WestBacking You Way Intro the Truth About Love
11/12/201361Hail, Holy QueenBookScott HahnNever Be Ashamed of Your Mother
11/26/201362A Grief ObservedBookC.S. LewisGrieving with God
12/10/201363The Man Who Was ThursdayBookG.K. ChestertonThe Best Nightmare Ever
12/24/201364Praying Scripture for a ChangeBookDr. Tim GrayDon't Just Read the Bible; Pray It
1/7/201465DeliveredBookMatt FraddThe Rope Is Hope
1/21/201466The End of the AffairBookGraham GreeneA Book That Changed My Mind
2/4/201467The Great DivorceBookC.S. LewisChoosing Sides
2/18/201468The Story of a SoulBookSt. Thérèse of LisieuxA Little Story of the Little Way
3/4/201469ThanksgivingBookEllen CooneyYou Thought *Your* Dinner Took Forever?
3/18/201470The Economics of SexVideoAustin Institute for Marriage and FamilyJoin Together: A Reponse to the Economics of Sex
4/1/201471UnWhollyBookNeal ShustermanPlaying Dr. Frankenstein Again
4/15/2014724 Things Catholics Do That Rightly Scandalize Non-CatholicsArticleBrantly MilleganI'll Bet You Caused a Scandal Today
4/29/201473The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single YearsBookEmily StimpsonRediscovering Hope
5/13/201474Catechetical and Pastoral Emphasis in the Apologetics of Frank SheedArticleJames IovinoApologetics Should Not Be Catholic Bible-Thumping
5/27/201475Something Other Than GodBookJennifer FulwilerNaming Your Antagonist
6/10/201476An Open Letter to the Catholic Blogosphere, on PentecostArticleFr. Denis LemieuxBreaking Down Our Babel
7/8/201477Light of LoveVideoImagine SistersHope and Joy
7/22/201478Open Mind, Faithful HeartBookCardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis)Straight from the Shepherd's Mouth
8/5/2014793 Common Traits of Youth Who Don’t Leave the ChurchArticleJon NielsonHow to Keep Youth in the Church
8/19/201480A Return to ModestyBookWendy ShalitA Manifesto for the New Revolution
9/2/201481Why Nuns Don’t Have Mid-life CrisesVideoJenni SiglerA Response to "Why Nuns Don't Have Mid-Life Crises"
9/17/201482my adoption of the Augustinian charismn/an/aMy Restless Augustinian Heart
9/30/201483Restoring the Sacred in OmahaArticleredactedCan the Old Be Made New Again?
10/14/201484Decision Making and the Will of GodBookGarry FriesenDiscernment Demands Wisdom
10/28/201485Bought with a PriceArticleBishop Paul S. LoverdeBehold the Face of God with a Pure Heart
11/11/201486The Children of MenBookP.D. JamesThe Necessity of Hope
11/25/201487the Humanum colloquium and #Synod14ArticleRabbi Lord Jonathan SacksThe Church's Teaching on Marriage Hasn't Changed
12/9/201488Gay and CatholicBookEve TushnetCalled to Love
12/23/201489Pope Francis’s Christmastime Address to the Roman CuriaArticleZENITPope Francis Calls Out the Curia (and All of Us)
1/6/201590Chastity Is for LoversBookArleen SpenceleyChoosing to Love, Now and Every Day
1/20/201591Cardinal Burke on the Catholic “Man-crisis”ArticleMatthew James ChristoffFeminized, Feminine, or Human?
2/3/201592Yom Kippur as Manifest in an Approaching Dorsal FinBookAdam Byrn TrittWhen Religion Gets Real
2/17/201593The African American Catholic Youth BibleBookn/aWhere Culture and Scripture Meet
3/3/201594The Thrill of the Chaste: Catholic EditionBookDawn EdenClothes On, Heart Full
3/17/201595preparing for and going to Confessionn/an/aBest Confession Ever: 5 Things You Should Do Before Confession (and 5 While You're in There)
3/31/201596C.S. Lewis and the Crisis of a ChristianBookGregory S. CootsonaBiography, Theology, and You
4/14/201597The Three Parts of Dance and the TrinityVideoMatt MordiniLearning to Follow
5/12/201598Loved As I AmBookSr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLTThe First Steps on the Road
5/26/201599Should Children Make Up Their Own Minds About Religion?ArticleJason StubblefieldA Response to "Should Children Make Up Their Own Minds about Religion?"
