Monday, February 09, 2009

The Seashell on the Mountaintop

In my book For the Love of Literature I ask readers to let me know when they find great books that should be added to future editions. In response to that call, I received the following email:
Hi Maureen,

I was just going through your book For the Love of Literature to look for some titles for my sons and myself. I recall a book I have recently heard through audio book that you might be interested in and even add to any future revisions of your book or recommendations on your website.

The title is, The Seashell on the Mountaintop: A Story of Science, Sainthood, and the Humble Genius Who Discovered a New History of the Earth by Alan Cutler. It is also in book form. If you haven't heard of this before, this is a fascinating story of Saint Nicholas Steno. I believe it is more of a high school and adult book. It relates not only Steno's life and scientific career but also gives the reader insight into what was happening in science at the time and scientific discovery in the age of Descartes and Da Vinci, who were contemporaries of Steno. It also discusses his conversion to Catholicism. I heard the audio version and it was very easy to follow.

Thank you for your book and God bless you in your work,

As you all know, I love discovering new, cool books. Thank you Rose! I'll be looking for this title in the library and consider it for the next edition of LOL, which btw is not too far in the future.

If you've read this book or listened to the audio, please leave a comment here. I'd love to hear other opinions.


MacBeth Derham said...

Definitely one of my favorite books. I listened to the audio book and read it a few years ago--'04 I think. The reader was quite good on audio, but it's nice to have a book to double check words and references. This is definitely recommended for the Catholic homeschool bookshelf. Faith and Reason, folks...Faith and Reason.

Maureen said...

Gosh MacBeth how did I miss this one! I'm heading over to Amazon to put it on my wish list. Thanks!

Ana Braga-Henebry said...

Wow-- this looks great and I am requesting form my library right away!