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 […]

Book: Intense book challenges status quo on churches’ approach to racism

“Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Sees Racism” by Drew G.I. Hart. (Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 2016). 205 pp., $16.99. White Christians, and particularly white, male Christians, who like to be challenged about how they live the Gospel will find that challenge in “Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Sees Racism.” […]

Book: Collection explores ‘playing ball’ from Catholic viewpoints

“Youth Sport and Spirituality: Catholic Perspectives,” edited by Patrick Kelly, SJ. University of Notre Dame Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2015). 308 pp., $37. In an age when an increasing number of Americans find themselves on ball fields on Sunday mornings either watching or participating in the ritual of sports, rather than in the pews, Jesuit […]