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The Light of Christ : An  Introduction to Catholicism,  Fr.Thomas Joseph White, O.P.   ( a superb exposition of the Catholic faith; it is being described as  the single best explanation of the Catholic faith in 50 years)

God is Not Nice: Rejecting Pop Culture and Discovering the God Worth Liviing For , Ulrich Lehner ( a terrific debunking of false views about God in the contemporary world; Wouldn’t this be the perfect title for one of Fr.Altier’s     future  talks)

Heroism and Genius: How Catholic Priests Helped Build—And Can Help Rebuild –Western Civilization, Fr.William Slattery ( the Catholic book of the year, in my opinion, a magnificent history of the priestly contributions to Western culture: an amazing book every priest should read to be affirmed in his priesthood)

Pioneer Priests and Makeshift Altars: A History of Catholicism in the Thirteen Colonies  , Fr.Charles, Connor  ( a very fine history of Catholicism in the colonial America by a priest who often lectures on Church history on EWTN)

Teaching and Learning the Love of God: Being a Priest Today  , Joseph Ratizinger ( Pope Benedict XVI) ( 60 years of homilies on the priesthood by  the master theologian of our time: another perfect gift for every priest  )

The Holy Spirit, Fire of Divine Love,  Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen, O.C.D. ( a great Carmelite spiritual writer who writes with simplicity but great depth)

Conversion: Spiritual Insights into an Essential Encounter with God  ,Fr. Donald Haggerty ( He has written several excellent books on contemplative prayer; this is his third book and it is superb; I could not recommend it highly enough; it would be perfect reading for Lent; Fr.Haggerty is without a doubt one of the finest spiritual writers of our time)

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Today's middle grade books don't just tell good stories — they tell young readers the truth about the world, and how to face it. 

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Marilynne Robinson's 'Reading Genesis' holds a tender, gracious view of God

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'Promise and Poison' book examines early Christianity with a critical eye

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This book contributes a thoughtfully and collectively crafted starting point for the importance of preaching racial justice, moving toward how the church might begin to respond — by speaking directly to its people. 

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Hunter Biden's memoir evokes comparison to prodigal son parable

Hunter Biden's story is complicated in a way that news headlines don't always communicate. But in his memoir, Beautiful Things , there is an unrelenting grace that surrounds America's prodigal son. 

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'The Gospel of Peace' makes a case for Christian nonviolence with precision, passion

The Gospel of Peace is the culmination of John Dear's lifework, born from decades of prayer, Eucharist, study of Scripture, Jesus, Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., Gospel-based action, and writing about Gospel nonviolence.

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Arielle Estoria's 'The Unfolding' harmonizes with Catholic mysticism

Book review: Through reflections, poetry and meditations, Arielle Estoria's The Unfolding identifies five phases of spiritual evolution that echo the words of beloved Catholic mystics.

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The ultimate book list for Catholic kids

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As parents we know we should read aloud to our kids . But sometimes, when our kids bring us that one really annoying picture book to read for the thousandth time, we just don’t want to read it again.

If that’s the case, you may need a book refresh . But where can you go to find really great, high-quality books for kids? 

It’s not just about finding books that are well-written and interesting. We also need to make sure the books aren’t scary, upsetting, or inappropriate for our young children.

The good news is that several smart, thoughtful people have done this work for us . We don’t have to reinvent the wheel and vet thousands of picture books to find the good ones. 

Here are some of the best places to look online to find great book lists for Catholic kids with recommendations you can trust!

Read-Aloud Revival

One of the best sites for book recommendations on the internet, Read Aloud Revival has beautifully curated lists for each month of the year, as well as lists for many other occasions. 

Good Books for Catholic Kids

I really enjoy Good Books for Catholic Kids , which has lots of book lists and book reviews to help parents find great reads.

Spark’s 189 Great Books for Catholic Kids

Word on Fire’s new children’s imprint, Spark, offers this list of great books for Catholic kids . The books included communicate Catholic truths and/or are stories with merit that inspire and delight young readers.

Teaching Catholic Kids

This list of The best books for Catholic families focuses specifically on books about Jesus, the saints, and other religious topics. So many lovely suggestions!

Katherine Bogner’s Favorite Books for Catholic Kids

Catholic school teacher Katherine Bogner has an extensive list of Favorite Books for Catholic Kids , focused on saints and other Catholic subjects.

A summer reading list for Catholic kids of all ages

Our Sunday Visitor offers this reading list for Catholic kids of all ages featuring books with positive messages.

Blessed Is She’s Catholic Library for Kids

Check out Building a Catholic Library for Kids for many picture books about Catholic topics.

Elizabeth Clare’s Must Reads

Over on Elizabeth Clare’s blog, there is a great list of “must read” books for young Catholic children.

John Senior’s Thousand Good Books

Great Books educator Dr. John Senior co-founded the Integrated Humanities Program at the University of Kansas in the 1960s. His list of good books includes many older classics that may be out of print, but can be found at libraries or secondhand.

A Mother’s List of Books

This list is compiled by Theresa Fagan , a mother of eight well-educated children, now adults. It’s as close to comprehensive as a list can be, but unlike other lists here, it’s not free; it costs $9.95.

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Book review: ‘The Catholic Parent’s Survival Guide’

“The Catholic Parent’s Survival Guide: Straight Answers to Your Kid’s Toughest Questions.” By Julianne Stanz. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2023. 128 pages. Paperback: $16.99; Kindle: $11.49.

“Keeping our children Catholic is a continual talking point among all Catholics today, especially because the research is sobering and grim,” begins Julianne Stanz in her most recent book, “The Catholic Parents Survival Guide.” And the statistics she quotes really are startling: A survey conducted in 2017 showed that not only are many young people leaving the Catholic Church, but they “indicated that they stopped identifying as Catholic between the ages of 10 and 20, with a median age of 13.”

What Stanz has discovered is not that parents don’t want to pass on the faith, but many of them are simply at a loss as to how to do so, especially in a culture whose values are so often at odds with those of the Church. Unfortunately, many of the books written to address this issue “are written from a very catechetical or educational perspective, aiming for clear teaching but with scant regard for the context in which we live today,” notes Stanz. To that end, she has designed this particular guide differently, beginning with resources to ground parents in their own faith before offering practical help, including real life questions and answers from both young people and parents who have struggled with these issues in the real world.

One of the first points that Stanz makes is that in order to pass the faith on to young people, adults must first be well grounded in and live out what the Church teaches. “This point cannot be overstated,” she says. “It is in the family that we first learn who God is, what we believe about our faith, and why our faith is important.” We often hear about influencers in society; many parents are surprised to learn that despite TikTok, Facebook and YouTube, it is they who are the major influencers in their children’s lives. It is a responsibility not to be taken lightly.

Stanz structures this book to be a kind of interactive workshop with tools and space to learn, reflect, and practice the various aspects and topics of faith, along with some ideas about how to incorporate those things into family life. Each chapter ends the same way in a section called Take It Home.

First, she summarizes the main points as “Key Takeaways.” The next section is a kind of checklist which she designates “Reflect and Journal.” The structure of this is not just a list of questions, but an approach that encourages practical reflection. This is followed by a section entitled “Practice,” which is a kind of “how-to” about the previous chapter. Then comes a prayer about the subject under discussion, and finally, a list of recommended resources for both parents and children. This is particularly useful if there is an area in the book that needs further fleshing out.

One of the other things that makes this book unique is that it incorporates actual questions that children have asked their parents (and grandparents) about all things religious. These range from the relatively simple ones (like six-year-old Amelia who asked, “Who is God?”) to more difficult questions, posed primarily by teenagers, about hot-button issues concerning sex, gender identity, abortion, birth control, and women’s ordination. In all cases, Stanz does not water down the teachings of the Church, but approaches each question with compassion, good sense, and something else – the “why” behind the Church’s teaching. “Children hear a lot of ‘what the church teaches’ in their faith formation classes or in Catholic schools,’” Stanz says, “but we don’t often address the ‘why’ behind the ‘what.’”

Finally, parents get to ask questions of other parents in a section aptly entitled “Parent to Parent.” Again, real questions with answers and insights from others who have faced the same issues.

For parents who are looking for practical ways to pass their faith on to their children, this book is highly recommended.

Author bio:

Julianne Stanz is a nationally known speaker, retreat leader, storyteller, and the director of parish life and evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay and a consultant to the USCCB Committee on Catechesis and Evangelization. Born and raised in Ireland, she is the author of “Braving the Thin Places: Celtic Wisdom to Create a Space for Grace.” She blogs for “The Catechist’s Journey,” a blog for catechists published by Loyola Press. Visit her at juliannestanz.com.

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Beth L. HEWETT .  Grief on the Road to Emmaus: A Monastic Approach to Journeying with the Bereaved .  Collegeville, MN:  Liturgical Press, 2023.  pp. 328 + xvi.  $29.95 pb.  ISBN 978-0-8146-6804-7.  Reviewed by Stephen S. WILBRICHT , Stonehill College, Easton, MA 02357.

Will LOESCHER . Transformation by the Spirit and the Word. A Literary Exploration of Acts . Foreword by Steve Walton. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, ©2023. Pp. xviii + 196. $29.50 pb or eBook. ISBN 978-1-6667-5349-3. Reviewed by Linda M. MALONEY , Cameron Park, CA 95682.

Hugh FEISS, OSB and Maureen M. O’Brien (Eds.). A Benedictine Reader: 1530-1930 . Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications/Liturgical Press, 2023. pp. 500. $49.95 pb. ISBN 9780879071691.  Reviewed by Carol  STANTON , Orlando, FL 32804.

Gregory VAIL . Learning Christ: Ignatius of Antioch and the Mystery of Redemption. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America, 2013. Pp.400. $34.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8132-3478-6. Reviewed by ">Maureen BEYER MOSER , Greenwich Academy, Greenwich, CT 06830.

Edward FESER . All One in Christ: A Catholic Critique of Racism and Critical Race Theory . San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2022. pp. 163. $17.95 pb. ISBN: 978621645801. Reviewed by ">Daniel LLOYD , Saint Leo University, Charleston, SC 29406.

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Henri NOUWEN ,  Adam: God's Beloved . Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2022. pp. 134. ISBN-13 978-1626984936.Reviewed by Marc TUMEINSKI , Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA 01612.

Matthew LEVERING . The Abuse of Conscience: A Century of Catholic Moral Theology . Eerdmans, 2021, viii + 360 pp., ISBN: 978-0-8028-7950-9, $45.00, hardcover. Reviewed by Patrick J. HAYES , Redemptorist Archives, Philadelphia.

Victoria SMIRNOVA , Medieval Exempla in Transition: Caesarius of Heisterbach’s Dialogus miraculorum and Its Readers . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2023. xxix + 352 pages, pbk, $34.95. ISBN 978-0-87907-130-1. Reviewed by Thomas SIMMONS , University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota 57069.

Mark M. SMITH .  A Sensory History Manifesto.  University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2021. pp. 119. $21.95 pb. ISBN 9780271090184. And Bissera V. PENTCHEVA . Hagia Sophia: Sound, Space, and Spirit in Byzantium. University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2017. pp. 288. $40.95 pb. ISBN: 978-0-271-07726-0.Reviewed by Daniel L. SMITH-CHRISTOPHER , Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA. 90045.

Sergij BULGAKOV , The Tragedy of Philosophy ( Philosophy & Dogma ), trans. Stephen Churchyard,  Brooklyn, NY: Angelico Press, 2020. ISBN: 978-1-62138-558-5. Reviewed by ">Walter N. SISTO , D’Youville University, Buffalo, NY 14201    

Stanley E. PORTER and Bryan R. DYER, Origins of New Testament Christology: An Introduction to the Traditions and Titles Applied to Jesus . Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2023. ix + 278 pages, $30.49 pb. ISBN 9780801098710. Reviewed by Elvir CICEKLIC , Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach FL 33401.

Hannah NATION and J. D. TSENG. Faithful Disobedience: Writings on Church and State from a Chinese House Church Movement . Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2022. pp. 264. ISBN978-1-5140-0413-5. Revie wed by Pablo Munoz ITURRIETA , Catholic University of Chiapas, Mexico.

Geertjan ZUIJDWEGT . An Evangelical Adrift, The Making of John Henry Newman’s Theology . Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2022. pp. 365. $75.00. ISBN 978-0813235585. Reviewed by Marial CORONA , The Lumen Christi Institute, Chicago, IL 60637.

Paul T. NIMMO and Keith L. JOHNSON, eds. KENOSIS: The Self-Emptying of Christ in Scripture and Tradition . Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2022. Pp. 344. $65.00 pb. ISBN: 978-0-8028-7920-2. Reviewed by ">Daniel LLOYD , Saint Leo University, Charleston, SC 29406.

Mark O’KEEFE and Maria GONZALO-GARCÍA, To Live for God Alone: The Life and Spirit of Saint Rafael Arnaiz . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2023. v + 271 pages, $32.36 pb. ISBN 9780879072919. Reviewed by Elvir CICEKLIC , Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach FL 33401.

Jon M. SWEENEY . Teresa of Calcutta: Dark Night, Active Love . Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2022. pp. 162. $19.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-6615-9. Reviewed by Jacob H. FRIESENHAHN , Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, TX 78207

Ty Paul MONROE , Putting on Christ: Augustine’s Early Theology of Salvation and the Sacraments . Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2022. 319 + viii pp. $75.00. Reviewed by Robert McFADDEN , CSC, Holy Cross College. 

Sister Wendy BEKETT and Robert ELLSBERG, Dearest Sister Wendy…A Surprising Story of Faith and Friendship . Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2022. x +317 pages, pbk, $28.00. ISBN 978162698752. Reviewed by Annette M. MACKAY , West Virginia University, Morgantown WV 26505.

Anthony GIAMBRONE , O.P.  A Quest for the Historical Christ: Scientia Christi and the Modern Study of Jesus .   Washington, DC: Catholic University of America, 2022.  Pp. xxii + 450.  $34.95 pb.  ISBN 978-0-813-23487-8.  Reviewed by Benjamin J. BROWN , Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560

Grant KAPLAN . Faith and Reason Through Christian History . Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2022. pp. 360. $29.95 pb. ISBN 9-780813-235837. Reviewed by Timothy P. MULDOON , Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

William M. WRIGHT IV . The Lord’s Prayer: Matthew 6 and Luke 11 For the Life of the Church . Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2023. pp. 190 + xv. $24.99 hc. ISBN 978-1540963063. Reviewed by Neil FULTON , University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law, Vermillion, SD 57069.

Mark A. NOLL . The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind (with a new preface and afterword). Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2022 (1994). Pp. 291 + xvi. Np pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-8204-2. Reviewed by Calvin MERCER , East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858.

Helen RHEE . Illness, Pain, and Health Care in Early Christianity . Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2022. 351 pp. $49.99 hb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7684-3. Reviewed by ">Adam BOOTH , C.S.C., Stonehill College, North Easton, MA 02356

Johannes HEINRICHS , Das Recht Nicht zu lügen: Der Ex-Jesuit im autobiografischen Interview über sexuelle Heuchelei, Staatskirchentum und die akademische Diskurskrankheit. Berlin: Europa Buch, 2023. Paperback. 497 pp. 19.50  Reviewed by  Peter C. PHAN , Georgetown University, DC 20057.

Fredric BRANDFON . Intimate Strangers: A History of Jews and Catholics in the City of Rome. Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 2023. Pp. xiii + 366. ISBN 9780827615571 (hardcover). Reviewed by "> Leo D. LEFEBURE . Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057.

William MATTISON III . Growing in Virtue: Aquinas on Habit . Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2023. Pp. 253. 49.95 pb. ISBN 978-1-64712-328-4. Reviewed by Michael G. LAWLER , Creighton University, Omaha, NE, 68178

Paul F. BRADSHAW . Apostolic Tradition. A New Commentary . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2023. Pp. 129. $24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-6846-7. Reviewed by Linda M. MALONEY , Cameron Park, CA 95682

Eleanor O’DONNELL . The Relational Power of God: Considering the Rebel Voice. Pickwick Publications, 2023, Eugene, OR, USA. Paperback ISBN: 978-1-6667-3368-6. 207 pages $31.00 U.S. Review by Michael Dallaire , St. Mark’s College, Vancouver, BC, Vancouver, B.C.  Canada, V5R 3Y.

Joseph Antenucci BECHERER and Henry Martin LUTTIKHUIZEN. Christ Among Us, Sculptures of Jesus across the History of Art. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2022. Pp 1`44. $45.00 hb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7406-1. Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

J. Patout BURNS , Jr. Augustine’s Preached Theology: Living as the Body of Christ . Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdman’s Publishing Co., 2022. Pp. 374. $27.79 pb. ISBN978-0-8028-8022-2. Reviewed by Victor PUSCAS , Diocese of Joliet-in-Illinois, Crest Hill, IL 60403.

Peter FELDMEIER , Living Christ: A Spiritual Reading of the Gospels , Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2023, pp. 234.  $29.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-6821-4.  Reviewed by Patrick GARRY , University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD 57069

Thomas O’LOUGHLIN . In Christ Now Meet Both East and West: On Catholic Eucharistic Action .  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2023. pp. 112. $16.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-6875-7. Reviewed by R. Gabriel PIVARNIK, O.P ., Providence College, Providence, RI 02918.

Pope FRANCIS .� Pope Francis on Eucharist: 100 Daily Meditations for Adoration, Prayer, and Reflection. Compiled by John T. Kyler.�Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2023.�pp. 100. $14.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-6887-0.Reviewed by R. Gabriel PIVARNIK, O.P ., Providence College, Providence, RI 02918

Lucien MILLER . Jesus in the Hands of Buddha: The Life and Legacy of Shigeto Vincent Oshida, O.P . Foreword by Timothy Radcliffe, O.P. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2023. pp. xx+195. $24.95 pb., $22.90 eBook. ISBN 9780814668672-6867 eISBN: 9780814668689-E6868. Reviewed by James BRETZKE , S.J., John Carroll University, University Heights, OH 44118.

LUDOLPH of SAXONY . The Life of Jesus Christ: Part Two – Volume 2, Chapters 58-89, translated by Milton T. Walsh. Cistercian Studies vol. 284. Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2022. Pp. xvii + 766. $79.95 cloth. ISBN 978-0-87907-284-1. Reviewed by Patrick F. O’CONNELL , Gannon University, Erie, PA 16541.

Emmanuel DURAND , O.P. Divine Speech in Human Words: Thomistic Engagements with Scripture. Edited by Matthew K. Minerd. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America, 2022. pp. 480. $65.00 hb. ISBN 9780813235363. Reviewed by Kathleen BORRES , Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA 15650

Frank MATERA , Praying the Psalms in the Voice of Christ: A Christological Reading of the Psalms in the Liturgy of the Hours , Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2023, pp. 182. $29.95 pb ISBN 9780814667590. Reviewed by Richard SHIELDS , Dundas, Ontario

Megan Loumagne ULISHNEY . Original Sin and the Evolution of Sexual Difference. New York: Oxford University Press, 2022, pp. 230 (print copy). $ 67.49 ebook. ISBN 978-0-19-269821-6. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , Cleveland, OH

Susan E. HYLEN , Finding Phoebe. What New Testament Women Were Really Like . Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2023. ISBN 978-0-8028-8206-6. Paper, 188 pp. $21.99.  Reviewed by  Linda M. MALONEY , Cameron Park, CA 95682.

Nijay K. GUPTA , Tell Her Story: How Women Led, Taught, and Ministered in the Early Church . Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2023. ISBN 978-1-5140-0074-8. Paper, 209 pp. $24.00.  Reviewed by  Linda M. MALONEY , Enosburg Falls, VT 05450.

Jens SCHRÖTER and Christine JACOBI , eds., The Jesus Handbook . Grand Rapids, Michigan: W. B. Erdmans, 2022. pp. 696. $74.99 HB. ISBN 978-0-8028-7692-8. Reviewed by Peter C. PHAN , Georgetown University, DC 20057.

Philip SHELDRAKE , A World Transfigured: The Mystical Journey . Collegeville: Liturgical Press Academic, 2022, pp. 196. $23.70 pb. ISBN 9780814685129. Reviewed by Wilburn T. STANCIL , Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO 64110. 

Abby DAY . Why Baby Boomers Turned from Religion: Shaping Belief and Belonging, 1945–2021 . 256 pages.  ISBN: 9780192866684. Oxford University Press, 2022.   Reviewed by Pierre HEGY Adelphi University, Garden City, NY 11530

Thomas RAUSCH , SJ. Pope Benedict XVI: The Significance of His Theological Vision . New York: Paulist Press, 2009 (revised in 2022). Pp. 213. $29.95 pb. ISBN978-0-8091-5631-3. Reviewed by Victor PUSCAS , Diocese of Joliet-in-Illinois, Crest Hill, IL 60403.

Roger HAIGHT , S.J.  The Nature of Theology: Challenges, Frameworks, Basic Beliefs. Orbis Books (Maryknoll, NY 10545, 2022). Paperback, xiv, 170 pages. $23.49. Reviewed by ">Joseph A. BRACKEN , S.J., Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH 45207.

Kirk D. FARNEY .   Ministers of a New Medium:  Broadcasting Theology in the Radio Ministries of Fulton J. Sheen and Walter A. Maier . Foreword Mark A. Noll. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic / Inter-Varsity Press, 2022. pp. 345. $40.00 hardcover.  ISBN 978-1-5140-0322-0. Reviewed by Joseph DOUGHERTY , 1900 West Olney Avenue, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

Luke BRETHERTON , Christ and the Common Life: Political Theology and the Case for Democracy . Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2022. pp. 522. $35 pb. ISBN 9780802881793. Reviewed by Alessandro ROVATI , Belmont Abbey College, Belmont, NC 28012.

AELRED of RIEVAULX . The Liturgical Sermons: The Reading-Cluny Collection, 2 of 2 – Sermons 134-182 , translated by Daniel Griggs, with an Introduction by Marjory Lange. Cistercian Fathers vol. 87. Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2021. Pp. xlviii + 454. $49.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-87907-187-5. Reviewed by Patrick F. O’CONNELL , Gannon University, Erie, PA 16541.

Michael WALSH , From Ignatius to Francis: The Jesuits in History . Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press Academic, 2022. 344 pages. $29.95 pb. ISBN – 978-0814684917      Reviewed by Anthony M. STEVENS-ARROYO , Professor Emeritus, Brooklyn College, 1607 Academy Drive, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

Timothy R. ASHLEY . The Book of Numbers (Second Edition, The New International Commentary on the Old Testament). (1993) 2022. xlix + 606. $60.00. Hb. ISBN 9780802872029. Reviewed by Daniel L. SMITH-CHRISTOPHER , Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA 90278.

Hannah K. HARRINGTON . The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah (The New International Commentary on the Old Testament). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. 2022. pp. Xxxiii + 529. $52.00. Hb. ISBN 9780802825483. Reviewed by Daniel L. SMITH-CHRISTOPHER , Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA 90278.

Sergius BULGAKOV , Spiritual Diary , trans. Mark Roosien and Roberto J. De La Noval, Brooklyn, NY: Angelico Press, 2022. Pp. xi-213. $19.95. ISBN 9781621388500. Reviewed by Walter N. SISTO , D’Youville University, Buffalo, NY 14201.

William of SAINT-THIERRY . The Meditations with a Monastic Commentary .  Translation and Commentary by Thomas X. Davis. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2022.  Pp. xxi + 247.  $39.95. pb. ISBN 9780879071646.  Reviewed by Leo D. LEFEBURE , Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057.

Brett C. HOOVER .  Immigration and Faith:  Cultural, Biblical, and Theological Narratives .  New York:  Paulist Press, 2021.  pp. viii + 198.  $24.95 pb.  ISBN 978-0-8091-5473-9.  Reviewed by Stephen S. WILBRICHT , Stonehill College, Easton, MA  02357

Bradford E. HINZE .  Confronting a Church in Controversy .   New York:  Paulist Press, 2022.  pp. xvii + 190.  $27.95 pb.  ISBN 978-0-8091-5508-8.  Reviewed by Stephen S. WILBRICHT , Stonehill College, Easton MA  02357

Nelson H. MINNICH and Michal ROOT , eds. Martin Luther and the Shaping of the Catholic Tradition: Proceedings of the International Conference Held in Washington, DC May 30 to June 1, 2017 . Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2021. Pp. xix + 289.  ISBN 978-0-8132-3533-2. Reviewed by Ryan J. MARR , Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA 50309.

John P. BEQUETTE . Bede the Theologian: History, Rhetoric, and Spirituality.  Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2022. pp. 179. ISBN 978-0-8132-3500-4. Reviewed by Patrick M. GARRY , University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD 57069.

René LAURENTIN , Mary in Scripture, Liturgy, and the Catholic Tradition , Mahwah, NJ., Paulist Press, 2014. Pp. 194. $24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-4808-0. Reviewed by Mary Joan Winn LEITH , Stonehill College, Easton, MA 02357

Joseph Victor EDWIN , SJ, editor. Brother to All: The Life and Witness of St. Charles de Foucault . Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2022. x + 118 pages, pbk, $20.00. ISBN 978-1-62698-484-4‎. Reviewed by Thomas SIMMONS , University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota 57069.

Gerard O’CONNELL . The Election of Pope Francis, An Insider Account of the Conclave that Changed History. New York: Orbis Books, 2019. Pp. 305. $26.00pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-425-7. Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141

Yunuen TRUJILLO . LGBTQ Catholics: A Guide to Inclusive Ministry . Foreword by Sr. Jeannine Gramick, SL. New York: Paulist Press, 2022. pp. xiii+113. Pb $19.95 E-book $13.37 ISBN: 978-08091-5577-4. Reviewed by James BRETZKE , S.J., John Carroll University, University Heights OH 44118

Fran QUIGLEY . Religious Socialism: Faith in Action for a Better World . Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2021. pp. xiv+183. $24 pb. 182 ISBN:9781626984356. Reviewed by James BRETZKE , S.J., John Carroll University, University Heights OH 44118

Carlo CARRETTO , I, Francis: 40th Anniversary Edition . (Robert A. Barr, trans.) Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2022. xx + 139 pages, pbk, $18.00. ISBN ‎ 978-1-6269-8478-3. Reviewed by Thomas SIMMONS , University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota 57069.

