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Have no idea how much this means (?!?) and hope I'm not being insufferable - but I just found out my new book is at the Number One position in Amazon's Christian Apologetics section!


http://www.amazon.com/gp/new-releases/books/172811


Wow! This is brilliant news! I'm so happy about this Smile
Hopefully it would be available in the Philippines. I am sure that I would be the first one to buy it.
(12-04-2015, 10:43 AM)Neopelagianus Wrote: [ -> ]Hopefully it would be available in the Philippines. I am sure that I would be the first one to buy it.

Amazon ships to the Philipines. Not sure it would make financial sense for you, but the rates (as far as I can tell) is the same as shipping to Brazil. I used to import books here when the economy was better and since we don't pay taxes for books, but now that the communists have run the economy to the ground I'm not doing that anymore. Occasionally I buy kindle ebooks, if they have a reasonable price. I used to be a big time paper book supporter, but kindle is quite nice.
Vox, Neopelagianus, Renatus Fraser, thank you very, very  kindly for your expressions of interest in my book.

And thank you for your comment at my site, Neopelaganius. I did reply - but it took me a while, alas. Also beautiful blog you have there … : - )

(Still haven't responded to your very kind words at my site either, Vox!)

The Amazon banner ad Vox is generously running for me at the top of Fisheaters has a GLOBAL link. In other words, should redirect you to your nearest Amazon - either Australia or Japan I guess.

Alternatively, you can just use this global link here: myBook.to/TheGentleTraditionalist

However, I hear that there could be financial difficulties here. I know the feeling of not being able to afford books myself!

I would want to help anyone who genuinely couldn't afford the book to have a copy. My own funds are very stretched, but let me know if you (or anyone else) has a problem. I will try for a solution! Also Kindle expected in Spring next year.

Will just note that the AMERICAN Amazon just brought the price down from $14.95 to $13.45. This may be for a limited time during Christmas shopping.

Not sure and not sure about Australia or Japan though - but again clicking on that link should let you know

Will also mention for those whose budget is not so stretched that the American Amazon reduced the hardcover price from $24.95 to $19.95. Again, I don't know how long for.

This link will take you to the hardcover edition: myBook.to/GentleTraditionalistHardback


Well, at the risk of sounding insufferable, I want to say that I am profoundly honoured and grateful to receive an extraordinary recommendation from Dom Kirby, American Benedictine abbot of the new Latin Mass Silverstream Priory in Ireland. Dom Kirby actually says he's read my book twice in three days (!)

Quote:The Gentle Traditionalist by Roger Buck will brighten the mind and warm the heart during these dark, cold Irish December days and long nights. I received a copy from the author three days ago and have already read the book twice, savouring it and delighting in it both times. I recommend The Gentle Traditionalist to the Oblates and friends of Silverstream Priory, as well as to all the readers of Vultus Christi. It is a book to own and to share.

Link here: http://vultuschristi.org/index.php/2015/...tionalist/

Dom Kirby also writes the Vultus Christi blog and was perhaps quite active in America before coming to Ireland. I'm not sure if he's well known in American traditional circles or not.

As for myself, I have only met him once but heard many, many beautiful things about the new Silverstream Priory here.

All of which is sufficient to give me the deepest respect for him and deep gratitude for this special grace.

Things with my book are going very well and I am very thankful to God  Smile

And thank you again to Vox and everyone else who has been kind and supportive!
Just pasting here another review I got at New Liturgical Movement …


One More Christmas Gift Idea — a New Book from Angelico


On December 1st, NLM published a list of Christmas gift ideas culled from our authors. More recently, OnePeterFive got into the act with its own list. So, it's true we are practically drowning in possibilities. But wait... just when you thought it was safe to call it quits, Angelico Press releases one of the best new books to see the light in a long time — The Gentle Traditionalist by Roger Buck.

In spite of what its title might prompt one to think, this book is not primarily about traditionalism in the narrower Anglo-American sense of a movement to restore the traditional Latin Mass, sacramental rites, Divine Office, and the life of devotions that went with them.

It is an out-an-out defense of taking a traditional (i.e., Catholic) perspective on human life, culture, family, and religion, which of course includes the TLM, but goes far beyond it. If you are familiar with the magisterium of Leo XIII, Pius X, and Pius XI, including its cultural, political, and economic dimensions, that’s the perspective, but translated into a playful and somewhat zany modern idiom. It is part fairy tale, part romantic novella, part polemic, and part spoof, a potent cocktail of four liquors. Generous, frolicsome, and hospitable traditionalism, none of that sour-faced stuff for which we are often (and sometimes justifiably) reproached.

