About Michael J. Lichens

Michael J. Lichens is the Editor of Catholic Exchange, book editor of Sophia Institute Press, and blog editor of St. Austin Review. When he's not revising and editing, he is often found studying and writing about GK Chesterton, Religion and Literature, or random points of local history. He holds an A.M. from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a BA from The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. You can find him blogging at Catholic Coffee Drinkers or find him on Twitter @mjordanlichens or facebook.

Belloc and His World


November/December 2015: Belloc and His World Sample Content from Our Latest Issue November/December Table of Contents Sample Article "On Pilgrimage and Sacramentality: Hilaire Belloc’s The Four Men" by Tod Worner. Recently, upon reading Hilaire Belloc’s classic The Four Men, I came to a new appreciation: the virtue of “re-reading”. The first read, I have learned, always tells you what [...]

Belloc and His World2016-01-07T19:28:57-06:00

The Woman Who Was Chesterton


The Woman Who Was Chesterton, Nancy C. Brown's new and definitive biography about the great woman behind GK Chesterton is coming out this month. Yet, she gave a fine preview of Frances Blogg Chesterton at Catholic Exchange today. This might be one of the better love stories I've ever encountered. It's simple and profound, and I especially like [...]

The Woman Who Was Chesterton2015-09-02T22:56:32-05:00

Some Readings for the Feast of St. Augustine


Today, my friends, is the feast of St. Augustine, the patron saint of brewers, theologians, and printers. So, in a way, he's the patron of St. Austin Review even before you had to google who St. Austin was (hint: it's an alternative spelling of Augustine). Augustine has had a great impact in my life. I discovered [...]

Some Readings for the Feast of St. Augustine2015-08-28T05:19:51-05:00

History as if Truth Mattered


September/October 2015 Sample Articles from Our Latest Issue September/October Table of Contents "The Sacred & the Profane: Understanding the Motives of the First Crusaders" by Vincent Ryan Please take a look at our latest issue. If you'd like to get a copy, take a look at our subscription options. 

History as if Truth Mattered2015-10-21T20:26:00-05:00

The Uncommon Sense of MJL


Any of you follow me on facebook or twitter are probably aware that I was at the 34th annual GK Chesterton Conference in San Antonio, TX this past weekend. I was mostly there to work, to promote books and the Catholic Exchange brand but I still got to go out and enjoy the many friends, old [...]

The Uncommon Sense of MJL2015-08-13T19:50:08-05:00

A Johnny Cash Lent


I'm over at The Catholic Gentleman today talking about Lent, Johnny Cash, and St. Augustine. It's just how I roll.  If I could go back eleven years ago and talk to my younger self I’d give a lot of advice; “See a therapist, don’t stop taking your medication, and try to go for a walk once-in-a-while.” [...]

A Johnny Cash Lent2015-02-27T16:48:00-06:00

Treason: Now on Audible


Many of you may have already read StAR contributor Dena Hunt's Treason. For those who have not, it is now available as an audio book through Audible. As a subscriber, this now allows me to listen/read it a second time. You can buy the audio book at Amazon or Audible.  As well, if you prefer the paperback, [...]

Treason: Now on Audible2015-02-23T16:17:15-06:00

Finding Freedom in My Prison Cell: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love


Over at Catholic Exchange, Joseph Pearce recounts his time and prison and how it finally led him into the Grace of God. It's quite the beautiful reading and well worth your time.  Many good and worthy people in the past have found the experience of imprisonment a crucial and definitive period on their road towards faith [...]

Finding Freedom in My Prison Cell: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love2015-01-29T05:16:37-06:00

‘Shouting Through The Water’: A Story of Strength in Weakness


Benjamin Mann, whose poetry will appear in the pages of StAR later this year, gives an introduction about his poetic gift and how his unusual style was developed by his personal and generational experience and struggles. It's well worth reading, as are any of his fine articles at Catholic Exchange. You can read it here. CONGRATULATIONS TO [...]

‘Shouting Through The Water’: A Story of Strength in Weakness2015-01-15T15:41:59-06:00
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