Books

It is precisely the wholesomeness and remarkably wide popularity of Dr. Seuss that makes him a likely and effective target of the woke movement.

Yesterday, Dr. Suess books held 23 of the top 30 bestsellers on Amazon. Not everyone has gone mad. We loved these books when our kids were young, and still do to this day for our grandkids.

Today you cannot find these six banned books on Amazon, and one of them is selling used for $750.

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donttreadHere is Noelle Mering’s excellent article from Catholic World News (support them here)

“It is hard to keep up with the cancellations these days, but for various reasons the news of Dr. Seuss struck a nerve. The Associated Press reported this week that six Dr. Seuss books “including And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street and If I Ran the Zoo — will stop being published because of racist and insensitive imagery.”

School districts “across the country have also moved away from Dr. Seuss,” the AP reported, with one school district in Virginia referencing how recent “research” has “revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss…” And the Wall Street Journal now reports that Ebay is “sweeping” its site in order to delist the offending books.

Meanwhile, President Biden deemed Dr. Seuss to be unmentionable on Read Across America Day on March 2—a day intentionally celebrated on the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991). A USA Today story couched the absence of Dr. Seuss in Biden’s proclamation in the most benign terms possible: “The NEA has pivoted from popular children’s author Dr. Seuss to a focus on diverse children’s books.”

And then there is the news that Mr. Potato Head will no longer be a “mister”, but will instead answer to the “gender-neutral” name “Potato Head.” Hasbro, which introduced the toy in 1952, says it is “making sure all feel welcome in the Potato Head world by officially dropping the Mr. from the Mr. Potato Head brand name and logo to promote gender equality and inclusion…”

There is something absurd about these news stories that cuts both right and left. That a classic children’s toy must conform to gender ideology or that a beloved children’s author must have his legacy clouded with racism strikes conservatives as both ridiculous and merciless. Their response in protest is then portrayed by those on the Left as unserious fear-mongers frothing in rage about a toy and a mere six books being removed from the shelves….

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Two Good Movies

by Steve Ray on November 23, 2020

Nice to slow down a few days to relax and watch a couple of recommended movies with the Christmas lights blinking. Janet and I watched two movies this week that we would recommend.

ultimategift1First, The Ultimate Gift in which a rich would-be heir — to billions of dollars — is taught many lessons about life, people, family, money, work and relationships. It is one of those movies that is sure a fun movie to watch, especially with your older kids. It is kind of like The Bucket List which was a movie I highly recommended several months ago. My son said he liked this one much more than Bucket List. Actually, it is playing right now on our TV as my wife and I watch it again with our 17 year old Emily. I am enjoying it again! It is about what is important in life — it is Catholic without ever mentioning the word!

84charingThe second movie is one we own and watch every few years. If you like old books, literature, Catholic sub-themes and England, you will like 84 Charing Cross Road. It is not fast-paced with lots of noise, bombs, and action. It is a slow-paced movie about reading, books, culture and relationships. Ann Bancroft is an brash, outspoken New Yorker writer ordering books from Anthony Hopkins who plays a calm, proper Englishman working in a used bookstore in London. It is delightful and worth a watch.

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IMG_9952Ignatius Press sent back my manuscript on Genesis for editing. It is too long so I have to cut over 100 pages from the text. It will painful, but a good exercise, and hopefully make it much tighter, easier to read, and rich with content.

So, pray for me as I “bury myself” in this project for a while.

I will continue to post blogs and share things helpful, good, fun, challenging, noble, biblical, and Catholic, but I have to step aside from the intensity of this election cycle if I am to get this book out. Thanks!

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Friend’s New Book on Mary

October 10, 2020

My friend William Albrecht has just published a new book entitled “The Definitive Guide for Solving Biblical Questions about Mary: Mary among the Evangelists.” I provided this endorsement for the book, “Why another book on Mary? First, Mary and Marian studies are fascinating and often controversial; they never exhaust our interest. Second, this book answers questions […]

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Is there Evidence for Jesus outside the Bible?

