Books offer insights on conflict, leadership for church ministers

“Redeeming Conflict: 12 Habits for Christian Leaders” by Ann M. Garrido. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2016). 270 pp., $15.95. “To Heal, Proclaim and Teach: The Essential Guide to Ministry in Today’s Catholic Church” by Jared Dees. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2016). 298 pp., $16.95. In “Redeeming Conflict,” Ann M. Garrido, an […]

Rhys Bowen: Still a place for faith in mystery writer’s body of work

TORONTO (CNS) — British-American writer Janet Quin-Harkin, better known to her many readers as Rhys Bowen, recently returned to her California home from Las Vegas, where she collected yet another writing award in the crime/mystery genre. It’s the latest accolade in this prolific novelist’s work that has given life to a number of fascinating characters, […]

Book: Wonderful collection of Tolstoy’s writings ultimately disappoints

“The Gospel in Tolstoy: Selections from His Short Stories, Spiritual Writings and Novels” by Leo Tolstoy; edited by Miriam LeBlanc. Plough Publishing (Walden, New York, 2015). 342 pp., $18. This is at once a wonderful and a disappointing collection of Leo Tolstoy’s writings. The book opens with a short biographical sketch and concludes with an […]

Three new novels for youth

“Through My Eyes” by Tammy Wilson, Illustration by Jill Dubbeldee Kuhn; Beaver’s Pond Press; February 2016; 120 pp; $15.95 “Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys; Philomel Books; February 2016; 400 pp; $18.99 “Raymie Nightingale” by Kate DiCamillo; Candlewick Press; April 2016; 272 pp; $16.99 By Ann Jonas Three recently published novels for youth offer […]

Author’s scholarly take on Peter brings Holy Land to life for readers

“Saint Peter: Flawed, Forgiven and Faithful” by Stephen J. Binz. Loyola Press (Chicago, 2015). 193 pp., $14.95. Travelers planning to visit the Holy Land may want to read Stephen Binz’s “Saint Peter: Flawed, Forgiven and Faithful.” In addition to his Scripture scholarship, Binz conducts study trips and pilgrimages to the places most closely linked with […]