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Friday, 23 August 2019

Echo Burning - Lee Child - Jack Reacher Book 5

Echo Burning
Jack Reacher Book 5
Lee Child
Penguin Random House Canada
ISBN 9780515143829
eISBN 9781101146323
ASIN B000OIZUWG


In the last 23 weeks I have read and reviewed 25 Reacher stories. It started on a whim by picking up the current release because the description caught my attention when I was looking at it for my father. Not since reading that first one, Past Tense, have I enjoyed a Reacher novel as much as this one. And being honest, this is one of the few where I prefer the US covers over the UK editions, which is a rarity. Also because this is one of the earliest Reacher novels there are now about a dozen different covers for this book in English alone, across various formats and editions. 

This story is in many ways different than most of the Reacher stories. First, he is offered sex and turns it down, in part I believe because the woman was married. Second, he is attracted to a young lawyer, and finds out she is gay. And in part because Reacher spends a lot of this time trying to figure out the puzzle, that soon becomes a series of overlapping problems. But it all begins with Reacher avoiding a rock and hard place situation. He broke the nose of a guy in a bar who challenged him. The next morning, he discovers the guys was cop and him and some other officers are looking for him. So, Reacher hops in the first car that will stop for him. And thus, Carmen Greer enters his life. And soon she is asking him to kill her husband who is getting out of jail in a few days. But Reacher will not kill in cold blood. Be he finds that he believes Carmen about thus spousal abuse. She he decides to stick around. 

The story is set in Texas and Carmen is of Latino descent. Her Husband and family are white and appear to have been in Texas as long as Whites have. The racial slur Beano is used often. And the story portrays some of the discrepancy in the application of the law between whites and non-whites. One of the subplots had to deal with the Border Patrol supposedly having killed between 25-33 people about 12 years before these events. A dead man, an accused wife, blackmail, the IRS, and trust being broken. There is a lot of action packed into this tightly written story.

In my opinion one of the best of the Reacher stories! 

Books by Lee Child:
Jack Reacher Books Publishing Order:

Killing Floor
Die Trying
Tripwire
The Visitor /Running Blind
Echo Burning
Without Fail
Persuader
The Enemy
One Shot
The Hard Way
Bad Luck and Trouble
Nothing to Lose
Gone Tomorrow
61 Hours
Worth Dying For
The Affair
A Wanted Man
Never go Back
Personal
Make Me
Night School
The Midnight Line
Past Tense
Blue Moon

...
Jack Reacher's Rules
...

Reacher Short Stories and Novella’s:
No Middle Name – Complete Collected Short Stories
Stories in No Middle Name Collection:
Too Much Time
Second Son
Deep Down
Guy Walks into A Bar
James Penney’s New Identity
High Heat
Everyone Talks
Not A Drill
Small Wars
Maybe They Have A Tradition

No Room At The Motel
The Picture of the Lonely Diner

Other Short Stories:
The Fourth Man
The Christmas Scorpion
...
Faking a Murderer with Kathy Reichs
Cleaning the Gold with Karin Slaughter
Good and Valuable Consideration with Joseph Finder
...



Thursday, 22 August 2019

Dead Ground in Between - Maureen Jennings - Tom Tyler Book 4

Dead Ground in Between
Tom Tyler Book 4
Maureen Jennings
McClelland & Stewart
An imprint of Penguin Random House Canada

ISBN 9780771050558
eISBN 9780771050565
ASIN B016GRO8GC


Hello my name is Steven and I am an addict, I am a book addict and I am addicted to the writings of Maureen Jennings. This is the thirteenth story by Jennings that I have read in 12 weeks. This is the fourth of four Inspector Tom Tyler stories I have read. And it is my favorite. Jennings does an amazing job of transporting us back in time to England during World War II in these novels. And this is by far the best of the four.

This story is set late in 1942. Inspector Tom Tyler is now divorced. And working his placement in Ludlow, Shropshire. Tom is dealing with evacuees who are causing some issues. There are several different plot lines in this story. A POW in love with a Service girl. A body is discovered that soon appears to be murder. Secret hideouts. Young buys in trouble and now missing. And love both new and old. 

