Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

Two Journeys, Memoirs by Gabourey Sidibe and Rosamund Burton

Recently I read two books that were quite different; one was a memoir, the other a travel book and I was struck at how they each were accounts of a … Continue reading

August 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction, by Timothy Lim

In an earlier post for VL, I enthused wildly about The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English (see my exhortation here). And now I can wholeheartedly recommend a companion volume, … Continue reading

March 31, 2017 · 2 Comments

Amazing Grace

This 2007 biography of the anti-slavery campaigner and British politician of the eighteenth century, William Wilberforce, begins with a foreword from the then President of Wilberforce University, which he describes … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · 10 Comments

The Great Reformer: Francis and the making of a radical Pope, by Austen Ivereigh

The Great Reformer is a substantial book. 480 pages in the new UK paperback edition, including notes, acknowledgements and a thorough overview of the sources, this biography of Jorge Mario Bergoglio—now … Continue reading

August 25, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Nail, by Stephen Cottrell

I first became aware of Stephen Cottrell as a writer (rather than as the Anglican Bishop of Chelmsford) late last year, when I reviewed his Advent book, Walking Backwards to … Continue reading

March 6, 2015 · 2 Comments

Coming Up This Week

At first glance, we seem to have an animal filled week, but Dragonhold is really a place, not a corral for dragons, unfortunately. So what we really have is a … Continue reading

March 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Faith, Seriously: The Ethics of Everyday Life, by Michael Banner

Like much of the really exciting theology I’ve read this year (Rowan Williams’ Meeting God in Mark, or Hugh Gilbert OSB’s The Tale of Quisquis), The Ethics of Everyday Life … Continue reading

December 19, 2014 · 3 Comments

Fathomless Riches: Or How I Went from Pop to Pulpit, by the Reverend Richard Coles

I know a priest who, after he had shut up shop on Christmas Day, would get into his pyjamas and take a bottle of vodka alone to bed, watch The … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · 3 Comments

Faith in the Public Square, by Rowan Williams

Review by Kirsty Jane McCluskey and Michael Carley Religion as understood by those who find it unacceptable… is something seen essentially in terms of an appeal to the will: decide … Continue reading

April 12, 2013 · 7 Comments

Christmas Carols and Songs

One of the best things about this time of year is the music. I look forward to Dec. 1st, when I begin playing my many Christmas albums, from Celtic instrumentals … Continue reading

December 12, 2011 · 12 Comments

Bible: The Story of the King James Version, 1611 – 2011 (Gordon Campbell)- AND ~ The Bible Now (Richard Elliott Friedman and Shawna Dolansky)

I’ll admit from the outset that I’m not the most obvious person to be reviewing these two books, being not only an agnostic atheist but also liable to break out … Continue reading

November 2, 2011 · 12 Comments

Teresa of Avila by Rowan Williams

Oh, as for riches!  If people have easily what they need and a lot of money in their coffers and guard against committing serious sins, they think everything is done.  … Continue reading

August 16, 2011 · 4 Comments

An Interview with Brother Guy Consolmagno: Part II

For Part I, click here.  For Kirsty’s review of God’s Mechanics, click here. The idea of a religious university as they exist in the US is not a familiar one … Continue reading

November 11, 2010 · 9 Comments

An Interview with Brother Guy Consolmagno: Part I

Brother Guy Consolmagno is a planetary scientist, Jesuit brother and sci-fi enthusiast.  In addition to his own research, he is Co-ordinator for Public Relations at the Vatican Observatory and curator … Continue reading

November 10, 2010 · 11 Comments

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