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Aack! We've Been Memed!

Thanks to Happy Catholic, we have been memed for the first time since we started this blog. Is that a milestone? I would invite my staff to answer this as well.

1. One book that changed your life:
Staring into Chaos - This disturbing book from Spence Publishing is a study of the decline of the West through the lense of past civilizations' falls.

2. One book that you've read more than once:
If I say the Lord of the Rings can I count that as one book?

3. One book you'd want on a desert island:
Castaway. Just kidding! I would want the Silmarillion because it is such a rich collection of "history".

4. One book that made you laugh:
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Why did they have to mess up the movie so badly?

5. One book that made you cry:
Real men don't cry! Okay, Lord of the World by Msgr. Hugh Benson.

6. One book that you wish had been written:
"A Faithful Catholic's Guide to the Way the Catholic Hierarchy Really Works."

An excerpt:

If you were in the military and have never dealt with the Hierarchy before, you aren't going to like it. For instance, that clear chain of command you are used to? Gone. That instant obedience to superiors? Gone. That quick discipline towards troublemakers? Gone. In fact, if you are used to the military, we recommend staying as far away from anything that has an official Church title in order to avoid becoming disillusioned about the whole mess.

7. One book that you wish had never been written:
The Celistine Prophecy. Acck. Phpbbbb. Bleh.

8. One book you're currently reading:
1776 by David McCullough

9. One book you've been meaning to read:
The Catechism. I know, I know.

10. Tag five others.
Kitty Eleison, Roman Catholic Blog, Testosterhome,Scrutinies and American Papist.

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GodSpace
GodSpace

i am ignorant - what is "memed"? google is not my friend.

Gloria
Gloria

Book that: 1. Changed my life: The Bible 2. Read more than once: St. Therese's "Story of a Soul"; Heinlein's "Star Beast". 3. I want if stranded on an island: The Bible. 4. Made me laugh: The early "Doonesbury" cartoon series. 5. Made me cry: Any book on the "servant children" of Haiti. 6. I wish had been written: "How to Go Straight to Heaven Without Hardly Trying". 7. I wish had never been written: Chick Publications booklets. 8. Currently reading: National Geographic's "Almanac of American History". 9. I have been meaning to read: Pope Benedict's new encyclical.

Rebekah
Rebekah

One book that changed your life: Good News About Sex and Marriage by Christopher West One book that you have read more than once: I have worn out two copies of Pride and Prejudice. One book that you would want on a desert island: I would say Pride and Prejudice, but since I practically have that memorized, I would probably get more out of Jane Eyre. One book that made you laugh: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. I, too, am very interested in the interconnectedness of all things. One book that made you cry: Message in a Bottle. I cried because it was sad, but then got angry that I was so manipulated by the author. Come on, now. Wife dies. Husband can’t love again until he meets another special lady. She dumps him because he loves wife, which is EXACTLY why she was attracted to him in the first place. He drowns in the ocean. Lady number 2 regrets choice forever. Could Nicholas Sparks have created a more miserable storyline? I mean, seriously. It reminded me of Augustine when he talked about how people like tragedies because they can cry and feel like they have hearts for a while, when it is just shallow sorrow from an empty source (he said it much better). Life has enough sorrow without looking to silly stories for it. One book that you wish had been written: Some book that tells you how to prevent your children from making any and all destructive choices. One book you wish had never been written: ”The Gay (Joyous) Science” by Friedrich Nietzsche. His “God is Dead” philosophy wreaked havoc on society. One book that you are currently reading: ”Fascinating Womanhood” by Helen Andelin One book that you have been meaning to read: ”Degenerate Moderns” by E. Michael Jones. It was a graduation present. Tag five others: I'm not good at sports.

