Book Reviews

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 978-0-9826538-1-4

I 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
By Katherine Haas

Crosby, Anne. Paul Dry Books. Philadelphia, 2006. ISBN 1-58988-026-9

In 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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July 16, 2010
Who Killed Kelsey?
By Br. Benet S. Exton

Follett, Britten and Cherokee Ballard. Charleston, S.C.:  BookSurge Publishing, April 2010. ISBN 9781439266601. $19.99.

Many people in Oklahoma know who Kelsey Smith-Briggs is. For those who don’t, Kelsey is a two-year from Meeker, Oklahoma who was physically abused over time and eventually murdered. According to the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office, the abuse eventually led to her death. She has become the face of child abuse in Oklahoma, if not across the nation.

This book by...

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