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Kevin Spinale, S.J., a Jesuit priest, is a doctoral candidate in English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and is the moderator of the Catholic Book Club.

Arts & Culture Books
Kevin Spinale October 04, 2018
Alan Jacobs’s new book is a collage of the intellectual considerations of five thinkers who, in their experience of the violence of World War II and their revulsion at the fascism that fueled it, contemplate the nature of education and its renewal after the anticipated Allied victory.
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Kevin Spinale October 02, 2018
Kate Bowler's memoir is an elegant theodicy exactly because it is not an explanation. It is a story of human suffering. It is the account of a human person who believes and struggles in her belief as she tries to appropriate the depths of suffering in the midst of an illness that may end her life.
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Kevin Spinale July 11, 2018
An interpretive essay and some questions for reflection on the Catholic Book Club's new selection, "Dagger John" by John Loughery.
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Kevin Spinale April 04, 2018

Totality occurred on Aug. 21, 2017, when the first total solar eclipse in the United States in 38 years swathed the country from Oregon to South Carolina. It was reported on by a media hungry for distractions.

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Kevin Spinale January 05, 2018
Alice McDermott's new novel will provoke contemplation and prayer. It is a Catholic book, and it will seep into you like indigo into a clean, pure bolt of cloth.
Dorothy Day in 1916
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Kevin Spinale September 25, 2017
Beauty is the medium through which Kate Hennessy describes her mother and grandmother.
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Kevin Spinale January 26, 2017
The work of Kate O’Brien, Brian Moore and John McGahern deserve attention in any conversation about the Catholic literary tradition.
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Kevin Spinale September 26, 2016
The novel portrays two apostate Jesuit missionaries from the first half of the 17th century.
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Kevin Spinale July 12, 2016
The Berrigan bro culture cannot be any more different from our modern “bro culture.”
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Kevin Spinale February 23, 2016
This month from the Catholic Book Club: an elegant account of one person’s search for value and meaning.