Tuesday, December 15, 2015

book recomendation


The ever erudite Dom Mark Kirby of Silverstream Priory has a book recommendation on his blog here: The Gentle Traditionalist by Roger Buck  It sounded so interesting that I ordered a copy. I do enjoy books that serve to kill two birds with one stone, as it were - a relaxing fictional story that carries beneath the surface some true learning. Robert Graves 'I, Claudius' and 'Claudius the God' remain among my favourite books. I read them as a  teenager - a great story that helped me with my Roman History studies in college no end! 

I'll post a review of the book after it arrives and I've read it. But as Dom Mark enjoyed it so much he read it twice you may care to trust his recommendation and order your copy now. If so, why don't you follow this link here and go buy it through the author's website? Doing that gives him a bit of an extra percentage on the sale. Every little helps and it'll make for a nice little Christmas bonus for him!


  1. @Vicki:
    Hi Vicki,
    I din't publish your comments as it was essentially a straight up ad for your own blog and completely unrelated to the content of this post. If you would like to make a comment that relates to the post I'll publish it (provided it meets the standards set out courtesy, etc); & that, of course, will contain a link back to your site.

  2. Dear Father, Just left a response to your great kindness at my site and given that typing takes me too long and I have too much of it, I hope it will not seem lame if I paste it in here - with a few extra comments afterwards:

    "Fr. Patrick, thank you very, very much – also for your notice at your own blog and the recommendation to buy my book through our links.

    This helps an admittedly struggling new author and I am very grateful for your kindness.
    Alas, I am not sure you will able to feel so kind towards my book on reading it. I actually find myself wanting to warn you by private message and I will do.

    ‘Warn you’ … why on earth?

    I can’t easily fully say right now. More to come in my pm. But I will say here that the book takes what may seem to be an uncomfortably harsh line on the Reformation. I say that because it was definitely uncomfortable for me to take such a strong line!

    Indeed, I could NEVER have written it that way a few years ago. In that sense, what I say is not knee-jerk prejudice, but actually born out of years of suffering and struggle.

    I will explain more by private message, but will say just this here. My life has involved experiences, of course, that led to that struggle.

    These experiences include living both as an Anglican and a Catholic.

    They also include living in a series of Catholic countries: Ireland, France and Spain which over the years I have compared to my life in Protestant America, England and even significant time in Switzerland.

    And they include the daily immersion in the Sacraments of the Catholic Church – Mass and Confession – which it seems to me has yielded something so very, very different from my time as a New Ager or (briefly) within the Anglican fold.

    Through those experiences a perspective has been born – again uncomfortably and with suffering – that entails recognising a differences between cultures – whether Catholic or Orthodox – which are marked by the SEVENfold fullness of the Sacramental life and those, which it seems to me, are not nearly so marked.

    And that perspective is quite at the core of want my whole book is about.
    There is more to say, but I type very slowly and it must wait for now.

    Again, thank you very, very much for your great kindness in recommending a book you have not read and that people buy it through our links.

    Really helps me. Feeling tenderly for you in my heart, I pray you will not regret it."

    So I wrote you at my bloge. Do hope to pm you soon …

    Perhaps I am over worried, but in addition to being an Anglican once, I also went to an Anglican college …. and I know what I wrote in that book would upset GOOD people I like and respect.

    Why did I do it, then? The key is in my chapter The Wasteland …. my only hope for Western civilisation now is that _full_ Sevenfoldness ….

    More to say by pm hopefully before you read the book. I only wish I had managed to learn to type. Despite daily lessons for months, I never could. So I may be slow.