Study gems of devotion, apologetics, and literary scholarship from noted author Thomas Howard. Possessing an instantly identifiable wit and style, Howard is a popular author and speaker with Catholics and Protestants alike. Born into a prominent Evangelical family, Howard converted to Catholicism in 1985—prompting him to write sympathetic and insightful Christian apologetic works. An English professor for nearly 40 years, Howard is also a leading authority on the fiction of C.S. Lewis and the poetry of T.S. Eliot. His acclaimed prose shines particularly bright in his works that bring to light God’s presence in everyday things.
Every Christian will find edification, enjoyment, and truth with these works by Thomas Howard.
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Contrasting the Christian and secular worldviews, Thomas Howard refreshes our minds with the illuminated view of Christianity as it imbued the world in times past—showing that we cannot live meaningful lives without this Christian understanding. This volume presents an inspiring defense of Christianity, and a stirring critique of secularism.
Many consider T.S. Eliot to be the most important poet of the twentieth century, and Four Quartets to be his greatest achievement. Dove Descending is a journey into the beauties and depths of Eliot’s masterpiece written by Thomas Howard, bestselling author, professor and critic.
In this first in-depth exposition of Eliot’s masterwork, Howard unravels the complexities of the poem with line-by-line commentary. Having taught the poem often during his decades as an English professor, Howard developed a deep understanding of the concepts found in Four Quartets. His love for the poem, and authoritative scholarship on T.S. Eliot, make this volume indispensable for literary readers.
T.S. Eliot’s greatest poem deserves the finest exposition. Few critics alive today are equal to the task. Thomas Howard is one of those gifted few. Lovers of Eliot will delight in Howard’s understanding of the mysterious descending of the dove.
—Joseph Pearce, author, Literary Converts
In this deeply moving narrative, Thomas Howard describes his pilgrimage from evangelicalism—which he loves and reveres as the religion of his youth—to liturgical Christianity. Howard became a Roman Catholic in 1985. He describes evangelicalism with great sympathy and then examines more formal, liturgical worship with the freshness of someone discovering for the first time what his soul had always hungered for.
Howard unfolds for us just what occurs in the vision and imagination of a Christian who, nurtured in the earnestness of Protestant evangelicalism, finds himself yearning for “whatever-it-is” that has been there in the Church for 2,000 years. It traces Howard’s soul-searching and shows why he believes the practices of the liturgical Church are an invaluable aid for any Christian’s spiritual life.
This is a book of apologetics without polemics. Non-Catholics will gain an appreciation of the formal and liturgical side of Catholicism. Catholics will see with fresh eyes the beauty of their tradition. Worship, prayer, the Blessed Virgin, the Mass, and the liturgical year are taken one after the other, and what may have seemed routine and repetitive suddenly comes to life under the enchanting wand of Howard’s beautiful prose.
Thomas Howard shows that every room of your house—the living room, the kitchen, the bedroom, and even the bathroom—is a holy place where God’s grace awaits you. In each room—with wonderful insights—Howard reveals how, in your daily activities you can meet the same God who came to Israel in the terror, smoke, and fire in the Tabernacle, and the God who died for us on the cross. Howard sees chances to love and serve God in the most seemingly dull and ordinary of places and actions.
Find out how cooking and cleaning, having family dinners together, and all the other commonplace actions that make up the fabric of your daily life can actually disclose God’s presence to you. Your daily life as well as your devotional life will be forever transformed by this unusual look at how lovingly God awaits us even in the smallest things.
Howard’s vision is the quintessential Catholic, sacramental vision. To read this book is to see with the eyes of Christ.
—Peter Kreeft, author, Handbook of Christian Apologetics
Plain-spoken spirituality inviting us to come closer to God and showing us more about Christ in a most appealing manner.
— Alfred McBride, author, Fr. McBride’s Family Catechism
Tom Howard, an accomplished writer of great distinction, has the rare gift of being able to express profound truths in whimsical terms. In Hallowed Be This House, he explores with charm and wit the sacramental aspect of our daily lives. I found the book vastly entertaining and, what is more, felt refreshed and the happier of having read it. So, I am sure, will all its readers.
—Malcolm Muggeridge, author, Conversion
Distractions, fatigue, and boredom at Sunday worship—maybe we experience these because we don’t fully appreciate what’s going on at Mass. Thomas Howard’s profound and practical look at the liturgy focuses our wandering minds. It reminds us that at Mass the veil separating earth and heaven lifts, so that we stand with angels and saints in the presence of God.
Every Catholic needs this book. I need this book.
—Scott Hahn, author, Catholic Bible Dictionary
A book that will be treasured by anyone who wants to get more out of Mass. A gem in any age, it is especially valuable today when people are given so few sound, practical helps for understanding and appreciating the divine gift that is the Mass.
—Jimmy Akin, author, Mass Confusion: The Do’s and Don’ts of Catholic Worship
Howard provides an essential but missing piece in our equipment: a contemporary step-by-step, prayer-by-prayer, guide through the Mass, founded on firm orthodoxy, sensitive to the meaning of the liturgy as it has been given to us, and expressed in his vivid prose for which he is justly famous.