September 16, 2020

Some people may think Jesus is a mythical figure like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. Others think Jesus might be historical but only mentioned in the Bible is the only source of information on the existence of Jesus. They question whether Jesus really existed as a real historical figure. Is the Bible the only […]

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Ascension Press Releases an Excellent Non-partisan Voting Guide for Catholics

September 12, 2020

Clear Conscience arrived today as a pre-release review copy. I spent most of the morning perusing it and found it highly readable, balanced, Catholic, concise, hits all the right points and is very timely. It avoids all the pitfalls of the liberal Left’s attempt to twist Catholic teaching like a rubber nose to fit their […]

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My new book now available! “The Catholic Faith: An Introduction to the Creeds”

August 28, 2020

Like most things we take for granted, the Catholic Creeds have an amazing story—actually a lot of stories. What seems a simple prayer or statement of faith has a fascinating origin.  And there is a reason it’s precisely worded the way it is and each word was fought over with great passion. It had to […]

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Parents Looking for Good Books for their Kids – Here is a Great One on Mary!

May 12, 2020

Mary is quite contrary to many Christians but we Catholics love and venerate her. Do our children know why? What is the best way to introduce our families to Marian apparitions and how she reveals herself to different peoples and cultures. This new and very beautiful book is entitled “Our Lady’s Wardrobe.” In a very […]

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Discussing St. John’s Gospel with Al Kresta

January 10, 2020

Yesterday I was on Al Kresta’s Show on Ave Maria Radio for an hour discussing my book “St. John’s Gospel, a Bible Study Guide & Commentary.” I have provided the audio link below so you can listen to the podcast. It was a very fun and interesting romp through the deep and intriguing Gospel of St. John. […]

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Great New Didache Bible from Ignatius Press

May 18, 2019

The Didache Bible Is Here, Article by Dr. Jeff Mirus [Steve’s Comment]: I posted this a while ago, but want to make sure new readers are aware of this excellent new Bible with the right footnotes, maps, etc. This is my choice. [Miras’ article]: This Bible uses the Second Edition of the Catholic Edition of […]

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My New Book Now Available! “The Papacy: What the Pope Does & Why It Matters”

December 21, 2018

  My new book is available today. My friend Dennis Walters and I have been working on it for a while and we hope you enjoy it. You can see and order it here. You can buy it now as a Christmas bundle with free shipping and other of my new items.   Topics include: […]

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Interview on my new book “The Papacy” with Catholic World Report

December 8, 2018

CWR: When you were a Baptist and looking at the Catholic Church from the outside, what did you think about the papacy? Stephen K. Ray: A year before I was born my parents became Baptists; they prayed for kids and I was born a year later. My father was taught to be very anti-Catholic. He […]

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Trail of Blood: Do Baptists Have a Claim to the Original Church?

November 26, 2018

What is the history of Baptists? Can they trace their roots back to the 1st century? Many ”fundamentalist” Baptists believe they can. Are they correct? There is a booklet that is very popular among this fundamentalist crowd. It is entitled “The Trail of Blood”. The booklet claims that Catholics persecuted the true Christians — the Baptists — leaving […]

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Pope Francis and Capital Punishment

August 4, 2018

Excellent article by Edward Feser in First Thing Magazine that puts Pope Francis misstep in perspective … ********************** “In a move that should surprise no one, Pope Francis has once again appeared to contradict two millennia of clear and consistent scriptural and Catholic teaching. The Vatican has announced that the Catechism of the Catholic Church will […]

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Reclaim the Presence of God and Dinnertime for the Family

January 3, 2018

Paraclete Press has come out with a delightful book to help families practice the presence of God and help make dinner fun. I wish I had written this book! Check out”Feeding Your Family’s Soul – Dinner Table Spirituality” Not only spirituality but fun things to make dinner and enjoyable family get-together. I echo Fr. Andrew […]

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WWJD or “What DID Jesus Do?” A new book by Tom Nash

September 6, 2017

Tom Nash, a good friend and faithful Catholic, theology adviser for EWTN, contributor to many Catholic radio shows along with many other credits has written an excellent book entitled “What DID Jesus Do?”. You can read my endorsement here: You’ve heard the question “What Would Jesus Do?” The popular culture has hijacked this question for […]

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