Steven L. DUNDAS . Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: Religion and the Politics of Race in the Civil War Era and Beyond.   Lincoln, NE: Potomac Books, 2022.  xxiii + 393 pp.  $36.95  ISBN 9781640124882 (hardback). Reviewsed by Leo LEFEBURE, Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20075

David G. HUNTER and Jonathan P. YATES , editors. Augustine and Tradition: Influences, Contexts, and Legacy . Essays in Honor of J. Patout Burns . Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2021. 501 pp. $80 hardback. ISBN: 978-0-8028-7699-7. Reviewed by ">Steve W. LEMKE , New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA 70126

Jehu J. HANCILES , ed. World Christianity: History, Methodologies, Horizons.   Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2021.  xxiv + 216 pp.  $45.00  ISBN 9781626984486 (paperback). Reviewed by Leo LEFEBURE , Georgetown University.

Soren KIERKEGAARD . Discourses and Writings on Spirituality . Intro. and trans. Christopher B. Barnett. The Classics of Western Spirituality Series. Paulist Press, New York/Mahwah, NJ. 2019. Pp. 345. $49.95 Hardback. ISBN 978-0-8091-0648-6. Reviewed by Michael DALLAIRE , St. Mark’s College, 5935 Iona Dr., Vancouver, BC. Canada. V6T 1J7

Elizabeth LIEBERT and Annemarie PAULIN-CAMPBELL . The Spiritual Exercises Reclaimed: Uncovering Liberating Possibilities for Women (Second Edition). New York/Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2022. Pp. xxiv + 359. $34.95 pb. ISBN: 9788-0-8091-5531-6. Reviewed by Tim MULDOON , Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Alison M. BENDERS . Recollecting America’s Original Sin: A Pilgrimage of Race and Grace. Collegeville: Liturgical Press Academic, 2022, pp. 158. $19.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-6508-4. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , Cleveland, OH

Nathan A. KOLLAR . Change and Confusion in Catholicism: A Historical Perspective on Today’s Liminal Church .  Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Newcastle upon Tyne, 2022. NE6 2PA, UK.  Pp. 425 97 £ 97.8 ISBN (10): 1-5275-8827-0; ISBN (13): 978-1-5275-8827-1. Reviewed by ">Joseph A. BRACKEN , S.J., Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH 45207.

Kate JACKSON-MEYER , Tragic Dilemmas in Christian Ethics : Georgetown University Press, Washington, DC, 2022, pp. 193, $49.95, ISBN 9781647122676 (pbk; hardcover & e-book available).  Reviewed by Mark MILLER , C.Ss.R., 426 St. Germain Ave., Toronto, ON  M5M 1W7, Canada

Ben CLEMENTS & Stephen BULLIVANT . Catholics in Contemporary Britain: Faith, Society, Politics . Oxford University Press, 2022. Pp. viii + 222. Harcover $100.00; Kindle $95.00 Reviewed by Pierre HEGY , Adelphi University, Garden City, NY 11530.

Pheme PERKINS, Eloise ROSENBLATT, and Patricia MCDONALD , 1-2 Peter and Jude . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2022. xxxviii + 320 pages, HB, $49.95. ISBN 978-0-8146-8206-7. Reviewed by Thomas SIMMONS , University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota 57069.

Dale C. ALLISON , JR. Encountering Mystery: Religious Experience in a Secular Age . Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2022. Pp. 253 + x. NP pb. ISBN 9780802881885. Reviewed by Calvin MERCER , East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858.  

Mark E. THERRIEN .   Cross and Creation: A Theological Introduction to Origen of Alexandria.  Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 2022.  pp. xxii+303.  $34.95 pb.  ISBN 9780813235301.  Reviewed by Christopher DENNY , St. John’s University, Queens, NY  11439.

Gerhard LOHFINK .  Between Heaven and Earth: New Explorations of Great Biblical Texts .  Translated by Linda M. Maloney.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2022.  pp. 362.  $39.95.  ISBN 9780814667323 (hardcover).  Reviewed by Peter DRILLING , retired professor of theology, Lackawanna, NY 14218.

William R. O'NEILL , S.J. Reimagining Human Rights: Religion and the Common Good. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2021. pp. 247, $35.23 pb. ISBN 978-1-647120351. Reviewed by Joel WARDEN , Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458.

Paul O’CALLAGHAN .  God’s Gift of the Universe: An Introduction to Creation Theology.   Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2022),  ISBN 978-o-8132-3449-6, Pp.vii-xviii, 397. $34.95 (Paperback) Reviewed by Joseph BRACKEN, S.J. Camillus Jesuit Residence, 10201 W. Wisconsin Ave. Wauwatosa, WI 53226.

James F. KEENAN . A History of Catholic Theological Ethics . New York: Paulist Press, 2022. pp. 434. $49.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-5544-6. Reviewed by Michael G. LAWLER , Creighton University, Omaha, NE 68178.

Gregory VALL . Ecclesial Exegesis: A Synthesis of Ancient and Modern Approaches to Scripture. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America, 2022. pp. 361. $34.95 pb. ISBN 9780813235226. Reviewed by Kathleen BORRES , Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA 15650.

J. Edward WALTERS , editor. Eastern Christianity, A Reader . Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2021. 423 pp. $39.99. ISBN 978-o-8028-7686-7. Reviewed by Andrew D. CIFERNI , O.Praem., Daylesford Abbey, Paoli, PA 19301.

Daniel S. HENDRICKSON, SJ. Jesuit Higher Education in a Secular Age: A Response to Charles Taylor and the Crisis of Fullness . Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2022. pp. 187. ISBN 9781647122331. Reviewed by Anthony M. STEVENS-ARROYO , Professor Emeritus Brooklyn College.

Thomas GAUNT and Thu T. DO , eds. New Faces, New Possibilities: Cultural Diversity and Structural Change in Institutes of Women Religions . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press Academic, 2022. Reviewed By ">Laura M. LEMING , University of Dayton, Dayton, OH 45469.

Thomas H. GROOME. What Makes Education Catholic: Spiritual Foundations . 2021. Pp. 243. $24.00 pb. ISBN 978-1626-98447-9. Reviewed by Michael MCCALLION , Sacred Heart Major Seminary.

Leslie J. HOPPE . The Rise and Fall of the Israelite Kingdoms: Two Contrasting Biblical Stories . Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2021. pp. 288. $29.95 pb. ISBN: 978-08091-5488-3. Reviewed by ">Daniel LLOYD , Saint Leo University, Charleston, SC 29406.

Leo LEFEBURE , editor. Theology without Borders: Essays in Honor of Peter C. Phan . Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2022, pp. 308. $49.95 pb. ISBN 978-1-64712-241-6. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , Cleveland, OH.

Bart D. EHRMAN , Journeys to Heaven and Hell: Tours of the Afterlife in the Early Christian Tradition . New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2022. xii + 328 pages, HB, $32.50. ISBN 978-0-3002-5700-7. Reviewed by Thomas SIMMONS , University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota 57069.

Richard LENNAN . Tilling the Church: Theology for an Unfinished Project . Collegeville: Liturgical, 2022. pp. 264, $29.95 pb. ISBN 9780814667439. Reviewed by Thomas E. DRURY , Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

Jessica COBLENTZ . Dust in the Blood: A Theology of Life with Depression . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2022. pp. 248. $24.95 pb. ISBN 9780814685020, 8502. Reviewed by Maureen Beyer MOSER , Greenwich Academy, Greenwich, CT 06830.

Sergius BULGAKOW , The Eucharistic Sacrifice , trans. Mark Roosein, Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2021. Pp. 116. ISBN: 978-0-268-20141-8. Reviewed by ">Walter N. SISTO , D’Youville University, Buffalo, NY 14201.

John F. HAUGHT . The Cosmic Vision of Teilhard de Chardin . Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2021. Pp. 260 + xvii. $26.00 pb. ISBN 9781626984493 (pb), ISBN 9781608339129 (epub). Reviewed by Calvin MERCER , East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858.

Thomas D. STEGMAN , S. J. Texts Less Traveled: Exploring Hebrews, the Catholic Epistles, and Revelation . New York: Paulist Press, 2022, pp. 116. $16.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-5525-5.Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , Cleveland, OH

Justo L. GONZALEZ . The Bible In the Early Church . Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans, 2022, pp. 194, $price pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-8174-8. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , Cleveland, OH 

Michael J. MCCALLION .� Foundational Social Ritual Practices of Parish Life:�Eating, Worshipping, and Hanging Out Together. � Newcastle, United Kingdom:�Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2022.�Pp. 205.��61.99 hb.�ISBN 978-1-5275-7643-8.�Reviewed by Stephen WILBRICHT , Stonehill College, Easton, MA�02357.

John J. BURKHARD . The “Sense of the Faith” in History: Its Sources, Reception, and Theology. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press Academic, 2022. pp. 442. $59.95 pb. ISBN 9780814666906. Reviewed by Peter C. PHAN , Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 20054.

Rafael LUCIANI . Synodality: A New Way of Proceeding in the Church . New York: Paulist Press, 2022, pp. 188. $18.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-5611-5. Reviewed by Michael G. LAWLER , Creighton University, Omaha, NE 68178

Bonnie N. THURSTON . Saint Mary of Egypt: A Modern Verse Life and Interpretation . Athens, OH: Cistercian Publications, 2021. pp. 120. $15.95 pb. ISBN 9780879071165. Reviewed by David VON SCHLICHTEN , Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA 15601.

Jeremy SCHIPPER . Denmark Vesey’s Bible: The Thwarted Revolt that put Slavery on Trial .   Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2022. Pp. 181 + xxxi.  $26.95 Hb. ISBN: 9780691192864. Reviewed by ">D. SMITH-CHRISTOPHER , Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA 90045.  

Philip GOYRET,  Joseph THOMAS , ed.  Church and Communion: An Introduction to Ecumenical Theology .   Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2022. pp. 232.  ISBN 978-0-8132-3463-2.  Reviewed by Peter DRILLING , Lackawanna, NY 14218

Jim CLARKE . Rethinking Catholic Devotions: Energy, Engagement, Transformation. New York/Mahwah, New Jersey: Paulist Press. 2022. pp. 134. $17.95. ISBN: 9780809155330.Reviewed by Sarah Louise MACMILLEN .  Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Nancy Tatom AMMERMAN. Studying Lived Religion  Contexts and Practices . New York:  New York University Press, 2021  255pp   ISBN 978-1-4798-0434-4  Reviewed by Daniel H. LEVINE , University of Michigan Ann Arbor MI 48109.

Juan Carlos SCANNONE . Theology of the People: The Pastoral and Theological Roots of Pope Francis . New York: Paulist Press, 2021. Pp.237+xviii. $39.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-5475-3. Reviewed by R. Zachary KARANOVICH , Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

Brian D. McLAREN .  Do I Stay Christian?: A Guide for the Doubters, the Disappointed, and the Disillusioned .  New York: St. Martin’s Essentials, 2022.  Pp. x + 262.  $27.99 hc.  ISBN 978-1250262790.  Reviewed by Benjamin J. BROWN , Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560.

Brian MOUNTFORD (editor). Religion and Generation Z: Why Seventy Percent of Young People Say They Have No Religio n. Alresford, Hampshire (UK): Christian Alternative Books. 2022. pp. 151. $17.95. ISBN: 9781789049312.Reviewed by Sarah Louise MACMILLEN .  Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Joseph BRACKEN, S.J. Reciprocal Causality in an Event Filled World. &nb sp; 2022. Landham Maryland: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. 153 pages, $95. hardback, $45. ebook. ISBN 978-1-9787-0978-2. Reviewed by Winifred WHELAN, OSF .

Paul MURRAY , Light at the Torn Horizon . Park Ridge, IL: Word on Fire Institute, 2022. 100 pages, pb, $19.95. ISBN 978-1-68578-025-8. Reviewed by Thomas SIMMONS , University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota 57069.

Charles E. CURRAN . The Catholic Theological Society of America: A Story of Seventy-Five Years . Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2021, pp. 200. $19.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-5574-3. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , Cleveland, OH

Scott CARL (ed.), Verbum Domini and the Complementarity of Exegesis and Theology . Saint Paul, MN: Saint Paul Seminary Press, 2021. xvi + 176 pages, pb, $34.95. ISBN 978-1-953936-01-1. Reviewed by Thomas SIMMONS , University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota 57069-2307.

Steven D. FRAADE . The Damascus Document. Oxford Commentary on the Dead Sea Scrolls . Oxford: OUP, 2021. 208 pp. $85 hb. ISBN 978-0198734338. Reviewed by Adam BOOTH , C.S.C., Stonehill College, North Easton, MA 02356.

Yunuen TRUJILLO . LGBTQ Catholics: A Guide to Inclusive Ministry . New Jersey: Paulist Press, 2022. pp. 113. $19.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-5577-4. Reviewed by Michael J. TKACIK , Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, FL 33574.

Margit BALOGH, “Victim of History” Cardinal Mindszenty: A Biography. Washington DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2021. Translated by Andrew T. Gane. 723 pages. $34.95 pb. ISBN – 978-0-8132-3494-6. Reviewed by Anthony M. STEVENS-ARROYO , Professor Emeritus, Brooklyn College, 1607 Academy Drive, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301.

Laurie BRINK . The Heavens Are Telling the Glory of God: An Emerging Chapter for Religious Life—Science, Theology, and Mission . Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2022. Pp. 281 + xxxviii. $34.95 pb. ISBN 9780814667248 (pb), ISBN 9780814667255 (epub). Reviewed by Calvin MERCER , East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858. 

Mary L. COLOE, PBVM . John 11-21 :Wisdom Commentary: Volume 44b. Collegeville, Minnesota, 2021. Pp.313-600. $45.46 pb, ISBN 9780814681688 (hardcover). Reviewed by James ZEITZ , Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, TX

Scott ROSE , et al. Blessed are the Refugees: Beatitudes of Immigrant Children. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018. Pp. xxviii + 91. $18.00. ISBN 978-1-62698-288-8. Reviewed by Benjamin BROWN , Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560.

vanThanh NGUYEN , What Does the Bible Say about Strangers, Migrants, and Refugees. Hyde Park, NY: New City Press, 2021. Pp. 142. $16.95 pb. ISBN 978-1-56648-376-7. Reviewed by Benjamin BROWN, Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560.

Ezra SULLIVAN, OP , Habits & Holiness: Ethics, Theology, and Biopsychology . Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2021. Pp. 575. $34.95 pb. 1SBN 78-0813233291. Reviewed by Joseph A. BRACKEN , S.J., Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH 45207.

Frederick Dale BRUNER . The Letter to the Romans: A Short Commentary . Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2021. pp. 229. $26.99 pb. ISBN: 978-0-8028-7943-1. Reviewed by Daniel LLOYD , Saint Leo University, Charleston, SC 29406.

Stephen A. WERNER. The Restless Flame, Daniel Lord, S.J.: Thinking Big in a Parochial World . Saint Louis:Pull Press, 2021. pp. 360. $17.00 pb. ISBN 979-8476470885. Reviewed by Joseph DOUGHERTY , 1900 West Olney Avenue, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

Daniel CARDÓ . The Art of Preaching: A Theological and Practical Primer. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2021. pp. 216. ISBN 978-0-8132-3473-1. Reviewed by Peter DRILLING , retired professor of systematic theology and pastoral studies, Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, NY. 

Jehu HANCILES (ed).  World Christianity: History, Methodologies, Horizon s. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2021. Pp. 201. $45.00. Pb. ISBN 9781626984486 (print). Reviewed by Daniel L. SMITH-CHRISTOPHER , Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, 90045. 

Kornelis H. MISKOTTE . Biblical ABCs: The Basics of Christian Resistance. (Tr. E. Hof, and C. Cornell). Lanham, London: Lexington Press/Fortress Academic. 2022. Pp. 171. 95.00 (cloth) ISBN – 9781978707535. Reviewed by Daniel L. SMITH-CHRISTOPHER , Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, 90045.

Jonathan McGREGOR . Communion of Radicals: The Literary Christian Left in Twentieth-Century America. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. 2021. pp. 256. $50.00 (cloth). ISBN 9780807172828. Reviewed by Daniel L. SMITH-CHRISTOPHER , Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, 90045.

Stefanos ALEXOPOULOS and Maxwell E. JOHNSON . Introduction to Eastern Christian Liturgies. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2022. Pp. 472. $59.95 pb. ISBN: 978-0-8146-6355-4. Reviewed by Ryan MARR , Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Michael CASEY , Coenobium: Reflections on Monastic Community . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2021. 212 pages, $19.95. ISBN 978-0-87907-067-0. Reviewed by homas SIMMONS , University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota 57069.

Gerhard Cardinal MÜLLER . The Pope: His Mission and His Task. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America, 2021. pp. 387. $29.95 pb. ISBN 9780813234694. Reviewed by Kathleen BORRES , Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA 15650.

Kevin G. GROVE . Augustine on Memory . Oxford University Press, 2021. Pp. xi + 265. $69.96 (hc). ISBN-13: 978-0197587218. Reviewed by Pierre HEGY , Adelphi University, Garden City, NY 11530.

Gregory K. HILLIS . Man of Dialogue: Thomas Merton�s Catholic Vision. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2021. Pp. 297. $24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8460-3. Reviewed by by Jeffrey MARLETT , College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY 12203.

Howard THURMAN . The Way of the Mystics . Edited by Peter Eisenstadt and Walter Earl Fluker. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2021. pp. xxii + 168. $25.00 pb. ISBN: 9781626984387. Reviewed by R. Zachary KARANOVICH , Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

Juliet MOUSSEAU , P rophetic Witness to Joy: A Theology of the Vowed Life . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2021. ix + 106 pages, pb, $19.95. ISBN 978-0-8146-6683-8. Reviewed by Thomas SIMMONS , University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota 57069.

David C. McDUFFIE . Nature’s Sacrament: The Epic of Evolution and a Theology of Sacramental Ecology . Winchester, UK: Christian Alternative Books, 2021. pp. 123. $14.95 pb. ISBN 978-1-78904-717-2. Reviewed by Stephen S. WILBRICHT , Stonehill College, Easton, Massachusetts 02354

N. T. WRIGHT . Galatians. Commentaries for Christian Formation . Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2021. Pp. 417. $39.99 hb. ISBN 978-0-8028-2560-5. Reviewed by Steve W. LEMKE , New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA 70126.

Randall BALMER , Bad Faith: Race and the Rise of the Religious Right . Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2021. Pp. 141. $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7934-9. Reviewed by Ann S.F. SWANER , Barry University, Miami Shores, FL 33138.

LUDOLPH of SAXONY . The Life of Jesus Christ: Part Two – Volume 1, Chapters 1-57 , translated by Milton T. Walsh. Cistercian Studies vol. 283. Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2021. Pp. xxvi + 860. $79.95 cloth. ISBN 978-0-87907-283-4. Reviewed by Patrick F. O’CONNELL , Gannon University, Erie, PA 16541. 

Dan STRINGER , Struggling with Evangelicalism . Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2021, pp. 197. $16.99 pb. ISBN 978-0-8308-4766-2. Reviewed by Wilburn T. STANCIL , Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO 64110.

Andrew T. ABERNETHY . Discovering Isaiah: Content, Interpretation, Reception . Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2021. pp. x + 197. $24.00 pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7805-2. Reviewed by Nathan HAYS , Baylor University, Waco, TX 76708.

Patrick HENRY . Benedictine Options. Learning to Live from the Sons and Daughters of Saints Benedict and Scholastica . Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2021.pp. 162. $19.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-6681-4. Reviewed by James K. HANNA , University of Notre Dame

David N. BELL . Handmaid of the Lord: Mary, the Cistercians and Armand-Jean de Rancé . Collegeville; Cistercian Publications, 2021. Pp. 388. $49.95 pb. Reviewed by James K. HANNA , University of Notre Dame.

Gerhard LOHFINK . The Forty Parables of Jesus. Translated by Linda M. Maloney. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press Academic, 2021, pp. 256, $29.95 ISBN: 978-0-8146-8510-5. Reviewed by Rachelle LINNER , Spiritual Director, Medford, MA 02155

Manfred HAUKE , Introduction to Mariology , trans. Richard Chonak, Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2021. ISBN: 9780813233376, $34.95. Reviewed by  Walter N. SISTO , D'Youville, Buffalo, NY 14201.

Bronwen McSHEA . Apostles of Empire: The Jesuits and New France . Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2019. xxix + 331 pp., ISBN: 978-1-4962-0890-3, $60.00, hardcover. Reviewed by Patrick J. HAYES , Redemptorist Archives, Philadelphia.

Ezra SULLIVAN , OP, Habits & Holiness: Ethics, Theology, and Biopsychology . Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2021, pp. 575. $34.95 pb. ISBN 978-0813233291. Reviewed by Wilburn T. STANCIL , Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO 64110.

Gerald J. BEDNAR , Mercy and the Rule of Law: A Theological Interpretation of Amoris Laetitia . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2021. xix + 212 pages, pb, $24.95. ISBN 978-0-8146-6655-5. Reviewed by Thomas SIMMONS , University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota 57069.

David Bentley HART and John CHRYSSAVGIS, editors. For the Life of the World: Toward a Social Ethos of the Orthodox Church. Brookline, Massachusetts: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2020. Pp. 112. $14.95 pb. ISBN 9781935317807. Reviewed by Richard B. STEELE , Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA.

Fran QUIGLEY . Religious Socialism: Faith in Action for a Better World . Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. 2021. pp. 183. $24.00. ISBN: 9781626984356 Reviewed by Sarah Louise MACMILLEN . Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

Ki Joo CHOI , Sarah M. Moses, and Andrea Vicini, editors. Reimagining the Moral Life: On Lisa Sowle Cahill’s Contributions to Christian Ethics. 2020 New York: Orbis Books. ISBN 9781626983793. Reviewed by Michael J. McCALLION , Sacred Heart Major Seminary.

Brendan BYRNE , S. J. Come to the Light: Reflections on the Gospel of John . Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2021, pp. 118. $19.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-6623-4. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , Cleveland, OH

Jennifer Scheper HUGHES . The Church of the Dead: The Epidemic of 1576 and the Birth of Christianity in the Americas. [Series: North American Religions], New York: New York University Press. 2021. Pp 245. $35.00. ISBN 9781479802555 (Hc). Reviewed by Daniel l. SMITH-CHRISTOPHER , Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

Joseph JENSEN , OSB. God’s Word to Israel (New and Augmented Edition). Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press Academic, 2021. Pp. 380. $39.95. ISBN 9780814688175 (Pb). Reviewed by Daniel L. SMITH-CHRISTOPHER , Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

William O. PAULSELL . Longing for God: An Introduction to Christian Mysticism . New York: Paulist, 2021. pp. 224. $21.95. ISBN 97815876891912. Reviewed by David VON SCHLICHTEN , Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA 15601.

Bishop Edward BRAXTON . The Church and the Racial Divide. Reflections of an African American Catholic Bishop . Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2021. Pp. 208. $26.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-406-6. Reviewed by Robert MASSON , Prof. Emeritus, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.

Ilia DELIO, OSF . The Hours of the Universe, Reflections on God, Science, and the Human Journey . Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2021. Pp. 242. $25.00 pb. ISBN978-1-62698-403-5. Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO , The Augustine Catechism: The Enchiridion on Faith, Hope, and Charity . Translation and Notes by Bruce Harbert. Introduction by Boniface Ramsey. New York: New City Press, 1999. pp. 173. $18.95 pb. ISBN 978-1-56548-298-2. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO, Instructing Beginners in Faith. Translation, Introduction, and Notes by Raymond Canning. New York: New City Press, 2006. pp. 173. $19.95 pb. ISBN 978-1-56548-239-5. Reviewed by Alessandro ROVATI , Belmont Abbey College, Belmont, NC 28012.

Mary L. COLOE . Wisdom Commentary: Volume 44A-John 1-10 . Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2021, pp. 305. $49.95 hb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8168-8. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , Cleveland, OH

R. JARED STAUDT, Ed.,   Renewing Catholic Schools: How to Regain a Catholic Vision in a Secular Ag e. Washington, DC: The Catholic Education Press, 2020. pp. 147. ISBN-13 978-1949822045. Reviewed by Marc TUMEINSKI , Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA 01612

Patrick W. COLLINS . A Focus on Truth: Thomas Merton’s Uncensored Mind . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2021. pp. xvi + 197. $19.95 pb. ISBN: 9780814688496. Reviewed by R. Zachary KARANOVICH , Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Hieromonk Gregory HRYNKIW , Cajetan on Sacred Doctrine . Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America, 202. pp. 330. $75.00 hb. ISBN 9780813233475. Reviewed by Kathleen BORRES , Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA 15650

Dorothy DAY . On Pilgrimage: The Sixties . Edited by Robert Ellsberg. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2021. pp. xix + 316. $28.00 pb. ISBN: 9781626984097. Reviewed by R. Zachary KARANOVICH , Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

Justin McCLAIN , editor. The Quotable Saint Jerome . Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2020. pp. 175. $19.95 ISBN 978-0813233215. Also available as an eBook ISBN 9780813233215. Reviewed by James K. HANNA , University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

J. Gary MILLAR . Changed into His Likeness: A Biblical Theology of Personal Transformation . Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2021. pp. 288. $27.00 pb. ISBN: 978-0-8308-7116-2. Reviewed by Daniel LLOYD , Saint Leo University, Charleston, SC 29406.

Hans JOAS . The Power of the Sacred: An Alternative to the Narrative of Disenchantment . Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2001. Pp. 390. Translated by Alex Skinner. ISBN 9780-1909-333272. Reviewed by Michael McCALLION , Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, MI 48206.

