These three books, from rather different perspectives and backgrounds, propose to help us navigate the challenging waters of understanding and exploring just what spirituality is and how to live it out.
Matthew Fox is an ex-Catholic and ex-Dominican priest who is now an Episcopalian. In 1993, he was silenced for his theological views — including his advocacy for women’s ordination, same-sex unions and some of his writings on creation spirituality.
“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 […]
“Believers, Thinkers and Founders: How We Came to Be One Nation Under God” by Kevin Seamus Hasson. Image Books (New York, 2016). 227 pp., $20. The author of this readable and informative volume studied law and theology at the University of Notre Dame and is the founder of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, so […]
“It Is Right and Just: Responses of the Roman Missal” by John M. Cunningham, OP. Newman House Press (Pine Beach, New Jersey, 2016), 61 pp., $10. Any Catholic who attends Mass regularly is by now familiar with the new English translation of the Mass prayers published in 2011. This doesn’t mean, however, that familiarity led […]
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, […]
“The Enthusiast: How the Best Friend of Francis of Assisi Almost Destroyed What He Started” by Jon M. Sweeney. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2016). 291 pp., $18.95. St. Francis of Assisi had a few rough edges, according to Jon Sweeney, who rejects the common practice of making him too sain tly. First, the […]
“Taste and See: Experiencing the Goodness of God with Our Five Senses” by Ginny Kubitz Moyer; Loyola Press; May 2016; 188 pp; $9.95 By Ann Jonas Award-winning writer Ginny Kubitz Moyer’s fourth and newest book, “Taste and See: Experiencing the Goodness of God with Our Five Senses,” centers on everyday spirituality with a focus on […]
“Good Girls, Bad Girls of the New Testament: Their Enduring Lessons” by T.J. Wray. Rowman & Littlefield (Lanham, Maryland, 2016). 233 pp., $26.95. The author, who teaches Scripture at Salve Regina University, chooses 12 women, including two sets of sisters. The number 12 is not accidental, being the number of the tribes of Israel and […]
“Against the Grain: Colonel Henry M. Lazelle and the U.S. Army” by James Carson. University of North Texas Press (Denton, Texas, 2015). 432 pp., $32.95. As a retired research analyst for the CIA, James Carson knows how to dig up secrets. But even Carson was surprised by some of the facts that turned up when […]
“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 […]
“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 […]
“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 […]
“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.” […]