Yesterday I finished reading Hillside Education's Word to Caesar by Geoffrey Trease. It's a wonderful adventure story that brings in lots of personalities, culture and geography from Ancient Rome. A good read particularly for middle school age Latin students. (A few scenes might be troubling to more sensitive readers.)
Our teen catechism/apologetics study group has been forcing me to dig deep into my library for helpful materials. I've been especially grateful for the following:
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
Catholicism and Fundamentalism by Karl Keating
The Catholic Answers Website
Unabridged Christianity: Biblical Answers to Common Questions about the Roman Catholic Faith by Fr. Mario P. Romero (Queenship Publishing)
I've also ordered Jim Burnham and Frank Chacon's Beginning Apologetics series.
I mentioned earlier that I breezed through portions of a several of Cardinal Ratzinger's books on liturgy to prepare for a discussion/workshop on Sacred Music. It seems that over the past year, I've been turning to many books by both Pope Benedict XVI (Ratzinger) and G.K. Chesterton and thoroughly enjoying them. It occured to me just recently, though, that I am starting to make a strong connection between them in my head. I think it's because a) they have a wonderful way of helping me make sense out of the world and myself and b) their writing style leads you up to such wonderful "Aha!" moments.