Barbara E. REID, OP and Shelly MATTHEWS. Wisdom Commentary. Volume I: 43A Luke 1-9 ; ISBN 970814681671 (hardcover); $49.95; ISBN 97808114681923 (epub). Wisdom Commentary. Volume 2 43B Luke 10-24; 9780814688151 (hardcover); ISBN 9780814688403 (epub); Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press (Michael Glazier Book), 2021.Vol 2 $49.95. Pp 713 (both volumes). Reviewed by James ZEITZ , Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas 48207.

Todd A. SALZMAN & Michael G. LAWLER . Pope Francis and the Transformation of Health Care Ethics. Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2021, pp. 223. $34.95 pb. ISBN 978-1-64712-071-9. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , Cleveland, OH.

John D. WILSEY . God’s Cold Warrior: The Life and Faith of John Foster Dulles. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 2021. pp. xv + 253. $21.99. pb. ISBN: 978-0-8028-7572-3. Reviewed by Moni MCINTYRE , Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

Robert SPITZER , S.J., Ph.D., Christ versus Satan in Our Daily Lives: The Cosmic Struggle Between Good and Evil . San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2020. 439 pages, pb, $19.95. ISBN 978-1-6216-4417-0. Reviewed by Thomas SIMMONS , University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota 57069-2307.

Steven D. SMITH . Pagans & Christians in the City: Culture Wars from the Tiber to the Potomac . Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2021. pp. 404. $29.99 pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7880-9. Reviewed by Maureen Beyer MOSER , Greenwich Academy, Greenwich, CT 06830. 

Bruce TALLMAN . God’s Ecstatic Love, Transform Your Life with a Spiritual Masterpiece. Hannacroix, NY: Apocryphile Press, 2021. ISBN 978-1-949643-86-2, pp. 271 pbk, $18.95. Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Salle University.

Tim VIVIAN , translator, The Sayings and Stories of the Desert Fathers and Mothers: Volume 1: A – H (Eta) , Preface by Kathleen Norris, Foreword by Terrence G. Kardong, OSB, Introduction by Tim Vivian. Cistercian Studies vol. 287. Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2021. Pp. xliii + 366. $49.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-87907-109-7. Reviewed by Patrick F. O’CONNELL , Gannon University, Erie, PA 16541

Bill CAIN, SJ. The Diary of Jesus Christ. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2021. pp. 210. $20.00 pb. ISBN 9781626984073. Reviewed by Anita HOUCK , Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, 46556.

Laurie CASSIDY and M. Shawn COPELAND , editors. Desire, Darkness, and Hope: Theology in a Time of Impasse: Engaging the Thought of Constance FitzGerald, OCD. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2021. pp. xii + 463. $44.95 pb. ISBN 978-0814688014. Reviewed by Christopher PRAMUK , Regis University, Denver, CO 80005

James E. WOODS . Putting on the Mind of Christ: Contemplative Prayer and Holistic Unity . Foreword by Ruben L.F. Habito. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2021, pp. 171, $22, pb. ISBN: 978-1-62698-423-3. Reviewed by Rachelle LINNER , Spiritual Director, Medford, MA 02155

Judith SUTERA , OSB, St. Benedict's Rule, An Inclusive Translation and Daily Commentary . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2021, pp.321. $24.95 pb. ISBN: 9780814688182, 8818 eISBN: 9780814688434, E8843. (For the Rule only: Judith SUTERA, OSB, St. Benedict’s Rule: An Inclusive Translation, Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2021, pp.120. $14.95 pb. ISBN: 9780814688199, 8819, eISBN: 9780814688441, E8844.) Reviewed by Carol STANTON , Orlando, FL.

Michael WELKER . In God’s Image: An Anthropology of the Spirit , the 2019-20 Gifford Lectures , trans. Douglas W. Stott. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2021. 155 pp. $21 paperback. ISBN: 978-0-8028-7874-8. Reviewed by Steve W. LEMKE , New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA 70126.

Nathaniel MARX , Authentic Liturgy. Minds in Tune with Voices . Liturgical Press Academic, 2020, pp.266. $34.95 pb. ISBN 9780814684696. Reviewed by Andrew CIFERNI , Daylesford Abbey, Paoli, PA 19301.

Michel EVDOKIMOV . Two Martyrs in a Godless World. Dietrich Bonheoffer and Alexander Me n. Hyde Park, New York: New City Press, 2021. Pp. 162. $24.95 pb. ISBN 978-1-56548-384-2. Reviewed by Anthony J. BLASI , San Antonio, TX

Christine Firer HINZE . Radical Sufficiency: Work, Livelihood, and a US Catholic Economic Ethic . Washington, DC: Georgetown UP, 2021. Pp. x + 349. $39.95 pb. ISBN 978-1-64712-026-9. Reviewed by Benjamin J. BROWN , Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560.

James J. BACIK . Saints Celebrated and Unsung: The Universal Call to Holiness . Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2021, pp. 135, $18, pb. ISBN: 978-1-62698-405-9. Reviewed by Rachelle LINNER , Spiritual Director, Medford, MA 02155.

Rebekah EKLUND , The Beatitudes through the Ages . Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2021. pp. 346. $35.00 hb. ISBN 9780802876508. Reviewed by Kathleen BORRES , Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA 15650.

Lee C. CAMP . Scandalous Witness: A Little Political Manifesto for Christians . Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 2020. pp. viii + 183. $19.99, hb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7735-2. Reviewed by Tobias WINRIGHT , Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO 63108.

AELRED of RIEVAULX . The Liturgical Sermons: The Reading-Cluny Collection, 1 of 2 – Sermons 85-133 , translated by Daniel Griggs, with an Introduction by Marjory Lange and Marsha L. Dutton. Cistercian Fathers vol. 81. Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2021. Pp. liv + 378. $49.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-87907-181-3. Reviewed by Patrick F. O’CONNELL , Gannon University, Erie, PA 16541.

Pierre HEGY . Worship as Community Drama: Introduction to Liturgy Evaluation . Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2019, pp. 120. $28.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-5326-7301-6. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , Cleveland, OH

Samuel E. BALENTINE , ed.  The Oxford Handbook of Ritual and Worship in the Hebrew Bible. 2020. pp. 592. $131.68. ISBN: 978-0190222116. Reviewed by Alice L. LAFFEY . Sutton, MA 01590.

Ines Angeli MURZAKU . Mother Teresa: Saint of the Peripheries. New York/Mahwah NJ: Paulist Press, 2021. Pp. xi+330. $29.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-5377-0; $20.07 e-book ISBN 978-1-58768-750-1. Reviewed by John T. FORD , Logansport, IN 46947.

Thomas R. RAUSCH. Global Catholicism: Profiles and Polarities . Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2021. pp. 238. $30.00 pb. ISBN: 978-1-62698-396-0. Reviewed by Martin MADAR , Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH 45207.

Brian McLAREN . Faith after Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do about It . New York: St. Martin’s Essentials, 2021. 256 pp. $26.99 hardback. ISBN: 978-1250262776. Reviewed by Steve W. LEMKE , New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA  70126.

Rose Marie BERGER , Ken BUTIGAN, Judy COODE, Marie DENNIS, Eds., Advancing Nonviolence and Just Peace in the Church and the World: Biblical, Theological, Ethical, Pastoral and Strategic Dimensions of Nonviolence . Brussels, Belgium: Pax Christi International, 2020. pp. 322. ISBN 978-1784567163.Reviewed by Marc TUMEINSKI , Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA 01612.

Robert J. MYLES (ed), Class Struggle in the New Testament . Lanham, Boulder, New York, London, Lexington Books / Fortress Academic, 2019, pp. 282 + xvi.  Hb. 978-1-9787-0207-3, (Pb announced for July 2021). Hb: $105.00. Reviewed by Daniel L. SMITH-CHRISTOPHER , Dept. Theology, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, 90045.  

David CAYLEY , Ivan Illich: An Intellectual Journey .   University Park, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2021, pp. 552. $44.95 hb. ISBN: 978-0-271-08812-9.  Reviewed by Daniel L. SMITH-CHRISTOPHER , Dept. Theology, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, 90045.

Frank J. MATERA . A Concise Theology of the New Testament . Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2021, pp. 120. $19.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-5433-3. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , Cleveland, OH.

Dieter MITTERNACHT and Anders RUNESSON (eds.) Jesus, the New Testament, Christian Origins. Perspectives, Methods, Meanings . Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans, 2021, pp. 706 + xxiv.  $65.00 hb. ISBN 978-0-8028-6892-3. Reviewed by Anthony J. BLASI , 4531 Briargrove St., San Antonio, TX 78217

VELI-MATTI KARKKAINEN , An Introduction to Ecclesiology: Historical, Global, and Interreligious Perspectives , Revised and Expanded Edition. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2021, pp. 281. $30.00 pb. ISBN 978-0-8308-4189-9. Reviewed by Wilburn T. STANCIL , Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO 64110. 

Geoffrey H. FULKERSON and Joel Thomas CHOPP , editors. Science and the Doctrine of Creation: The Approaches to Ten Modern Theologians . Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2021. Pp. 256. $28.00 pb. ISBN 978-0-8308-5280-2. Reviewed by Calvin MERCER , East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858.

Jon M. SWEENEY . Nicholas Black Hawk: Medicine Man, Catechist, Saint. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2012, pp. 122. $16.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-4416-4. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , Cleveland, OH

Daniel J. DALY . The Structures of Virtue and Vice . Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, 2021. Pp. 244. $44.95. ISBN 978-1-64712-039-9. Reviewed by Leo MADDEN , Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, OH 43219.

Nancy L. DeCLAISSE-WALFORD .  Psalms Books 4-5 . (Wisdom Commentary).  Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press/Michael Glazier, 2020, pp. 400, $39.95, Hb. ISBN: 9780814681213, 8121. Reviewed by Daniel L. SMITH-CHRISTOPHER , Prof. Old Testament, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA. 90045.

Allan DOIG , A History of the Church through its Buildings . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020. pp. 376. $39.95 hc. ISBN 978-0=19-957536-7. Reviewed by Peter C. PHAN , Georgetown University, DC 20057.

Louis M. SAVARY , Teilhard de Chardin on the Eucharist: Envisioning the Body of Christ . Mahway, NJ: Paulist Press, 2021. xi + 199 pages, pb, $24.95. ISBN 978-0-8091-5492-0. Reviewed by Thomas SIMMONS , University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota 57069-2307.

David W. KLING , A History of Christian Conversion . New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2020. pp. 836. $150.00 hb. ISBN 9780195320923. Reviewed by Kathleen BORRES , Retired from Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA 15650.

Pierre-André BURTON , Aelred of Rievaulx (1110-1167): An Existential and Spiritual Biography , translated by Christopher Coski. Cistercian Studies vol. 276. Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2020. Pp. xiii + 598. $49.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-87907-276-6. Reviewed by Patrick F. O’CONNELL , Gannon University, Erie, PA 16541.

Todd T. W. DALY . Chasing Methuselah: Theology, the Body, and Slowing Human Aging . Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2021. Pp. 307 + xvi. $30.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-5326-9800-2. Reviewed by Calvin MERCER , East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858.

Bruce G. EPPERLY . Mystics in Action: Twelve Saints for Today . Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2020, pp. 158, $22, pb. ISBN: 978-1-62698-389-2. Reviewed by Rachelle LINNER , Spiritual Director, Medford, MA 02155.

Todd C. REAM . Hesburgh of Notre Dame. The Church’s Public Intellectual . New York: Paulist Press,2021. Pp. Xxiv + 175. $27.95 pb. ISBN 978-08091-5402-9. Reviewed by Anthony J. BLASI , 4531 Briargrove St., San Antonio, TX 78217.

D. H. WILLIAMS . Defending and Defining the Faith: An Introduction to Early Christian Apologetic Literature . New York: Oxford University Press, 2020. pp. xvii + 465. $74.00. (Also available as eBook). ISBN 978-0-19-062050-9. Reviewed by Linda M. MALONEY , Enosburg Falls, VT 05450.

Marcus MESCHER .  The Ethics of Encounter:  Christian Neighbor Love as a Practice of Solidarity .   Maryknoll, NY:  Orbis Books, 2020.  pp. 197.  $40 pb.  ISBN 978-1-62698-376-2.  Review by Amanda C. OSHEIM , Loras College, Dubuque, IA 52002.

Derek WILSON . The Mayflower Pilgrims: Sifting Fact from Fiction . London: SPCK, 2019. 244 pp., $27.00 hardback. ISBN: 978-0-281-07914-8.Reviewed by Steve W. LEMKE , New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA  70126.

Rachel WHEELER .  Desert Daughters, Desert Sons: Rethinking the Christian Desert Tradition. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2020.  Pp. ix + 178.  $19.95 pb.  ISBN 9780814685006.  Reviewed by Mary DOAK , University of San Diego, San Diego,  CA 92116.

R.H. RUGGLES , Visions of Mary and Jesus: A Pilgrimage to the sacred sites of 14 famous apparitions. Popular Pilgrimage Publications, 2021. Pp. 247. $8.49 pb. ISBN 978-1-989903-65-0. Reviewed by Walter N. SISTO , D'Youville, Buffalo, NY 14201.

Mary E. McGANN .  The Meal that Reconnects:  Eucharistic Eating and the Global Food Crisis .   Collegeville, MN:  2020.  pp. xii + 244.  $29.95 pb.  ISBN 978-0-8146-6031-7.  Reviewed by Stephen S. WILBRICHT , Stonehill College, Easton, MA  02354.

Christian SMITH and Amy ADAMCZYK . Handing Down the Faith. How Parents Pass Their Religion on to the Next Generatio n. New York, Oxford University Press, 2021. PP. 248 + x. $ 29.95. ISBN 9780190093327 (hardcover). Reviewed by Anthony J. BLASI , 4531 Briargrove St., San Antonio, TX 78217.

Melinda Lundquist DENTON and Richard FLORY . Back-Pocket God, Religion and Spirituality in the Lives of Emerging Adults. . New York: Oxford University Press, 2020. Pp. 268. $29.95 hbk. ISBN 978-0-19-006478-5. Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

Lisa Michele WOLFE . Qoheleth (Ecclesiastes) . Wisdom Commentary 2 4. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2020. Pp. 202+lxxii. $39.95 hb. ISBN 978-0814681237. Reviewed by Nicholas R. WERSE , Baylor University, Waco, TX.

Margit ECKHOLT, Dorothea SATTLER, Ulrike LINK-WIECZOREK, Andrea STR?BIND , EDS., Women in Church Ministries: Reform Movements in Ecumenism. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press Academic, 2021. Pp. 238. $34.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8513-6. (First  published in 2018 under the title Frauen in kirchlichen Ämtern: Reformbewegungen in der Ökumene. This English-language publication includes “central contributions” from that initial book.) Reviewed by Carol STANTON , 4051 Shorecrest Dr., Orlando, FL.

Alberto de MINGO KAMINOUCHI . An Introduction to Christian Ethics: A New Testament Perspective , trans. Brother John of Taize. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2020. pp. 200. $19.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8809-0. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , Shaker Heights, OH 44122.

Roger BERGMAN . Preventing Unjust War. A Catholic Argument for Selective Conscientious Objection . Eugene, Oregon: Cascade (Wipf & Stock), 2020. PP. 199 + xiv. $26.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-5326-8665-8. Reviewed by Anthony J. BLASI , 4531 Briargrove St., San Antonio, TX 78217.

Anthony J BLASI and Lluis OVIEDO, Eds. The Abuse of Minors in the Catholic Church: Dismantling the Culture of Cover. New York, Routledge: 2020. pp 249. 160.00 pb. ISBN: 978-0-367-43345-1. Reviewed by Walter N. SISTO , D’Youville, Buffalo, NY 14201.

Bernadette McNARY-ZAK.   Humble Aspiration: Constructing an Early Christian Ideal .   Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2020.  pp. 192.  ISBN 9780814684061.  Reviewed by Maureen Beyer MOSER , Harvey School, Katonah, NY 10536.

Francis J. MALONEY, SDB .  Reading Revelation at Easter Time.  Collegeville MN, Liturgical Press, 2020. pp 197. $24.95 pb. ISBN#9780814685297.  Reviewed by John J. SLOVIKOVSKI , Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

Linda DAKIM-GRIMM . Dignity and Justice: Welcoming the Stranger at Our Border . Orbis Books, 2020. pp xiv+192. $24.00pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-381-6. Reviewed by John T. FORD , Logansport, IN.

Kristen E. HEYER, James F. KEENAN, Andrea VICINI , eds., Building Bridges in Sarajevo: The Plenary Papers from CTEWC 2018. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2019. Pp. 228 + xvii. $42.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-342-7. Reviewed by Michael J. McGRAVEY , Elms College, 291 Springfield St., Springfield, MA 01013.

Pope FRANCIS , Go Forth. Toward a Community of Missionary Disciple s , edited with an introduction  by William P. Gregory. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2019. Pp. 196 + xxiv. $22.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-326-7. Reviewed by Anthony J. BLASI , 4531 Briargrove Street, San Antonio, TX 78217

Christopher LAMB . The Outsider. Pope Francis and His Battle to Reform the Church . Maryknoll, New York: Orbis, 2020. Pp. 188 + xvi. $24 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-361-8. Reviewed by Anthony J. BLASI , 4531 Briargrove St., San Antonio, TX 78217.

Brian O’LEARY , SJ.  God Ever Greater: Exploring Ignatian Spirituality .  Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2018.  pp. xiii + 126.  $19.95.  pb.  ISBN:  978-0-8146-8813-7.  Reviewed by Moni MCINTYRE , Pittsburgh, PA  15213.

Mary DOAK .  A Prophetic, Public Church:  Witness to Hope Amid the Global Crises of the 21st Century .   Collegeville, MN:  Liturgical Press, 2020.  pp. 234 + xxi.  $29.95 pb.  ISBN 978-0-8146-8450-4.  Reviewed by Stephen S. WILBRICHT , Stonehill College, Easton, MA 02357.

Mark O’KEEFE , OSB.  Learned, Experienced, and Discerning: St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross on Spiritual Direction .   Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2020.  pp. xvi + 162.  $19.95.  pb.  ISBN:  978-0-8146-8810-6.  Reviewed by Moni MCINTYRE , Pittsburgh, PA  15213.

Gerhard LOHFINK .  Prayer Takes Us Home: The Theology and Practice of Christian Prayer .  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2020.  pp.209.  $24.95 hb.  ISBN 9780814688069.  Reviewed by Peter DRILLING , Retired, Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, NY. 

Robert E. ALVIS , ed. A Science of the Saints: Studies in Spiritual Direction . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2020. Pp. 213 + xx . $24.95, pb. ISBN: 978-0-8146-8804-5. Reviewed by Rachelle LINNER , Spiritual Director, Medford, MA 02155.

Frank J. BUTLER . Belonging: One Catholic’s Journey. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2020. Pp. 187 + xx. $25.00 pb. ISBN 9781626983830. Reviewed by Calvin MERCER , East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858.

Ilia DELIO . Birth of a Dancing Star: My Journey from Cradle Catholic to Cyborg Christian . Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2019. pp. 218 + xiv. $24.00 pb. ISBN 9781626983472. Reviewed by Calvin MERCER , East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858.

Douglas HARINK , Resurrecting Justice: Reading Romans for the Life of the World . Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2020. xvi + 229 pages, pb, $26.00. ISBN 978-0-8308-5276-5. Reviewed by Thomas SIMMONS , University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota 57069.

Tim DOWLEY . Defying the Holocaust. Ten Courageous Christians Who Supported Jews. London: SPCK, 2020. pp. xv + 243. illus., name & subject index. $14.99, pb. ISBN 978-0-281-08362-6.  Reviewed by Guy Christopher CARTER , St. Peter’s University, Jersey City, NJ 07306 [1992-2002].

Khyati Y. JOSHI . White Christian Privilege. The Illusion of Religious Equality in America . New York: New York University Press, 2020. pp. 277. ISBN 9781479840236. Reviewed by Péter TÖRÖK , Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary.

Robert C. CHRISTIE , ed. Saint John Henry Newman: Preserving and Promulgating His Legacy . Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020. pp. xiii + 273. $86.50, hb. ISBN: 978-1527536319. Reviewed by Ryan MARR , Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA 50309.

The Nuns of TAUTRA MARIAKLOSTER , Northern Light . Preface by Dom Brendan Freeman, OCSO. Monastic Wisdom Series: Number Sixty.  Publications. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2020. xv + 201 pages. Reviewed by Andrew D. CIFERNI , Daylesford Abbey, Paoli, Pennsylvania

Christopher B. BARNETT trans. Soren Kierkegaard: Discourses and Writings on Spirituality . New York: Paulist Press, 2019. pp. 345. $49.95 hc. ISBN 978-0-8091-0648-6. Reviewed by Michael J. TKACIK , Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida 33574.

Kyle LAMBELET , ¡Presente!: Nonviolent Politics and the Resurrection of the Dead . Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2019. pp. 214. ISBN 978-1626167261. Reviewed by Marc TUMIENSKI , Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA 01612.

James J. BACIK , Pope Francis and His Critics: Historical and Theological Perspectives . Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2020. pp. 136. 14.95pb. ISBN: 9780909154531. Reviewed by Walter N. SISTO , D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY 14201.

Jason KING and Julie HANLON RUBIO , eds. Sex, Love, and Families: Catholic Perspectives. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press Academic, 2020. pp. 315. $34.95 pb. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , Cleveland, OH 44122.

Sr. Cheryl Frances CHEN , Sr. Hanne-Maria BERENTZEN, Sr. Anne Elizabeth SWEET & Sr. Maria Rafael BARTLETT. Northern Light: The Cistercian Nuns of Tautra Mariakloster . Athens, Ohio: Cistercian Publications, 2020. pp. 201. $24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-87907-160-8. Reviewed by Gregory STEPHENSON . University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.

John COTTINGHAM .  In Search of the Soul: A Philosophical Essay .   Princeton University Press, 2020. pp. 174. $22.95.  ISBN 978-0-691-17442-6.  Reviewed by Michael H. BARNES , University of Dayton, Dayton, OH 45469.

Ellen JOHNSON . This Is My Body: Eucharistic Theology and Anthropology in the Writings of Gertrude the Great of Helfta. . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2020. pp. 246. $34.95 pb. ISBN 9780879072803. Reviewed by Richard SHIELDS , University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, ON M5S 1J4

Maureen K. DAY . Catholic Activism Today: Individual Transformation and the Struggle for Social Justice. New York: New York University Press, 2020. pp. 320. $39.00 hb. ISBN 978-1479851331. Reviewed by Gladys GANIEL , Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN, UK

Daniel P. CASTILLO . An Ecological Theology of Liberation. Salvation and Political Ecology . Foreword by Gustavo Gutiérrez. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2019, 227 + xxviii pp. ISBN 978-1-62698-321-2, soft cover. Reviewed by Anthony J. BLASI , 4531 Briargrove Street, San Antonio, TX 78217.

Ronald D. WITHERUP , Galatians, Life in the New Creation: A Spiritual-Pastoral Reading. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2020. xx + 163 pages, pb, $29.99. ISBN 978-0-9081-5403-6. Reviewed by Thomas SIMMONS , University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota 57069.

Bonnie B. THURSTON . Shaped by the End You Live For: Thomas Merton’s Monastic Spirituality. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2020. pp. xix + 166. $19.95, pb. Reviewed by John T. FORD , Logansport, IN 46947.

Timothy BRUNK . The Sacraments and Consumer Culture . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2020. Pp. xvi + 212. $ 24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8508-2. Reviewed by Benjamin J. BROWN , Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560.

Massimo FAGGIOLI , The Liminal Papacy of Pope Francis: Moving Toward Global Catholicity . Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2020. Pp. 205. $27.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-626988-368-7. Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR , St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY: 14618.

Barry HARVEY . Baptists and the Catholic Tradition, Reimagining the Church’s Witness in the Modern World. (Second Edition). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academics, 2020. Pp. 229, $27.99 pb. ISBN 978-1-5409-6079-5. Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

Dolores L. CHRISTIE . It’s Time: Narratives of Illness, Aging, and Death. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2019. Pp.154. $21.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-5326-8079-3. Reviewed by Arthur J. KUBICK , Pawtucket, RI 02860.

SAINT ÓSCAR ROMERO . Voice of the Voiceless: The Four Pastoral Letters and Other Statements. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1985, 2020. Pp. 223. $28.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-362-5. Reviewed by Arthur J. KUBICK , Pawtucket, RI.

John S. KLOPPENBORG , Christ’s Associations: Connecting and Belonging in the Ancient City . New Haven and London: Yale University Press. pp. 526 + xxxii. $40.00 Pb. ISBN 0-300-21704-8. Reviewed by Daniel L. SMITH-CHRISTOPHER , Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90045.

Michael PAPAZIAN . The Doctor of Mercy. The Sacred Treasures of St. Gregory of Narek . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press Academic, 2019. pp. xxiii + 254, incl. name and subject index, $36.99 hardback. ISBN 978081 4685013. Reviewed by Guy C. CARTER , St. Peter’s University, Jersey City, NJ 1992-2002.

Gerald A. ARBUCKLE . Fundamentalism at Home and Abroad: Analysis and Pastoral Responses. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017. Pp. xviii + 190. Reviewed by John T. FORD , The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 20064.

Oliver CRISP and Fred SANDERS , eds. The Christian Doctrine of Humanity, Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics series . Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2018, 250 pp. $34.99, pb. ISBN 978-031059-547-2. Reviewed by Steve W. LEMKE , New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA 70126.

Katherine DUGAN . Millennial Missionaries: How a Group of Young Catholics is Trying to Make Catholicism Cool . New York: Oxford University Press, 2019. pp. 230. $34.95 hb. ISBN-10: 0190875968. Reviewed by Biff ROCHA , Independent Scholar, Mason, OH 45040.

Jay R. FEIERMAN and Lluis OVIEDO , eds. The Evolution of Religion, Religiosity, and Theology: A Multilevel and Multidisciplinary Approach . N.Y.: Routledge, 2020. Pp. 301. $145 (!) [Kindle rental $11.] ISBN 978-0-367-25026-3. Reviewed by Michael H. BARNES , Religious Studies Dept. University of Dayton.

