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  • The Father's Tale by Michael D. O'Brien

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    Canadian bookseller Alex Graham is a middle-age widower whose quiet life is turned upside down when his college-age son disappears without any explanation or trace of where he has gone. With minimal resources, the father begins a long journey that takes him for the first time away from his safe a...

  • Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare ed. by Joseph Pearce

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    Though a staple in high school English classes, Julius Caesar is not a simple play. Seemingly irreconcilable forces are at work: fate and free will, the changeableness and stubbornness of ambitious men, the demands of public service and the desire for private gain. Drawn from history as recorded ...

  • Manalive by G. K. Chesterton

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    This classic novel by the brilliant G. K. Chesterton tells the rollicking tale of Innocent Smith, a man who may be crazy or possibly the most sane man of all. Arriving at a dreary London boarding house accompanied by a windstorm, Smith is an exuberant, eccentric, and sweet-natured man. Smith has ...

  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, ed. by Joseph Pearce

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    Wuthering Heights is one of the classic novels of nineteenth century romanticism. As a major work of modern literature it retains its controversial status. What was Emily Brontë's intention? Were her intentions iconoclastic? Were they feminist? Were they Christian or post-Christian? Who are the h...

  • Ceremony of Innocence

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    In modern-day Germany, journalist Catriona McClelland has seen it all while covering the contemporary European scene for a Catholic news organization. Keeping herself above the political fray in her professional life, she has also managed to keep herself from personal entanglements-still hurt fro...

  • Citadel of God by Louis de Wohl

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    Another of the popular historical novels by the distinguished de Wohl, telling the dramatic story of St. Benedict, the father of Western monasticism, who played such a major role in the Christianization and civilization of post-Roman Europe in the sixth century. De Wohl weaves an intricate tapest...

  • The Joyful Beggar: A Novel about St. Francis of Assisi by Louis de Wohl

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    In this magnificent and stirring novel, Louis de Wohl turns his famed narrative skill to the story of the soldier and merchant's son who might have been the right-hand man to a king, but who became instead the most beloved of all saints. Set against the tempestuous background of 13th Century Ital...

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, ed. by Joseph Pearce

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    Jane Austen is arguably the finest female novelist who ever lived, and Pride and Prejudice is perhaps the finest, at least certainly the most popular, of her novels. An undoubted classic of world literature, its profound Christian morality is all too often missed or wilfully overlooked by today's...

  • Joan of Arc by Mark Twain

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    Very few people know that Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) wrote a major work on Joan of Arc. Still fewer know that he considered it not only his most important, but also his best work. He spent twelve years in research and many months in France doing archival work and then made several attempts until...

  • King Lear by William Shakespeare, ed. by Joseph Pearce

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    One of the most popular of Shakespeare's plays, King Lear is also one of the most thought-provoking. The play turns on the practical ramifications of the words of Christ that we should render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's. When confronted with the demand that...

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, ed. by Joseph Pearce

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    One of the finest novels ever written, Jane Eyre is also one of the most misunderstood masterpieces of world literature. Whereas most modern teaching of the text misreads or misinterprets Charlotte Brontë’s devout and profoundly ingrained Christian faith and intentions, this critical edition emph...

  • Father Elijah: An Apocalypse by Michael O'Brien

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    Michael O'Brien presents a thrilling apocalyptic novel about the condition of the Roman Catholic Church at the end of time. It explores the state of the modern world and the strengths and weaknesses of the contemporary religious scene by taking its central character, Father Elijah Schäfer, a Carm...

  • Saint Helena and the True Cross by Louis de Wohl

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    Set against the colorful background of power struggles in imperial Rome and battling Roman legions, this is the exciting story of St. Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine, who found the Cross of Christ in Jerusalem. This book, originally written for young people but loved by readers of all a...

  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, ed. by Joseph Pearce

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    What are two sisters of uncertain fortunes to do when the death of their father exiles their family to live in the countryside of southwestern England? Why, fall in love, of course! Through her deft unraveling of the dramatically different romantic fates of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, Jane Aust...

  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare, ed. by Joseph Pearce

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    Arguably Shakespeare's finest and most important play, Hamlet is one of the most misunderstood masterpieces of world literature. "To be or not to be" may be the question, but the answer has eluded many generations of critics. What does it mean "to be?" And is everything as it seems to be? These a...

  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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    Pope John Paul II described Dickens' book as "filled with love for the poor and a sense of social regeneration...warm with imagination and humanity." Such true charity permeates Dickens's novels and ultimately drives the characters either to choose regeneration or risk disintegration. In Great Ex...

  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, ed. by Joseph Pearce

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    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is one of the most influential and controversial novels of the nineteenth century; it is also one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted. It has been vivisected critically by latter-day Victor Frankensteins who have transformed the meanings emergent from the nove...

  • Fire of Love: A Historical Novel about Saint John of the Cross by José Olaizola

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    Born into an upper-class family in Castile, Spain, Gonzalo de Yepes had promising prospects until his father was ruined in a speculative venture. After his father died a pauper, Gonzalo was welcomed into the home of a rich uncle, who intended him to marry one of his younger daughters. The young m...

  • The Last Crusader: A Novel about Don Juan of Austria by Louis de Wohl

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    Don Juan of Austria, one of history’s most triumphant and inspiring heroes, is reborn in this opulent novel by Louis de Wohl.

    Because of the circumstances of his birth, this last son of Emperor Charles the Fifth spent his childhood in a Spanish peasant’s hut. Acknowledged by King Philip as his...

  • The Loser Letters by Mary Eberstadt

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    A wickedly witty satire, The Loser Letters chronicles the conversion of a young adult Christian to atheism. With modern humor rivaling that of the media lampooning Onion, found on college campuses all over America, A. F. Christian’s open letters to the “spokesmen of the New Atheism” explain her r...

  • The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, ed. by Joseph Pearce

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    The Merchant of Venice is probably the most controversial of all Shakespeare's plays. It is also one of the least understood. Is it a comedy or a tragedy? What is the meaning behind the test of the caskets? Who is the real villain of the trial scene? Is Shylock simply vicious and venomous, or is ...

  • Elijah in Jerusalem: A Novel by Michael O'Brien

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    Elijah in Jerusalem, the long-awaited sequel to the acclaimed, best-selling novel Father Elijah: An Apocalypse, is the continuing story of the Catholic priest called to confront a powerful politician who could be the Antichrist foretold in the Bible.

    A convert from Judaism, a survivor of the H...

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, ed. by Joseph Pearce

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    In true Faustian Tradition, The Picture of Dorian Gray tells the tale of a young man who sells his soul to the devil in return for youthful immortality, only to discover that the devil's bargain is no bargain at all. "What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?" Wh...

  • The Wife of Pilate and Other Stories by Gertrud von le Fort

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    These three novellas from the acclaimed German writer Gertrud von le Fort, newly translated for the first time into English, are from her later works of historical fiction, in which she displays her mastery as a dramatist of ideas.

    The Wife of Pilate imagines the slow, arduous transformation o...