November 17th, 2005


Ten random things: Reader Request Month, day 78

Ten books written by members of Roman Catholic religious orders:

  1. Pantagruel by François Rabelais (Order of Saint Benedict)
  2. Illustrated History of Ireland by Mary Francis Kusack (Order of Poor Ladies)
  3. The Story of Painting by Wendy Beckett (Institute of Notre-Dame de Namur)
  4. The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton (Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance)
  5. Illustrium majoris Britanniae scriptorum, hoc est, Angliae, Cambriae, ac Scotiae Summarium by John Bale (Order of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel)
  6. A Novena for Murder by Carol Anne O'Marie (Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet)
  7. The Theology of St. Cyril of Alexandria: A Critical Appreciation by Thomas Weinandy (Order of Friars Minor Capuchin)
  8. The Mobilization of Shame: A World View of Human Rights by Robert Drinan (Society of Jesus)
  9. Dead Man Walking by Helen Prejean (Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille)
  10. Predestination by Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange (Order of Preachers)

I don't know about you, but it's hard for me to hear or see in print the name "Rabelais" without immediately thinking, "Balzac."

My fellow Presbyterian persona wanted to see predestination mentioned in a list. As, perhaps, did God Himself, depending on how seriously you take the idea of predestination.

And speaking of Calvin, don't you think Unconditional Election would be a great name for a political thriller? I sure do, and as a professional bookseller I think I know what I'm talking about when it comes to the names of books.

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