David HOLLENBACH . Humanity in Crisis: Ethical and Religious Response to Refugees . Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2019. pp. x + 197. $39.95 pb. ISBN 978-1-62616-718-6. Reviewed by ">Moni McIntyre , Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

Song-Mi Suzie PARK . 2 Kings: Wisdom Commentary, Volume 12 , Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press (Michael Glazier Book), 2019. Pp 358, $39.95. ISBN 978008-1461114 (hardcover); ISBN 9780814681 (ebook). Reviewed by James ZEITZ , Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas 48207.

James R. PAYTON Jr . The Victory of the Cross: Salvation in Eastern Orthodoxy . Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2019. Pp. 201. $16.69. ISBN: 97808308552567 Reviewed by Walter N. SISTO , D’Youville, Buffalo, NY 14201.

Thomas O’Laughlin , Eating Together Becoming One: Taking Up Pope Francis’s Call to Theologian s . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press Academic, 2019. pp.174. $25.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8458-0. Reviewed by Marie CONN , Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA 19118.

Juliet Mousseau, RSCJ, and Sarah Kohles, OSF , editors. In our Own Words. Religious Life in a Changing World . Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 2018. 238 pp. ISBN 9780814645208, ISBN 978014645444 (ebook). Reviewed by Ana Lourdes SUAREZ , Catholic University of Argentina, Buenos Aires.

David B. HUNSICKER , The Making of Stanley Hauerwas: Bridging Barth and Postliberalism . Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2019. pp. 248. $36 pb. ISBN 9780830849161. Reviewed by Alessandro ROVATI , Belmont Abbey College, Belmont, NC 28054.

Anselm GRÜN, Tomáš HALÍK, and Winfried NONHOFF . Is God Absent?: Faith, Atheism, and Our Search for Meaning. New York: Paulist, 2019. Originally published in German in 2016. Translated by Peter Dahm Robertson. pp. 179. $19.95 pb. ISBN 978-08091-5343-5. Reviewed by David VON SCHLICHTEN , Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA 15601.

Christopher STECK , SJ. All God’s Animals: A Catholic Theological Framework for Animal Ethics. Moral Traditions Series. Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2019. pp. 249. $119.95 hb, $39.49 pb. ISBN 978-1-62616-715-5. Reviewed by Steve W. LEMKE , New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA 70126

Anthony DESTAFANO . Hell: A Guide. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson (Nelson Books), 2020. xvii + 233 pages, hardcover: $25.99. ISBN 9780718080617. Reviewed by Thomas SIMMONS , University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota 57069.

Robert ELLSBERG. A Living Gospel: Reading God’s Story in Holy Lives. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2019. pp.176. $22.00 pb ISBN: 978-1-60833-786-6. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , Shaker Heights, OH 44122.

Gerald W. SCHLABACH . A Pilgrim People: Becoming a Catholic Peace Church . Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2019, pp. 416 + xvi. $39.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-4454-6. Reviewed by Stephen S. WILBRICHT , Stonehill College, Easton, MA 02357.

Samantha L. MILLER , Chrysostom’s Devil: Demons, the Will, and Virtue in Patristic Soteriology . Downer’s Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2020. Pp. xviii + 198. $40.00 pb. ISBN 978-0-8308-4917-8. Reviewed by Benjamin BROWN , Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560.

Thomas H. GROOME . Faith for the Heart, A “Catholic” Spirituality . New York/Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2019. Pp. 295. $21.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-5466-1. Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

Denis EDWARDS . Deep Incarnation: God’s Redemptive Suffering with Creatures. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2019. Pp.139. $ 24.00 .ISBN 978-1-62698-330-4.$24.00. Reviewed by Nathan KOLLAR , St. John Fisher College, Rochester NY, 14618.

Carlos EIRE . The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila: A Biography . Princeton University Press, 2019. pp. 259. $26.95 pb. ISBN: 978-0-691-16493-9. Reviewed by Adán E. STEVENS-DIAZ , Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. 19122.

Louis M. SAVARY . Teilhard de Chardin on Morality: Living in an Evolving World. New York: Paulist Press, 2019. pp. 188. $24.95 pb. ISBN: 978-0-8091-5407-4. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , Shaker Heights, OH 44122.

Charles RAITH II , ed. The Book of Acts: Catholic, Orthodox, and Evangelical Readings . Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2019. pp. 282. $34.05 pb. ISBN 9780813231679. Reviewed by Kathleen BORRES , Retired from Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA 15650.

Richard D. NELSON. The Old Testament. Canon, History and Literature . Abingdon Press (Nashville, TN). 2019. xxi + 326. Vocabulary List (no Index). Pb. ISBN: 9781426759239. List Price: $42.99. Reviewed by Daniel L. Smith-Christopher, Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles

Michael FORD . Lonely Mystic: A New Portrait of Henri J.M. Nouwen. New York/Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2018. pp. 162. $16.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091539-8. Reviewed by Sarah Louise MacMILLEN , Ph.D., Duquesne University, Pittsburgh PA 15282.  

Michael CASEY . Balaam’s Donkey . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2019. Pp.470. ISBN 978-0-8146-8463-4. Reviewed by Christine FLETCHER , Benedictine University, Lisle, IL 60532.

Robert. F. LEAVITT . The Truth Will Make You Free: The New Evangelization for a Secular Age – A Study in Development. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press Academic, 2019. PP. 319. ISBN 978-0-8146-4668-7. Reviewed by Matthew R. PETRUSECK , Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

Hugh FEISS, OSB, Ronald E. PEPIN and Maureen O’BRIEN , eds. A Benedictine Reader: (530-1530) . Cistercian Studies vol. 275. Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2019. Pp. lx + 674. $49.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-87907-275-9. Reviewed by Patrick F. O’CONNELL , Gannon University, Erie, PA 16541.

Richard R. OSMER and Katherine M. DOUGLASS , Eds. Cultivating Teen Faith: Insights from the Confirmation Project . Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. pp. 240. $22.00 pb. ISBN: 978-0-8028-7660-7. Reviewed by ">Daniel LLOYD , Saint Leo University, North Charleston, SC 29406.

Pierre HEGY . Worship as Community Drama . Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock,2019. Pp. 217. $28.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-5326-7301-6. Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

Rachel COPE and Zachary McLEOD HUTCHINS , eds. The Writings of Elizabeth Webb: A Quaker Missionary in America, 1697-1726. University Park, Penn: Pennsylvania State University Press. 2019. Pp 226. $24.95. Pb. ISBN 0271082232. Reviewed by Daniel L. SMITH-CHRISTOPHER , Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA. 90045.

Ormond RUSH . The Vision of Vatican II: Its Fundamental Principles. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press Academic, 2019. pp. 624. $69.05 hb. ISBN 9780814680742. Reviewed by Kathleen BORRES , Retired from Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA 15650.

Patrick J. RYAN , SJ. Amen: Jews, Christians & Muslims Keep Faith with God. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2018. 258 pp. Pb. $34.00.ISBN 9780813231242. Reviewed by Peter C. PHAN , Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 20054.

LUDOLPH of SAXONY . The Life of Jesus Christ: Part One – Volume 1, Chapters 1-40, translated and introduced by Milton T. Walsh. Cistercian Studies vol. 267. Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2018. Pp. xlvii + 781. $79.95 cloth. ISBN 978-0-87907-267-6. Reviewed by ">Patrick F. O’CONNELL , Gannon University, Erie, PA 16541.

Dale T. IRVIN and Peter C. PHAN, eds. Christian Mission, Contextual Theology, Prophetic Dialogue . Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018. Pp. 293+xxiv. $40.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-299-4.Reviewed by Reid B. LOCKLIN , St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, 81 St. Mary St., Toronto, ON CANADA M5S1J4.

Uwe Michael LANG , Ed.  The Fullness of Worship: The Sacred Liturgy and its Renewal .  Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of American Press. 2018. Pp. 225.  ISBN 9780813231396.  Reviewed by Michael J. McCALLION , Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, MI 48206.

Joseph A. BRACKEN , SJ. Church as Dynamic Life-System: Shared Ministries and Common Responsibilities . Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2019. $27.00 Pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-315-1. Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR , St. John Fisher College, 14618.

Donald C. MALDARI , SJ. Christian Ministry in the Divine Milieu: Catholicity, Evolution, and the Reign of God in the Catholicity in an Evolving Universe series, Ilia Delio, ed. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2019 pb. $ 28.00 ISBN 978-1-62698-313-7 (PBK).$28.00. Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR , St. John Fisher College, 14618.

Mark S, MASSA . The Structure of Theological Revolutions: How the Fight Over Birth Control Transformed American Catholicism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018. Reviewed by Pablo ITURRIETA , Dominican University, Ottawa, ON

Jaechan Anselmo PARK . Thomas Merton’s Encounter with Buddhism and Beyond: His Interreligious Dialogue, Inter-Monastic Exchanges, and Their Legacy . Preface by Bonnie Thurston; Foreword by William Skudlarek. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2019. Pp. xxxii + 285. $29.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8474-0. Reviewed by Patrick F. O’CONNELL , Gannon University, Erie, PA 16541.

Aelred of RIEVAULX . The Liturgical Sermons, Volume 3: The Durham and Lincoln Collections, Sermons 47-84 , translated by Kathryn Krug, Lewis White, and the Catena Scholarium, with an Introduction by Ann W. Astell. Cistercian Fathers vol. 80. Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2018. Pp. xxvi + 472. $59.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-87907-180-6. Reviewed by Patrick F. O’Connell , Gannon University, Erie, PA 16541.

Todd A. SALZMAN and Michael G. LAWLER . Introduction to Catholic Theological Ethics: Foundations and Applications. Orbis Books, 2019. pp. 348. $35.00 pb. ISBN: 978-1-62698-324-3. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , Shaker Heights, OH 44122.

SimonMaryAsese A. AIHIOKHAI . Fostering Interreligious Encounters in Pluralist Societies Hospitality and Friendship . Cham, Switzerland: palgravemacmillan, 2019. Pp. 239. $54.99 hb. ISBN 978-3-030-17804-8. Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

John BERGSMA and Brant PITRE . A Catholic Introduction to the Bible. Volume 1: The Old Testament. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2018, pp. 1060. $54.95 hb. Reviewed by Leo MADDEN , Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, OH 43219

Gary DORRIEN , Social Democracy in the Making: Political and Religious Roots of European Socialism . New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2019. Pp. xiv + 578. $37.50hb. ISBN: 978-0-300-24499-1 Reviewed by John V. APCZYNSKI , professor emeritus, Saint Bonaventure University, 14778.  

Jodi MAGNESS . Masada. From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth . Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, ©2019. pp. 264. $29.95 hb. ISBN-13: 978-0-691-16710-7. Reviewed by Linda M. MALONEY , Enosburg Falls, VT 05450.

Todd A. SALZMAN and Michael G. LAWLER . Virtue and Theological Ethics: Toward a Renewed Ethical Method . Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2018. Pp. 237. $35.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-304-5. Reviewed by Kate JACKSON-MEYER, Boston, MA.

James L. PAPANDREA . A Week in the Life of Rome. Downers Grove, Illinois: Inter Varsity Press. 2019 pp. 216. Paperback. ISBN 978-0-8308-2482-3 Reviewed by Anthony J. POGORELC, St Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX 78228.

Denis FARKASFALVY , O. Cist. A Theology of the Christian Bible: Revelation+Inspiration+Canon. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2018. Pp.xii+239.Pb. $34.95.ISBN 9780813230290.Reviewed by John T. FORD , c.s.c., Logansport, Indiana.

Stephen Ebo ANNAN . Catholicism and the Spirit: Imagining a More Pneumatological, Charismatic Ecclesiology . Bloomington, IN: Xlibris, 2018. xxviii + 336. $19.98. Reviewed by Dennis DOYLE , University of Dayton.

Thomas Joseph WHITE , OP. The Light of Christ: An Introduction to Catholicism . Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2017. pp. 316. $15.32 pb. IBSN 9780813229713. Reviewed by Christopher OSTERTAG , Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO 63103.

Gerhard LOHFINK . The Our Father: A New Reading . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2019. Pp. 125. $17.95hb. ISBN: 978-08-14663-59-2. Reviewed by Ryan MARR , The National Institute for Newman Studies, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.

Kevin W. IRWIN . Context and Text: A Method for Liturgical Theology. Revised Edition. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2018. pp. 646 + lxiii. $49.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8037-7. Reviewed by Stephen S. WILBRICHT , Stonehill College, Easton, MA 02357.

Massimo BORGHESI . The Mind of Pope Francis: Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s Intellectual Journey . Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2018. pp. 344. $29.95 pb. ISBN 9780814687901. Reviewed by Alessandro ROVATI , Belmont Abbey College, Belmont, NC 28054.

Ruth BURROWS . Essential Writings . Selected with an Introduction by Michelle Jones. Modern Spiritual Masters series. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2019. pp. 176. $24.00 pb. ISBN 9781608337750 (ebook) ISBN 9781626983120 (PBK.) Reviewed by Jill RAITT , University of Missouri, Columbia, Emerita, Columbia, MO 65211.

Jon SOBRINO Spiritual Writing . Selected with an Introduction by Robert LASSALLE-KLEIN, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018. pages 203. $24.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-300-7. Reviewed by Marie CONN , Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia PA 19118.

Ryan J. MARR . To Be Perfect is to Have Changed Often: The Development of John Henry Newman’s Ecclesiological Outlook, 1845-1877. Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 2018. pp. 195. $100.00. ISBN 978-1978700574. Reviewed by Ono EKEH . Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT 06825.

Tracy J. TROTHEN, Calvin MERCER , eds. Religion and Human Enhancement: Death Values and Morality . Gewerbestrasse, Switzerland: Springer, 2017. Pp. 377.$159.99.ISBN 978-3-319-62487-7. Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR , St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY.14618.

Charles MARSH, Shea TUTTLE, and Daniel P. RHODES (editors). Can I Get A Witness? Thirteen Peacemakers, Community Builders, and Agitators for Faith and Justice. Grand Rapids: William B Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2019. pp. 385. $26.99 pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7573-0. Reviewed by Kristen SENETAR , Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO 63103

Kathleen DUFFY . Teilhard’s Struggle: Embracing the Work of Evolution. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2019. pp. 148. $20.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-317-5. Reviewed by Calvin MERCER , East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858.

Peter FELDMEIER . Experiments in Buddhist-Christian Encounter: From Buddha-Nature to the Divine Nature . Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2019. pp. ix+261. $40.00 pb. ISBN 9781626983069. Reviewed by Christopher DENNY , St. John’s University, Queens, NY 11439.

Robert Louis WILKEN , Liberty in the Things of God: The Christian Origins of Religious Freedom. Yale: New Haven, CT and London, 2019. Pp. x + 236. $26.00 hc. ISBN 978-0-300-22663-8. Reviewed by Benjamin BROWN , Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560.

M. Shawn COPELAND . Knowing Christ Crucified: The Witness of African American Religious Experience . Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018. pp. xxvi + 198. $24.00. pb. ISBN: 978-1-62698-298-7. Reviewed by Moni MCINTYRE , Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA 15282.

Agnes M. BRAZAL , A Theology of Southeast Asia: Liberation Postcolonial Ethics in the Philippines . Maryknoll NY: Orbis Books, 2019. pp. xxxvi+204. $36.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-292-5. Reviewed by James T. BRETZKE , S.J., John Carroll University, University Heights, OH 44118.

Stephen OKEY . A Theology of Conversation: An Introduction to David Tracy . Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press Academic, 2018. Pp. 230. $34.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8418-4. Reviewed by Ann SWANER , Barry University, Miami Shores, FL 33161.

Jack JEZREEL , A New Way to Be Church: Parish Review from the Outside Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018. Pp.177. pbk $20.00 ISBN 9781626982901. Reviewed by Jayne L. WILCOX, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19144.

S. Tamar KAMIONKOWSKI . Leviticus: Wisdom Commentary, Volume 3, Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press (Michael Glazier Book), 2018. Pp 326, $39.95. ISBN 978-0-8146-8102-2 (hardcover); ISBN 978-0-8146-8127-5 (ebook). Reviewed by James ZEITZ , Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas 48207.

Thomas MERTON . Cistercian Fathers and Forefathers: Essays and Conferences . Edited by Patrick F. O’Connell. Hyde Park, New York: New City Press, 2018. Pp. 470. $34.95 pb. ISBN 978-1-56548-671-3. Reviewed by Bernadette MCNARY-ZAK , Rhodes College, Memphis, TN 38112.

Martin SCHLAG . The Business Francis Means: Understanding the Pope’s Message on the Economy . Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2017. Pp. 196. $24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8132-2973-7. Reviewed by Paul MISNER , Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 53201

Sue E. HOUCHINS and Baltasar FRA-MOLINERO. Black Bride of Christ: Chicaba, an African Nun in Eighteenth-Century Spain . Vanderbilt University Press, 2018. pp. 307. $34.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8265-2104-0. Reviewed by Adán E. STEVENS-DIAZ . Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. 19122.

M. Therese LYSAUGHT and Michael McCarthy, eds. Catholic Bioethics & Social Justice: The Praxis of US Health Care in a Globalized World. Collegeville, Minn: Liturgical Press, 2018. pp. 439. 39.95 pb. ISBN: 978-0-8146-8455-9. Reviewed by Walter N. SISTO , D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY 14201.

Erin M. CLINE . A World on Fire: Sharing The Ignatian Spiritual Exercises with Other Religions. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University Of America Press, 2019. pp. xi+284. $29.95 pb. ISBN 9-780813229775. Reviewed by James T. BRETZKE, S.J. , Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 53233.

Kevin AHERN and Christopher Derige MALANO (Editors). God’s Quad, Small Faith Communities on Campus and Beyond. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018. Pp. 228. $20.00 pb ISBN 978-1-62698-287-1. Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

Fernando Cardinal FILONI . The Church in Iraq. Translated by Edward Condon. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, ©2017, pp. x + 195, $12.97 pb. ISBN 9780813229652. Reviewed by Linda M. MALONEY , Enosburg Falls, VT 05450.

Samuel TORVEND . Still Hungry at the Feast: Eucharistic Justice in the Midst of Affliction . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press Academic, ©2019, pp. xvi + 144, $19.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8468-9. Reviewed by Linda M. MALONEY , Enosburg Falls, VT 05450.

Andrew J.G. DRENAS , The Standard Bearer of the Roman Church: Lawrence of Brindisi-Capuchin Missions in the Holy Roman Empire (1599-1613). Washington, D.C.: Catholic University Press, 2018. $70. 246 pgs. ISBN 978-0-8132-3025-2. Reviewed by Richard SHIELDS , University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, ON.

Yves CONGAR, O.P. , The Spirit of God: Short Writings on the Holy Spirit , translated by Susan Mader Brown, Mark E. Gunter, Joseph G. Mueller, SJ, and Catherine E. Clifford. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2018. Pp. ix, 298. $42.25 (hardcover) ISBN 9780813229935. Reviewed by Joseph A. BRACKEN, S.J. Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH 45207.

Steven D. CONE . Theology from the Great Tradition . London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2018. Pp. 752. $136.00 pb. ISBN: 978-05-67670-00-7. Reviewed by Ryan MARR , The National Institute for Newman Studies, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.

W. Shawn McKNIGHT Understanding the Diaconate. Historical, Theological, and Sociological Foundations . Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2018. pp. 309. pb. ISBN 978-0-8132-3035-1. Reviewed by Péter TÖRÖK , Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, H - 2120.

Donna Whitson BRETT and Edward T. BRETT. Martyrs of Hope: Seven U.S. Missioners In Central America . Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2018. pp. 309. $25.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-293-2. Reviewed by Kristen SENETAR , Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO 63103.

DinhAnhNhue NGUYEN and Jude WINKLER, Editors, Franciscan Asian Biennial Book 2016-2017 . Rome: Casa Editrice Miscellanea Francescana, 2017. Pp. 230. ISBN-13: 978-88-87931-74-7. NP. Reviewed by Peter C. PHAN , Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 20057.

Dinh Anh Nhue NGUYEN , OFM Conv ., Gesù il saggio di Dio e la Sapienza divina. Indagine biblico-teologica introduttiva per ripensare la cristologia sapienziale nei vangeli sinotti .  Rome: Casa Editrice Miscellania Francescana. 2017. ISBN 978-88-87931-64-8. Pp. 512. €32.00. Reviewed by Peter C. PHAN , Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 20057.

Philip SHELDRAKE , ed., Surrender to Christ for Mission: French Spiritual Traditions. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2018. Pp. 204. $24.95,pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8786-4. Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR , St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY. 14618.

Marie DENNIS , ed. Choosing Peace:The Catholic Church Returns to Gospel Nonviolence . Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018. pp. 256. $25,00 pb. ISBN 9781626982703. Reviewed by Robert P. MARKO , Aquinas College, Grand Rapid, MI 49506.

Thomas GUARINO , The Disputed Teachings of Vatican II: Continuity and Reversal in Catholic Doctrine . Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2018. Pp. x + 214. $28.00 pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7438-2. Reviewed by Benjamin BROWN , Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560. 

Mercedes L. GARCIA BACHMANN . Judges. Wisdom Commentary, Volume 7 , Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press (Michael Glazier Book), 2018. Pp 273, $39.95 pb. ISBN 9780814681060 (hardcover); ISBN 9780814681312 (ebook). Reviewed by James ZEITZ , Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas 48207.

W. Shawn MCKNIGHT . Understanding the Diaconate: Historical, Theological, and Sociological Foundations. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2018. pp. 336. $29.95pb. ISBN 978-0813230351. Reviewed by Ella JOHNSON , St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA 52803.

Jared WICKS , SJ. Investigating Vatican II, Its Theologians, Ecumenical Turn, and Biblical Commitment . Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2018. Pp. 289. $30.00pb. ISBN 978-0-8132-3047-4. Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19114.

Michael J. TKACIK . Deacons and Vatican II: The Making of a Servant Church . Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2018. pp. 138. $19.00 pb. ISBN 9781532648199. Reviewed by Ella JOHNSON , St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA 52803.

Kevin M. CLARKE , ed. The Seven Deadly Sins: Sayings of the Fathers of the Church . Washington DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2018. Pp. 197. ISBN 978-0-8132-3021-4. Gail RAMSHAW . Saints on Sunday: Voices from Our Past Enlivening Our Worship . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018. Pp. 167. ISBN 978-0-8146-4558-1. Reviewed by Matthew R. PETRUSEK , Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

Eckhard J. SCHNABEL , Jesus in Jerusalem: The Last Days. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2018. pp. xxiv+680. HC. $60.

ISBN 978-0-8028-8. Reviewed by Peter C. PHAN , Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 20057.

AELRED of RIEVAULX . Homilies on the Prophetic Burdens of Isaiah , translated by Lewis White with an Introduction by Marsha L. Dutton. Cistercian Fathers vol. 83. Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2018. Pp. lxxiv + 349. $54.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-87907-183-7. Reviewed by Patrick F. O’CONNELL , Gannon University, Erie, PA 16541.

Derek C., HATCH and Timothy R. GABRIELLI , eds. Weaving the American Catholic Tapestry: Essays in Honor of William L. Portier . Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2017. pp. 333. $41.00 pb. ISBN: 978-1-49820-279-4. Reviewed by  Ryan MARR , The National Institute for Newman Studies, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Charles MARSH, Shea TUTTLE, and Daniel P. RHODES (editors). Can I Get A Witness? Thirteen Peacemakers, Community Builders, and Agitators for Faith and Justice . Grand Rapids: William B Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2019. pp. 385. $26.99 pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7573-0. Reviewed by Kristen SENETAR , Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO 63103.

Kevin M. CLARKE (editor). The Seven Deadly Sins. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2018. pp. 217. $19.95 pb. ISBN 9-780813-230214. Reviewed by Kristen SENETAR , Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO 63103.

Thomas G. WEINANDY , OFM, Cap. Jesus Becoming Jesus: A Theological Interpretation of the Synoptic Gospels . Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2018. pp. 478. $34.95 pb. ISBN 9780813230450. Reviewed by Peter DRILLING , retired, Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, NY 14052. 

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Charles E. CURRAN , Diverse Voices in Modern US Moral Theology. Moral Traditions Series. Georgetown University Press, 2018. Xiii+265$104.95hb; $34.95 pb and E-book. ISBN 9-781626-166325. Reviewed by James T. BRETZKE, S.J. , Marquette University, Milwaukee WI, 53233.

Anne McGOWEN and Paul F. BRADSHAW , The Pilgrimage of Egeria: A New Translation of the Itinerium Egeriae with Introduction and Commentary . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press Academic, 2018. pp.235. $29.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8421-4. Reviewed by Marie CONN , Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA 19118.

Joseph D. SMALL , Flawed Church, Faithful God: A Reformed Ecclesiology for the Real World . Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018, pp. 242. $35.00 pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7612-6. Reviewed by Wilburn T. STANCIL , Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO 64110.

Alice Ogden BELLIS . Proverbs.Wisdom Commentary 23 . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018. Pp. 300+liv.$39.95 hb.ISBN 978-0-8146-8122-0.Reviewed by Nicholas R. WERSE , Baylor University, Waco, TX.

C. Michael SHEA , Newman’s Early Roman Catholic Legacy 1845-1854 . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. pp. 244. $81.00 hb. ISBN 978-0198802563. Reviewed by ">Jeffrey MORROW , Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ 07079.

Brian P. FLANAGAN . Stumbling in Holiness: Sin and Sanctity in the Church . Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2018. pp. viii+185. $24. 95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8420-7, 8420; eISBN: 978-0-8146-8444-3, E8444. Reviewed by James T. BRETZKE, S.J. , Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 53233.

Peter C. PHAN , Asian Christianities: History, Theology, Practice . Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018. Pp. 318.$50.00 ISBN 978- 62698-093-8. Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR , St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY 14618.

Jean PORTER . The Perfection of Desire: Habit, Reason, and Virtue in Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae . Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2018. pp. 158. $15.00 hb. ISBN: 978-1-62-600-508-2. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , Shaker Heights, OH 44122.

