Sophia Institute Press, 256 pages
Do you want to think like St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the greatest minds in Catholic history? His Summa Theologica runs over 3,000 pages in one popular edition, and even a freely paraphrased abridged version takes up over 500 pages. A wonderful shortcut is a letter the 13th century philosopher is credited with having written to a young monk on “How to Study.” Author Kevin Vost walks you through that letter and what it reveals about how to think, dissect arguments, and — yes — study and learn. Who knows? It might even give you the confidence to tackle the full Summa!
Kevin Vost, Psy.D.
Sophia Institute Press, 161 pages
Kevin Vost offers expert advice for battling loneliness and its effects through practical and spiritual means. Through “adaptive social thinking,” we can train ourselves to approach social situations more rationally and avoid self-destructive behaviors. He recommends the four cardinal virtues as “hinges” by which we can overcome the “distress” of loneliness, and stresses the importance of friendship. We can also look to Christ’s experience of human loneliness, particularly by reflecting on his “seven last words.” Each chapter offers a five-step “action plan,” and Vost concludes with 30 ways we can alleviate our loneliness by focusing less on ourselves and instead simply loving our neighbor — who may just feel lonely himself.