In this story Tom receives a letter from his lifelong love. She tells him to move on. It is not something he wants. But, soon something he is considering. But mixed in with all his personal turmoil. Is a confusing case, some ancient coins, a body in a strange location, and his normal work as an officer of the law. 

The plot of this one is more convoluted than any of the other three. The story is so real. It is a great historical fiction story. The treasure piece was interesting, especially after reading the afterward by Jennings. This series got better with every book. I enjoyed this one so much more than the others that I hope that at some point we get another Inspector Tyler story.

Books by Maureen Jennings:
Detective Murdoch Series:

0.5 Shipwreck
1.0 Except the Dying
2.0 Under the Dragon's Tail
3.0 Poor Tom Is Cold
4.0 Let Loose the Dogs
5.0 Night's Child
6.0 Vices of My Blood
7.0 A Journeyman to Grief
8.0 Let Darkness Bury the Dead
...

Detective Inspector Tom Tyler Series:
1.0 Season of Darkness
2.0 Beware This Boy
3.0 No Known Grave
4.0 Dead Ground in Between
...

Christine Morris Series:
1.0 Does Your Mother Know?
2.0 The K Handshape
...

Paradise Café Series:

1.0 Heat Wave
...

Other books:
The Map of Your Mind: Journeys into Creative Expression
Investigating Murdoch Mysteries: The Official Companion to the Series – with Michelle Ricci and Mir Bahmanyar
...
 






Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Nicholas Gilroy: Viva Christo Rey - Father Stephen Gemme and Deacon George O’Connor

Nicholas Gilroy: Viva Christo Rey
Father Stephen Gemme
Deacon George O’Connor
ISBN 9781080005857
ASIN B07VQ4DZBC


I must admit I have mixed feelings about this book. After waiting over 2 years for the next installment in the story of Nicholas Gilroy maybe my anticipation and expectations were too high. I absolutely loved the first story, Nicholas Gilroy: Our Lady and the Guardian, and have been eager to read this next book. But I honestly feel it falls a little flat. The first story was a book I could hardly put down. This one feels like it was forced, and to some extent stuffed to get to a certain page count. There are several instances where prayers are typed out in full, or even parts of the mass, and another section a large piece of the Catechism are quoted. Some of it feels like filler. And parts of this feel like preaching at us, rather than a story with a message. My final complaint is the cover, it does not fit the feel of the story, or the cover of the first volume at all. And yet even with those criticisms I am not saying it is a bad book, it is just not as great as the first one. It was a good read, and I do hope for a third installment in the series. 

In this story Nicholas and his close friend Jose will spend a year in exchange studying in Mexico at the Saint Juan Diego High School Seminary. They meet Javier a youth about their own age. They volunteer at an orphanage run by the Missionaries of Charity. They visit many shrines and sites in and around Mexico. They have a large impact on a few people. They coach soccer/football. And they inspire lives. It is interesting to watch Nicholas’s interaction with Javier and Pablo. 

This book has inspired me to learn more about Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Jose and the Viva Christo Rey movement in Mexico. It really opened my eyes to how deficient my knowledge of Catholicism in Mexico had evolved and been through trials. And for that I am thankful. 

I really feel if the authors focused more on writing and less on asking for reviews and promotion of the first book, then this volume might have been as good as the first. It is an interesting series, and I do look forward to what will happen with Nicholas next. I am planning on rereading this book with my son. If you enjoyed the first, you will appreciate a lot in this story. It is a good read in a great series. And if you have not read book 1 it is an excellent read. And I hope that book three will not take as long as book 2 to release. I cannot help but wonder what will happen to Nicholas next as her peruses his seminary studies. 

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2019 Catholic Reading Plan!