Rowan WILLIAMS . Being Human. Bodies, Minds, Persons . Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018. Paperback. 117pp. $12.00. ISBN 978-0-9-29-7656-0. Reviewed by Linda M. MALONEY , Enosburg Falls, VT 05450 and Cameron Park, CA 95682.

Frederick J. CWIEKOWSKI . The Church: Theology in History. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2018, xi + 412 pp., ISBN: 978-0-8146-4468-3, $39.95, paperback. Reviewed by Patrick J. HAYES, Redemptorist Archives, Philadelphia.

Stephen D. LOWE and Mary E. LOWE . Ecologies of Faith in a Digital Age . Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2018. Pp. 259. $22.50 pb. ISBN 978-0-8308-5205-5. Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

Mary Ellen O’DONNELL 2018. Ingrained Habits: Growing Up Catholic in Mid-Twentieth-Century America. Washington D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press. Pp.164. ISBN 978-081-323-0375. Reviewed by Michael J. McCALLION , Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan.

Joris GELDHOF . Liturgy and Secularism: Beyond the Divide. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2018. Pp. 158 + xviii. $29.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8461-0. Reviewed by Stephen S. WILBRICHT , Stonehill College, Easton, MA 02357.

Antonio AUTIERO and Laurentti MAGESA , eds . The Catholic Ethicist in the Local Church . Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2018. pp. 341. $48.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-274-1. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRIESTIE , Cleveland, OH 44122.

Yves CONGAR, O.P. Power and Poverty in the Church: The Renewal and Understanding of Service . Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press. 2016, pp. 107. $15.95 pb ISBN 978-0-8091-5303-9 [First published, 1964] — and Philip D. W. KREY and Peter D. S. KREY , eds. The Catholic Luther: His Early Writings . Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2016, pp. 184. $18.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-4988-9. Reviewed by Alice L. LAFFEY , Sutton, MA 01590

David WENHAM . From Good News to Gospels . Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 2018. pp. 124. $16.00 pb. ISBN: 078-0-8028-7368-2. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , Shaker Heights, OH 44122.

Michael E. LEE .  Revolutionary Saint: The Theological Legacy of Óscar Romero .  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018.  Pp. xxv +213.  $27.00.  Reviewed by Stephen OKEY , Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, FL 33574.

Donald SENIOR . Raymond E. Brown and the Catholic Biblical Renewal . Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2018. pp. xxxix + 332. $29.95 hb. ISBN 978-0-8091-0644-8. Reviewed by Robert P. RUSSO , Perrysburg, OH 43551.

Clare MCGRATH-MERKLE , Berulle’s Spiritual Theology of Priesthood: A Study in Speculative Mysticism and Applied Metaphysics. Munster: AschendorffVerlag, 2018. Pp. 409. $77.00 pb. ISBN 0-385-49693-1. Reviewed by Anthony J. POGORELC , St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX 78228.

Susan K. WOOD and Timothy J. WENGERT . A Shared Spiritual Journey: Lutherans and Catholics Traveling Toward Unity . New York: Paulist Press, 2016. pp. 254. $34.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-4979-7. Reviewed by Michael J. TKACIK , Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida, 33574

Brendan BYRNE , S.J. Freedom in the Spirit: An Ignatian Retreat with Saint Paul. New York/Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2018. Pp 198, $19.95. ISBN 978-0-4994-0 (paperback); 978-1-58768-621-4 (ebook) Reviewed by James ZEITZ , Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas 48207.

Diarmund O’MURCHU . Beyond Original Sin: Recovering Humanity’s Creative Urge. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018. pp 205. $24 pb. ISBN 9781626982864. Reviewed by Michael H. BARNES , University of Dayton, Dayton, OH 45469.

Matthew J. CRESSLER . Authentically Black and Truly Catholic: The Rise of Black Catholicism in the Great Migration. New York: New York University Press, 2017. pp. 288. $30 pb. ISBN 978-1-4798-8096-6. Reviewed by Carol Ann MACGREGOR , Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70118.

Lalsangkima PACHUAU . World Christianity: A Historical and Theological Introduction . Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2018. pp. 247, $34.99. ISBN: 13:978-1-4267-5318-3. Reviewed by Michael J. McCALLION , Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan 48206.

Asle EIKREM . God as Sacrificial Love: A Systematic Exploration of a Controversial Notion. New York: Bloomsbury, 2018. pp. vii+304. $114.00 hb. ISBN 9780567678645. Reviewed by Christopher DENNY , St. John’s University, Queens, NY 11439.

Gerhard LOHFINK , Is This All There Is? On Resurrection and Eternal Life . Translated by Linda M. Maloney. Collegeville, Min.: Liturgical Press, 2018. HC. 300 pp. $34.95. Reviewed by Peter C. PHAN , Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

John W. O’MALLEY , Vatican I: The Council and the Making of the Ultramontane Church. Harvard University Press, 2018, 307 pp., ISBN: 978-0-674-97998-7, $24.95 (cloth). Reviewed by Patrick J. HAYES , Redemptorist Archives, Philadelphia, PA 19123.

Thomas P. GAUNT , SJ (ed). Pathways to Religious Life . New York: Oxford University Press, 2018. Pp. 192. $24.95 hb. ISBN 978-0-19-087815-3. Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

Robert HUDSON , The Monk's Record Player: Thomas Merton, Bob Dylan, and the Perilous Summer of 1966. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2018, pp. 230. ISBN: 978-0-8028-7520-4. Reviewed by Robert P. MARKO , Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.

Daniel K. FINN , editor. Empirical Foundations of the Common Good: What Theology Can Learn from Social Science . New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017. 246 pp. $99 hb. ISBN 978-0-19-067005-4. Reviewed by Pablo M. ITURRIETA , Dominican University, Ottawa, ON K1R 7G3

Luis Antonio TAGLE . The Risk of Hope: How to Talk about God in the World Today . Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018. pp. 137 $20.00 pb. ISBN 9781626982826. Reviewed by Richard SHIELDS , University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, ON.

Alcuin REID , editor. Liturgy in the Twenty-First Century: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives . New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016. pp. 365. $24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-5676-6809-7. and Uwe Michael LANG , editor. Authentic Liturgical Renewal in Contemporary Perspective: Proceedings of the Sacra Liturgia Conference Held in London, 5-8 July 2016 . New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017. pp. 197. $26.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-5676-7842-3.  Reviewed by Ryan MARR , The National Institute for Newman Studies, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.

Edwin E. OLSON . And God Created Wholeness: A Spirituality of Catholicity . Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2018. Pp. 237. $28.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-268-0.$28.00. Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR , St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY 14618.

Anthony GODZIEBA . A Theology of the Presence and Absence of God . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018. Pp. viii, 331.$49.95 (Amazon).LCCN 2018010934/ISBN 9780814663585 Reviewed by Joseph A. BRACKEN, S.J. , Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH 45207

Thomas MERTON , The Climate of Monastic Prayer. Collegeville, Minn: Liturgical Press, 2018. pp. 156. $19.95 pb. ISBN: 9780814663578. Reviewed by Walter N. SISTO , D’Youville, 320 Porter Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201

Juliet MOUSSEAU and Sarah KOHLES. In Our Own Words: Religious Life in a Changing World .   Collegeville, MN.: Liturgical Press, 2018. pp. 238, $17.50 pb. ISBN 978 080814645208 . Reviewed by Richard RYMARZ , BBI-TAITE Sydney, Australia

Robert J. NOGOSEK , C.S.C. Nine Portraits of Jesus: Discovering Jesus through the Enneagram . New York/Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2018. Pp 117, $11.91. ISBN 978-0-8091-5355-8 (paperback); 978-1-58768-721-1 (ebook). Reviewed by James ZEITZ , Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas 48207.

Vincent J. MILLER , The Theological and Ecological Vision of LAUDATO SI': Everything is Connected. Bloomsbury T&T Clark, NY: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017. pp. 218. $32.00 pb. ISBN 978-0-67315-206-2. Reviewed by Marie CONN , Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA 19118.

Abbot SUGER of Saint-Denis. Selected Works of Abbot Suger of Saint-Denis . Translated with Introduction and Notes by Richard Cusimano and Eric Whitmore. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2018. pp. 293. $65 hb. ISBN 9780813229973. Reviewed by Pablo M. ITURRIETA , Dominican University, Ottawa, ON K1R 7G3

Ilia DELIO .  A Hunger For Wholeness: Soul, Space, and Transcendence . New York: Paulist Press, 2018. pp. 124. $15.95. pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-5374-9. Reviewed by Andrew DEL ROSSI , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

Klyne R. SNODGRASS , Who God Says You Are: A Christian Understanding of Identity . Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018. 246 pp., $24.00 paper. ISBN: 978-0-8028-7518-1. Reviewed by Steve W. LEMKE , New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA  70126.

Michele DILLON . Postsecular Catholicism: Relevance and Renewal.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2018. pp. 214. $29.95 (hardcover).  ISBN 978-0-19-069300-8.  Reviewed by Sarah Louise MacMILLEN , Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA 15282.

George KALANTZIS and Marc CORTEZ , editors. Come, Let Us Eat Together: Sacraments and Christian Unity .  Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2018. pp.250. $26.00 pb.  ISBN 978-0-8308-5317-5. Reviewed by Maureen Beyer MOSER , Eastchester, NY 10709.

Teresia Mbari HINGA .  African, Christian, Feminist: The Enduring Search for What Matters .  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017.  pp.  xxv + 244.  $45.00 pb.  ISBN: 978-1-62698-249-9.  Reviewed by Moni MCINTYRE , Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA  15282.

Michael DOWNEY.   The Depth of God’s Reach: A Spirituality of Christ’s Descent .   Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2018.  Pp. xii + 131.  $ 22.00 pb.  ISBN 978-1-62698-261-1.  Reviewed by Benjamin J. BROWN , Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560.

Vincent PIZZUTO .  Contemplating Christ, The Gospels and the Interior Life.   Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018. Pp. 209. $24.95 pb.  ISBN 978-0-8146-4705-9.  Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

Pope FRANCIS , Robert Ellsberg (editor).   The Courage to be Happy, The Pope Speaks to the Youth of the World.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018. Pp190.  $20.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-272-7. Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

David Vincent MECONI, SJ. The One Christ: St. Augustine’s Theology of Deification. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2013. pp. 280. $69.95 hc. ISBN 978-0-8132-2127-4. Reviewed by Ryan MARR , The National Institute for Newman Studies, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.

Oliver CRISP & Kyle STROBEL. Jonathan Edwards: An Introduction to His Thought . Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2018. Pp. 232. $28 pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7269-2. Reviewed by Ann SWANER , Barry University, Miami Shores, FL 33161.

Kira SCHLESINGER . Pro-Choice and Christian. Reconciling Faith, Politics, and Justice . Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2017. pp. 130. $14 pb. ISBN 978-0664-26292-1. Reviewed by Pablo M. ITURRIETA . Independent Researcher, ON, Canada.

Jim FOREST , At Play in the Lion’s Den: A Biography and Memoir of Daniel Berrigan.   Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. 336 pages. $28.00 paperback.  ISBN 978-1-62698-248-2.  Reviewed by Arthur J. KUBICK , Providence, RI.

Mary Jo IOZZIO and Patricia Beattie JUNG, eds. Sex and Gender: Christian Ethical Reflections . Washington, D.C. Georgetown University Press, 2017. Pp. 1-257. Reviewed by Craig A. FORD, Jr. , Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467.

Yiu Sing LUCAS CHAN , James F. KEENAN, Ronaldo ZACHARIAS, eds. The Bible and Catholic Theological Ethics . Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. 299. $45.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-218-5. Reviewed by Matthew R. PETRUSECK , Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

Stanley HAUERWAS .  The Character of Virtue: Letters to a Godson .  With an Introduction by Samuel WELLS. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018. pp. 199.  $21.99 hb. ISBN: 978-0-8028-7579-2. Reviewed by James BRETZKE , S.J., Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

Michael J. KRUGER . Christianity at the Crossroads: How the Second Century shaped the Future of the Church .   Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2018. Pp. 256.  $23.40 pb. ISBN 978-0-8308-5203-1. Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR , St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY 14618.

Miguel DE LA TORRE , ed., Faith and Resistance in the Age of Trump . Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017.  pp. xxxi + 240. $22.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-247-5. Reviewed by John SNIEGOCKI , Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH 45207-4442.

Richard R. GAILLARDETZ .  By What Authority? Foundations for Understanding Authority in the Church.   Revised and Expanded Edition.  Liturgical Press Academic.  Collegeville, Minnesota.  246 pages.  ISBN: 978-0-8146-8788-8.  Reviewed by: Michael McCALLION , Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan. 

John DEAR , They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace & Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018. pp.160. $20.00 pb. 978-1-62698-264-2. Reviewed by Marie CONN , Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA 19118.

Timothy R. GABRIELLI .  One in Christ:  Virgil Michel, Louis-Marie Chauvet, and Mystical Body Theology .  Collegeville:  The Liturgical Press, 2017.  Pp. 239 + xx.  $34.95 pb.  ISBN 978-0-8146-8397-2.  Reviewed by Stephen S. WILBRICHT , Stonehill College, Easton, MA  02357.

Robert R. BECK . Jesus and His Enemies: Narrative Conflict in the Four Gospels . Maryknoll: Orbis, 2017, pp. 237. $35.00 pb. Reviewed by Leo MADDEN , Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, OH 43219.

Alice L. LAFFEY and Mahri LEONARD-FLECKMAN. Ruth Wisdom Commentary, Volume 8, Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press (Michael Glazier Book), 2017. Pp 200, $30.96 pb. ISBN 978081461077 (hardcover); ISBN 97808146811329 (ebook). Reviewed by James ZEITZ , Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas 48207.

Elizabeth A. JOHNSON . Creation and the Cross: The Mercy of God for a Planet in Peril. Maryknoll and New York: Orbis Books, 2018. pp. 238.  $28.00 hb. ISBN 9781626982666 (print), LCCN 2017048275 (ebook). Reviewed by Jill RAITT , University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211.

James A. CORIDEN . The Holy Spirit and an Evolving Church . Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. pp. 210. $28.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-6269-8263-5. Reviewed by Ryan MARR , The National Institute for Newman Studies, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.

Mary T. MALONE .  Four Women Doctors of the Church .  Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2015.  pp. 121.  $16.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-240-6.  Reviewed by Moni MCINTYRE , Duquesne University.  Pittsburgh, PA  15282.

Richard G. MALLOY , S.J.  Spiritual Direction, a Beginner’s Guide .  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017.  Pp. 205.  $20.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-253-6. Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19114.

Nicholas AUSTIN , Aquinas on Virtue: A Causal Reading , Moral Traditions series. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2017. 233 pp., $34.95 paper. ISBN: 978-1-62616-473-4. Reviewed by Steve W. LEMKE , New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA  70126.

Anthony J. GITTINS , Courage & Conviction: Unpretentious Christianity . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018. pp 240. pb $24.95. ISBN 9780814644522. Reviewed by Jayne L. WILCOX , LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA 19144.

Gina Hens-Piazza . Lamentations: Wisdom Commentary , Volume 30, Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press (Michael Glazier Book), 2017. Pp 110, $23.21 pb. ISBN 9780814681794 (ebook)/ 9780814681541 (hardcover). Reviewed by James ZEITZ , Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas 48207.

Unn FALKEID . The Avignon Papacy Contested: An Intellectual History from Dante to Catherine of Siena . Cambridge, MA; London, England: Harvard University Press, 2017. pp. 269. $49.95 hc. ISBN 9780674971844. Reviewed by Pablo M. ITURRIETA , Independent Researcher, ON L0M0S3.

Paul G. CROWLEY , SJ. The Unmoored God: Believing in a Time of Dislocation. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2017. pp. 128. $26.00 pb. ISBN: 978-1626982468. Reviewed by Daniel LLOYD , Saint Leo University, North Charleston, SC 29406.

Anne E. PATRICK .  On Being Unfinished:  Collected Writings .   Ed. Susan Perry.   Maryknoll, NY:  Orbis Books, 2017.  pp. xxv + 309.  $32.00 pb.  ISBN 978-1-62698-255-0.  Reviewed by Paul MISNER , Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881.

Elisabeth Schüssler FIORENZA . Ephesians . Wisdom Commentary 50. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017. Pp. 145+lxxxii. $39.95 hb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8174-9. Reviewed by Nicholas R. WERSE , Baylor University, Waco, TX.

Naim Stifan ATEEK . A Palestinian Theology of Liberation: The Bible, Justice, and the Palestine-Israel Conflict . Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017, pp. 172. $20.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-260-4. Reviewed by Marie CONN , Chestnut Hill College. Philadelphia, PA 19118.

Mark CHAVES .   American Religion: Contemporary Trends, 2/e .   Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2017, pp. 160. $14.95 paperback ISBN 978-0-6911-7756-4; $11.99 eBook ISBN 978-1-4008-8837-5. Reviewed by Meg Wilkes KARRAKER , University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN 55105.

Stephen Joseph FICHTER . From Celibate Catholic Priest to Married Protestant Minister: Shepherding in Greener Pastures . Lexington Books, 2015. Pp. vii+195. Hardcover $84.76. Reviewed by James CAVENDISH , University of South Florida.

Patrick J. HAYES , editor. The Civil War Diary of Father James Sheeran, Confederate Chaplain and Redemptorist . Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2016. pp. 596. $29.95 pb. ISBN 978-0813228822. Reviewed by Karen TEEL , University of San Diego, San Diego, CA 92110.

Johannes BEUTLER, SJ. A Commentary on the Gospel of John. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 2017. pp. 623. $90.00 ($65.68 Amazon) hb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7336-1. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , Shaker Heights, OH 44122.

William A. CLARKE and Daniel GAST , editors. Collaborative Parish Leadership: Contexts, Models, Theology . Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2017. pp. 220. $90.00 hardcover ISBN 978-1-4985-3368-3; $85.50 e-book ISBN 978-1-4985-3369-0. Reviewed by Richard SHIELDS , University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, ON M5S 1J4

Pierre HEGY , Lay Spirituality, From Traditional to Postmodern .   Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2017.  $29.00 Pb, 221 pgs.  ISBN 978-1-5326-3194-8.  Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA.

Rafael LUCIANI , Pope Francis and the Theology of the People . Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. 2017. pp. 199. $28.00 pb. ISNB 9781626982529. Reviewed by Pierre HEGY , Adelphi University, Garden City, NY 11530.

Frederick G. LAWRENCE , The Fragility of Consciousness: Faith, Reason, and the Human Good . Edited by Randall S. Rosenberg & Kevin M. Vander Schel. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017. pp. 424. $95.00 hc. ISBN 978-1-4875-0132-7. Reviewed by Paul LACHANCE , Independent Scholar.

William CAVANAUGH & James K.A. SMITH, eds., Evolution and the Fall .  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017.  Pp. xxix + 231.  $26.00 pb.  ISBN 0-802873790.  Reviewed by Daniel L. SMITH-CHRISTOPHER , Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA 90278

Colleen M. CONWAY . John and the Joannine Letters. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2017. pp. 188. $29.99 pb. ISBN-13: 978-1-4267-6639-8. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , Shaker Heights, OH 44122

Jame SCHAEFER , ed. Advancing Mariology: The Theotokos Lectures 2008–2017 . Marquette Studies in Theology, no. 89. Milwaukee, WI: Marquette University Press, 2017. pp. 320. $20.00 hc. ISBN 978-1-6260-0716-1. Reviewed by Ryan MARR , National Institute for Newman Studies, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

Wilda C. M. GAFNEY . Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017. Pp. 224+xxxvii. $39.95 hb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8162-6. Reviewed by Nicholas R. WERSE , Baylor University, Waco, TX

Emmanuel KATONGOLE . The Journey of Reconciliation: Groaning for a New Creation in Africa . Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2017. pp. 216. $30.00 pb. ISBN 9781626982505. Reviewed by Gladys GANIEL , Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT7 1NN, UK

Nancy J. AZZARO , The Vision of Christ In St. Columba Church . Brooklyn CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017. pp. 174. $9.99 pb. $4.99 kindle. Reviewed by Christine CALABRESE . Huntington, NY.  

Albert GERHARDS , Benedikt KRANEMANN, tr. Linda M. MALONEY. Introduction to the Study of Liturgy . Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2017. Pp. 400. Bibliography. Index. $44.95 pb. ISBN9780814663127. Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR , St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY. 14618 

Gerald O’COLLINS with John Wilkins.   Lost in Translation: The English Language and the Catholic Mass . Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2017. Pp.122. Bibliography. Index. $17.95. ISBN 9780814644577.  Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR , St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY. 14618

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Mary MALONE . Women and Christianity , Vol. III: From the Reformation to the 21st Century. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2003. pp. 334. $24.00. pb. ISBN 1-57075-475-6. Reviewed by Jill RAITT . University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65201

Raymond L. SICKINGER .  Antoine Frédéric Ozanam . Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2017, 385 pp., ISBN: 978-0-268-10142-8, $60, hardcover.  Reviewed by Patrick J. HAYES , Redemptorist Archives of the Baltimore Province, Philadelphia, PA.

Gerard O’CONNELL . Do not Stifle the Spirit: Conversations with Jacques Dupuis . New York: Orbis Books, 2017. pp. 280. $30.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-222-2. Reviewed by Kathleen BORRES , Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA 15650

Charles L. COHEN, Paul F. KNITTER and Ulrich ROSENHAGEN , eds. The Future of Interreligious Dialogue: A Multireligious Conversation on Nostra Aetate . Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2017. pp. 327. $40.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-245-1. Reviewed by Michael J. TKACIK , Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida 33574

Anthony J. BLASI .  Social Science and the Christian Scriptures: Sociological Introductions and New Translation , Volume 1,2,3. Eugene, Oregon: WIPF & STOCK.  2017. Pp. 723. pb. ISBN 978-1-5236-     1150-6.  Reviewed by Michael J. McCALLION , Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan.

Dinh Anh Nhue NGUYEN , OFMConv, editor. The Bible and Asian Culture: Reading the Word of God in Its Cultural Background and in the Vietnamese Context. Rome: Gregorian Biblical Press, 2015. Paper 244 pp. Reviewed by Peter C. PHAN , Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057.

Jeannine Hill FLETCHER . The Sin of White Supremacy: Christianity, Racism, and Religious Diversity in America . Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. pp. 194. $28.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-237-6. Reviewed by Ella JOHNSON , St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, Rochester, NY 14618.

Thomas E. HOSINSKI , The Image of the Unseen God: Catholicity, Science, and Our Evolving Understanding of God , Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2017.pp. 206.  $27.00 pb. ISBN: 9781626982598. Reviewed by Walter N. SISTO , D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY 14201.

Tisha RAJENDRA . Migrants and Citizens: Justice and Responsibility in the Ethics of Immigration . Grand Rapids. MI: Eerdmans, 2017. Paper. 168 pp. Reviewed by Peter C. PHAN , Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057.

Brett HENDRICKSON . The Healing Power of the Santuario of Chimayó: America’s Miraculous Church . New York: New York University Press, 2017. Pp. xi + 244. Reviewed by John T. FORD , The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 20064.

Micah D. KIEL , Apocalyptic Ecology: The Book of Revelation, the Earth, and the Future . Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2017, pp. 188. $24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0814687826. Reviewed by Wilburn T. STANCIL , Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO 64110. 

Joel MARCUS . Jesus and the Holocaust: Reflections on Suffering and Hope . Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Groups, 1997, pp. 129. $15.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7435-1. Reviewed by Marie CONN , Chestnut Hill College. Philadelphia, PA 19118.

Laura Reece HOGAN , I live, No Longer I: Paul’s Spirituality of Suffering, Transformation , and Joy . Wipf & Stock, Eugene, Oregon. 2017, pp. xx, 151. ISBN 978-1-5326-0107-1. Reviewed by Christopher RUPERT S.J., LaStorta Jesuit Residence, 2320 Liverpool Rd., Pickering, ON L1X 1V4.

William LOADER . Jesus in John’s Gospel: Structure and Issues in Johannine Christology . Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017. pp. 532. $45.00 pb ISBN: 978-0-8028-7511-2. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , Shaker Heights, OH 44122.

Ulrich L. LEHNER , The Catholic Enlightenment: The Forgotten History of a Global Movement. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. pp. 263. $31.95 hb. ISBN 978-0190232917. Reviewed by Jeffrey MORROW , Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ 07079

Massimo FAGGIOLI . Catholicism & Citizenship: Political Cultures of the Church in the Twenty-First Century . Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2017. Pp. 165. $19.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8423-8. Reviewed by Ann SWANER , Barry University, Miami Shores, FL 33161.

Heup Young KIM . A Theology of Dao . Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2017. pp. 224. $30 pb. ISBN 1626982198. Reviewed by Jordan Thomas CHRISTOPHER , PhD Student, University of McGill, Montreal QC, Canada, H3A2B3.

Robert L. GALLAGHER and Paul HERTIG , editors. Contemporary Mission Theology. Engaging the Nations: Essays in Honor of Charles E. Van Engen . American Society of Missiology Series, No. 53. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xxxi + 307. $42.00, paperback, ISBN 978-1-62698-211-6. Reviewed by John T. FORD , The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 20064.

Robert WUTHNOW . American Misfits and the Making of Middle-Class Respectability.   Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2017, pp. 352. $35.00 ISBN: 9780691176864; eBook ISBN 9781400888092. Reviewed by Meg Wilkes KARRAKER , University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN 55105.

Kathleen A. CAHALAN and Bonnie J. MILLER-McLEMORE , eds .  Calling All Years Good: Christian Vocation throughout Life’s Seasons . Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2017.  pp. 244. $20.00. ISBN 978-0-8028-7424-5. Reviewed by Christine FLETCHER , Benedictine University, Lisle, IL 60532.

