New inspirational children’s books will make great gifts for Christmas

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The following books are suitable for Christmas giving: “All Shall Be Well: A Spiritual Journal for Hope and Encouragement” by Hilda St. Clair. Paraclete Press (Brewster, Massachusetts, 2016). 120 pp., $15.99. Teenage readers and adults alike will find calm, inspired creativity and peaceful contemplation with this beautifully illustrated journal. Sixty quotes illuminated […]

Books show importance of moms’ faith, health on faith, health of world

“The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children — And the World” by Roger Thurow. Public Affairs (Philadelphia, 2016). 262 pp., $26.99. “Divine Mercy for Moms: Sharing the Lessons of St. Faustina” by Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2016). 135 pp., $14.95. Two new books show […]

Letters show brotherly love, developing thinking on moral challenges

Imagine St. Paul, Isaiah or Jeremiah — any key prophetic figure — with a brother or close companion, one who could be a support and encouragement at times when life got rough. Whether or not you see Phil and Dan Berrigan, one who was a Josephite priest and later married and the other a Jesuit priest, as prophetic against the politics of war in the last half of the 20th century or not, watching their relationship and lives unfold through their letters to each other shows two men trying to be faithful to the Gospel and to each other.

Memoir of Notre Dame priest has insights but not definitive biography

From the 1950s through the 1980s, Father Theodore Hesburgh was one of the most famous priests in the United States and, probably, the busiest. Robert Schmuhl, the author of “Fifty Years With Father Hesburgh,” was a student of Father Hesburgh’s as an undergraduate at Notre Dame and they continued to be friends until the priest’s death in 2014.

Unique travel guide highlights Quebec province’s spiritual treasures

“Guide to Spiritual and Religious Journeys in Quebec” by Siham Jamaa. A Ulysses Travel Guide (Montreal, 2016). 256 pp., $19.95. Just as France has its castles, Canada’s Quebec province “has its churches,” writer Siham Jamaa observes in her newly published “Guide to Spiritual and Religious Journeys in Quebec.” I doubt that many travelers return home […]

Longtime immigration reporter focuses on one teen in ‘Book of Isaias’

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Nobody’s story is cut and dried, as longtime immigration reporter Daniel Connolly learned when doing reporting for his book, “The Book of Isaias.” Connolly tracked the Mexican-born teenager throughout his senior year of high school in Memphis, Tennessee, and followed up at critical junctures in his life afterward. Isaias’ story has its […]

St. Cloud native reminisces about mentors, travels in new book

St. Cloud native Jim Studer uses Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” to introduce his newly published book “The Road Taken.” Studer states that Frost’s traveler never took the road less traveled: “as the poem seems to be a metaphor for life’s journey, there is no one road ‘less traveled by.’ We all travel our own road, which no one else has or ever will travel.”

Author sees 500th anniversary of Lutheranism as a Catholic one, too

The book addresses ecumenism as much as repentance, basing the first on the second. Present-day Western Christians have taken a close look at past theological clashes, some of which led to war. Yet Marty urges us to look to the present and future: “We know that the past is past. It does not exist. It cannot be changed. What can be changed is one’s attitude.” He bids that we ask ourselves how we today contribute to division within the church and to repent of this.