Books by Father Stephen and Deacon George:
Nicholas Gilroy Series:

Nicholas Gilroy: Our Lady and the Guardian
Nicholas Gilroy: Viva Christo Rey





Tuesday, 20 August 2019

A Boy Called Bat - Elana K. Arnold and Charles Santoso - Bat Book 1

A Boy Called Bat
A Boy Called Bat Book 1
Elana K. Arnold
Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
Walden Pond Press an imprint of
Harper Collins
ISBN 9780062445834
eISBN 9780062445841
ASIN B01HBPQVBS



My youngest child came home from school raving about this book. They had read it the last week of school in grade 3, and it was an instant favorite. When she found out it was the first of a series, she was ecstatic, and wanted us to add it to our summer reading list. And my youngest two and I have just finished reading this first book in the series. As we read it we took turns often alternating pages.

Bat, Bixby Alexander Tam is a little different than many other kinds. In fact he goes to a different school than his sister, in order to have some extra help. When Bat’s mom is late coming home one day it causes his much anxiety, but when she unveils a baby skunk kit that was just born that day, Bat knows that they belong together. Bat is having a hard time settling now that his parents are separated, and ‘every other’ weekend is spent at his father’s new apartment. But he instantly bonds with the kit, and from that moment on is working to find a way to convince his mom to let him keep the kit.

Bat struggles, he sees the world in a very literal way. His interactions with others, even his family are often difficult or overly blunt. But because of his interactions with the Kit, Bat’s edges seem to be softening a bit. And a fellow student is showing interest in him, and the Kit. Learning to connect and care for the Kit seems to be really helping bat learn some other lessons. But will it be enough to be able to keep the Kit? To find out you will need to read the book.

This was a fun read. It helped my children understand a few of their classmates better. It does a great job representing the struggle. And The illustrations are fun. All three of us give it a big thumbs up!

Our Ratings:
8 year old – 5/5 Stars
11 year old 4/5 Stars
50 year old 4/5 Stars

And we are looking forward to reading the next book in the series!

Note: there are German editions of the book, translated by Sylke Hachmeister and illustrated by Maja Bohn.

Books by Elana K. Arnold:
Damsel
What Girls Are made of
Burning
Infandous
The Question of Miracles
Far from Fair
Red Hood
What Riley Wore
An Ordinary Day
The House That Wasn’t There
Starla Jean and Opal Egg


A Boy Called Bat Series:
A Boy Called Bat
Bat and the Waiting game
Bat and the End of Everything


Sacred Series:
Sacred
Splendor







Monday, 19 August 2019

Les Costello Canada’s Flying Father - Charlie Angus

Les Costello: Canada’s Flying Father
Charlie Angus
Novalis
ISBN 9782895076315
eISBN 9782896468973
ASIN B00D1WMNDQ



The three things I remember most having an influence upon my youth were Hockey and the Catholic church and Catholic schools. I recall the excitement when the Flying fathers were coming to town. And for the most part I really loved this book. To be honest I think the author extrapolated far from what I consider consistent with the picture we have of this man, this priest in the rest of the book. Especially around Female priests and married priests. But those few paragraphs I have an issue with do not detract from the rest of the book much.

This is an incredible story. Les Costello, Fr. Lester John Thomas Costello was cut from a different cloth. He won 2 Memorial Cups with the St. Michael’s Majors, and won the Stanley Cup with the Toronto maple Leafs. But he gave it up one fall, instead of returning to training camp for the Leafs, he dropped his brother off on his way to his first camp with the Chicago Black Hawks and went and applied at the seminary instead. He was an avid athlete, a man of the people, and a man who served others. He was also a poet and in some ways a visionary. For Fr. Costello after forming the Flying fathers was traveling, visiting schools and hospitals the way many athlete’s do today.

From the many stories told by friends, family members, teammates, and even the opposition in this story we see a man from a different age. He worked in the rural north, which is where he grew up. He loved hockey, he loved his parishioner’s, and he loved God. His spiritual life was much deeper than many would have glimpsed on the surface. If there was a need he strived to fulfill it. He would even sell his own possessions to meet the needs of others. And this book captures that life of fun and of service.