POPE FRANCIS .  The Works of Mercy .  Foreword by James Keenan.  Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2017. pp. 190.  $16 pb. ISBN 9781626982369.  Originally published as Le Opere di Misercordia.  Compiled by Giuseppe Merola.  Cittá del Vaticano: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2016.Reviewed by James Bretzke BRETZKE , SJ, Boston College School of Theology & Ministry, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

Emmanuel KATONGOLE . Born from Lament: The Theology and Politics of Hope in Africa . Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. pp. 294. ISBN 978-0-8028-7434-4. Reviewed by Kate JACKSON-MEYER , Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

Fernando Cardinal FILONI (Edward Condon, trans.). The Church in Iraq . Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2017. pp. 216. $19.95 pb. ISBN-13:            9780813229652. Reviewed by Charles MERCIER , Milford, CT 06460.

Erin Lothes BIVIANO . Inspired Sustainability: Planting Seeds for Action . Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2016. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2015. pp. 286. $35.00 pb. ISBN: 978-1-62698-163-8. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , Shaker Heights, OH 44122

Patrick JORDAN (ed.).   Hold Nothing Back: Writings by Dorothy Days.   Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016, pp. 128. $14.95 softcover ISBN 978-0-8146-4655-7; $11.99 eBook ISBN 978-0-8146-4680-9. Reviewed by Meg Wilkes KARRAKER , University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN 55105.

Jeana DELROSSO , Leigh EICKE, and Ana KOTHE (eds.).   Unruly Catholic Nuns: Sisters’ Stories.   Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2017, pp. 160. $60.00 hardover; $19.95 softcover ISBN 978-1-4384-6648-1. (Also Google e-book $9.99.) Reviewed by Meg Wilkes KARRAKER , University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN 55105.

Michael E. CONNORS , ed.  To All the World:  Preaching and the New Evangelization .  Collegeville, MN:  The Liturgical Press, 2016. pp. 167 + ix.  $24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-4708-0.  Reviewed by Stephen S. WILBRICHT , Stonehill College, North Easton, MA  02357.

Michael J. BUCKLEY . What Do You Seek? The Questions of Jesus as Challenge and Promise . Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2016. Pp. xii + 146. $18.00 pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7395-8. Reviewed by James T. CROSS , Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, FL 33574.

Edward LANGERAK , Civil Disagreement: Personal Integrity in a Pluralistic Society. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2014, pp ix + 170, $29.95 pb.  ISBN-978-1-62616-033-0. Reviewed by Robert P. MARKO , Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.

David Farina TURNBLOOM . Speaking with Aquinas: A Conversation about Grace, Virtue and the Eucharist . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017. Pp. xxxii+165. Reviewed by Craig A. Ford , Jr., Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

Raymond F. COLLINS . Wealth, Wages, and the Wealthy: New Testament Insight for Preachers and Teachers . Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2017. Pp. 347.  $34.95 pb. ISBN978-0-8146-8784-0. Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR . St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY 14618.

Christopher LILLEY and Daniel J. PEDERSON , Human Origins and the Image of God: Essays in Honor of J. Wentzel van Huyssteen .   Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2017.  Pp. xiv + 322.  $60.00 hc.  ISBN 978-0-8028-7514-3.  Reviewed by Benjamin BROWN , Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560.

Michael AMALADOSS .  Interreligious Encounters: Opportunities and Challenges .  Ed. Jonathan Y. Tan.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. pp. 250. $45 pb. ISBN 9781626982215.  Reviewed by Peter DRILLING , Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, NY 14052.

Ruben L.F. HABITO .  Be Still and Know: Zen & the Bible .   Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2017.  Pp. 194.  $24.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-215-4.  Reviewed by James BRETZKE , S.J., Boston College School of Theology & Ministry, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

Diarmuid O’MURCHU , INCARNATION: A New Evolutionary Threshold.   Maryknoll , NY: Orbis Books, 2017,  pp.viii, 240. 184. $25.00. ISBN 9781626982352 (paperback)  Reviewed by Joseph A. BRACKEN , S.J. , Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH 45207.

Elsa TAMEZ , Cynthia Briggs KITTREDGE, Claire Miller COLOMBO, Alicia J. BATTEN. Philippians, Colossians, Philemon.  Wisdom Commentary 51 .  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017.  pp. 289.  $39.95 hb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8200-5. Reviewed by Alice L LAFFEY , Emerita, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA 01590.

Peter C. PHAN . The Joy of Religious Pluralism: A Personal Journey . Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2017. pp. 235. $35.00 pb. ISBN: 978-1-62698-225-3. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , Shaker Heights, OH 44122.

Annette Bourland HUIZENGA . 1-2 Timothy, Titus. Wisdom Commentary, Volume 53, Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press (Michael Glazier Book), 2016. Pp 207, $33.99 Hardcover. ISBN 9780814682036; ISBN 9780814682289 (ebook). Reviewed by James ZEITZ , Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas 48207.

Bob MITCHELL , Faith-Based Development: How Christian Organizations Can Make a Difference . Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017.  pp. 229.  $26.00 pb.  ISBN 978-1-62698-214-7.  Reviewed by Ann MICHAUD , Fordham University, Bronx, NY, 01458.

Matthew A. ROTHAUS MOSER . Love Itself Is Understanding: Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Theology of the Saints.   Minneapolis: Fortress, 2016.  pp. xxxi+319.  $79.00 hb.  ISBN 9781451499599.  Reviewed by Christopher DENNY , St. John’s University, Queens, NY  11439.

Florence M. GILLMAN . 1 Thessalonians ; Mary Ann Beavis and HyeRan Kim-Cragg. 2 Thessalonians: Wisdom Commentary . Volume 52, Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press (Michael Glazier Book), 2016. Pp 210, $39.95 Hardcover. ISBN 9780814682012; ISBN 9780814682256. Reviewed by James ZEITZ , Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas 48207.

Anthony GODZIEBA and Bradley HINZE , eds. Beyond Dogmatism and Innocence. Hermeneutics, Critique, and Catholic Theology. Collegeville, Minn.: 2017. Pp. 270. $39.95 pb. ISBN 9780814684153. Reviewed by Kathleen BORRES , St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA, 15650.

Robert A. MARYKS , editor. A Companion to Jesuit Mysticism . Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2017. pp. 393. $252.00 hb. ISBN 978-90-04-3103-1; E - ISBN: 978-90-04-34075-6; ISSN: 1871-6377. Reviewed by Jill RAITT , University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211.

Michael PLEKON .  The World as Sacrament: An Ecumenical Path toward a World Spirituality . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017.  Pp. xviii + 252. $24.95.  ISBN 978-0-8146-4556-7.  Reviewed by John T. FORD , The Catholic University of America, Washington DC 20064.

Daniel CASTELO . Pentecostalism as A Christian Mystical Tradition. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm B. Eerdmans, 2017. pp. 194.  $30.00 pb. ISBN: 978080289562. Reviewed by Walter SISTO , D’Youville College.

GREGORY THE GREAT . Moral Reflections on the Book of Job: Volume 3 (Books 11-16) , Cistercian Studies, no. 258, trans. Brian Kerns. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016. 342 pp., $39.95 hardcover. ISBN: 978-0-8790-7358-9. Reviewed by Steve W. LEMKE , New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA  70126.

Jean-Pierre FORTIN .  Grace in Auschwitz, a Holocaust Christology.   Minneapolis:  Fortress Press, 2016.  pp.250. $79.00hb.  ISBN 978-1-5064-0587-2.  Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

Frederick V. SIMMONS , ed., with Brian SORRELLS .  Love and Christian Ethics: Tradition, Theory, and Society .  Moral Traditions Series.  Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2017. pp. 408.  $39.95 pb; $79.95 hc.  ISBN: 9781626163676.  Reviewed by James T. BRETZKE , S.J., Boston College School of Theology & Ministry, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

Jean PORTER .  Justice as a Virtue: A Thomistic Perspective.   Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016. pp. 286.  $40.00 pb.  ISBN: 978-0-8028-7325-5.  Reviewed by James T. BRETZKE , S.J., Boston College School of Theology & Ministry, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

Heidi RUSSELL . The Source of All Love: Catholicity and the Trinity . Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. pp. 216. $27.00 pb. ISBN: 978-1-62698-234-5. Reviewed by Daniel LLOYD , Saint Leo University, North Charleston, SC 29406.

Pope FRANCIS , With the Smell of the Sheep : The Pope Speaks to Priests, Bishops, and Other Shepherds , ed. Giuseppe Merola. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2017: pp.xiii, 297. ISBN 9781626982246 (softcover) $18.00. Reviewed by Matthew R. PETRUSEK , Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA  90045.

Ivana NOBLE .   Tracking God: An Ecumenical Fundamental Theology .  Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2016.  Pp xviii + 261. $32.00 pb.  ISBN 978-1606087008.  Reviewed by Whitney MCHAFFIE , Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560.

Brant PITRE .  The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ .  New York: Image, 2016.  Pp. xii + 242.  $23.00 hb.  ISBN 978-0770435486.  Reviewed by Thomas HEADLEY , Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560.

Alister MCGRATH .   The Big Question: Why We Can’t Stop Talking about Science, Faith and God .   New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press, 2015. Pp. ix + 257. $20.88 pb.  ISBN 978-1250077929.  Reviewed by Jason EICHENBERG , Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560.

Riccardo SACCENTI .  Debating Medieval Natural Law: A Survey .   Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame, 2016.  Pp. xiv + 156.  $45.00 hc.  ISBN978-0-268-10040-7.  Reviewed by Benjamin J. BROWN , Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560.

Amanda C. OSHEIM .  A Ministry of Discernment:  The Bishop and the Sense of the Faithful .  Collegeville, MN:  Liturgical Press, 2016. pp. 221 + xxii. $24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8319-4.  Reviewed by Stephen S. WILBRICHT , Stonehill College, Easton, MA 02357.

F. Scott SPENCER . Song of Songs. Wisdom Commentary 25 . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017. Pp. lxiv + 252. $39.95 hb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8124-4. Reviewed by Nicholas R. WERSE , Baylor University, Waco, TX 76706.

Denise Dombkowski HOPKINS . Psalms Books 2-3. Wisdom Commentary 21. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016. Pp. 410. $39.95 Hebrew Bible. ISBN 978-0-8146-8120-6. Reviewed by Nicholas R. WERSE , Baylor University, Waco, TX 76706.

Leonard J. DeLORENZO , Work of Love: A Theological Reconstruction of the Communion of Saints . Notre Dame, IN: Notre Dame Press, 2017: pp.xiii, 346. ISBN 9780268100933 (hardcover) $55.00. Reviewed by Joseph A. BRACKEN , S.J. , Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH 45207.

David E. DeCOSSE & Thomas A. NAIRN , OFM, eds . Conscience & Catholic Health Care: From Clinical Contexts to Government Mandates. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis, 2017. Pp. 200 and Index.  $ 35, pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-212-3. Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR , St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY 14618.

Jennifer M. MCBRIDE . Radical Discipleship: A Liturgical Politics of the Gospel. Fortress Press, 2017.  pp. 279. $34.00 pb.  ISBN: 978-1-5064-0189-8. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , Shaker Heights, OH 44122.

Stephen A. HUNT, D. François TOLMIE, & Ruben ZIMMERMAN . Character Studies in the Fourth Gospel: Narrative Approaches to Seventy Figures In John . William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, 2016, pp. xxii, 724. ISBN 978-08028-7392-7. First Published by Mohr Siebeck, Tubingen, 2013. Reviewed by Christopher RUPERT, S.J., LaStorta Jesuit Residence, 2320 Liverpool Rd., Pickering, ON L1X 1V4.

Giosuè GHISALBERTI . Augustine’s Passions: His Transformation from a Roman Citizen to a Catholic Bishop, 354-401 . Milwaukee:  Marquette University Press, 2016. pp. 300. $29.00 pb. ISBN 1-62600-606-7. Reviewed by Leo MADDEN , Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, OH 43219.

J. Brent BILL . Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality , 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016. pp. 143. $15.99 pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7403-0. Reviewed by John SNIEGOCKI , Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH 45207.

Jean TRUAX . Aelred the Peacemaker: The Public Life of a Cistercian Abbot . Cistercian Studies vol. 251. Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2017. Pp. xiv + 325. $34.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-87907-251-3. Reviewed by Patrick F. O’CONNELL , Gannon University, Erie, PA 16541.

Garrett GALVIN .   David’s Successors. Kingship in the Old Testament . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press (Michael Glazier Book), 2016. Pp 160, $24.95. pb. ISBN 9780814682517. Reviewed by James ZEITZ , Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas 78207.

Edward FOLEY , editor. A Handbook for Catholic Preaching . Collegeville MN: Liturgical Press, pp. 318. ISBN 9780814663165. Reviewed by Pierre HEGY , Adelphi University NY 11530..

Megan SWEAS . Putting Education to Work: How Cristo Rey Schools are Transforming Urban Education .   New York: HarperOne, 2014. pp. 264, hardcover. ISBN 978 0 6228801 1. Reviewed by Richard RYMARZ , BBI-TAITE, Sydney, Australia.

Stefan PAAS . Church Planting in the Secular West: Learning from the European Experience.   Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2016. pp. 304, paperback. ISBN 978 0 8208 7348 4. Reviewed by Richard RYMARZ , BBI-TAITE, Sydney, Australia.

Maria C. MORROW . Sin in the Sixties. Catholics and Confession, 1955-1975 . Washington , D.C. The Catholic University of America Press, 2016. pp. 264.  ISBN: 978-0-8132-2898-3. Reviewed by Péter TÖRÖK , Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, Hungary 2120.

William P. LOEWE , Lex Crucis: Soteriology and the Stages of Meaning . Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016. pp. 381. $79.00 hc. ISBN: 9781451472240. Reviewed by Paul LACHANCE , Independent Scholar.

Paul LAKELAND . The Wounded Angel: Fiction and the Religious Imagination . Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2017. 215 pp. $24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-4622-9. Reviewed by Kathleen M. FISHER , Assumption College, Worcester, MA 01609.

Anselm C. HAGEDORN . Die Anderen im Spiegel: Israels Auseinandersetzung mit den Völkern in den Büchern Nahum, Zefanja, Obadja und Joel . Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 414. Berlin: de Gruyter. 2011. Pp 379. ISBN 978-3110228564. Reviewed by Nicholas R. WERSE , Baylor University, Waco, Texas.

Diarmaid MacCULLOCH , All Things Made New: The Reformation and Its Legacy.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. 452 pp., $29.95 hardcover. ISBN: 978-0-19-061681-6. Reviewed by Steve W. LEMKE , New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA  70126.

Wes MARKOFSKI . New Monasticism and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism. Oxford University Press, 2015. Pp. 364. ISBN 978-0-19-025801-6. Reviewed by Pierre HEGY, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY 11542.

Catholic Social Thought : Encyclicals and Documents from Pope Leo XIII to Pope Francis. David J. O’Brien and Thomas A. Shannon, eds. Third Revised Edition, Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. 687. $40.00. ISBN: 9781626981997. Reviewed by Walter SISTO .

Miguel DE LA TORRE .  The Politics of Jesús: A Hispanic Political Theology . Lanham-Boulder-New York-London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.  xv + 201 pages.  ISBN 978-1-4422-5036-9, paperback, $23.00; ISBN 978-1-4422-5036-6, eBook, $22.99.  Reviewed by John T. FORD , The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

Declan MARMION, Salvador Ryan, and Gesa E. Thiessen , editors . Remembering the Reformation: Martin Luther and Catholic Theology. Minneapolis, Fortress Press, 2017. pp. 248. $79 hc. ISBN: 9781506423371. Reviewed by Paul LACHANCE , Independent Scholar

William E. SIMON Jr . Great Catholic Parishes: A Living Mosaic – How Four Essential Practices Make Them Thrive . Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press. 2016. pp. 202. $17.95 pb. ISBN-13 978-1-59471-417-7. Reviewed by Jonathon L. WIGGINS , CARA at Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20007.

Eileen MARKEY , A Radical Faith: The Assassination of Sister Maura. New York: Nation Books, 2016.  321 pages. $26.99 hardcover. ISBN 978-1-56858-573-4.  Reviewed by Arthur J. KUBICK , Providence, RI.

Charles E. CURRAN and Lisa A. FULLAM , eds. The Sensus Fidelium and Moral Theology . Readings in Moral Theology No. 18 .New York: Paulist Press, 2017. pp. 300. $34.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-5315-2. Reviewed by Ryan MARR , Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Terry EAGLETON . Materialism . New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2016. Pp. x+176.  ISBN 9780300218800. Reviewed by Craig A. Ford , Jr., Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Matteo NICOLINI-ZANI . Christian Monks on Chinese Soil: A History of Monastic Missions to China. Translated by Sophia Senyk and William Skudlarek, OSB. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2016. pp. 408. $39.95 ISBN 9780814646991(print), 9780814646007 (ebook). Reviewed by Liang ZHANG , Institute of Religious Studies, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, P. R. China.

Gianni VATTIMO .  Of Reality: The Purposes of Philosophy.   Trans. Robert T. Valgenti.   New York: Columbia University Press, 2016.  Pp. 248.  ISBN: 978-0-231-16696-6.  $35.00, hardcover.  Reviewed by John V. APCYNSKI, emeritus, St. Bonaventure University.

Daniel A. DOMBROWSKI , Whitehead’s Religious Thought: From Mechanism to Organism, from Force to Persuasion . (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2017): pp.xviii, 184. ISBN 9781438464299 (hardcover) $85.00. Reviewed by Joseph A. BRACKEN , S.J. , Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH 45207.

Thomas BANCHOFF and José CASANOVA , editors.  The Jesuits and Globalization: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Challenges .   Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2016, viii + 299 pp., ISBN: 978-1-62616-286-0, $32.95, paperback.  Reviewed by Patrick J. HAYES , Redemptorist Archives of the Baltimore Province, Philadelphia, PA.

Bishop Joseph OSEI-BONSU . Understanding the Mass: Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Liturgical Perspectives . New York: Paulist Press, 2017. 220  pp. $27.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-5302-2. Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR , St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY, 14618.

Anthony J. GITTINS .  The Way of Discipleship, Women, Men, and Today’s Call to Mission.   Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016.  Pp. 160.  $19.95 pb.  ISBN 978-0-8146-4715-8.  Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

L. Juliana M. CLASSENS . Claiming Her Dignity: Female Resistance in the Old Testament. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016. pp. xxvi + 165. $ 24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8419-1. Reviewed by Alice L. LAFFEY , Emerita, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA 01610.

Lesley HAZLETON . Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto . New York: Riverhead Books. 2016. Pp.212. ISBN 978-1-59463-413-0. Reviewed by Nicholas R. WERSE , Baylor University, Waco, Texas.

Charles E. ZECH, Mary L. GAUTIER, Mark M. GRAY, Jonathon L. WIGGINS, and Thomas P. GAUNT, S.J. , S.J.  Catholic Parishes of the 21st Century . Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2017. Pp. 164.  ISBN 978-0-19-064516-8.  Reviewed by Michael J. McCALLION , Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan.

Diarmuid O’MURCHU .  Religious Life in the 21st Century. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016.  Pp. 272. $26.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-207-9.  Reviewed by Patricia WITTBERG , SC.  CARA at Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20007.

Clemens SEDMAK . A Church of the Poor: Pope Francis and the Transformation of Orthodoxy . Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. pp.218. $32.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-206-2. Reviewed by Marie CONN , Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA 19118.

Agbonkhianmeghe E. OROBATOR , editor. The Church We Want: African Catholics Look to Vatican III. Maryknoll, Orbis Books, 2016. pp. 256. $35 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-203-1. Reviewed by Randall WOODARD , Saint Leo University.

Georg HOLZHERR . The Rule of Benedict. An Invitation to the Christian Life . Translated by Mark Thamert. Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications , Liturgical Press, 2016. pp. 596. $59.95 ISBN 97808790172568 (print) 9780879077341 (ebook). Reviewed by Christine FLETCHER , Benedictine University, Lisle, IL 60532.

Carol BERRY , Vincent van Gogh: His Spiritual Vision in Life and Art. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015.  186 pages.  $22.00 paperback. ISBN 978-1-62698-152-2.  Reviewed by Arthur J. KUBICK , Providence, RI.

Stephen M. BARR .  The Believing Scientist:  Essays on Science and Religion .  Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 2016.   Pp. 226.  $25.  ISBN 978-0-8028-7370-5.  Reviewed by Michael Horace BARNES , University of Dayton, Dayton, OH 45469.

Agnes DE DREUZY .  The Holy See and the Emergence of the Modern Middle East: Benedict XV’s Diplomacy in Greater Syria (1914-1922) .   Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2016.  xi + 303 pp., ISBN: 9-780813-228495, $69.95, hardcover.  Reviewed by Patrick J. HAYES , Redemptorist Archives, Philadelphia.

Kimberly VRUDNY . Beauty’s Vineyard: A Theological Aesthetic of Anguish and Anticipation . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016. pp. 264. $34.95 pb. ISBN: 978-0-8146-8407-8. Reviewed by Craig A. FORD , Jr., Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

Bernard COOKE with Bruce MORRILL . The Essential Writings of Bernard Cooke: A Narrative Theology of Church, Sacrament, and Ministry . Foreword by Elizabeth A. Johnson. New York/Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2016. pp. 239. $27.95 pb. ISBN 9780809149759; e-book 9781587685880. Reviewed by Jill RAITT , University of Missouri, Columbia, Columbia, MO 65201.

David CLOUTIER . The Vice of Luxury: Economic Excess in a Consumer Age . Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2015, pp. 336, $32.95 pb, ISBN: 9781626162563. Reviewed by Maria C. MORROW .

Patricia C. BELLM and Robert A. KRIEG .  Cardinal Walter Kasper: Spiritual Writings .  Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2016.  pp. xv + 173. pb. ISBN: 978-1-62698-191-1.  Reviewed by Moni MCINTYRE , Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA  15282.

Mary Ellen KONIECZNY , Charles C. Camosy, and Tricia C. Bruce, eds. Polarization in the US Catholic Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016. pp. 196. $19.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-4665-6. Reviewed by Ryan MARR , Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Gerald O’COLLINS , SJ, Revelation: Towards a Christian interpretation of God’s Self-Revelation in Jesus Christ. New York: Oxford U. Press, 2016. Pp. 210.  $27.99. ISBN 978-0-19-878420-3. Reviewed by Nathan KOLLAR , St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY 14618.

Katarina SCHUTH .  SEMINARY FORMATION: Recent History, Current Circumstances, New Directions . Collegeville MN: Liturgical Press, 2016.  pp. 187. $24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-4800-1.Reviewed by Anthony J. POGORELC , PSS.  The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

Jim FOREST .  The Root of War Is Fear: Thomas Merton’s Advice to Peacemakers .  Maryknoll: Orbis, 2016.  pp. xiv + 223.  $25.00 pb.  ISBN: 978-1-62698-197-3.  Reviewed by Moni MCINTYRE , Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA  15282.

David Vincent MECONI , editor.  On Earth as It Is in Heaven:  Cultivating a Contemporary Theology of Creation .  Grand Rapids, Michigan:  William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2016.  pp. 332.  $35.00 pb.  ISBN 978-0-8028-7350-7.  Reviewed by Stephen S. WILBRICHT , Stonehill College, Easton, MA  02357.

John C. WEI , Gratian the Theologian . Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2016.  Pp., vi + 353.  ISBN: 978-0-8132-2803-7. $65.00, hardcover.  Reviewed by Patrick HAYES , Redemptorist Archives of the Baltimore Province, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123.

Jeana VISEL , Icons in the Western Church: Toward a More Sacramental Encounter , Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2016. Pp. 174. $19.95 pb. ISBN: 97808146601. Reviewed by Walter N. SISTO , D`Youville College, Buffalo NY.  

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Ricardo RAMIREZ , C.S.B. Power from the Margins: The Emergence of the Latino in the Church and Society . Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. pp. 202.  ISBN 9781626981935. Reviewed by Robert WRIGHT , O.M.I., Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, TX 78216.

Teresa BERGER and Bryan D. SPINKS , editors. Liturgy’s Past/s: Methodologies and Materials in the Writing of Liturgical History. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016. Pp. 305+index. $34.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-6268-7. Reviewed by James DALLEN , Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA 99258.

William J. O’MALLEY , SJ.  Being There, the Parables of Jesus in a Different Voice .  Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2016.  Pp. 200. $20.00 pb.  ISBN 978-1-62698-181-2.  Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

Kristen M. COLBERG , Vatican I & Vatican II . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016. pp.162. $19.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8314-9. Reviewed by Marie CONN , Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA 19118.

Joelle ROLLO-KOSTER . Avignon and Its Papacy (1309-1417) Popes, Institutions, and Society . New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. Pp. 300. $74.99 ISBN 978-1-4422-1532. Nathan R. KOLLAR , St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY 14618.

Edward T. OAKES , S.J., A Theology of Grace in Six Controversies . Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016, pp. 248, $28.00 pb. ISBN 9780802873200. Reviewed by Wilburn T. STANCIL , Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO 64110. 

Celia Viggo WEXLER .   Catholic Women Confront Their Church: Stories of Hurt and Hope.   Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016, pp. 216. $34.00 hardback ISBN 978-1-4422-5413-8; $33.99 eBook 978-1-4422-5414-5. Reviewed by Meg Wilkes KARRAKER , emerita ,University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN 55105-1096.

Phyllis ZAGANO . Women Deacons? Essays with Answers . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016. pp. 252 $24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8312-5. Reviewed by Ella JOHNSON , St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, Rochester, NY 14618.

George HUNSINGER .  The Beatitudes.   Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2015.  Pp. 140.  $19.95 hb.  ISBN 978-0-8091-0614-1.  Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

Jason Reimer GREIG . Reconsidering Intellectual Disability: L’Arche, Medical Ethics, and Christian Friendship . Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2015. pp. 293. $32.95 pb. ISBN 978-1-6261-6243-3. Reviewed by Ryan MARR , Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Lizette LARSON-MILLER . Sacramentality Renewed: Contemporary Conversations in Sacramental Theology . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016. pp. xviii + 189. $29.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8273-9. Reviewed by Joseph MARTOS , Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, MO 63108.

