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Monday, June 25, 2007


Jeff Miller

I think it is a somewhat good sign they were overstocked with Kung and Warren books and had only one by Cardinal Ratzinger.

I know that my own collection of the Cardinal's books are not going to see the inside of a used book store, a least while I am still alive.

Nick Milne

I've only ever seen one Ignatius book in a used bookstore, and that was a volume of Fulton Sheen's considerations of Mary. Normally I would have bought it, but I was on a budget and the store unaccountably (magically! heroically!) had both Belloc's The Great Heresies and The Crusades to tempt me, so snapped up they were. As I paid for them, the clerk reminded me that they could be returned for store credit of half the sticker price. I laughed merrily and denied him; he stared, nonplussed.

When I came back the following week, Abp. Sheen's book was gone.


"Jesus: Egyptian Rabbi, Jewish Pharoah, and All Around Nice Pagan Guy?" made me laugh out loud. Whenever I see a bunch of those books in a row, I have a mental image of a Jesus dolls a la Barbie. Mary Magdalene and Baby Judah sold separately.

don westervill

What! When I began volunteering at a small Catholic bookstore, I found on the clearance aisle, the tome entitled, "The Huggable, Loveable Jesus!"

MMajor Fan

This used to be one of my favorite hobbies, often at lunchtime, in NYC when they still had great used book stores. I feel like I've just been on a vicarious book shop with you!

It would be GREAT if you wrote a book called, "I Steal Atheist Books!" Of course some friends would have to leave books out for you to take so you'd not be sinning for commercial reasons ;-)

And what could you use those books for? I use books that disappoint me in the craft of quilling (paper filigree.) Quilling often decorated devotion books so there would be some sort of poetic cycle in that I reckon.

About the goddess books, here's a funny sad but true story. I love all things Native American, and have extended adopted family/friends. I really got into collecting NA books for many years and had quite a collection. One day years ago I was browsing the local bookstore's NA section and another customer came up to me and asked me if I would "teach" her. Huh? Apparently she had a "vibe" from me that I'd be a good spiritual teacher based on my browsing the NA section. New Age people think that you buy books that you are expert in and are willing to "learn" from someone who is still boning up on the reading. I didn't carry a Bible with me everywhere in those days, but I wish I did, so I could have whipped it out of my purse and said, "I can teach ya alright!"

Sheryl and Joe

The only Ignatius Press book that we have found in a used book store (Smith Familiy Books) was Two Sisters in the Spirit, by Hans Urs von Balthasar, about St. Therese & Elizabeth of the Trinity.

Deacon Harold

Well, I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this year's book buying tour with my good friend, fellow amateur ecclesial theologian and long lost fraternal twin Carl Olson. In all honesty, my wife generously allowed me to go as my birthday present although she has NO idea how much money I spent. Don't ask; don't tell!

I walked away with 49 books. (Note to self: now that I'm in my 40's, I have to remember that I'm not as spry as I used to be and that a hand truck will be a vital piece of equipment on future tours!) Actually, I bought a total of 51 books; two of them are for my nephew (a junior at Notre Dame) who is recovering from a "Jesus Seminar" theology class he took last semester which left him confused. I thought the following selections might help get him back on track (I added two additional titles I purchased on

"Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity" by Larry W. Hurtado

"How on Earth Did Jesus Become a God? Historical Questions about Earliest Devotion to Jesus" by Larry W. Hurtado

"The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Truth of the Traditional Gospels" by Luke Timothy Johnson

"The Human Christ: The Search for the Historical Jesus" by Charlotte Allen

My find of the day was "The End of the Modern World" by Romano Guardini. I did find one Ignatius Press title: Peter Kreeft's "Every Thing You Ever Wanted to Know About Heaven But Never Dreamed of Asking". I think I found it between Hans Kung's, "Tales of a Heretic" and "Jesus Christ, Aliens and the Motherly Buddha" by Matthew Fox (or was it Al Gore's "Global Warming vs. Godzilla"?)

My funniest moment was helping Carl's son Gavin with gymnastics. Every time he did a flip, he would ask for a cookie. When I told I didn't have any cookies he began to laugh hysterically. . . (I guess you had to be there.)

Anyway, aside from my nagging hay fever, a good time was had by all!

Carl Olson

"Jesus Christ, Aliens and the Motherly Buddha" by Matthew Fox

Hey, I was looking for that one! And you didn't tell me?!

"Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity" by Larry W. Hurtado

Great book.

My funniest moment was helping Carl's son Gavin with gymnastics.

It is fun for the first few weeks... ;-)

Next year, same place, same time?

Carl Olson

And what could you use those books for?

I have a number of books by atheists, as well as anti-Catholic fundamentalists, New Age types, and various esoteric "seekers". The best way to learn what such folks believe is to read what they have to say. Just make sure to have a lot of Pepto on hand!

Deacon Harold

"Next year, same place, same time?"

You're on!!


I think my bibliophilia is genetic. My parents are bibliophiles, my grandparents were, my great-grandparents were. I know Charlemagne is a possible source for the gene in my Christian ancestry (although I wouldn't be surprised to find some monk who broke his vows) on the Jewish side I could come from a Temple scribe. Who knows?

My favorite Catholic book is the classic Summa Theologiea of Aquinas, followed by Michael Brown's Prayer of the Warrior. I also like Murray Bodo's The Way of St. Franscis.

In other areas, I enjoyed Lisa Randall's book about String Theory, Joseph Campbell is always good (especially when he talks about Mary and Astarte belonging to the same archetype), Rabbi Joseph Telushkin has a great book about Judaism, and I loved Cahil's Mysteries of the Middle Ages.

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