Recent Reads

January 2020-December 2020:
1. Submission: A Novel by Michel Houllebeq
2. How to Fight Antisemitism by Bari Weiss
3. Beauty in the Light of the Redemption by Dietrich von Hildebrand
4. The Desert and the Rose: The Spirituality of Jeanne Jugan by Éloi Leclerc
5. Table for One: Under the Light of Jerusalem by Aharon Appelfeld*
6. The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success by Ross Douthat
7. The Plague by Albert Camus*
8. River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey by Sister Helen Prejean
9. A Time to Die: Monks on the Threshold of Eternal Life by Nicolas Diat*
10. For Every Sin by Aharon Appelfeld
11. Blooms of Darkness by Aharon Appelfeld
12. Laish by Aharon Appelfeld
13. Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House by Cliff Sims
14. Daughter of Family G: A Memoir of Cancer Genes, Love and Fate by Ami McKay
15. I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity by Izzeldin Abuelaish*
16. The Boy on the Beach: My Family’s Escape from Syria and Our Hope for a New Home by Tima Kurdi*
17. The Claws of the Panda: Beijing’s Campaign of Influence and Intimidation in Canada by Jonathan Manthorpe*
18. The Personalism of John Paul II by John F. Crosby
19. The Ghost Keeper: A Novel by Natalie Morill*
20. Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America by Chris Arnade
21. Letters to a Young Muslim by Omar Saif Ghobash
22. The Price to Pay: A Muslim Risks All to Follow Christ by Joseph Fadell
23. Minority of One: The Unchaining of an Arab Mind by Hussein Aboubakr Mansour*
24. Faith, Hope, Love by Josef Pieper
25. The Cure for Hate: A Former White Supremacist’s Journey from Violent Extremism to Radical Compassion by Tony McAleer
26. Of All Nations: Exploring Intercultural Marriages in the Coptic Orthodox Church of the GTA by Father Pishoy Salama
27. Pastor from Gaza by Hanna Massad
28. Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
29. From Slave to Priest: The Inspirational Story of Father Augustine Tolton (1854-1897) by Caroline Hemesath, O.S.F.
30. The Baghdad Eucharist: A Novel by Sinan Antoon
31. Resurrection Lily: The BRCA Gene, Hereditary Cancer & Lifesaving Whispers from the Grandmother I Never Knew by Amy Byer Shainman
32. Mary Magdalene: Insights from Ancient Magdala by Jennifer Ristine
33. Graven Images: Substitutes for True Morality by Dietrich von Hildebrand with Alice von Hildebrand
34. Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life by Zena Hitz*
35. Because God Loves Stories: An Anthology of Jewish Storytelling by Steve Zeitlin*
36. Pretty is What Changes: Impossible Choices, the Breast Cancer Gene, and How I Defied My Destiny by Jessica Queller
37. Risky Genes: Genetics, Breast Cancer, and Jewish Identity by Jessica Mozersky
38. Who is Man? by Abraham Joshua Heschel
39. Breaking Bread with the Dead: A Reader’s Guide to a More Tranquil Life by Alan Jacobs*
40. The Conversion by Aharon Appelfeld
41. A Rich Brew: How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture by Shachar M. Pinsker*
42. The Iron Tracks: A novel by Aharon Appelfeld
43. One Game at a Time: My Journey from Small-Town Alberta to Hockey’s Biggest Stage by Harnarayan Singh*
44. Words of my Father: Love and Pain in Palestine by Yousef Bashir*
45. After One Hundred and Twenty: Reflections on Death, Mourning, and the Afterlife in Jewish Tradition by Hillel Halkin
46. The Name of God is Mercy by Pope Francis
47. I Heard God Laugh: A Practical Guide to Life’s Essential Daily Habit by Matthew Kelly
48. Advent of the Heart: Seasonal Sermons And Prison Writings 1941-1944 by Alfred Delp, S.J.*
49. Genesis: The Beginning of Wisdom by Leon Kass*
50. The Way of the Disciple by Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis*
51. The Story of a Life by Aharon Appelfeld
52. What It Means to Be Human: The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics by O. Carter Snead*
53. Them: Why We Hate Each Other—And How to Heal by Ben Sasse
54. The Corpse Washer: A Novel by Sinan Antoon
55. The Future of Leadership: Insights from the Writings and Speeches of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI by Nathaniel Halsam, LC
56. Hold that Thought: Build clarity, peace, and joy by gaining mastery over your thinking by Chana Mason

