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NYO (Not Your Oprah’s) Book Club – Feb. 2020

The Axe: Master of Hestviken: This is the first in a series of four 13th century Norwegian tales told by the brilliant Scandinavian, Sigrid Undset, author of the Nobel Literature Prize-winning Kristen Lavrensdatter trilogy. I’ve only read the first in the Master of Hestviken series, and it was a page-turner, as I became anxious about the main characters and the careless decisions shaping the rest of their lives. I just may have to purchase the rest of the series to see how it all resolves in the end.

Slaying Dragons: What Exorcists See and What You Should Know – by Charles D. Fraune. This is a practical guide for all things spiritual and keeping yourself, your family and your home protected by holy angels and saints and safe from attack or worse yet, becoming obsessed or possessed by demons. You don’t want to be without this book because there’s a battle out there, and pretending not to notice doesn’t make it go away.

The Mysteries of Life in Children’s Literature – by Dr. Mitchell Kalpakgian. This book was a pure delight with chapters on wishes, luck, truth, children, play, and friends to name a few. The author uses classical children’s literature to teach us how to appreciate the important things in life. It’s a great book to pass on to family and friends who may need a little encouragement and a breath of fresh air. It’s only about 100 pages long, so even the casual reader can tackle it in a short period of time. I can’t wait to read this one again!

Christianity for Modern Pagans by Dr. Peter Kreeft. It took me awhile to get into this book, but by p.100 (out of 333), I was hooked. It’s a different format because Dr. Kreeft teaches college courses on philosophy, and this book reads more like a course than a non-fiction book. It’s got so many thoughtful insights, such as, “Everything matters. There are no victimless crimes . Every sin against Christ harms His Body and every member in it.” Definitely a book I’ll need to read again!

Great month for reading!