Not God's Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms by Holly Ordway. Ignatius Press (San Francisco, 2014). 186 pp., hardcover, $19.95. Holly Ordway, author of Not God's Type, was a well-educated English professor who dismissed belief in God as so much superstition. While her family was not hostile toward religion and even adopted some cultural Christian practices such as playing Christmas carols, as a child she neither opened the Bible nor attended church.
Dr. John Wood has transitioned from a collegiate track star to a speaker, author, optometrist, husband, and father, but his determination to excel endures. With his track and field championships behind him, his outlook has changed from “Win, Win, Win” to Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus. Jan. 4-8, he will speak at several events in the diocese to assure Catholics that holiness is possible and that we are all called to be saints in our ordinary lives.
Full of inspirational stories and powerful testimonies, 40 Days for Life is a page-turner. It was not, however, meant to be read in a single sitting. In fact, if read the way that authors David Bereit and Shawn Carney intended, it should take you 40 days to complete the book. No surprise, there are 40 chapters in 40 Days for Life, and each takes only about five to 10 minutes to read. The first part of each chapter involves a short, moving testimonial, followed by a Scripture verse and prayer.