Fran
Fran

One book that changed your life: Plato’s Republic. I never had an interest in politics or philosophy before I read it, now I think about them a lot. One book that you have read more than once: The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. Though a pagan stoic, he has much to teach us about Christian virtue. One book that you would want on a desert island: Definitely one which identifies poisonous and non-poisonous island critters, so I would know which ones to avoid. One book that made you laugh: Does the "Great Goofs" section of Handyman Magazine count? One book that made you cry: Mangled Hands, the story of St. Isaac Jogues: I read it to my kids before visiting the Shrine of the Jesuit Martyrs in St. Marie, Canada. As a result, he has become our family saint as ailments of the hands have manifested in our family. One book that you wish had been written: I wish there were a book on overcoming the formatting problems associated with Microsoft Word programs, argh***#@ One book you wish had never been written: Our Bodies, Ourselves. It became almost a bible for the sex-education crowd when my children were growing up and appeared on every library shelf in the country. One book that you are currently reading: Dante’s Divine Comedy, translated by John Ciardi, for which I am writing a study guide. One book that you have been meaning to read: Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Know by Diane Moczar Tag five others: Tag five other what?

Zach
Zach

1. One boo that changed your life New St. Joseph Baltimore Catecism No. 2. The first religion book I read when I started homeschooling. Learned a lot from this one. 2. One book you've read more than once Last of the Breed by Louis L'Amour. Very good book. 3. One book you would want on a desert island Canterbury Tales. If I can't get into reading it I can use it as a floatation device (if it's the large print edition). 4. One book that made you laugh The Jeff Foxworthy BBQ cookbook. It doesn't get any better than that. And The Screwtape Letters. 5. One book that made you cry An info/sales book on the Mercedes CL65 AMG, since I knew I would never be able to afford one. 6. One book you wish had been written How To Change The American Catholic Mind; A Guide For Orthodoxy 7. One book you wish had never been written The list is too long. 8. One book you are currently reading Catholic Apologetics by Father Laux 9. One book you've been meaning to read Mere Christianity 10. Tag five others other (your it), other (your it), other (your it), other (your it), other (your it)

Ben
Ben

1. One Book that Changed Your Life: The Big Book of Baby Names 2. One book you've read more than once I am a big sci-fi buff. I have read Asimovs "Foundation Series" several times. Classics, if you haven't read them. 3. One book you would want on a desert island: A book made of food? How to turn salt water into drinking water? Probably Theology of the Body. 4. One book that made you laugh: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, of course. I read all of them in a very short time. 5. One book that made you cry: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes again. Sometimes they were mean to little Susie. 6. One book that you wish had been written: Getting your baby to sleep at night. 7. One book you wish had never been written: Anything by Darwin 8. One book you are currently reading: The bible! 9. One book you've been meaning to read: "Rendevous with Rama" another sci-fi book 10. Tag five others: My mother told me not to hit people

jamesataquinasandmore
jamesataquinasandmore

1. One book that changed your life: The Swiss Family Robinson. I never read it and instead wrote the assigned book report based on the movie. It's been years but I'll never try that again. 2. One book that you’ve read more than once: The Confessions of St. Augustine. 4+ 3. One book you’d want on a desert island: The Complete Book of Solitaire and Patience Games – ISBN 0553262408 4. One book that made you laugh: Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency – Even funnier than Hitchhiker. 5. One book that made you cry: Hop on Pop. The way they hopped on pop... 6. One book that you wish had been written: Whistling and Rolling R's for Dummies 7. One book that you wish had never been written: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. 8. One book you’re currently reading: Memorize the Faith! (And Most Anything Else) 9. One book you’ve been meaning to read: Theology of the Body 10. Tag five others. In Light of the Law - I know, not quite five in strictest interpretation of “fiveness”.

Ethan
Ethan

1. One book that changed your life: The DISC profiler. Seriously, the book titled "Apologetics", by I don't know whom. I read it when I started High School, and it completely changed the way I look at everything. 2. One book that you’ve read more than once: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. As far as adult reading goes, I still have a lot to read for a first time. 3. One book you’d want on a desert island: I dunno. War and Peace? or How to Build a Raft For Dummies. Now, if it were a dessert island, it would be different. 4. One book that made you laugh: "I, Q" by Peter David (Star Trek) 5. One book that made you cry: "Joan of Arc" by Mark Twain 6. One book that you wish had been written: Any one of the 20 or so that I've started but lost interest in. 7. One book that you wish had never been written: The Father Brown books. I came up with the idea, but then my friends told me about Chesterton's Fr. Brown. Now I can't write them. 8. One book you’re currently reading: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. What? I can't use that one?! Dark Night of the Soul 9. One book you’ve been meaning to read: The Summa Theologica (I don't actually expect to be able to read the whole thing, but I'd like to)

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