7 Quick Takes: The Books and Things Edition

— 1 —

I have read a lot this week and I have loved it. Finding time to read makes me a happy camper. I have started reading this book/essay collection/reflections:

Style, Sex and Substance

…I’m not entirely sure how it is defined but I have really enjoyed the 2 first entries.

The first entry is written by the host of these takes, Jennifer Fulwiler, about finding yourself and finding your own way in Catholicism. How not all women are called to be perfect, pious Mary-like Catholic but we are supposed to use the strengths and gifts that are unique to us to be perfect, pious Catholics in our own unique way.

The second entry is written by Hallie Lord who blogs over at Moxie Wife. I have never read her blog, but after reading her entry I am going to toss it on to my Feedly. Her entry was on balancing style and modesty. And again, it was a really neat perspective on how sometimes when people focus on modesty they tend to go to extremes and lose their sense of self and their own unique style.

Needless to say, but I’m really looking forward to reading the next essays in the book.

The book is called “Style, Sex and Substance” and is edited by Hallie Lord.

— 2 —

The next book I read this week was Girl at the End of the World by Elizabeth Esther.

Girl at the End of the World

I actually devoured this book and I cannot say enough good things about it. I’ve already recommended it to about 6 people.

Stories about people leaving religious cults is one of my favourite genres. Even though it isn’t technically a genre.

But her story was heartbreaking, her childhood and upbringing. She leaves with her husband and children and her story of finding the Catholic Church and conversion after being raised in a way that thought her that Catholics were everything that is wrong with Christianity was both beautiful and funny.

Definitely worth a read. It isn’t a long book, but it is engaging. I’m going to have start reading her blog too.

— 3 —

I’m a third of the way through this book:

Jesus of Nazareth Part 2: Holy Week

Pope Benny XVI (my nickname for our wonder former holy father) needs no introduction but I’ve never really read much of his writing but I’m really enjoying working through this book. It is dense, but his observations and understandings are really beautiful.

I am reading through it with a few friends to heighten our own understanding and discuss the different aspects and it is definitely a good read so close to Easter.

The full title of the book is Jesus of Nazareth, Part 2: Holy Week, the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection.

— 4 —

I am also reading the Book Thief, but I’m not nearly far enough in it to have opinion of yet. But, I’m enjoying it more than Divergent.

I am also going to read Cari Donaldson’s Pope Awesome.

Pope Awesome

I am looking forward to it. I love her blog and her articles on Aleteia. Technically, I bought this book as a gift for my mother for Easter, but uh…I’m going to read it prior to give it to her. ‘Cause I love her and want to make sure it’s appropriate for my mum. 😉

— 5 —

7 things is hard. I’m losing steam… I’m going to do a quick update about my sugar detox and Lenting. Last week was a disaster. I reintroduced junk food out a serious lack of self control and I felt miserable all Friday.

So now…I’m just starting over. And I’m already feeling so much better. I have learned that unfortunately, I should probably never ever ever drink Coca-Cola again ever ever ever again. Ever.

Except maybe my last meal.

— 6 —

I’m going to toss in a photo about delicious paleo foods I’ve been eating this last week. I like to pretend my meals look fancy enough to warrant pictures (they don’t) and I think my roommate thinks I’m whackadoodle because I take pictures of all my food.


All delicious. Just sayin’

— 7 —

OH! And I totally forgot, I read the “Look Inside” for Jennifer Fulwiler’s book Something Other than God!

I have had that book preordered for months and….I am getting super impatient. But thankfully it comes out later this month so the wait is finally (almost) over! The Amazon.ca Look Inside was a nice tease and I can’t wait for the books release…

I love conversion stories almost as much as people-leaving-cult stories.

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