When my nose isn’t in a book (and it isn’t nearly as much as I’d like), I love nothing more than to talk books with someone who enjoys reading as much as I do.
And when the person who’s talking has read more and read differently than I do? Even better.
When that person is Catholic and finding elements of Catholic truth strewn throughout everything? Awesome!
This is truly an example of the New Evangelization at work, and you know what? It’s fun. Truly, completely, absolutely fun.
Who said the New Evangelization should be not fun? Somehow, though, I get the impression we all take it so seriously that we forget to laugh.
I consider A Good Story to be a great remedy for that. It’s thought-provoking, humor-filled, and just plain enjoyable to listen to. I feel, at times, like I’ve somehow started eavesdropping on two of my favorite people discussing something I’m keenly interested in–and I may not have even known I was interested.
Each episode of A Good Story focuses on either a book or a movie, in an alternating pattern. They aren’t Catholic books and movies, mind you, but books and movies either Scott or Julie has picked to highlight.
In their discussions, they talk plot and writing and, of course, story, but they also can’t help bringing their Catholic faith into things. In their own words (lifted from their About page),
We are both frequent contributors to the SFFaudio site and podcast … and we have a lot in common, one thing being that we are both practicing Catholics. After an SFFaudio podcast one week (the Readalong about The Stars My Destination), we realized that there was a lot to say about some of these books from a Catholic perspective, and we were leaving much of it unsaid. This led to the idea of a podcast where we talk about books and movies “as Catholics”.
They’ve explored zombie novels, John Wayne movies, and everything in between. They have made a definite impact on my reading and viewing, and I’m always shocked that more people haven’t heard of the work they’re doing.
I heartily salute Scott and Julie, even as I wait eagerly for each new episode to finish downloading.
Now ‘scuse me, H.P. Lovecraft is coming up soon and I need to get busy reading…