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.

The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English

As for me, if I stumble, the mercies of God shall be my eternal salvation. If I stagger because of the sin of flesh, my justification shall be by the … Continue reading

October 14, 2016 · 3 Comments

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

Good Offices by Evelio Rosero: a magical, sensuous and sacramental read

Tancredo, a young hunchback, observes and participates in the goings-on at the church in which he lives under the wing of Father Almida. Also in residence are the sacristan and … Continue reading

November 3, 2011 · 10 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 · 12 Comments

Home by Marilynne Robinson

Home is, in a sense, Marilynne Robinson’s companion to Gilead, which was published in 2004 to a good deal of critical attention and a couple of prestigious literary prizes. It … Continue reading

June 4, 2010 · 8 Comments

The Shack by William Paul Young

I did a rough calculation the other day and worked out that in my reading lifetime I must have worked my way through in excess of 2,000 books.  Of those, … Continue reading

April 9, 2010 · 33 Comments

The Last Bear by Mandy Haggith

Part of Scottish Literature Week The Last Bear, Mandy Haggith’s debut novel, is set 1000 years ago in the remote northwest Highlands of Scotland and tells the story of the … Continue reading

April 18, 2008 · 9 Comments



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