Costello was a legend on the ice. But his more important legacy was his life of service once he hung up his skates professionally. The Flying fathers were a cross between the Harlem Globetrotters and a mission outreach. And Less was the driving force behind the fathers for many, many years. The church could use more priests like Costello today, and the world could definitely use more men with his devotion to service. And this story will at times make you laugh, maybe make you cringe a little, and likely inspire you as well. This is a great read for those who remember the Flying fathers in the hay day, or for anyone interested in reading about this incredible man, his life, and his ministry.

Note: In Canadian hockey history Alan Eagleson is often considered a terrible villain. But if half the stories about Conn Smythe are true he might be one of the biggest cads in all of hockey history.


Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2019 Catholic Reading Plan

Books by Charlie Angus:
Cage Call
Children of the Broken Treaty: Canada's Lost Promise and One Girl's Dream
Les Costello: Canada's Flying Father
Mirrors of Stone
Unlikely Radicals: The Story of the Adams Mine Dump War
We Lived a Life and Then Some: The Life, Death, and Life of a Mining Town




Friday, 16 August 2019

Worth Dying For - Lee Child - Jack Reacher Book 15

Worth Dying For
Jack Reacher Book 15
Lee Child
Penguin Random House Canada
ISBN 9780345541604
eISBN 9780440339342
ASIN B003EY7IWC


This is my 24th review of a Jack Reacher story by Lee Child in 22 weeks. It all started by chance with what was then the most current story. And I have been hooked since then. I have been trying to pace myself and working hard at sticking to just one a week. This is the 17th novel I have read, I have also read Jack Reacher's Rules, the No Middle Name, short stories collection and all of the other crossover and standalone short stories I could find. I admit I prefer the UK covers to the North American, I like the silhouette of Reacher on the side of the road, in the subway, with a skyline backdrop seem to fit better for me. But I keep reviewing the Reacher stories because honestly you could start with any of them. I started with the 23rd published and have been jumping around since I read that first one. I was hooked. 

This is one of the few stories where Reacher does not end up in bed with someone. But that is made up for by some extra violence. Reacher leaves several young men permanently disabled, and several more dead. And some of those deaths were not even by Reacher’s own hands. I will be honest; I did not figure out the twist in this one. Had not even guessed at it. But once Reacher figured it out, he was on a mission to write a wrong from 25 years ago. And the Duncan clan that runs this small corner of the state of Nebraska have never encountered anything like Reacher, nor have the three organizations up the food chain that get involved.  

This story follows almost immediately after 61 Hours, and before A Wanted Man. Having already read both of those books, his one fits in between like the last piece in a puzzle. In some ways it is hard to compare the Reacher stories with each other. You need to look at the amount of sex, the amount and type of violence, the reason of Reacher’s actions, and occasionally what happens to Reacher. In this one a couple of things happen that are a surprise. One was a little breaking of pride Reacher had in himself and his skills. And leads to the end of the story with him using duct tape as a splint for his nose. The second is another rarity in that Reacher is captured. But in order to find out more about both of those things you will need to read this story. 

It is not my favorite Reacher novel. It is also by far not my least favorite. It is well written. And Solving a 25 year old puzzle helps Reacher justify some of his actions, and provides closure for a whole community.

Books by Lee Child:
Jack Reacher Books Publishing Order:

Killing Floor
Die Trying
Tripwire
The Visitor /Running Blind
Echo Burning
Without Fail
Persuader
The Enemy
One Shot
The Hard Way
Bad Luck and Trouble
Nothing to Lose
Gone Tomorrow
61 Hours
Worth Dying For
The Affair
A Wanted Man
Never go Back
Personal
Make Me
Night School
The Midnight Line
Past Tense
Blue Moon

...
Jack Reacher's Rules
...

Reacher Short Stories and Novella’s:
No Middle Name – Complete Collected Short Stories
Stories in No Middle Name Collection:
Too Much Time
Second Son
Deep Down
Guy Walks into A Bar
James Penney’s New Identity
High Heat
Everyone Talks
Not A Drill
Small Wars
Maybe They Have A Tradition

No Room At The Motel
The Picture of the Lonely Diner

Other Short Stories:
The Fourth Man
The Christmas Scorpion
...
Faking a Murderer with Kathy Reichs
Cleaning the Gold with Karin Slaughter
Good and Valuable Consideration with Joseph Finder
...