Robert E. ALVIS . White Eagle, Black Madonna: One Thousand Years of the Polish Catholic Tradition. New York:  Fordham University Press, 2016. pp. 349.  $35.00 pb. ISBN 978-8232-7171-9. Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR , St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY 14618.

Gerardo MARTI and Gladys GANIEL .  2014.  The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity .   Oxford: Oxford University Press.  IBN: 978-0-19-995988-4. Reviewed by Michael McCALLION , Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, MI 48206.

Ilia DELIO , OSF, editor.   Personal Transformation and a New Creation. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016, pp. 230. ISBN: 9781626982093 (pbk.).  Reviewed by Joseph A. Bracken , S.J., Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH 45207.

C. Kavin ROWE , One True Life: The Stoics and Early Christians as Rival Traditions. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016. pp. 320. $40.00 hb. ISBN 978-0300180121. Reviewed by Jeffrey MORROW , Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ 07079.

Elizabeth A. JOHNSON , ed. The Strength of Her Witness: Jesus Christ in the Global Voices of Women. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2016. pp. 354. $35.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-127-0. Reviewed by Karen TEEL , University of San Diego, San Diego, CA 92110.

D avid STEINDL-RAST and Anselm GRUN . Faith beyond Belief: Spirituality for Our Time. A Conversation . Collegeville, Minn: Liturgical Press, 2015. pp. 176.  $17.95 pb. ISBN: 9780814647134 . Reviewed by Walter SISTO , D'Youville College,  Buffalo, NY 14201.

Robert MASSON .  Without Metaphor, No Saving God: Theology After Cognitive Linguistics .   2014. Leuven-Paris-Walpole MA: Peeters.  ISBN: 978-90-429-3019-3.  Reviewed by Win WHELAN , St. Bonaventure University (emerita), 1415 W. Rascher Avenue Chicago IL 60640-1205. 

Robert L. LIVELY Jr, The Mormon Missionary: who Is That Knocking at My Door.   Maryknoll, Miami: University Press of Florida, 2011. pp. 548, paperback. ISBN 978 0 8130 3608 3. Reviewed by Richard RYMARZ , The Broken Bay Institute, Sydney.

Agnes M. BRAZAL and María Theresa DÁVILA, editors.  Living with(out) Borders: Catholic Theological Ethics on the Migrations of Peoples .  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016.  pp. 272.  $42.00.  ISBN: 978-1-62698-166-9. Reviewed by Marianne T. FITZGERALD , University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556.

Marcia PALLY .  Commonwealth and Covenant: Economics, Politics, and Theologies of Relationality .  Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2016.  Pp. viii + 424.  $50.00 pb.  ISBN 978-0-8028-7104-6.  Reviewed by Benjamin J. BROWN , Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560.

Stephen ANDES and Julia You , eds.  Local Church Global Church. Catholic Activism in Latin America from Rerum Novarum to Vatican II . The Catholic University Press of America. 2016.  p.p. 353.  ISBN  9780813227917. Reviewed by Daniel H. LEVINE , University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI 48109-1045.

Julia BRUMBAUGH and Natalia IMPERATORI-LEE , editors. Turning to the Heavens and the Earth: Theological Reflections on a Cosmological Conversion, Essays in Honor of Elizabeth A. Johnson . Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 2016. pp. xlvi + 289. $34.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8772-7. Reviewed by Stephen S. WILBRICHT , Stonehill College, Easton, MA 02357.

Massimo FAGGIOLI .  The Rising Laity: Ecclesial Movements since Vatican II.   New York: Paulist Press, 2016.  Pp. 165. $19.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-4934-6.  Reviewed by Anthony J. POGORELC .  Catholic University of America, Washington DC 20064.

Kevin IRWIN . The Sacraments: Historical Foundations and Liturgical Theology . Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2016. $39.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-4955-1. Reviewed by Nathaniel MARX , Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, 200 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad, IN 47577.

William of SAINT-THIERRY , Arnold of Bonneval, Geoffrey of Auxerre. The First Life of Bernard of Clairvaux . Translated with an Introduction and Notes by Hillary Costello, OCSO. Cistercian Fathers vol. 76. Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2016. Pp. xlii + 286. $29.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-87907-176-9. Reviewed by Patrick F. O’CONNELL , Gannon University, Erie, PA 16541.

John MCGREEVY .  American Jesuits and the World: How and Embattled Religious Order Made Modern Catholicism Global .   Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2016. pp. 315. $35.00, hardcover, ISBN: 978-0-691-17162-3. Reviewed by Patrick HAYES , Redemptorist Archives of the Baltimore Province, Philadelphia, PA, 19123.

Alvin PLANTINGA .  Knowledge and Christian Belief .   Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2015.  $16.00 pb.  Pp. 129.  ISBN: 978-0-8028-7204-3.   Reviewed by John V. APCZYNSKI , Professor emeritus, St. Bonaventure University, 14778-0012.

James HARPUR . The Pilgrim Journey. A History of Pilgrimage in the Western World. Katonah (New York) BlueBridge, 2016. pp. 202. $15.95 hc. ISBN 9781629190006. Reviewed by Péter TÖRÖK , Hungary 2120.

Robert SCHREITER .  Constructing Local Theologies. 30th Anniversary Edition.  Maryknoll, NY:  Orbis Books, 2015.  pp 204.  $30 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-146-1.  Reviewed by Jeffrey KIRCH , Saint Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, IN  47978

Lyra PITSTICK . Christ’s Descent into Hell: John Paul II, Joseph Ratzinger, and Hans Urs von Balthasar on the Theology of Holy Saturday .  Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2016.  pp. xiv+135.  $20.90 pb.  ISBN 9780802869050.  Reviewed by Christopher DENNY , St. John’s University, Queens, NY  11439.

Daniel COSACCHI and Eric MARTIN , eds. The Berrigan Letters: Personal Correspondence Between Daniel and Philip Berrigan. New York: Orbis Books, 2016. pp. 340. $30. pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-164-5. Reviewed by James R. KELLY , emeritus Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458.

Marie-Theres WACKER . Baruch and the Letter of Jeremiah . Wisdom Commentary 31. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016. Hardcover. Pp. 157 + xlvi. $39.95. ISBN: 978-0-8146-8155-8. Reviewed by Nicholas R. WERSE , Baylor University, Waco, TX 76706.

Hans GUSTAFSON . Finding All Things in God, pansacramentalism and doing theology interreligiously .  Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications , 2016.  Pp, 356.  $37.00 pb.  ISBN978-1-4982-1798-9.  Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Sally University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

Phillip R. SLOAN , Gerald McKENNY, and Kathleen EGGLESON, eds. Darwin in the Twenty-First Century: Nature, Humanity, God . Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2015. pp. 461. $49.00 pb. ISBN 978-0-268-04147-2. Reviewed by Leo MADDEN , Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, OH 43219.

Donal DORR , Option for the Poor and for the Earth: From Leo XIII to Pope Francis . Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2016. 4th ed. Pp.548. $26.68 pb.ISBN 978-1-62698-162-1. Reviewed by Nathan KOLLAR , St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY 14618.

Paul BEAUCHAMP . Psalms Night and Day. Translated by Peter Rogers, S.J. (Marquette Studies in Theology, N. 84). Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2015, pp.271; $27.00. Pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-2857-7; 978-0-8146-2856-0. Review by James ZEITZ , Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas 48207.

Brian J. PIERCE . Jesus and the Prodigal Son: The God of Radical Mercy. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2016. pp. 212. $25 pb. Reviewed by Lily KING , University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620.

Cardinal KASPER , Pope Francis' Revolution of Tenderness and Love: Theological and Pastoral Perspectives . New York: Paulist Press, 2015. Pp. 117. $16.95 ISBN 978-0-8091-0623-3. and Pope FRANCIS. Morning Homilies. In the Chapel of St. Martha's Guest House. (March 22-July 26, 2013). Trans. Dinah Livingstone. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015. pp. 205. $18.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-111-9. Reviewed by Jayne L. WILCOX , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 1914.

William CAVANAUGH , Field Hospital: The Church’s Engagement with a Wounded World . Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016. Pp. 260. $24.00 pb. ISBN: 978-0-8028-7297-5. Reviewed by David CLOUTIER , The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, 20064.

John R. DONAHUE . Seek Justice That You May Live: Reflections and Resources on the Bible and Social Justice . New York: Paulist Press, 2014. pp. 310. $29.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-4874-5.  Reviewed by John SNIEGOCKI , Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH 45207.

Tom SCHWANDA , ed. The Emergence of Evangelical Spirituality: The Age of Edwards, Newton, and Whitefield . New York/Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2016. pp. 336. $39.95. ISBN: 978-08091-0621-9. Reviewed by Richard STEELE , Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA 98119.

Stacy DAVIS . Haggai and Malachi: Wisdom Commentary, Volume 39, Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press (Michael Glazier Book), 2015. Pp 126, $29.94 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8163-3; ISBN 978-0-8146-8188-6 (ebook). Reviewed by James ZEITZ , Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas 48207.

James SCHALL , SJ: Political Philosophy and Revelation: A Catholic Reading . (Washington DC: Catholic University Press, 2013) P. xiv 281. Reviewed by Vincent WARGO , University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN 46808.

Brant PITRE . Jesus and the Last Supper. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2015. pp. 590. $55.00 hc. ISBN 978-0-8028-4871-0. Reviewed by Ryan MARR , Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Christopher H. GRUNDMANN , edior. Interreligious Dialogue: An Anthology of Voices Bridging Cultural and Religious Divides . Anselm Academic, 2015. 209 pages. $23.95. Reviewed by Hans GUSTAFSON , Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University (MN) and the University of St. Thomas (MN).

Randy BOYAGODA . Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square . New York: Image, 2015. pp. 459 + xix. $30.00 hb; $14.99 eb. ISBN 978-0-307-95396-4. Reviewed by Reid B. LOCKLIN , St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, 81 St. Mary St., Toronto, ON CANADA M5S1J4.

Mary Ann BEAVIS & HyeRan KIM-CRAGG .   Hebrews: Wisdom Commentary, Volume 54 , Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press (Michael Glazier Book), 2015. Pp 141, $31.766 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8204-3 -  978-0-8146-6 (ebook). Reviewed by James ZEITZ , Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas 48207.

Julia M. O’BRIEN . Micah: Wisdom Commentary, Volume 37 , Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press (Michael Glazier Book), 2015. Pp 141, $30.96 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8161-9  978-0-8186-2 (ebook). Reviewed by James ZEITZ , Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas 48207.

David E. DECOSSE and Kristin E. HEYER , eds.  Conscience and Catholicism: Rights, Responsibilities, and Institutional Responses . Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2015. pp. 216. $38.00 pb ISBN: 978-1-62698-144-7. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , University Heights, OH 44118.

Robin RYAN .  Jesus and Salvation: Soundings in the Christian Tradition and Contemporary Theology .  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015.  Pp. xxiv + 248.  $24.95 pb.  ISBN 978-0-8146-8253-1.  Reviewed by Benjamin J. BROWN , Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560.

Thomas RAUSCH , S.J. Systematic Theology: A Roman Catholic Approach . Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2016. pp. 290. $24.95 pub. ISBN 9780814683200. Reviewed by Kathleen BORRES , Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA 15650.

Dianne BERGANT , C.S.A. A New Heaven, A New Earth: The Bible and Catholicity . Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2016 pp. 200. $25.00 pub. ISBN 978-1-62698-180-5. Reviewed by Kathleen BORRES , Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA. 15650.

Yiu Siong Lucas CHAN , James F. Keenan, and Shaji George KOCHUTHARA, eds.  DOING ASIAN THEOLOGICAL ETHICS in a Cross-Cultural and Interreligious Context.   Bengaluru, India: Dharmaram Publications, 2016, pp. 372. ISBN 978-93-84964-3-68.  Reviewed by Alice L. LAFFEY , emerita, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA 01610.

Aaron RICHES . Ecce Homo: On the Divine Unity of Christ . Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2016. pp. 301. $32.00 pb. ISBN: 978-0-8028-7231-9. Reviewed by Daniel LLOYD , Saint Leo University, North Charleston, SC 29406.

Gert MELVILLE . The World of Medieval Monasticism: Its History and Forms of Life . Translated by James D. Mixson. Foreword by Giles Constable. Cistercian Studies vol. 263. Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2016. Pp. xvii + 444. $44.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-87907-263-6. Reviewed by Patrick F. O`CONNELL , Gannon University, Erie, PA 16541.

Jacques ELLUL . Essential Spiritual Writings, selected with an introduction by Jacob E. Van Vleet .   Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. pp. 183. $22.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-183-6.  Reviewed by Sarah L. MacMILLEN , Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA 15282.

Bradford HINZE . Prophetic Obedience: Ecclesiology for a Dialogical Church. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. pp. 264. ISBN 9781626981676. Reviewed by Marc TUMEINSKI , Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA 01612.

Heidi Ann RUSSELL . Quantum Shift: Theological and Pastoral Implications of Contemporary Developments in Science . Liturgical Press (Collegeville, MN), 2015, pp. xxvi, 207.  ISBN978-0-8146-8303-3. Reviewed by Joseph A. BRACKEN , S.J., Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH 45207.

Otto F. A. MEINARDUS . Two Thousand Years of Coptic Christianity. Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2015. pp. 352.  $29.95 pb. ISBN 9789774167454. Reviewed by Walter N. SISTO , D`Youville College, Buffalo, NY 14201.

Thomas P. RAUSCH, SJ and Richard R. GAILLARDETZ , editors. Go Into the Streets! The Welcoming Church of Pope Francis.   NY: Paulist Press, 2016. pp. 181.  $19.95 pb. ISBN 97800-8091-4951-3.  Reviewed by Karen Monique GREGG , University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN 46808. 

Terence E. FRETHEIM . Reading Hosea-Micah: A Literary and Theological Commentary . Reading the Old Testament. Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, 2013, pp 224. $32.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-57312-687-8. Reviewed by Nicholas R. WERSE , Baylor University, Waco, TX 76706.

Jon SOBRINO . Archbishop Romero: Memories and Reflections . Rev. ed. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. pp. 243. $24.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-626981-176-8. Reviewed by Marie CONN , Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA 19118.

Michael H. CROSBY , Fruit of the Spirit: Pauline Mysticism for the Church Today . Maryknoll: Orbis, 2015, pp. 336.  $24.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-154-6.  Reviewed by Wilburn T. STANCIL , Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO 64110.  [email protected]

Alexander WILDE . Religious Responses to Violence: Human Rights in Latin America Past and Present . Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2016, pp. 498. pb. ISBN 9780268044312. Reviewed by James R. KELLY , Fordham University, Bronx, NY 11206.

Roger HAIGHT . Spiritual and Religious: Explorations for Seekers. Maryknoll: Orbis, 2016.  Pp. xviii + 203.  $25.00 pb.  ISBN: 978-1-62698-161-4.  Reviewed by Moni MCINTYRE , Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA  15282.

Leonard SWIDLER . Dialogue for Interreligious Understanding: Strategies for the Transformation of Culture-Shaping Institutions . Palgrave MacMillan, 2014. 212 pages. $37.00.Reviewed by  Hans GUSTAFSON , Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University (MN) and the University of St. Thomas (MN)

Kathryn Lilla COX . Water Shaping Stone: Faith, Relationships, and Conscience Formation . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015. pp. 160. $19.95 pb. ISBN: 978-0-8146-8302-6. Reviewed by Craig A. FORD, Jr. , Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

The Catholic Women Speak Network .  Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table .  Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2015.  pp. 180.  $16.95.  ISBN: 978-08091-4974-2.  Reviewed by Marianne T. FITZGERALD , Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

Patrick J. HARTIN , A Window into the Spirituality of Paul . Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2015, pp. 142. $14.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-3763-0. Reviewed by Wilburn T. STANCIL , Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO 64110. 

Daniel P. SCHEID , The Cosmic Common Good: Religious Grounds for Ecological Ethics : NY: NY, Oxford  University Press, 2016. Pp. 248. $29.95  ISBN 978-0-19-935943-1. Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR , St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY 14618.

Benjamin DURHEIM . Christ’s Gift, Our Response:  Martin Luther and Louis-Marie Chauvet on the Connection between Sacraments and Ethics.  Collegeville:  The Liturgical Press, 2015.  pp. 162 + xviii. $24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8323-1.  Reviewed by Stephen S. WILBRICHT , Stonehill College, Easton, MA  02357.

Dinh Anh NHUE NGUYEN , OFM Conv., ed. The Bible and Asian Culture: Reading the Word of God in its Cultural Background and in the Vietnamese Context. Rome: Gregorian and Biblical Press, 2014. Pp. 244. Paper.  Euro 25.00. ISBN 978-88-7653-681-6. Reviewed by Richard SHIELDS , University of St, Michael’s College, Toronto, ON M5S 1J4.

Patricia WITTBERG , S.C.  Catholic Cultures: How Parishes Can Respond to the Changing Face of Catholicism.   Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016, pp. 228. $16.95 softcover ISBN 978-0-8146-4858-2. Reviewed by Meg Wilkes KARRAKER , University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN 55105.

Douglass SULLIVAN-GONZALES . The Black Christ of Esquipulas . Religion and Identity in Guatemala. 208 pp, $55.00. University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 978-0-8032-68432. Reviewed by Daniel H. LEVINE , University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI 48109-1045.

Ian Christopher LEVY . John Wyclif’s Theology of the Eucharist in its Medieval Context. Revised and Expanded Edition of Scriptural Logic, Real Presence, & the Parameters of Orthodoxy .  Milwaukee, WI: Marquette University Press, 2014. pp. 419. $32.00.  pb. ISBN 978-1-62600-704-8.  Reviewed by Jill RAITT , University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211.

A Realist’s Church :  Essays in Honor of Joseph A. Komonchak (edited by Christopher D. Denny, Patrick J. Hayes, and Nicholas K. Rademacher).   Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015. pp. xiv, 282. $60.00 pb.  ISBN 978-1-62698-155-3.  Reviewed by Paul MISNER , Marquette University emeritus, Milwaukee, WI 53201.

Raimon PANIKKAR , Christianity (Opera Omnia, III/1: The Christian Tradition.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015, pp. xxii, 370. $90.00. ISBN 978-1-62698-159-1 (cloth).   Reviewed by Joseph A. BRACKEN , S.J. , Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH 45207.

William B. KURTZ . Excommunicated from the Union: How the Civil War Created a Separate Catholic America . New York: Fordham University Press, 2016. pp. 236. $35.00 pb. ISBN 978-0-8232-6886-3. Reviewed by Karen TEEL , University of San Diego, 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110.

Richard R. GAILLARDETZ . An Unfinished Council: Vatican II, Pope Francis and the Renewal   of Catholicism . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015. pp. 172. $19.95 pb. ISBN0-385-49693-1. Reviewed by Ella JOHNSON , St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, Rochester, NY 14618.

Richard R. GAILLIARDETZ and Edward P. HAHNENBERG , editors. A Church with Open Doors: Catholic Ecclesiology for the Third Millennium . Collegeville, Minn: Michael Glazier, 2015. Pp. 220. $24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8304-0. Reviewed by Jakob Karl RINDERKNECHT , Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary, Collegeville, MN 56321.

THE BOOK OF SAINTS .  A Comprehensive Biographical Dictionary .   8th Revised edition by Dom Basil WATKINS (840 pp – Bloomsbury T&T Clark). Pb ISBN 978-0-567-66456-3.  Reviewed by Dr. Karen Monique GREGG , University of Saint Francis,  Fort Wayne, IN  46808.

William PORTIER . Divided Friends: Portraits of the Roman Catholic Modernist Crisis in the United States . Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2013. Pp. 403. $39.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8132-2164-9. Reviewed by Michael SKAGGS , University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556.

Paul MCPARTLAN . A Service of Love: Papal Primacy, the Eucharist & Church Unity . Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2013. Pp 100. $16.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8132-2135-9. Reviewed by James DALLEN , Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA 99258.

Group of FARFA SABINA . Communion of Churches and Petrine Ministry: Lutheran-Catholic Convergences. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014. Pp. 139. $28 pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7194-7. Reviewed by James DALLEN , Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA 99258

Mary Helen BEIRNE .  Ready for Good Work: History of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, 1944-1999 .  Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2015, viii + 206 pp., ISBN: 978-0-7618-6584-1, $65.00, hardcover.  Reviewed by Patrick J. HAYES , Redemptorist Archives of the Baltimore Province, Philadelphia, PA.

Najib George AWAD . Persons in Relations: An Essay on the Trinity and Ontology. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2014. pp. xi-341. Paper. $39.00. Reviewed by  Peter C. PHAN .  Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057.

Christian SMITH and Hilary DAVIDSON , The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose . New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. $29.95 hb. ISBN 978-0-19-939490-6. Reviewed by David CLOUTIER , Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD, 21727.

Mary DUNN .  The Cruelest of All Mothers: Marie de l’Incarnation, Motherhood, and Christian Tradition .   New York: Fordham University Press, 2015.  Pp. 224.  $45.00.  ISBN: 978-0-8232-6721-7.  Reviewed by Marianne T. FITZGERALD , Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

Michael Lawler, Todd Salzman and Eileen Burke-Sullivan , The Church in the Modern World: Gaudium et Spes Then and Now. Liturgical Press, 2014. pp. 198. $19.99 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8270-8. Reviewed by Randall WOODARD , Saint Leo University.

Derek A. OLSEN , Reading Matthew with Monks: Liturgical Interpretation in Anglo-Saxon England. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2015. pp. 276. $24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0814683170. Reviewed by Jeffrey MORROW , Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ 07079.

Gastón ESPINOSA . Latino Pentecostals in America: Faith and Politics in Action. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014. Pp. 505. $35 hc. ISBN  978-0-674-7288-75. Reviewed by Oswald John NIRA , Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, TX 78207.

Chris HAW . From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart. Rethinking my Love for Catholicism . Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, Indiana, 2012. 234pp. Paperback ISBN 978-1-59471-292-0 Also eBook. Reviewed by Ana Lourdes SUAREZ , Catholic University of Argentina, Buenos Aires.

Scott GUSTAFSON . At the Altar of Wall Street: The Rituals, Myths, Theologies, Sacraments, and Mission of the Religion Known as the Modern Global Economy . Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans Publishing, 2015. Pp. 200.  $22.00 pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7280-7.  Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR , St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY 14618.

Todd HARTCH , The Prophet of Cuernavaca: Ivan Illich and the Crisis of the West.  New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2015.  235 pages. $29.95.  ISBN 978-0-19-020456-3.  Reviewed by Arthur J. KUBICK , Providence, RI.

Thomas J. BUSHLACK . Politics For A Pilgrim Church: A Thomistic Theory of Civic Virtue . Grand Rapids, Michigan/Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2015. Pp. 279. $35 pb. ISBN: 978-0-8028-7090-2. Reviewed by Ann SWANER , Barry University, Miami Shores, FL 33161.

Paul BERNIER , Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach . Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015. pp. 382. $45.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-153-9.  Reviewed by Peter DRILLING , Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, NY 14052.

Mary NAVARRE . Tapestry of Time.  The Story of the Dominican Sisters. Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1966-2012. ISBN  978-0-8028-7255-5. Eerdmans, 2015, pp. 336. $20.00 pb. Reviewed by Neville Ann KELLY , Lean Scholar Initiative, Seattle, WA 98125.

Joseph MARTOS . Deconstructing Sacramental Theology and Reconstructing Catholic Ritua l. Eugene, Oregon: Resource Publications, 2015. pp. 309. $36.00 pb. ISBN: 978-1-4982-2179-5. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , University Heights, OH 44118.

Geoffrey D. DUNN , ed.  The Bishop of Rome in Late Antiquity .    Surrey, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2015.  xi + 273pp., ISBN: 978-1-4724-5551-2, $124,95, hardcover.  Reviewed by Patrick J. HAYES , Redemptorist Archives, Philadelphia, PA.

Thomas M. KELLY , Editor, Rutilio Grande, SJ: Homilies and Writings .  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015.  xxiii + 163 pages.  $19.95 pb.  ISBN 978-0-8146-8773-4.  Reviewed by Robert P. RUSSO , Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560.

Steven JENSEN .  Knowing the Natural Law. From Precepts and Inclinations to Driving Oughts.  Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2015. Pp. 230. $34.95. 978-0-8132-2733-7.  Reviewed by James T. BRETZKE , S.J., Boston College School of Theology & Ministry, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

Darren DOCHUK , Thomas S. KIDD, and Kurt W. PETERSON, eds. American Evangelicalism: George Marsden and the State of American Religious History . Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame, 2014. pp. 518. Np. ISBN 978-0-268-03842-7. Reviewed by Calvin MERCER , East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858.

Christian WIMAN , My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer . New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013, pp. 182. $13.00 pb. ISBN 978-0374534370. Reviewed by Wilburn T. STANCIL , Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO 64110.

Timothy Luke JOHNSON . The Revelatory Body: Theology as Inductive Art. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 2015. pp. 246. $12.95 hb. ISBN: 978-0-8028-0383-2. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , University Heights, OH 44118.

Philip A. CUNNINGHAM . Seeking Shalom, The Journey to Right Relationship Between Catholics and Jews. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2015. Pp. 250. $30.00 pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7209-8. Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

Goffredo BOSELLI . The Spiritual Meaning of the Liturgy: School of Prayer, Source of Life . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014. pp. 235+xvi. $19.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-4906-0. Reviewed by Ryan MARR , Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Simone WEIL . Late Philosophical Writings . Edited by E.O. Springsted. Translated by E.O. Springsted and L.E. Schmidt. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2015. pp 204. ISBN 0-268-04150-4. Reviewed by Richard SHIELDS , University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, ON

Paul KNITTER and Roger HAIGHT , Jesus and Buddha: Friends in Conversation. Orbis Books (Maryknoll, NY), 2015, pp. xvii, 253. $26.00. ISBN 978-1-62698-151-5 (pbk.). Reviewed by Joseph A. BRACKEN , S.J. , Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH 45207

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Paul VALLELY , Pope Francis. The Struggle for the Soul of Catholicism . New York. Bloomsbury USA. 2015, pp. 470, $30.00 ISBN 978-1-63286-115-3. and Marco POLITI, Pope Francis Among the Wolves. The Inside Story of a Revolution . New York. Columbia University Press, 2015 pp. 270, $27.95, ISBN 978-0-231-17414-5. Massimo FAGGIOLI, Pope Francis. Tradition in Transition. Mahwah NJ, Paulist Press, 2015. ISBN 978-0-8091-4892-9.? Reviewed by Daniel H. LEVINE , University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI 48109-1045.