One of my favorite scenes is where Professor Rigid Dorkins bursts in to sputter out his semi-coherent polemic against religion. Another great scene is the dialogue between GT (the Gentle Traditionalist) and Bee Nice, the relativist. It is Buck's clever use of dialogue throughout that makes the book such a page-turner. It's good strong stuff both for right-thinking people and for those who could be coaxed by a good yarn to become right-thinking as they see a variety of modern idols gently smashed into bits.

COMMENT ADDED BY ME: Love the last line!  Smile Smile Smile

It is a most enjoyable and thought-provoking read, and one that is sure to unsettle the reader, in the best sense of the word. If there is someone in your life, a friend or family member, of a skeptical or modern or progressive or neoconservative bent, whom you wish to introduce to the more holistic worldview of traditional Catholicism, this is quite possibly the best thing available for the purpose. I mean, you can't just go around handing people Sire's Phoenix or Ferrara's Facade (two of my favorite books, by the way), if they are not yet ready for a gigantic tome of expository straight talk.

Buck paves the way with a delightful insouciance that makes his utterly earnest campaign for the "counterrevolutionary" truth all the more effective.

COMMENT ADDED BY ME: Yes it is earnest - serious - despite some "lapses" into the silliness of Dorkins etc.

This book deserves more of a review and I hope to come back to it later on, particularly to highlight some of the liturgical elements that will be of special interest to NLM readers, but I couldn't let any more time pass before mentioning it and recommending it to you.

THANK YOU (again) to Peter Kwasniewski and New Liturgical Movement ...
(12-20-2015, 05:12 AM)Roger Buck Wrote: [ -> ]Just pasting here another review I got at New Liturgical Movement … (Link: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/201...nZuhen-v0c)


One More Christmas Gift Idea — a New Book from Angelico


On December 1st, NLM published a list of Christmas gift ideas culled from our authors. More recently, OnePeterFive got into the act with its own list. So, it's true we are practically drowning in possibilities. But wait... just when you thought it was safe to call it quits, Angelico Press releases one of the best new books to see the light in a long time — The Gentle Traditionalist by Roger Buck.

In spite of what its title might prompt one to think, this book is not primarily about traditionalism in the narrower Anglo-American sense of a movement to restore the traditional Latin Mass, sacramental rites, Divine Office, and the life of devotions that went with them.

It is an out-an-out defense of taking a traditional (i.e., Catholic) perspective on human life, culture, family, and religion, which of course includes the TLM, but goes far beyond it. If you are familiar with the magisterium of Leo XIII, Pius X, and Pius XI, including its cultural, political, and economic dimensions, that’s the perspective, but translated into a playful and somewhat zany modern idiom. It is part fairy tale, part romantic novella, part polemic, and part spoof, a potent cocktail of four liquors. Generous, frolicsome, and hospitable traditionalism, none of that sour-faced stuff for which we are often (and sometimes justifiably) reproached.

One of my favorite scenes is where Professor Rigid Dorkins bursts in to sputter out his semi-coherent polemic against religion. Another great scene is the dialogue between GT (the Gentle Traditionalist) and Bee Nice, the relativist. It is Buck's clever use of dialogue throughout that makes the book such a page-turner. It's good strong stuff both for right-thinking people and for those who could be coaxed by a good yarn to become right-thinking as they see a variety of modern idols gently smashed into bits.

COMMENT ADDED BY ME: Love the last line!  Smile Smile Smile

It is a most enjoyable and thought-provoking read, and one that is sure to unsettle the reader, in the best sense of the word. If there is someone in your life, a friend or family member, of a skeptical or modern or progressive or neoconservative bent, whom you wish to introduce to the more holistic worldview of traditional Catholicism, this is quite possibly the best thing available for the purpose. I mean, you can't just go around handing people Sire's Phoenix or Ferrara's Facade (two of my favorite books, by the way), if they are not yet ready for a gigantic tome of expository straight talk.

Buck paves the way with a delightful insouciance that makes his utterly earnest campaign for the "counterrevolutionary" truth all the more effective.

COMMENT ADDED BY ME: Yes it is earnest - serious - despite some "lapses" into the silliness of Dorkins etc.