—Steven Clark, author, Catholics and the Eucharist
Through his prolific and highly regarded writing, Thomas Howard’s name is familiar to Protestants and Catholics alike, but many have never heard the story of his conversion to Catholicism. With grace, charm, and wit, Howard describes his journey from Evangelicalism to Anglicanism, and finally, to the Church of Rome. In a world saturated with fashionable unbelief, Howard’s testimony inspires and informs. Fr. Richard Neuhaus, who contributes a foreword, calls it “a marvelously engaging remembrance.”
Regarded as one of the foremost authorities on the fiction of C.S. Lewis, Thomas Howard offers brilliant new insights into Lewis’ fiction. Focusing on Narnia, the space trilogy, and Till We Have Faces, Howard explores with remarkable clarity the moral vision in the imaginary world of the master storyteller, C.S. Lewis.
At last! A book about C.S. Lewis that doesn’t sound like a term paper, a book that is a joy to read, a book written with Lewis’ own passionate power with words. Mercurial magic. A feast for the spirit. Without question the best book yet written about the works of C.S. Lewis.
—Peter Kreeft, author, C.S. Lewis for the Third Millennium
A splendid book, one of the very best critical works on Lewis’ fiction.
—George Sayer, author, Jack: The Life of C.S. Lewis
Tom Howard reads Lewis carefully and brings to his reading a special excitement that is uniquely his own. His treatment of That Hideous Strength is the best I have read.
—Paul Ford, author, Companion to Narnia
Thomas Howard presents his wonderful, refreshing insights on the “glad tidings” of the deeper meaning of Catholic piety, dogma, spirituality, vision, and practice, rendered in his unique and well-known style of prose. The book’s chapters take the form of lay meditations on Catholic teaching and practice, opening up in practical and simple terms the richness at work in virtually every detail of Catholic prayer, piety, liturgy, and experience.
On Being Catholic is an apologetic and literary gem.
—Scott Hahn, author, Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism
Thomas Howard’s intelligent, literate, and erudite approach to the experience of faith and all of the challenges that faith brings will be enlightening to anyone who takes the Gospel seriously.
—Fr. Benedict Groeschel, author, Tears of God
Written with the realistic intelligence of a living faith, this book is a refreshing and renewing document. A beautiful book of great relevance and lasting value . . . so truly Catholic it makes one rejoice greatly.
—Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, author, Living the Catechism of the Catholic Church (4 vols.)
I heartily recommend this inspiring and insightful presentation on being Catholic, particularly as it centers on the Mass. Howard not only captures the substance of each stage in the Eucharistic liturgy, but ties it effectively to heavenly worship with words that sing of beauty in worship. The whole presentation of Catholic belief is set in a striking and inspiring contrast with the bleakness of contemporary culture.
—Rev. Michael Scanlan, author, What Does God Want?
Thomas Howard has never been one to shy away from controversy. While attending the Evangelical Church of his parents and teaching English at an Evangelical college, Howard wrote his provocative best seller Evangelical Is Not Enough. Soon after entering the Anglican Communion, Howard began asking the kinds of questions that would eventually lead him into the Roman Catholic Church.
Throughout his pilgrimage of faith, Howard wrote numerous thought-provoking yet respectful articles on a wide range of topics for both Protestant and Catholic publications, gaining him a wide and loyal following. Known for his wit and charm, Howard also was a sought after speaker for conferences and college graduations. This volume collects much of Howard’s best material.
Liturgical reform and sacred architecture, women’s ordination and hierarchical authority, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien—these and many other topics of interest to Protestants and Catholics alike are tackled by Howard with his characteristic thoughtfulness in these articles and speeches that span more than 20 years of his prolific career.
This is a timely book about the unique mixture of human and spiritual experiences that make up life in a great, complex city, confronting tensions that are timeless and ubiquitous.
Thomas Howard reveals his unique writing gifts and original insights recalling the amazing variety of experiences he had living as a young married man in New York City. His wide-eyed response to the twinkling kaleidoscope of New York—opera, ballet, dining, sports, social life—plays off against an increasingly strong awareness that the hidden mysteries of domestic fidelity, marriage, fatherhood, and routine duties, are at the center of the whirl of New York life.
Poets make you see, philosophers make you think. Satirists make you laugh. Tom Howard’s book artfully combines all these talents. He makes us share the wealth of his experiences in the flamboyant and crazy city called the melting pot. He is the herald of eternal values constantly threatened by the appeal of novelty.
—Alice von Hildebrand, author, Soul of a Lion
I often think that Saint Augustine might have had a mystical insight into places like New York when he wrote that the city of God and the city of Man are ‘inextricably intertwined’ until the end of the world. Tom Howard speaks for many when he sees this so clearly realized on the sidewalks of New York.
—Fr. Benedict Groeschel, author, Tears of God
Thomas Howard is a highly acclaimed writer and scholar. A retired English professor, Howard taught for nearly 40 years, first at Gordon College and then at St. John’s Seminary. Howard was raised in a prominent evangelical home. His sister is well-known author and missionary Elisabeth Elliot. He became Episcopalian in his twenties, and then in 1985 at the age of 50, Howard entered the Catholic Church. A prolific author, he is known for his work on C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams, and has written many books such as Christ the Tiger and Splendor in the Ordinary.