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Dang. If this post is any indication, this series is going to result in my reading list growing by leaps and bounds.

Nice work, Janet.

That is what worries me. Just preparing for my own posts has made my reading list impossible.

I'm writing about a children's author next, though, so it should be easier.


My secret goal has been to get other people as far behind on their reading, considered from a lifetime perspective, as I am. Happy to see it's working.

I've never read much of Howard apart from miscellaneous magazine articles and his book on Four Quartets. I liked the book well enough but was a little disappointed in that I had questions about the meaning of certain passages that I was hoping to get answers to, and didn't. But it's a good appreciation. I might like to read his book about Williams, though. And several of these, actually, esp. Lead Kindly Light

I think I have three copies of LKL. I used to buy extras to give away. I can send one.


I had a Thomas Howard book on my shelf here in the office that I never read and most likely loaned to someone. Now I need to get it back and check it out ... if I can. I think it was called On Being Catholic? Yes, this topic on Mac's blog is going to have me expanding my reading list exponentially!

Yes, that's on of them. I mentioned a book called Evangelical is Not Enough that Howard wrote when he converted to Anglicanism. In that book he explains the reasons behind the liturgy, and some devotional practices. I'm pretty sure that On Being Catholic is a lot like EISN, and just brings all the things he talked about before into a Catholic context. Since he attended a very high Anglican church, there probably isn't a ton of difference between the two, with the exception of Papal authority. I'd like to sit down with both books and compare them.


"My secret goal has been to get other people as far behind on their reading, considered from a lifetime perspective, as I am. Happy to see it's working."

Are all southerners sadistic?

Only the Scotch-Irish ones, either separately or combined.


Oh, and back to OBC. If nothing else, it has that lovely Fra Angelico on the front.


In that case, here is my entry for de Lubac.

De Lubac is totally uninteresting. He has nothing to say worth saying. Avoid him like the plague. Read one of the books already on your list instead.

No way.


It isn't sadism, just misery loving company.

I would appreciate having a copy of the book, Janet, but it would probably be at least six months before I actually read it, so you may want to keep it for someone else.

I never read a book by Tom Howard. I met him once and he was a real gent. It was actually at one of Stratford Caldecott's conferences. He told me about a huge argument in a college he was working in, about whether Hans Urs von Balthasar divides the Father from the Son in his portrayal of the passion. Tom said he asked, 'which side did the Holy Spirit take?'

"Real gent" is the impression that I've always gotten when I've listened to him. I think that's part of the whole idea of ceremony being important because it reveals underlying truth.


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