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Top Ten Books Read in 2013 – 10

There have been many times when a film coming out has elicited my desire to read the book it is based on before I go see the film. This particular one, though, is unique because I have found it be the favorite novel of high school boys (of which I was at one time) and many men (because they haven’t read a novel since high school). Only at 28, did I pick this up via Audible. I’m Ender's Gamespeaking of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game.

After reading it, I can understand the attachment to it by pubescent boys. The title character, like many young men, is asked to step up beyond what he thinks he can do. He faces bullying. he has a mean older brother and a loving older sister, and the climax is a stroke of genius.

I must say that Card’s first title of this series sets up a world that is in serious need of faith. And he hints at that, Ender’s parents are secret Catholics. Ender’s best friend in battle-school is secretly a Muslim and the decisions mad by the adults (a second antagonist in the book) are decidedly de-personalized. Ender’s struggle is to see from a personalistic perspective while in a full milieu of utilitarian ethics.

As a kid, I would have emotionally connected to a well written novel about growing up in the midst of enormous pressure. As an adult, I see it as a  means to show teens the value of personhood.

About Fr. Kyle

I am a priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. I was born and raised right outside New Orleans. I attended Catholic school my entire educational career. By the time I graduated high school, I had two paths to choose: rockstar or priesthood. I pursued both for awhile but eventually came to the understanding God's will was priesthood and my will was rockstardom. After making that decision, to allow God's will to be mine, I needed a new way to channel my creativity. I began writing as I finished up my formation for priesthood. I still play music, but priestly ministry comes first. My bride: St. Rita of Cascia Parish in Harahan, LA.

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