Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith

A good partnership is hard to find: Flannery O’Connor and Robert Giroux had one

Leave a comment

Click below to hear the episode:

O'Connor Giroux book coverPatrick Samway, SJJesuit Father Patrick Samway’s latest book is Flannery O’Connor and Robert Giroux: A Publishing Partnership. The exhaustively researched book includes detail about O’Connor’s prolific writing despite suffering from the lupus which would end her life in her 30s and how Giroux’s Catholicism hurt his career in publishing.




Reminding you that WESU has launched its fall pledge drive. Aside from the way-cool gifts the station is offering for donations of various sizes, I’ll send you the book of your choice from the list below for a donation of ANY size.

You can donate through the station’s website,, or by sending a check to WESU, 45 Broad St., Middletown, CT 06457. Then just contact me through this blog and I’ll send your pick along.



7 Paths to God: the Ways of the Mystic by Joan Borysenko

150 North American Martyrs You Should Know by Brian O’Neel

The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity by Matthew Kelly

The Bishop’s Brothels by EJ Burford

Catholic and Christian by Alan Schreck

Catholics by Brian Moore

Confessions: The Making of a Post-Denominational Priest by Matthew Fox

Faith and Resistance in the Age of Trump by Manuel A. De La Torre

The Future Church: How Ten Trends Are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church by John L. Allen Jr

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver

A History of the Popes by Nicholas Cheetham

Holy Fire: A Personal Journey of Conversion and Renewal by Phyllis Price

Journal of a Soul by Pope John XXIII

How Do We Know When It’s God? by Dan Wakefield

The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium) by Pope Francis

Legacy of the Heart: The Spiritual Advantages of a Painful Childhood by Wayne Muller

Literary Converts: Spiritual Inspiration in the Age of Unbelief by Joseph Pearce

The Little Book of Letting Go by Hugh Prather

Making Sense of the Bible by Adam Hamilton

Maximilian Kolbe: Saint of Auschwitz by Elaine Murray Stone

Memoirs of the Soul: Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography by Nan Phifer

Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends by Mary Claire Kendall

Out of the Garden: Women Writers on the Bible edited by Christina Buchmann and Celina Spiegel

The Princess Guide: Faith Lessons from Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty by Jennessa Terraccino

Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church by Kaya Oakes

Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion and Purpose by Matthew Kelly

Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly

Returning: A Spiritual Journey by Dan Wakefield

Rome Sweet Rome: Our Journey to Catholicism by Scott and Kimberly Hahn

Saints and Sinners: The American Catholic Experience Through Stories, Memoirs, Essays and Commentary edited by Greg Tobin

Saints for All Occasions: a Novel by J. Courtney Sullivan

The 7 Secrets of Successful Catholics by Paul Wilkes

Spiritual Quests: The Art and Craft of Religious Writing edited by William Zinsser

Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil, MD

Stumbling Toward Enlightenment: An Illustrated Crisis Companion by Barbara Lewis-Marco

A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century by William F. Buckley

What, Then, Is Liturgy: Musings and Memoir by Anscar J. Chupungko

Why I Am a Catholic by Gary Wills



Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s