Book Reviews

November 19, 2010

Men of Brave Heart: The Virtue of Courage in the Priestly Life

By Fr. Alfred McBride

Book written by: Archbishop Jose H. GomezHuntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor Press, 2009), 233 pages, Hardback, $12.95 ISBN: 1592766803 Archbishop Jose Gomez, the Coadjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles, has written a brilliant and inspiring book, “Men of Brave Heart,” about the role of the virtue of courage in the life of priests. He places his discussion within the context how the virtue of courage was understood in Greek and Roman culture and how that understanding was transformed by...

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October 29, 2010

Through the Year with Mary: 365 Reflections

By Br. Benet S. Exton

Edmisten, Karen. Cincinnati, Ohio : Servant Books, 2010.  133 pages.  Paperback.  ISBN 978-0-86716-937-9. $12.99.There have been several books offering one minute meditations published over the years, but this one is one of  the best.In her introduction she writes why she wrote this book: to help Catholics and non-Catholics to get to know Mary better.  Mary will lead a person to her Son, Jesus."Through the Year with Mary: 365 Reflections" is devoted to Mary, the Mother of God, and Edmisten...

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October 22, 2010

The Whistling Season

By Katherine Haas

Doig, Ivan. Harcourt, Inc. Orlando, 2006. 978-0-15-101237-4 Told through the eyes of a child on the brink of manhood, the tale takes shape on the windswept plains of a Montana dryland farming community. Paul Milliron and his brothers have just lost their mother. Their father, a brilliant man and terrible cook, is trying to be everything he can for his family. Enticed by a want ad that claims, “Can’t cook but doesn’t bite,” he brings a housekeeper into his family’s life and a slew...

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October 15, 2010

Splendors of Faith: New Orleans Catholic Churches, 1727-1930

By Br. Benet S. Exton

Book written by: Nolan, Charles E.Photographs by: Frank J. Methe Baton Rouge, La. : Louisiana State University Press, 2010.  134 pages.  Hardback.  ISBN 9778-0-8071-3682-9.  $39.95. The word “beautiful” is the only way to describe the awe-inspiring photos in this book. The author of the text, Charles Nolan, is the retired archivist of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and a retired adjunct professor of historical and pastoral theology at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans.  The...

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September 17, 2010

Roots of the Faith: From the Church Fathers to you

By Br. Benet S. Exton

Book written by:   Mike Aquilina Cincinnati : Servant Books, 2010.  133 pages.  Paperback.  ISBN 978-0-86716-938-6.  $13.99. Mike Aquilina’s book dives into the Church’s teachings on various topics such as: the Eucharist, abortion, the papacy, marriage, sex, purgatory, etc. Drawing on the teachings of the Church Fathers, as well as Scripture, the author explains how many of the Church’s teachings today are the same ones that the early Church established thousands of years...

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September 03, 2010

The Cellist of Sarajevo

By Katherine Haas

The Cellist of Sarajevo. Galloway, Steven. New York: Riverhead Books, 2008. ISBN 978-1594483653. The Siege of Sarajevo is the longest siege of a city in modern history. Lasting more than three years, the siege resulted in the death of thousands, the near starvation of tens of thousands more, and the destruction of a city that was once a cultural and political center in Eastern Europe. The “Cellist of Sarajevo” is a poignant story told through the eyes of four different people inside...

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August 13, 2010

Lourdes: Font of Faith, Hope, and Charity

By Br. Benet S. Exton

Ficocelli, Elizabeth. New York: Paulist Press, 2007. 181 pages. ISBN 978-0-8091-4486-0. In this book, Elizabeth Ficocelli presents the history of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, to the French peasant girl, St. Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes, France on February 11, 1858 and for several days afterwards. In the book, the reader will learn about the apparitions, the life of St. Bernadette and what happened after the apparitions ended. Ficocelli also...

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August 06, 2010

Judith: Captive to Conqueror

By Catherine Morkert

Gniewek, Gabrielle and Sean Lam. San Rafael, California: ATITUQ. 2010. ISBN 978-0-9826538-1-4I opened the graphic novel Judith: Captive to Conqueror with a hope.  After reading Paul: Tarsus to Redemption, which was published by ATIQTUQ, the same publishing company as Judith, I was greatly disappointed.  But when I heard that ATIQTUQ was going to create a graphic novel on Judith, one of my favorite Old Testament stories, I had hope that it would be better than its predecessor.  I was not...

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July 30, 2010

Matthew

By Katherine Haas

Crosby, Anne. Paul Dry Books. Philadelphia, 2006. ISBN 1-58988-026-9In a world where childhood education isn’t compulsory, where developmentally disabled children are referred to as “mongols,” where families are encouraged to discard burdensome children for the good of the healthy ones, Anne Crosby gave birth to a son. The year was 1964, and Matthew Crosby came into the world with a weak heart, blue skin, and the telltale signs of Down syndrome. Shocked, surprised and despairing, his...

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July 23, 2010

Traveling Graces: A little book of plane prayers

By Katherine Haas

Cunningham, Sister Agnes SCCM. Ligouri Publications; Ligouri, Missouri. 2010. ISBN978-0-7648-1959-9.The year my sister graduated from high school, I willingly consented to shepherd her and a few friends around Italy on a graduation trip before I began my study abroad experience on an island in the Caribbean. Having spent 10 days traipsing around Italy on stuffy trains, careening taxis, and aching feet (one of our friends didn’t tell me she had corns) I left the group in the Rome airport...

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