Thursday, 15 August 2019

Night’s Child - Maureen Jennings - Detective Murdoch Book 5

Night's Child
Detective Murdoch Book 5
Maureen Jennings
McClelland & Stewart
An imprint of Penguin Random House Canada

ISBN 9780771046773
eISBN 9781551991931
ASIN B0035JEP9U


Maureen Jennings books are excellent reads. I love each of her series, but Murdoch will always have a special place for me, for it was the jump from the TV series to the books that introduced me to Jennings works. This was the 13th work by Jennings that I have read over 12 weeks. And it is the 7th in the Detective Murdoch series I have read. This book was a real page turner and was very hard to put down. In fact, I stayed up way later than I should have since my alarm for work goes off at 5am. I lost track of home many times I thought to myself ‘just 1 more page’. It was also the first time I highlighted in one of the books by Jennings. At one-point Murdoch is musing to himself, and he things: “There was no answer to that of course except self-knowledge and at this moment he felt a stranger to himself, doubting everything.” And that self reflection and scrutiny helps Murdoch not only in understanding himself, but in unraveling both issues he is investigating. 

Usually mysteries with child victims are too disturbing for me to give them a 5/5 stars. But Jennings handled the subject in such a way that the story was worthy of the 5 star rating. 

In this story there are two main pursuits Murdoch is looking into. One is acquisitions against a fellow office of the number 4 station. And also, a minor who is now missing but appeared in inappropriate photos. While looking into the photo’s of 13 year old Agnew Fisher, we meet her teacher the indominable Miss Amy Slade. Murdoch is furious of the sexual exploitation of the child. But while investigating this it crosses over into his looking into the letters about Sergeant Seymour he discovers that Seymour and Fisher lodge at the same house. And soon the three of them are working together on both issues. 

Ste in Toronto in 1895 this story does an excellent job of capturing the time and place. This story looks ate the exploitation of children. Early typewriter competitions. Politics of the Toronto police. And some bias against Catholics. We also get a deeper understanding of Murdoch, and he of himself. 

This is a great read in an excellent series. Fans of the show will encounter a different Murdoch, but with enough overlap that they will be sure to want to read more. The Murdoch books are strong enough to stand on their own, but I have been enjoying reading them in order. 

Books by Maureen Jennings:
Detective Murdoch Series:

0.5 Shipwreck
1.0 Except the Dying
2.0 Under the Dragon's Tail
3.0 Poor Tom Is Cold
4.0 Let Loose the Dogs
5.0 Night's Child
6.0 Vices of My Blood
7.0 A Journeyman to Grief
8.0 Let Darkness Bury the Dead
...

Detective Inspector Tom Tyler Series:
1.0 Season of Darkness
2.0 Beware This Boy
3.0 No Known Grave
4.0 Dead Ground in Between
...

Christine Morris Series:
1.0 Does Your Mother Know?
2.0 The K Handshape

...

Paradise Café Series:

1.0 Heat Wave
...

Other books:
The Map of Your Mind: Journeys into Creative Expression
Investigating Murdoch Mysteries: The Official Companion to the Series – with Michelle Ricci and Mir Bahmanyar
...
 










Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Real Start Evolve - Team Body Project - Alex and Daniel Bartlett

Real Start Evolve
Team Body Project
Alex and Daniel Bartlett



At the time of publishing this article I have hit play every day for the last 53 days. I have completed the Real Start, Real Start Evolve, and am almost done Real Start Plus. I recently wrote a piece called Starting Over in Southwestern Ontario! A Fitness Update! What I started with was the workout videos from team Body Project, and specifically Real Start Just Move. You can watch that video on YouTube, or even workout with it. I have been a member of Team Body Project for three years now, but only just started the videos. I am in my 50th year, and I really needed to get back at it. 

Team Body Project is a website, an app and a community. The private community on Facebook and the forums on the website are very supportive and encouraging. But what really helped me is that the workouts in the Real Start program are geared for anyone. Each video has three participants. Daniel and Alex lead the videos and Natasha and Lisa. Natasha usually works out at a harder pace, and Lisa at a modified level. 

