My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II

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7-Quick takes

  Join Jen and the other Quicktakers over at the Conversion Diary.

1. Last week was a hard one. Noah broke his clavicle and I had a small car accident - Before that I  had enjoyed a long, long uneventful traffic history!

2. Last week was the last lesson with Gabe's drum teacher. I was kind of sad about that and am looking for a new teacher! Then unexpectedly, after the kid's piano recital, the piano teacher called and told me she is retiring. So now I have to replace the piano teacher too. I get so use to having good quality caring teachers for my children it's a shock when I have to go out searching again! I will miss Mrs. Porter.

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3. Last week was a very difficult one for Gabe! Because Noah broke his clavicle when playing with a friend, Gabe has had to take over all of his household duties. That included cleaning the bathroom and walking the dog three times a day. Noah also manages to get his school work all done. But according to Gabe, "Noah's life blows!! he works too hard Mom!"

I don't think the problem is that Noah works too hard Gabe - I think maybe you aren't working hard enough!

4. Bought my everygreen tree today. Turns out it's not a weeping cypress. I kind of forgot what it's called but I know we get it around July 1 when it enters its dormant phase. In the meantime Mr. Pete and the boys have to dig a big hole! 4 x 4 x 2 feet at least!

3. Last night Sam went to the Prom! He and his date had agreed not go buy each others flowers, but... well it just doesn't seem right not to have flowers! So I bought them each flowers and then took pictures!

4. To start out the night though, Sam had to play for Battle of the Bands, in his tuxedo!

Sam and Gabe at Battle of the Bands 2011

Sam and Gabe's band WON BATTLE OF THE BANDS!!!!

5. I also finally managed to get Sam to settle down for me to take his Senior Picture.

Sam Senior Picture

6. Almost done with Misconception by Shannon Morrell.  The Morrell's aren't Catholic, though I gather they are Christian.  I am at the part of the book where the author is using Hagar (the mother if Ischmael) , and Bilhah and Zilpah (who had children with Jacob along with Rachel and Leah) as scriptural proof for surrogate mothers.  I kid you not. Another example of what happens when there is no biblical authority to handle biblical interpretations I guess.

7.  As a result of my book review, Carolyn Savage says that I "truly believe that you need to engage in some prayerful reflection about your behavior. It is troubling. "  Her two biggest beefs had nothing to do with my take on her practice and Catholicism at all, but rather centered on my wondering about how this affected her children (children that are named and mentioned throughout the book- see page 57 for an example) and my comment regarding 20 ovarian stimulations and ovarian cancer risk.

Apparently mentioning those two things alone are "'below the belt' attacks (and)  are not productive."

Additionally they "speak more to the person that you are and destroys all credibility with regards to your formerly valid comments on our Facebook page."

I wonder what validity I had before as a simple Catholic book/blog reader in the first place, but knowing Mrs. Savage's love of the logical fallacy I guess I'll point out the ad homenim and Poisoning the Well.

Update:  On their Facebook page CS says that she has copied and pasted her response and
"I will be sending you these exact comments in a private message to you, as well as attaching them to your review on Amazon, and copying them to your numerous comments that you have barraged our blog with."
I never got a private message and I checked my FB account twice.  She did put a shorter version of her FB comment on Amazon and that's the one I saw first. She also put them on the one and only comment I ever made on her blog, and I can prove I only made one via her RSS feed in the side bar and with screen shots. Hardly a barrage.

That aside, I do wonder how my comments were not productive?  Should couples with other children consider the impact of IVF and/or surrogacy on their family life?  Should women not question their providers more on the risks down the road of ovarian stimulation and IVF procedures?  And in fairness I also gave her 3 stars because the book was a decent read.  Some guy who gave only two stars was also "savaged!" by the replies to his review, with loads of strawmen fallacies. Got a screen shot of that too.

Well she removed my comments from FB.  Now you see it, now you don't!

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  1. Came over to your blog from Jeff Miller's link to your review of the Savages' book.

    I've been laughing for a straight minute about the Ishmael precedent for surrogacy. Leaving aside how badly that worked out, wouldn't it be a lot cheaper and easier to practice surrogacy the old-fashioned "biblical" way? In the case of infertile women, why waste money on IVF when your husband can impregnate a concubine for free, a la Abraham.

  2. Yea it's a ridiculous analogy! I doubt most of the wives would go along with the Abraham method of surrogacy!! (some husbands might perhaps). What Mrs. Morrell also left out of her analogy is that the "surrogate" mothers were always, always united with their offspring. And Hagar and Ischmael were sent off together!! Selective bible reading I guess.


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