The Christmas holidays are a good time to catch up on reading, and the Register has several suggestions. Though Tears of God by Father Benedict Groeschel deals with tragedy, he offers a perspective that is filled with hope — and Christmas is a season of hope. Hope is the feeling we get when we hear of people coming into the Church — because they are convinced that it possesses the fullness of the truth. Francis Beckwith, a recent high-profile convert, tells his conversion story in Return to Rome. Finally, Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, archbishop emeritus of Bologna, Italy, offers a picture of who Jesus really is — something we sometimes need to be reminded of when the world’s conception of Christmas smothers the reason Christ was born.
Some people dread shopping for Christmas gifts. And it’s not always easy to think of a good gift for certain recipients. But there’s always books. Yes, people still read books — and some even appreciate getting them as gifts. The Register has a few ideas, including a novel, a book of Marian apologetics, and a humorous look at raising kids.
It’s time to turn up the heat, put on a sweater and crack open a good book. The Register’s Autumn Reading issue recommends three interesting reads: Christians in the Movies by Peter E. Dans is reviewed by Steven D. Greydanus; Benedict XVI: An Intimate Portrait by Peter Seewald is discussed by Franklin Freeman; Father James Schall’s The Mind That Is Catholic is Gerald Russello’s choice.