Next month, our fledgling book club will celebrate its first year anniversary. It hardly seems that we have been meeting monthly for a year. We have read some interesting books – fiction and non-fiction – all with a religious theme. Two things I especially value about the experience: reading books that I would probably not have chosen on my own and hearing the insights of others on the same books that I have read. The fellowship has been very pleasant. Last night we discussed Aristotle’ Ethics. It is really a work that deserves a lot of thought and attention. Unfortunately, by the time I was ready to delve into it, it was late at night and what I really wanted to read was something that didn’t require such a concentrated effort.
The book for March is wonderful read — How The Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe. It’s a non-fiction historical book written by Thomas Cahill. The author makes the case for the Irish people‘s critical role in preserving Western Civilization from utter destruction by the various barbarian peoples that overran Europe at the fall of the Roman Empire and the pivotal role played by members of the clergy at the time. Mr. Cahill writes in such a way that it is hard to put the book down. I am looking forward to reading it again.