One of ol’ Robbo’s Lenten practices is to try and restrict himself to reading books that, if not purely theologickal in themselves, at least may be said to be Christian-themed.

This, of course, provides some wiggle room.  I’m hardly a saint myself, and the truth of the matter is that I have neither the strength of will nor the concentration to spend all my time on the various Apologetics, Lives, analyses and other weightier works on my list.  Sometimes I need to get to something a bit different.

So, for example, I almost always reread C.S. Lewis’ Ransom Trilogy at this time of year.  (As a matter of fact, I’m half-way through Perelandra even as I type.)

At any rate, due to a flurry of activity on the devil’s website, I have several new-to-me books to add to the list.  Given that they’re still predicting a serious storm round here, I may dip into one of them as early as this afternoon:

Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory.  I’ve never read any Greene.  On the other hand, through one source and another I’ve become increasingly aware of and interested in the Mexican socialists’ brutal treatment of the Church in the 20th Century.  (There’s those damned People Persons again!)  As this book is about that very subject, I thought it would be a nifty introduction to both.

Evelyn Waugh’s Helena.  A dramatization of the life of St. Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine and purported collector of the True Cross.   I’m told this is not, um, one of Waugh’s better books, but I feel compelled to read it nonetheless, at least the once, for myself.

Aloise Buckley Heath’s Will Mrs. Major Go To Hell?  This is all Jordana’s direct fault for jiggling loose a post-it-note I had stuck in a back corner of my braim years and years ago.  Delightful stories, from all that I’ve heard.

So that ought to keep me busy for a little while, at any rate.  Another name that keeps floating across my internal radar is Walker Percy.  Any of my fellow port swillers have any recommendations about him?

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