6/9/2015100Change of HeartBookJeanne BishopLove Seeking Justice and Mercy
6/23/2015101What Sucks about the Catholic ChurchArticleAlbert LittleA Response to "What Sucks about the Catholic Church"
7/7/2015102UnSouledBookNeal ShustermanRunning Slowly Up the Ramp
7/21/2015103Humanum Series, Part Four: A Hidden Sweetness: The Power of Marriage Amid HardshipVideoHumanumThe Hidden Sweetness of Marriage
8/4/2015104Bible Basics for CatholicsBookJohn BergsmaFrom Old Adam to New in 7 Easy Sketches
8/18/2015105How to Lower Your Risk of DivorceArticleScott StanleyMarriage Advice for Singles: Scott Stanley on How to Lower Your Risk of Divorce
9/1/2015106Arriving at AmenBookLeah LibrescoMathing Up the Faith
9/15/2015107Catholicism and alcoholArticlevariousCatholics Drink Like Saints
9/29/2015108The Year without a PurchaseBookScott DannemillerFaith, Consumerism, and More
10/13/2015109Dismantling the CrossArticlePatricia SnowThe Great Good of Celibacy
10/27/2015110Rebuilding Your MessageBookFr. Michael White and Tom CorcoranThe Art of Preaching and Teaching
12/1/2015111New Testament Basics for CatholicsBookJohn BergsmaThe Story of the King and His Kingdom
12/8/2015112National Geographic feature articleArticleMaureen OrthThe Most Powerful Woman in the World (A Response)
12/22/2015113Into the BreachArticleBishop Thomas J. OlmstedA Clarion Call to Catholic Men
1/5/2016114Forming Intentional DisciplesBookSherry A. WeddellTaking Steps Toward the Savior
1/19/2016115discernmentArticlePeter Kreeft and Fr. Mike SchmitzYou, Too, Can Discern the Will of God
2/2/2016116To the MartyrsBookCardinal Donald J. WuerlThe New Age of Martyrdom
2/16/2016117Catholicism & Capital Punishment (speech/essay)ArticleCardinal Avery DullesOpening My Mind to Cardinal Avery Dulles’s “Catholicism and Capital Punishment”
3/1/2016118UnDividedBookNeal ShustermanThe Last Stand
3/15/2016119CleansedBookMarcel LeJeuneYour Battle Plan Against Porn
3/29/2016120"Knowledge, Virtue, and Holiness" (speech/essay)ArticleArchbishop Salvatore CordileoneWe Are All Teachers of Virtue
4/12/20161214 Big Mistakes in Catechesis and How to Fix ThemArticleMsgr. Charles PopeHow Bad Catechesis Happened and How to Fix It
4/26/2016122Remembering God's MercyBookDawn EdenRedemption through Reflection
5/10/2016123Pentecost and the Holy SpiritArticleJeanne EwingPentecost, Inspiration, and Hope
5/24/2016124mercy and justiceArticleBishop James ConleyMercy, Justice, and the Truth
6/7/2016125Discovering the Feminine GeniusBookKatrina ZenoFor Women Only... and A Little Bit for Men, Too
6/21/2016126what to do after Massn/an/a5 Things You Should Do at the End of Mass
7/5/2016127The Dark Night of the SoulBookGerald MayCarmelite Spirituality for the Analytical Mind
7/19/20161287 Habits That Define Our Catholic IdentityVideoBert GhezziFaith in Action
8/2/2016129Operating on FaithBookMatt WeberFinding God, Funny Times, and Failing Health
8/16/2016130The Nineteen Types of JudgmentArticlePeter KreeftPeter Kreeft's "Nineteen Types of Judgment": An Outline
9/14/2016131Walking with GodBookTim Gray and Jeff CavinsThe Bible Is a Story about Jesus
9/27/2016132Restoring Culture from ConfusionVideoHelen AlvareWhat Does a Marriage Culture Look Like?
10/11/2016133Dual WieldingBookEdmund MitchellYour Weapons Are Scripture and Tradition
10/25/2016134why we read literatureArticleLaura M. BerquistLiterature Teaches Us What It Means to Be Human
11/8/2016135101 Tips for Marrying the Right PersonBookJennifer Roback Morse and Betsy KerekesPocket-Sized Pointers for Picking a Partner
11/22/2016136Remembering Who We Are and the Story We Belong ToArticleArchbishop Charles J. ChaputCan We Be Catholic and American?
12/6/2016137Great Catholic ParishesBookWilliam E. Simon Jr.Bits and Bytes on Thriving Parishes
1/3/2017138Sex, Family, and the Liberty of the ChurchArticleArchbishop Charles J. ChaputTaboos and Resolutions
1/17/2017139How to Get Through the Bible in an HourVideoJohn BergsmaGet Through the Bible Today!
1/31/2017140A Good Man is Hard to FindBookFlannery O'ConnorHoliness and Horror

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