This book deserves more of a review and I hope to come back to it later on, particularly to highlight some of the liturgical elements that will be of special interest to NLM readers, but I couldn't let any more time pass before mentioning it and recommending it to you.

THANK YOU (again) to Peter Kwasniewski and New Liturgical Movement ...
(12-20-2015, 05:14 AM)Roger Buck Wrote: [ -> ]
(12-20-2015, 05:12 AM)Roger Buck Wrote: [ -> ]Just pasting here another review I got at New Liturgical Movement … (Link: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/201...nZuhen-v0c)


One More Christmas Gift Idea — a New Book from Angelico


On December 1st, NLM published a list of Christmas gift ideas culled from our authors. More recently, OnePeterFive got into the act with its own list. So, it's true we are practically drowning in possibilities. But wait... just when you thought it was safe to call it quits, Angelico Press releases one of the best new books to see the light in a long time — The Gentle Traditionalist by Roger Buck.

In spite of what its title might prompt one to think, this book is not primarily about traditionalism in the narrower Anglo-American sense of a movement to restore the traditional Latin Mass, sacramental rites, Divine Office, and the life of devotions that went with them.

It is an out-an-out defense of taking a traditional (i.e., Catholic) perspective on human life, culture, family, and religion, which of course includes the TLM, but goes far beyond it. If you are familiar with the magisterium of Leo XIII, Pius X, and Pius XI, including its cultural, political, and economic dimensions, that’s the perspective, but translated into a playful and somewhat zany modern idiom. It is part fairy tale, part romantic novella, part polemic, and part spoof, a potent cocktail of four liquors. Generous, frolicsome, and hospitable traditionalism, none of that sour-faced stuff for which we are often (and sometimes justifiably) reproached.

One of my favorite scenes is where Professor Rigid Dorkins bursts in to sputter out his semi-coherent polemic against religion. Another great scene is the dialogue between GT (the Gentle Traditionalist) and Bee Nice, the relativist. It is Buck's clever use of dialogue throughout that makes the book such a page-turner. It's good strong stuff both for right-thinking people and for those who could be coaxed by a good yarn to become right-thinking as they see a variety of modern idols gently smashed into bits.

COMMENT ADDED BY ME: Love the last line!  Smile Smile Smile

It is a most enjoyable and thought-provoking read, and one that is sure to unsettle the reader, in the best sense of the word. If there is someone in your life, a friend or family member, of a skeptical or modern or progressive or neoconservative bent, whom you wish to introduce to the more holistic worldview of traditional Catholicism, this is quite possibly the best thing available for the purpose. I mean, you can't just go around handing people Sire's Phoenix or Ferrara's Facade (two of my favorite books, by the way), if they are not yet ready for a gigantic tome of expository straight talk.

Buck paves the way with a delightful insouciance that makes his utterly earnest campaign for the "counterrevolutionary" truth all the more effective.

COMMENT ADDED BY ME: Yes it is earnest - serious - despite some "lapses" into the silliness of Dorkins etc.

This book deserves more of a review and I hope to come back to it later on, particularly to highlight some of the liturgical elements that will be of special interest to NLM readers, but I couldn't let any more time pass before mentioning it and recommending it to you.

THANK YOU (again) to Peter Kwasniewski and New Liturgical Movement ...
I'm sure that Rorate Cæli would endorse it next.

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Well, I was finally able to read Roger Buck's "The Gentle Traditionalist." It was pretty much what I thought it would be, which is to say, it's interesting, charming, and, most of all, important. As I'd thought, it would be the perfect book to get into the hands of people who buy the secular world's outlook without really thinking about it. This book will guide such a person to examine some of his basic premises, can soften him up to at least start looking toward religion, Tradition, the "democracy of the dead." And it will do it without being --- oh, what's the word? "Threatening," maybe? Perhaps "antagonistic"? What I'm trying to say is that it treats the secular-minded with respect while also guiding them. The book is charitable, in other words. It's very warm. It lives up to its title.

It takes on the secular world at the very root level, and leaves the reader with a choice: a world of confusion, anomie, sterility, and death, or a world of meaning, "magic," love, and life. As we all know as Catholics, it really is that simple. And this book teaches the secular-minded to see that as well.

It's part a philosophical work, part romance, part fairy tale. And it's all Catholic, full of deep love for the Church. I absolutely recommend it. Bravo, Roger!

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