The three different Real Start Programs all build upon each other. And Real Start Evolve just launched in the Summer of 2019. I started it on the day it released with a large group from the community. Some started within a day or 2, and some spread it out over a longer time. But we all supported and encouraged each other through the forums and FB group. 

The original Real Start Program included Meal Plans, Shopping Lists, and other resources to support your success. Real start is rated at a difficulty of 1-2, and Real Start Evolve is rated 3-4. And I admit this program pushed me. And every day I worked out with one or more of my three children. My youngest often did the hardest version, and I often stuck with the moderate or easiest. But I hit play each of the day and completed all 12 workouts. 

Week 1:
Just Move Evolve 
Evolve Engage
Walking Cardio Evolve
Combo HIIT Evolve
Real Start Evolve PT 5
Evolve Stretch

Week 2:
Afterburn Evolve
Complete Evolve
28’s Evolve
Standing Pilates Evolve
Turbo HIIT Evolve
Evolve Finale

The workouts vary from just over 22 minutes to almost 36 minutes. But the great thing is most exercises we only do for 30, 45, or 60 seconds. And while you are working out it is so easy to say to yourself, “just finish this next 30 seconds”. And then another starts, and you say it again. After over 50 days I am still excited to hit play with Alex and Daniel. All you need is dumbbells, a mat, a towel and water.  

Real Start Evolve was much more intense than the original. But both are excellent programs. For those like myself getting back into it, or those starting out who have never really followed a plan or program for exercise before.

In the videos in this series we have Real Team Body project members Tarsh, Kylie, and Adam doing the workouts. Some doing a more intense version and some a less. You should check out Kylie Young’s story or the other testimonials on the site.

And you can try before you buy. If you create a free membership on the site you will have access to the first week of Real Start, Trainee Plan, Apprentice Plan and Graduate Plan. Plus many other videos you can test and try before you decide if you want to commit. 

I said before that TBP is one of the best resources for health and fitness that I have ever come across. And with the option to try and buy with no cost up front you have nothing to lose, but maybe some weight. So why not give TBP a try. And maybe I will see you in the forms. 

Another excellent workout plan from Team Body Project!



Tuesday, 13 August 2019

No Survivors - Jack Heath - Liars Book 2

No Survivors
Liars Book 2
ISBN 9781742761930
eISBN 9781760272777
ASIN B07KLJ7RSP


This is the fourth book by Jack Heath that I have read, and the second in the Liars series. It is an excellent continuation of The Truth App. I am really enjoying the series and looking forward to where this series is going. This book is written for teens or a Young Adult audience, but I believe any fans of a good mystery or thriller will love this book and series. In some ways reading this was like watching an action movie. Once again once I started, I could not stop. And I devoured most of the novel in a single sitting. This is an incredible installment in what is shaping up to be an amazing series!  

The first four books have been published in Australia and the 5th has been delivered to the publisher by the author. Fortunately, all of the published volumes appear to be available electronically world wife. But for those who prefer a physical book, book 1 is not due out until January 2020 in North America and I cannot find any date for this or subsequent volumes. I am very thankful for this because many Australian authors I discover, it is hard to get all of their books in North America. So, I recommend you give this series a try for you will be in for an action pack fast paced read.

This second volume picks up shortly after the first. And we find out a little bit more about Kelton, about Jarli, Anya, and Doug. Kelton seems to hide a lot of secrets for a small town in Australia. In this volume a plane crashes in Kelton destroying a house, but when Jarli rushes into the wreckage, there appears to be no one on board. He is again interrogated by the police. And soon he finds that he cannot trust anyone even the police. And Jarli lies to his parents to help Anya and soon finds himself back in the thick of things with the criminal mastermind Viper. 

The action in this book is almost nonstop. From the plane crashing to the surprise ending the story races from the get-go. The writing is very tight. The plot is intense. And We learn a little more about Viper, Jarli and his friends. And the book leaves you desperate for the third installment. 

Another great read in an excellent series!  

