Book Review: The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

“When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton. ”

Perhaps more popular than even Tolkien’s first classic The Hobbit, his magnus opus The Lord of the Rings, has been read by countless millions for several generations and is enjoyed by child and adult alike. Continue reading “Book Review: The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien”

The Young Man of Character: Bishop Tihamer Toth

Having recently completed our chapter by chapter look into The Catholic Book of Character and Success by Edward Garesché, it’s time to turn to another Catholic Classic on character development.

This time our new material comes from Bishop Tihamer Toth, a Hungarian priest who wrote 22 books in the first half of the 20th Century.

The Young Man of Character is certainly another classic and is Continue reading “The Young Man of Character: Bishop Tihamer Toth”

Book Review: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”

Millions of boys and girls from nine to ninety will recognise the wonderful opening lines of JRR Tolkien’s first book, The Hobbit.

The Hobbit is a story of an unlikely hero named Bilbo Baggins; a Continue reading “Book Review: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien”

Building Catholic Character in Students: The last word

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The Catholic Book of Character and Success: The last word.

Last week, I posted the final instalment in the thirty-two week series of chapter summaries of The Catholic Book of Character and Success by Edward Garesché that I had started back in September 2016.

You can find all of the chapter summaries and book details on this page. Continue reading “Building Catholic Character in Students: The last word”

Book Review: Tom Playfair or Making a Start by Fr. Francis J. Finn, S.J.

Tom Playfair is one of “Fr. Finn’s Famous Three” —Percy Wynn and Harry Dee. These were the most popular of Fr. Finn’s 27 Catholic novels for young people.

Resembling a Catholic version of Charles Dickens’ stories, or even The Hardy Boys, these books were read by hundreds of thousands of young people in the late 19th and early-to-mid 20th century.

But besides being fun, the stories have a moral: Continue reading “Book Review: Tom Playfair or Making a Start by Fr. Francis J. Finn, S.J.”