A brief check in this evening, to ask for your prayers and to recommend a book:
I began my new job today, and I’m absolutely thrilled. The school is, by all appearances, an excellent place to teach and grow in my profession. It’s a pre-K through 12, so I’m looking forward to bringing my kids to work with me in just a few short years. If you don’t mind, please say a prayer for me, as the beginning of a school year–especially in a new environment–can be hectic!
Secondly, I have to recommend a book. A bit of background: when I was a kid, I absolutely adored Science Fiction. The last couple of years, I’ve made it a point to read some Sci-Fi over summer vacation, and have really enjoyed diving back into something I’d enjoyed so much.
Recently, I came across Michael Flynn’s blog, The TOF Spot, via Mark Shea’s site. Flynn is a devoted Catholic (as well as a fellow Irish-American math nerd–huzzah!), and he’s written a lot of award-winning Sci-Fi novels. I picked up his book “Eifelheim” for summer reading, and it was incredible.
“Eifelheim” tells two stories simultaneously: in the 14th century, a village priest in the Black Forest of Germany becomes the first human to come into contact with aliens. Meanwhile, we follow an historian and his theoretical physicist girlfriend who live in our time, and who are seeking to discover why the priest’s village (Eifelheim) suddenly disappeared shortly after the priest’s fateful first contact. A must read if, like me, you’re into heavy doses of physics, scholastic philosophy, and medieval history mixed in with a thrilling alien story Seriously, pick it up!