Books by Jack Heath:
Deadly Heist
Flesh
Method Living
The Caretakers
Crossover
500 Minutes of Danger
400 Minutes of Danger
300 Minutes of Danger
Replica
Ink, inc.

Timothy Blake Series:

Hangman
Just One Bite
...

Agent Six of hearts Series:
The Lab
Remote Control
Third Transmission
Dead Man Running

Ashley Arthur Series:
Money Run
The Hit Lits

Countdown to Danger:
Shockwave
Bullet Train Disaster

The Fero Files:
The Cut Out
The Fail Safe

The Mysterious World of Cosentino:
The Missing Ace

Scream Series:
The Human Flytrap
The Spider Army
The Haunted Book
The Squid Slayer

Short Stories:
In Case Of Emergency
Rats


Liars Series:
The Truth App
No Survivors 
The Set-Up 
Lockdown 
Armageddon







Monday, 12 August 2019

Newman: His Life and Legacy - Ian Ker - CTS Biographies

Newman: His Life and Legacy
CTS Biographies
Ian Ker
Catholic Truth Society
ISBN 9781860826801 (2010 Edition)
ISBN 9781784696221 (2019 Edition)
eISBN 9781860826801
ASIN B073H2D931
CTS Booklet B774 


With the canonization of John Henry Newman taking place in 2019 there is a renewed interest in the man, his life, his works, and the canonization itself. Newman will be the first British person to be made a saint who has lived since the 17th Century. I already had picked up this book and a different CTS Biography, John Henry Newman Apostle to the Doubtful by Meriol Trevor and Leonie Caldecott, to read even before news of the canonization was announced. They are both from series I am greatly enjoying and benefiting from reading published by the Catholic Truth Society. I have now read and reviewed nearly 100 books from the Catholic Truth Society, and this one in the Biographies Series is an another excellent read. This was the second I have read. I had read a couple of works by Newman about 12 years ago but had not got around to reviewing them. There is also a revised edition of this book due out in the fall of 2019, or at least a rebranded one. 

There are only 4 chapters in this book:

The Anglican Years
The Path to Rome
The Catholic Years
Beatification

But the sections in the book are:

The Anglican Years
Formative Years
Fellow of Oriel
The Tracts
The Via Media

The Path to Rome
Doubts about the Church of England and Tract 90
The Development of Doctrine
The Essay on Development and Reception into the Catholic Church
The Oratory

The Catholic Years
The Catholic University of Ireland
The Laity
Newman’s Apologia
Against the Ultramontanes
Papal Infallibility
Last Years

Beatification
The Cause

This final section is likely the one to be updated to include information on the canonization and miracle that was needed for it. Fr Ian Ker is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on Newman. This brief volume gives a portrait of the man, and his through. And the events leading up to his beatification and now soon to be canonization. A friend recently posted that Saint John Henry Newman is the only one he can recall that we use all three of his names. In calling upon this saint we will be using his name as a mother upset with her child would. From What I have read to date I think Newman would appreciate that remark, and the humour in it. 

The section towards the end of the book about his burial instructions was especially interesting. If you already have a devotion to this Saintly man, this book will likely have no surprises. But would still be worth the read. If like me you just want to know more about him, this is another excellent resource from the Catholic Truth Society and a great place to start. 

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2019 Catholic Reading Plan! For other reviews of books from the Catholic Truth Society click here.

CTS books about Newman:
John Henry Newman: Lead Kindly Light -Dr. Raymond Edwards
Newman His Life and Legacy – Fr. Ian Ker
John Henry Newman Apostle to the Doubtful - Meriol Trevor and Leonie Caldecott
Newman Prayer Book - The Birmingham Oratory (ed)
Mind of Cardinal Newman: From His Own Writings - Charles Stephen Dessain Daily Christian Living with John Henry Newman 


CTS Books by John Henry Newman:
Meditations on Stations of the Cross
Christ upon the Waters - CTS Onefifties Book 3


Reviews of other books about Newman:
Take Five: Meditations with John Henry Newman-  Mike Aquilina and Juan Velez