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Back in the spring of 2007 then seminarian Kyle Sanders began to see something around him that was different but fascinating, Catholics on the internet doing Catholic things, talking about Catholic stuff, writing Catholic content, and he saw in his short sight something missing: books. He saw in his friends, in his classmates, in the culture around him a detestation of reading. He thought at first to do what the people around him were doing, a podcast. Only, he knew producing a podcast did not sit well with his time restraints as a seminarian. Blogging seemed a whole lot easier so he set up a blog and started posting quotes from books that he was reading in and out of school.

A few years later he found himself around other people who liked books, both their idea and their application, so he invited them to join him. Here the blog took shape. It no longer saw just a book and the wide world that a book provides the reader, but rather that the wide world itself is an open book revealing the plot lines, protagonists, antagonists, plot twists, and sub-plots of the Author of creation. So the two authors, Fr. Kyle Sanders and Daniel Lacourrege reflect on how God is present in the mundane and simple. Not so much different from one of our heroes with whom we end …

“I have my doubts about all this real value in mountaineering, in getting to the top of everything and overlooking everything. Satan was the most celebrated of Alpine guides, when he took Jesus to the top of an exceeding high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the earth. But the joy of Satan in standing on a peak is not a joy in largeness, but a joy in beholding smallness, in the fact that all men look like insects at his feet. It is from the valley that things look large; it is from the level ¬†that things look high; I am a child of the level and have no need of that celebrated Alpine guide. I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from whence cometh my help; but I will not lift up my carcass to the hills, unless it is absolutely necessary. Everything is in an attitude of mind; and at this moment I am in a comfortable attitude. I will sit still and let the marvels and the adventures settle on me like flies. There are plenty of them, I assure you. The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.” – G.K. Chesterton