January 2019-December 2019:
Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi
The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad
Man is Not Alone: A Philosophy of Religion by Abraham Joshua Heschel
God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism by Abraham Joshua Heschel
Can’t is not an Option by Nikki Haley
From Fire, By Water by Sohrab Ahmari
Judas by Amos Oz
Suddenly Love by Aahron Appelfeld
Worship of the Heart: Essays on Jewish Prayer by Joseph Soloveichik
Life of Saint Anthony by St. Athanasius
Romance Behind Judaica: Celebrating the Richness of the Jewish Calendar by Faydra Shapiro
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
Dear Zealots by Amos Oz
The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick
My Father Left Me Ireland: An American Son’s Search for Home by Michael Brendan Dougherty
The Retreat by Aharon Appelfeld
With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace by Nikki Haley
God’s Hostage: A True Story of Persecution, Imprisonment, and Perseverance by Andrew Brunson
Mama Maggie: The Untold Story of One Woman’s Mission to Love the Forgotten Children of Egypt’s Garbage Slums by Marty Makary and Ellen Vaughn

Read September 2016 to December 2018:
Graduate school readings, including: Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Kant, Scheler, von Hildebrand, Edith Stein, Hengstenberg, Maritain, Mounier, Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II, etc., etc.
All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World by Anthony Doerr
Our Greatest Gift: A Meditation on Dying and Giving by Henri Nouwen
Love & the Dignity of Human Life: On Nature and Natural Law by Robert Spaemann
How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard: 40 Tips for Faithful College Students by Aurora Griffin
God or Nothing by Cardinal Robert Sarah
Love and the Dignity of Human Life by Robert Spaemann
From the Kippah to the Cross: A Jew’s Conversion to Catholicism by Jean-Marie Elie Setbon
The Soul of a Lion: The Biography of Dietrich von Hildebrand by Alice von Hilebrand
Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II by George Weigel
Havel: A Life by Michael Zantovsky
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Lonely Search for God by Henri Nouwen
Who are we? by Henri Nouwen
Called to Community: The Life Jesus Wants for His People by multiple authors
In Defense of Purity by Dietrich von Hildebrand
The Double by Fyodor Dostoevsky
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson
Leading a Worthy Life: Finding Meaning in Modern Times by Leon Kass
The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel
In Praise of the Useless Life: A Monk’s Memoir by Paul Quenon
Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam Is Reshaping the World by Shadi Hamid
Memoirs of a Happy Failure by Alice von Hildebrand

Read September 2015 to August 2016:
Creating a Spiration of Love in Freedom for Personal Growth by Catherine Dean
The Intellectual Life by A.G. Sertillanges
Memories of a Catholic Girlhood by Mary McCarthy
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing by Nina Sankovitch
Cicely Saunders: The founder of the Modern Hospice Movement by Shirley Du Boulay
Aging: The Fulfillment of Life by Henri Nouwen
Men in Dark Times by Hannah Arendt
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Problem and Theories of Philosophy by Kazimierz Ajdukiewicz
Hope is the Last to Die: A Coming of Age under Nazi Terror by Halina Birenbaum
Frequent Confession: Its Place in the Spiritual Life by Benedict Baur
On the Free Choice of the Will by Augustine
“Redemptor Hominis” by Pope John Paul II
Night of the Confessor: Christian Faith in an Age of Uncertainty by Tomáš Halík
The Jeweler’s Shop by Karol Wojtyła
The Courage to be Chaste by Benedict J. Groeschel
Hannah Senesh: Her Life and Diary by Hannah Senesh
“Letter to a Hostage” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals by Immanuel Kant
Liturgy and Personality by Dietrich von Hildebrand
Values in a Time of Upheaval by Joseph Ratzinger
Humanise: Why Human-Centred Leadership is the Key to the 21st Century by Anthony Howard
The Cross Was Their Book by Andre Cirino OFM
No One Could Have Known: An Autobiography of the Early Years by Josef Pieper
The Art of Dying Well by Saint Robert Bellarmine
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevksy

Read September 2014 to August 2015:
Prayer Journal by Flannery O’Connor
The Latin Letters of C.S. Lewis by C.S. Lewis and Giovanni Calabria
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
“The Weight of Glory” by C.S. Lewis
Anamnesis by Eric Voegelin
A More Beautiful Question: The Spiritual in Poetry and Art by Glenn Hughes
Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play Element in Culture by Johan Huizinga
The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism by F.A. Hayek
The Light of Argentina: a philosophy diary Conversations with Hannah Arendt by Alexandra Newton Rios
The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books by Azar Nafisi
In Search of the Sacred: Contributions to an Answer by Josef Pieper
You are the Light of the World: Explaining Opus Dei to the Youth by Martin Rhonheimer
Between Past and Future: Eight Exercises in Political Thought by Hannah Arendt
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“Divine Madness: Plato’s Case Against Secular Humanism” by Josef Pieper
The Feast of Faith by Joseph Ratzinger
In Tune with the World: A Theory of Festivity by Josef Pieper
Our Life Together: A Memoir in Letters by Jean Vanier
Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977 by Joseph Ratzinger
My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
What is Marriage: Man and Woman: A Defense by Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson, and Robert P. George
The Gift of Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
“Catholicism, Ecology, and the Environment: A Bishop’s Reflection” by Dominique Rey
The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen

Read around 2013:
The Promise of Politics by Hannah Arendt
Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor
And Then There Were Nuns: Adventures in a Cloistered Life by Jane Christmas
The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
Adam by Henri Nouwen
Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers by Tom Wolfe
Rahel Varnhagen: The Life of a Jewess by Hannah Arendt
Excerpts from: The Constitution Under Social Justice by Antonio Rosmini, Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, A Theory of Justice by John Rawls.
The Last Interview and Other Conversations by Hannah Arendt
Hannah Arendt: For Love of the World by Elisabeth Young-Bruehl
Inferno by Dante
Adam Smith’s Marketplace of Life by James Otteson
The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith
The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
Purgatorio by Dante
I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe
Both My Houses: From Politics to Priesthood by Sean O’Sullivan
Love and Responsibility by Karol Wojtyla
Excerpts from: A Conflict of Visions by Thomas Sowell, Law, Legislation, and Liberty by F.A. Hayek, On Liberty by J.S. Mill, Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman, Two Treatises of Government by John Locke, The Noblest Triumph by Tom Bethell, Essays: Moral, Political, and Literary by David Hume, The Collected Works by James Buchanan, and Liberalism by Ludwig von Mises
The War on Fun by Ezra Levant
Simone Weil by Francine du Plessix Gray
The Symposium by Plato

Read September 2012-August 2013:
Homo Ludens: A study of the play-element in culture by Johan Huizinga
“The Playfulness of the Liturgy” by Romano Guardini
The Book of Her Life by Teresa of Avila
“A Refutation of Moral Relativism” by Peter Kreeft
Henry V by William Shakespeare
Becoming Human by Jean Vanier
Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger
Radical Hope by Jonathan Lear
Excerpts from: Hayek, Hume, Smith, Experimental Economic Studies
The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle by J. Glenn Gray
With the Old Breed by Eugene B. Sledge
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch
Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden
Excerpts from Lord Acton and Alexis de Tocqueville
Essential Writings: Selected & Introduction by Annemarie S. Kidder by Etty Hillesum
The Salamanca School (Major Conservative & Libertarian Thinkers) by Andre Azevedo Alves and Jose Moreira
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
Excerpts from: Anarchy, State, and Utopia by Robert Nozick and Matt Zwolinski, Jason Brennan, Will Kymlicka, David Sobel, and John Tomasi, Herbert Spencer, John Rawls.
A Student Guide to Political Philosophy by Harvey Mansfield
“Liberalism and Its History” by Eric Voegelin
“Hiero” by Xenophon
On Tyranny by Leo Strauss including the Kojève correspondence
“Declaration of War against the Professors of Political Economy” by Frédéric Bastiat
“How to Begin to Study Medieval Philosophy” by Leo Strauss
The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt
The Human Condition by Hannah Arendt
The Revolt of the Masses by José Ortega y Gasset
On Hunting by Roger Scruton
Hitler and the Germans by Eric Voegelin
Political Religions by Eric Voegelin
Leisure, the Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
The Phenomenon of Life: Toward a Philosophical Biology by Hans Jonas
Memoirs by Hans Jonas
Excerpts from The Imperative of Responsibility and Mortality and Morality by Hans Jonas
Theogony and Works by Hesiod
Letter to a Priest by Simone Weil
Books and the Founding Fathers by George H. Nash
Inferno by Dante
Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Waiting for God by Simone Weil
Guarded by Mystery by David Walsh
Disorderly Notions by Tom Darby
Witness to Faith: An Introduction to the Life of Joseph Chiwatenhwa by Fr. Myles Gaffney
The Concept of Justice: Is Social Justice Just? by Thomas Patrick Burke
“In Search of the Ground” by Eric Voegelin
An Interrupted Life and Letters from Westerbork by Etty Hillesum
Gravity and Grace by Simone Weil
De Regno by Thomas Aquinas

Read August 2011-August 2012:
Treasure in Clay by Fulton J. Sheen
The Unaborted Socrates by Peter Kreeft
In the Light of Reason: A brief introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas by Michael T. Ryan
Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer by C.S. Lewis
Utopia by Thomas Moore
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Euthyphro by Plato
Apology by Plato
Gorgias by Plato
Words that Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear by Dr. Frank Luntz
The Political Mind by George Lakoff
The War Room by Warren Kinsella
Harper’s Team by Tom Flanagan
Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
God, Philosophy, and Universities by Alasdair MacIntyre
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
Mandragola by Niccolo Machiavelli
History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
Excerpts from Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Hume, Burke, Paine, Hayek, Popper, Smith, Founding Fathers, Nisbet, Kirk, Tocqueville
Ordered Liberty by Samuel Gregg
Science, Politics, and Gnosticism by Eric Voegelin
The Law by Frederic Bastiat
The Restoration of Political Science and the Crisis of Modernity by Barry Cooper
The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Anatomy of the State by Murray N. Rothbard
The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis
Meno by Plato