Sabbath Rest Book Talk/Open Book [Aug 2018]

Carolyn Astfalk has a first Wednesday of the month book review linkup!


The aforementioned Carolyn also joins me every month for Sabbath Rest Book Talk. We may also have Theresa Linden and Corinna Turner show up this month.

Another note: my family and I will be visiting Tyburn for Pilgrimage 2018 on our usual live SRBT day. Thus, we’ll be pre-recording at least my part (Carolyn’s, too) at the Catholic Writers Conference Live. Look for the video to post no later than our usual First Sunday time slot.

Oh! And keep an eye out in the video description for a possible giveaway of Leslea Wahl’s An Unexpected Role.


Sunday, August 5 at 7pm Eastern

Discuss BELONGING in BRIDESHEAD REVISITED by Evelyn Waugh on Sabbath Rest Book Talk #live #video #bookclubBrideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

The wellsprings of desire and the impediments to love come brilliantly into focus in Evelyn Waugh’s masterpiece-a novel that immerses us in the glittering and seductive world of English aristocracy in the waning days of the empire. Through the story of Charles Ryder’s entanglement with the Flytes, a great Catholic family, Evelyn Waugh charts the passing of the privileged world he knew in his own youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities. At once romantic, sensuous, comic, and somber, Brideshead Revisited transcends Waugh’s early satiric explorations and reveals him to be an elegiac, lyrical novelist of the utmost feeling and lucidity.

Discuss BELONGING in AN UNEXPECTED ROLE by Leslea Wahl on Sabbath Rest Book Talk #live #video #bookclubAn Unexpected Role by Leslea Wahl

The devastation of a ruined summer.  The gift of a second chance. Can Josie learn the lessons she needs in order to discover her true self?  After a humiliating event and overwhelming peer pressure, 16-year-old Josie flees her home to spend the summer with her Aunt on a South Carolina island. Her fresh start turns into the summer of her dreams as friendships grow, romance blossoms, and a series of thefts surround her with excitement. However, when tragedy strikes someone close to her, Josie realizes there are more important things than her reputation. As she sets out to solve the mystery she has become entangled in, she not only realizes the importance of relying on her faith but along the way also discovers who God wants her to be.


Discuss BELONGING in THE NAME JAR by Yangsook Choi on Sabbath Rest Book Talk #live #video #bookclubThe Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

The new kid in school needs a new name! Or does she? Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week. Her new classmates are fascinated by this no-name girl and decide to help out by filling a glass jar with names for her to pick from. But while Unhei practices being a Suzy, Laura, or Amanda, one of her classmates comes to her neighborhood and discovers her real name and its special meaning. On the day of her name choosing, the name jar has mysteriously disappeared. Encouraged by her new friends, Unhei chooses her own Korean name and helps everyone pronounce it—Yoon-Hey.


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  1. I can’t believe I’ve never read Brideshead Revisited (or seen the BBC miniseries). Some English major! This post makes me want to! And I really want to read and review Leslea Wahl’s books as well. She is a generous author who is always willing to promote others’ work, and I believe her books deserve a wide audience!

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