David L. SCHINDLER and Nicholas J. HEALY Jr . Freedom, Truth, and Human Dignity: The Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Freedom . Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015. pp. 477. $45 pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7155-8. Reviewed by James DALLEN , Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA 99258.

Wolfgang HUBER . Ethics: The Fundamental Questions of Our Lives . Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2015. pp. 250. $32.95 pb. ISBN978-1-62616-165-8. Reviewed by Moni MCINTYRE , Duquesne University, Pittsburgh PA 15282.

Servais PINCKAERS . Passions and Virtue , trans. Benedict M. Guevin. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2015. 139 pp., $65.00 hardback. ISBN: 978-0-8132-2751-1. Reviewed by Steve W. LEMKE , New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA 70126.

D. Paul SULLINS . Keeping the Vow: The Untold Story of Married Catholic Priests. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. 322. $29.95 hardcover. ISBN 978-0-19-986004-3. Reviewed by Patricia WITTBERG , Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

Paul GROGAN and Kirsteen KIM , editor. The New Evangelization: Faith, People, Context and Practice . London: Bloomsbury, 2015. Pp. 296 + xii. $83.99. ISBN 978-0-567-65737-4. Reviewed by Francis X. KLOSE , Cabrini College, Radnor PA 19087.

Jonathan J. SANFORD . Before Virtue: Assessing Contemporary Virtue Ethics. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2015. 280 pp., $65.00 hardback. ISBN: 978-0-8132-2739-9. Reviewed by Steve W. LEMKE , New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA 70126.

PONTIFICAL BIBLICAL COMMISSION . The Inspiration and Truth of Sacred Scripture . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014. pp. 204. $19.95 pb. 978-0-8146-4903-9. Reviewed by Jason BERMENDER , Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 53228.

Margaret F. BRINIG & Nicole STELLE GARNETT . Lost Classroom, Lost Community. Catholic Schools’ Importance in Urban America. Chicago and London, University of Chicago Press. 2014. pp. 202. ISBN-13:978-0-226-12200-7. Reviewed by Péter Torok , Hungary.

William HARMLESS , Augustine and the Catechumenate, Rev. Ed. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014. pp. 476. ISBN 978-0-8146-6314-1.Reviewed by Marc TUMEINSKI , Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA 01612.

Anthony J. GITTINS . Living Mission Interculturally: Faith, Culture, and the Renewal of Praxis. Collegeville: Liturgical Press. 2015. Pp. 221. ISBN: 978-0-8146-8318-7. Reviewed by Michael McCALLION , Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, MI 48206.

Annemarie SANDERS , Editor. Transformational Leadership: Conversations with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Maryknoll, N.Y. Orbis Books, 2015. pp. 207. $20.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-138-6. Reviewed by Dr. Terry SHIELDS , Leadership and Management Program, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8.

Elizabeth Michael BOYLE and Carol J. DEMPSEY , The Bible and Literature , Orbis Books, 2015, pp. xvi, 216. $30, pb. ISBN 978-1-62698. Reviewed by Christopher RUPERT S.J., LaStorta Jesuit Residence, 2320 Liverpool Rd., Pickering, ON L1X 1V4.

Robert WUTHNOW . Inventing American Religion: Polls, Surveys, and the Tenuous Quest for a Nation’s Faith. London, UK: Oxford University Press, 2015, pp. 247. $29.95 hardcover ISBN 9780190258900. (Also e-book). Reviewed by Meg Wilkes KARRAKER , University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN 55105.

Richard J. REGAN . The American Constitution And Religion . Washington D C.: Catholic University of America, 2013. Pp. 282. ISBN 978-0-8132-2152-6 ppb. Reviewed by James R. KELLY , sociology emeritus Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10456

Marc Cardinal OUELETT .Mystery and Sacrament of Love: A Theology of Marriage and the Family for the New Evangelization.Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans Publishing Company. 332 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8028-7334-7. Reviewed by Michael McCALLION, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan.

Jeanmarie GRIBAUDO . A Holy Yet Sinful Church: Three Twentieth Century Moments in a Developing Theology. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press. 2015. $22.95 pb. ISBN978-0-8146-4771-4. Reviewed by Richard SHIELDS , University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, ON.

Catherine VINCIE. Worship and the New Cosmology: Liturgical and Theological Challenges . Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2014.pp. 115. $16.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8272-2. Reviewed by Andrew MCCARTHY , Anna Maria College, 50 Sunset Ln, Paxton MA 01612.

Massimo FAGGIOLI . A Council of the Global Church: Receiving Vatican II in History . Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015. Pp. 350. $44.00. ISBN: 9781451472097. Reviewed by Paul MISNER , Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881.

Peter BROWN . The Ransom of the Soul. Afterlife and Wealth in Early Western Christianity . Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-674-96758-8. Reviewed by John V. APCZYNSKI, St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY 14778-0012.

Barry HUDOCK . Struggle, Condemnation, Vindication: John Courtney Murray's Journey toward Vatican II . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015. Pp. xxix + 185. $19.95 pb. ISBN978-0-8146-8322-4. Reviewed by James T. CROSS , Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, FL 33574.

John R. TYSON . The Way of the Wesleys: A Short Introduction. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014. 202 pp., $18.00 paperback. ISBN: 978-0-8028-6954-8. Reviewed by Steve W. LEMKE , New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA 70126.

Roger OLSON and Christian T. Collins WINN . Reclaiming Pietism: Retrieving an Evangelical Tradition. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015. 190 pp., $18.00 paperback. ISBN: 978-0-8028-6909-8. Reviewed by Steve W. LEMKE , New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA 70126.

John A. MCCOY . A Still And Quiet Conscience: The Archbishop Who Challenged a Pope, a President, and a Church : A Life of Raymond G. Hunthausen. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2015. Pp. 344. $26.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-117-1. Reviewed by Ann S.F. SWANER , Barry University, Miami Shores, FL 33161.

Ursula KING . Spirit and Fire, the live and vision of Teilhard De Chardin (Revised). Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Publications, 2015. pp. 258. $26.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-114-0. Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

Ilia DELIO , Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, Consciousness , Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015. pp. 278. $25.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-136-2. Reviewed by Ann MICHAUD , Fordham University, Bronx, NY, 01458.

Dom Gregory DIX . The Shape of the Liturgy . London: Bloomsbury 2005, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2015. Pp. 764. $35.96 pb, $76.73 Cloth. ISBN 978-0-567-66157-9. Reviewed by Winifred WHELAN , St. Bonaventure University (emerita), 1415 W. Rascher Avenue, Chicago IL 60640-1205.

David CHEETHAM , Douglas PRATT, and David THOMAS, Editors. Understanding Interreligious Relations . Edited by Oxford University Press, 2013. 448 pages.  $35.00. Reviewed by  Hans GUSTAFSON , Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University (MN) and the University of St. Thomas (MN) .

Kenan B. OSBORNE , O.F.M., Sacramental Theology: Fifty Years After Vatican II . Hobe Sound, FL: Lectio Publishing, 2014. 190 pp., $19.95. ISBN 978-0-9898397-3-0. Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR , St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY 14618.

Benjamin BEIT-HALLAHMI . Psychological Perspectives on Religion and Religiosity. London, UK: Routledge, 2015, pp. 316. $170.00 hardcover ISBN 9780415682862 . (Also paperback $59.95). Reviewed by Meg Wilkes KARRAKER , University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN 55105.

Donald NORWOOD , Reforming Rome: Karl Barth and Vatican II. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2015, pp.xxi+263. $35.00 pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7210-4. Reviewed by Alice LAFFEY , College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA 01610.

Dominic WHITE , O.P. The Lost Knowledge of Christ: Contemporary Spiritualities, Christian Cosmology, and the Arts . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015. Pp 221, $24.95r. ISBN 978-0-8146-8269-2 -- 978-0-8146-8294-4 (ebook). Reviewed by James ZEITZ , Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas 48207.

Eamon DUFFY , Saints and Sinners: A History of the Popes (Fourth Edition). New Haven: Yale University, 2014, pp 513. $23.00pb. ISBN-13: 978-0-30020612-8. Reviewed by Robert P. MARKO , Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.

Rose PACATTE . Martin Sheen: Pilgrim on the Way . Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2015. pp. 142. $12.95 pb ISBN: 978-0-8146-3712-8. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , University Heights, OH 44118

Angela Alaimo O’DONNELL . Flannery O’Connor: Fiction Fired by Faith. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2015. pp. 138. $12.95 pb ISBN: 978-0-8146-3701-2. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , University Heights, OH 44118.

Anastasia WENDLINDER , Speaking of God in Thomas Aquinas and Meister Eckhart: Beyond Analogy . Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014. pp. 217. $109. 95 hc. ISBN 978-1-4094-6916-2. Reviewed by Peter C. PHAN . Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057.

Jakob Egeris THORSEN . Charismatic Practice and Catholic Parish Life. The Incipient Pentecostalization of the Church in Guatemala and Latin America. Leiden, the Netherlands & Boston: Brill, 2015. pp. 242. ISBN 978-90-04-29165-2. Reviewed by Pierre HEGY , Adelphi University, Garden City, NY 11530.

John DEAR . Thomas Merton, Peacemaker: Meditations on Merton, Peacemaking, and the Spiritual Life . Maryknoll, NY. Orbis Books, 2015. pp. xv + 192. $20.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-107-2. Reviewed by Patrick F. O’CONNELL , Gannon University, Erie, PA 16541.

Daniella ZSUPAN-JEROME . Connected Toward Communion: The Church and Social Communication in the Digital Age . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014. pp. 139. $17.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8220-3. Doris DONELLY . Sacraments and Justice . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014. pp. 112. $16.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8072-8. Reviewed by Ella JOHNSON , St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, Rochester, NY 14618.

Rory McENTEE and Adam BUCKO, The New Monasticism: An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative Living. Maryknoll: Orbis, 2015. pp. 215. $25.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-126-3. Reviewed by Wilburn T. STANCIL , Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO 64110.

Paul LAKELAND . A Council That Will Never End: Lumen Gentium and the Church Today. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2013. pp. 158+xxxiii. $19.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8066-7. Reviewed by Ryan MARR , Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Thomas MERTON . Ishi Means Man: Essays on Native Americans . New York. Paulist Press, 2015. pp. viii + 81. $9.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-4911-7. Reviewed by Patrick F. O’CONNELL , Gannon University, Erie, PA 16541.

James J. BACIK . Humble Confidence: Spiritual and Pastoral Guidance from Karl Rahner. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Prss, 2014. pp. 185. $19.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8316-3. Reviewed by Jill RAITT , University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211.

Leonardo BOFF . Come Holy Spirit: Inner Fire, Giver of Life, Comforter of the Poor .Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015. pp. 214. $17.63 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-106-5. Reviewed by Karen Monique GREGG , University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN 46808.

Christine M. FLETCHER . 24/7 Christian: The Secular Vocation of the Laity . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015. pp. 128. $14.95 pb. ISBN-10: 0814649688. Laura Kelly FANUCCI. Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014. pp. 152. $14.95 pb. ISBN-10: 081463768X. Reviewed by Maureen Beyer MOSER , 12 Woodlot Road, Eastchester, NY 10709.

Massimo FAGGIOLI . Sorting Out Catholicism: A Brief History of the New Ecclesial Movements. Translated by Demetrio S. Yocum.Collegeville, MN: Michael Glazier Books Liturgical Press, 2014. pp 242. $19.95. ISBN: 9780814683057. Reviewed by Eric W. HENDRY , Plano, TX 75026

Nancy Tatom AMMERMAN .  Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes. Finding Religion in Everyday Life . Oxford University Press, 2014. 376 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-991736-5 also eBook.  Reviewed by Christopher CARROLL Northwestern University Department of Sociology.

Peter J. CASARELLA , ed. Jesus Christ: The New Face of Social Progress . Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdman's Publishing Company, 2015. pp. 380. $45.00 pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7113-8. Reviewed by Kathleen BORRES , Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA 15650

Walter KASPER .   The Catholic Church: Nature, Reality, and Mission.   London:  Bloomsbury, 2015.  pp 463.  $54 pb. ISBN 978-1-4411-8708-3.  Reviewed by Jeffrey KIRCH , C.PP.S.  Saint Joseph’s College, Indiana, 47978

Stanislaw GRYGIEL . Discovering the Human Person: In Conversation with John Paul II . Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2014. pp. 175. $24.00 pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7154-1. Reviewed by Jason BERMENDER , Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 53233

Lee BEACH , The Church in Exile: Living in Hope After Christendom . Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press Academic, 2015. pp. 240. ISBN 978-0-8308-4066-3. Reviewed by Marc TUMEINSKI , Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA 01612

Pope FRANCIS . Walking with Jesus: A Way Forward for the Church . Chicago: Loyola Press, 2015. pp. 160. $16.95. ISBN 978-0-8294-4254-0. Reviewed by Ann MICHAUD , Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458

Maxwell E. JOHNSON, Timothy O’MALLEY, and Demetrio S. YOCUM, eds . At the Heart of the Liturgy: Conversations with Nathan D. Mitchell’s “Amen Corners,” 1991-2012. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2014. pp. 190. $34.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-6309-7. Reviewed by Stephen S. WILBRICHT , Stonehill College, Easton, MA 02357

Ian Christopher LEVY . John Wyclif’s Theology of the Eucharist in its Medieval Context. Revised and Expanded Edition of Scriptural Logic, Real Presence, & the Parameters of Orthodoxy. Milwaukee, WI: Marquette University Press, 2014. pp. 419. $32.00. pb. ISBN 978-1-62600-704-8. Reviewed by Jill RAITT , University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211

Rebecca MOORE . Women in Christian Traditions. New York: New York University Press, 2015. $17.00 pb. pp.200. ISBN 978-1-4798-2175-4. Reviewed by Shannon SCHREIN , Lourdes University. Sylvania, OH 43560

Laura VANCE . Women in New Religions. New York: New York University Press, 2015. pp. 160. $17.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-4798-1602-6. Reviewed by Shannon SCHREIN , Lourdes University. Sylvania, OH 43560

Antonio L PEZ and Javier PRADES , eds. Retrieving Origins and the Claim of Multiculturalism . Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014. pp. 208. $29.00 pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-6990-6. Reviewed by Joseph S. FLIPPER , Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY 40205

Elizabeth A. JOHNSON . Abounding in Kindness: Writings for the People of God. New York.: Orbis Books, 2015. pp. ix + 324. ISBN 978-1-62698-112-3 pb. Reviewed by Jill RAITT , University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65201

Gustavo GUTI RREZ and Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig M LLER. On The Side of the Poor: The Theology of Liberation. New York: Orbis Books, 2015. Pp. 144. $19.35 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-115-7. Reviewed by Karen Monique GREGG , University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN 46808

John C. HAUGHEY . A Biography of the Spirit. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2015. pp. 220. $25.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-122-5. Reviewed by Andrew T. MCCARTHY . Anna Maria College. Paxton, MA 01621

F. D. E. SCHLEIERMACHER . Christmas Dialogue, The Second Speech, and Other Selections . Edited, translated, and with an Introduction by Julia A. Lamm. Classics of Western Spirituality . New York & Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2014. Pp. 296. $29.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-4878-3. Reviewed by Richard B. STEELE , Seattle Pacific University, SEATTLE, WA 98119

Brian STEENSLAND and Philip GOFF , editors. The New Evangelical Social Engagement . New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. $90.00 pb. ISBN 978-0-19-932954-0. Reviewed by Paul MISNER , Marquette University emeritus, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881

Joseph MUDD . Eucharist as Meaning: Critical Metaphysics and Contemporary Sacramental Theology . Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2014. Pp 240. $29.95. ISBN 978-0-8146-8221-0

Thomas O’Loughlin, The Eucharist: Origins and Contemporary Understandings . NY: NY, Bloomsbury, 2015. Pp 220. $34.95, ISBN 978-0-567-38459-1. Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR , St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY 14618

Robert Emmett CURRAN . Papist Devils: Catholics in British America, 1574-1783. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2014. pp. 320. $29.95 pb. ISBN: 978-0-8132-2583-8. Reviewed by Daniel LLOYD , Saint Leo University, North Charleston, SC 29406

Christiana Z. PEPPARD and Andrea VICINI , eds., Just Sustainability: Technology, Ecology, and Resource Extraction . Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015. Pp. xii + 292. $42.00pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-132-4. Reviewed by David CLOUTIER , Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD, 21727

Otto Hermann PESCH . The Second Vatican Council Pre-history, Event, Results & Post-history, (Translated by Deirdre Dempsey) Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2014. Pp 412. $35.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62600-702-4. Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141

Margaret A. FARLEY. Changing the Questions . Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2015. pp. 352, $30.00. ISBN: 978-1-8028-62698-128-7 (pbk.). Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE, University Heights, OH 44118

Diana WALSH PASULKA . Heaven Can Wait: Purgatory in Catholic Devotional and Popular Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. pp. 207+x. $29.95 hb. ISBN 978-0-1953-8202-0. Reviewed by Ryan MARR , Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA 50309

Ann KESSLER . Benedictine Men and Women of Courage: Roots and History, rev. ed., edited by Neville Ann Kelly. Seattle: Lean Scholar Press: 2014. pp. 480. $26.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-9904497-0-6. Reviewed by Jakob Karl RINDERKNECHT , Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 53201

John MILBANK . The Suspended Middle: Henri de Lubac and the Renewed Split in Modern Catholic Theology. Michigan / Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014. pp. 110. ISBN: 978-0-8028-7236-4. Reviewed by Cathal DOHERTY SJ, University of San Francisco, CA

Jared DEES . 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator. Indiana: Ave Maria Press, 2013. pp. 160. $8.95 pb. ISBN-13 978-1594713842. Reviewed by Jeffrey S. BURWELL SJ , St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba, MB, R3T 2N2

Scott CARL , editor. Verbum Domini and the Complementarity of Exegesis and Theology . Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2015. pp. 192. $25.00 pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7148-0. Reviewed by JASON BERMENDER , Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 53223

Hyo-Dong LEE . Spirit, Qi, and the Multitude: A Comparative Theology for the Democracy of Creation. 2014, pp. 362. $32.28 (paper). ISBN: 978-0-8232-5502-3. Reviewed by Joseph A. BRACKEN , S.J., Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH 45207

Antonio SPADARO . Cybertheology: Thinking Christianity in the Era of the Internet . New York: Fordham University Press, 2014.pp 160. $24.00 pb. ISBN 978-0823257003. Reviewed by Peter BEISHEIM , Stonehill College, North Easton, MA 02357

Nathan R. KOLLAR , Muhammad SHAFIQ, editors. Sacred Texts & Human Contexts: A North American Response to “A Common Word between Us and You .” North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014. Pp. 453. $35.50 pb. ISBN 978-1500845407. Reviewed by Thomas DONLIN-SMITH , Nazareth College, Rochester, NY 14618

Cheryl C.D. HUGHES , Katharine Drexel: The Riches-To Rags Story of an American Saint. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company , 2014. VII + pp. 275. ISBN 978-0-8028-6992-0. Reviewed by Francis X. KLOSE , Cabrini College, 610 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087

Ricky MANALO . The Liturgy of Life: The Interrelationship of Sunday Eucharist and Everyday Worship Practices . Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2014. pp. 205. $24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-6308-0. Reviewed by Stephen S. WILBRICHT , Stonehill College, Easton, MA 02356

Aimee Upjohn LIGHT , God at the Margins: Making Theological Sense of Religious Plurality . Winona, MI: Anselm Academic, 2014. Pp. 140. $ 16.95 pb. ISBN978-1-59982-188-7. Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR , St. John Fisher College, NY 14618

Franco GARELLI . Religion Italian Style: Continuities and Changes in a Catholic Country . Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014. pp.230. $109.95 hc. ISBN 9781472436443. Reviewed by Brandon VAIDYANATHAN , Rice University, Houston, TX 77005

J. Matthew ASHLEY, Kevin F. BURKE, Rodolfo CARDENAL , editors. A Grammar of Justice: The Legacy of Ignacio Ellacuria .  Maryknoll: Orbis, 2014.  pp. 282.  $25.00 pb.  ISBN 978-1-62698-086-0.  Reviewed by Moni MCINTYRE , Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA  15282

Lawrence J. McANDREWS . What They Wished For : American Catholics & American Presidents, 1960-2004 . Univ. of Georgia Press. 503 pp. 2014 ISBN 978-0-8203-4683-0 503 PP. Reviewed by James R. KELLY , Sociology emeritus, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458

Jonathan Y. TAN . Christian Mission Among the Peoples of Asia . New York: Orbis Books, 2014. pp. 242. $40.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-104-1. Reviewed by Jayne L. WILCOX , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141

Robert MAGLIOLA. Facing up to Real Doctrinal Difference: How Some Thought-Motifs from Derrida Can Nourish the Catholic-Buddhist Encounter . Kettering, OH: Angelico Press, 2014. Pp. 206. $16.95 pb. ISBN: 978-1-62138-079-5 Reviewed by John V. APCZYNSKI, , Professor emeritus, St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY 14778-0012

John BERKMAN and William C. MATTISON, III, eds. Searching for a University Ethic: Multidisciplinary, Ecumenical, and Interfaith Responses to the Catholic Natural Law Tradition . Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2014. Pp. 327. $35.00 pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-6844-2. Reviewed by James T. BRETZKE , S.J., Boston College School of Theology & Ministry, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Anselm K. MIN , editor. The Task of Theology: Leading Theologians on the Most Compelling Questions for Today . Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2014. pp. 266. $37.00. ISBN 978-1-62698-105-8. Reviewed by Ann MICHAUD , Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458

Jacob RAMSAY . Mandarins and Martyrs. The Church and the Nguyen Dynasty in Early Nineteenth-Century Vietnam . Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2008. xii-212 pp. Maps, notes, bibliography, index.$ 50.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8047-5651-8. Reviewed by Peter C. PHAN , Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

Gerald O’COLLINS . The Second Vatican Council: Message and Meaning . Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014. pp. xiv + 225. $24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8311-8. Reviewed by Patrick F. O’CONNELL , Gannon University, Erie, PA 16541

Travis SCHOLL . Walking the Labyrinth: A Place to Pray and Seek God . Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2014, pp. 237. $16.00 pb. ISBN 978-0830835836. Reviewed by Fran LEAP , Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA 15601

Matthew LEVERING , Mary’s Bodily Assumption , Notre Dame, University of Notre Dame Press, 2015, pp. 268. ISBN 978-0-268-03390-0. . Reviewed by Christopher RUPERT S.J., LaStorta Jesuit Residence, 2320 Liverpool Rd., Pickering, ON L1X 1V4.

Shai HELD . Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Call of Transcendence. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2013. pp. 300. $39.00 hbk. ISBN 978-0-253-01126-8. Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

Mary Beth Fraser CONNOLLY . Women of Faith: The Chicago Sisters of Mercy and the Evolution of a Religious Community. New York: Fordham University Press, 2014, pp. 372. $65 hc. ISBN: 9780823254736 (Also eBook). Reviewed by Meg Wilkes KARRAKER , University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN 55105 .

Murphy PIZZA .  Paganistan: Contemporary Pagan Community in Minnesota’s Twin Cities.  Farnham, England: Ashgate Publishing, 2015. Hbk. 150. 60.00 ISBN 978-1-40944-283-7.  Reviewed by  Hans GUSTAFSON , Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University (MN) and the University of St. Thomas (MN)

Brett C. HOOVER . The Shared Parish: Latinos, Anglos, and the Future of U.S. Catholicism. New York / London: New York University Press, 2014. pp. 304. $49.00 cloth. ISBN: 9781479854394. Reviewed by William A. CLARK , SJ, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA 01610

Margaret O’GARA . No Turning Back: The Future of Ecumenism . Edited by Michael Vertin. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014. pp. 240. $29.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8313-2. Reviewed by Ella JOHNSON , St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, Rochester, NY 14618

Anne M. MARTINEZ . Catholic Borderlands: Mapping Catholicism onto American Empire, 1905 1935. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 2014. Pp. 293. $70.00 hb. ISBN 978-0-8032-4877-9. Reviewed by Ann SWANER , Barry University, Miami Shores FL 33161

Stephen BULLIVANT . Faith and Unbelief . New York/Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2014. Pp. xx + 156. $16.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-4865-3. Reviewed by Benjamin J. BROWN, Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560

Raymond G. HELMICK, S.J. The Crisis of Confidence in the Catholic Church. New York: Bloomsbury, 2014. pp. 293. ISBN 978-0-567-46425-5. Reviewed by Jeffrey KIRCH , C.PP.S., Saint Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, IN 47978

Austen IVEREIGH . The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope. New York. Henry Holt and Company, 2014. Pp. 445, ISBN 978-1-62779-157-1 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-62779-158-1 (electronic book). Reviewed by Daniel H. LEVINE , University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI 48109

Leonardo BOFF , Francis of Rome. Francis of Assisi. A New Springtime For The Church . Maryknoll/New York, Orbis Books, 2014, pp. 160. Pb ISBN 978-1-62698-083-9. Reviewed by Solange LEFEBVRE , Universit de Montr al, C.P. 6128 succursale centre-ville, Montr al Qu bec Canada H3C 3J7

Robert LASSALLE-KLEIN , Blood and Ink: Ignacio Ellacur a, Jon Sobrino, and the Jesuit Martyrs of the University of Central America, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2014. pp. 376. $34.00 pb: ISBN 978-1-62698-063-1. Reviewed by Arthur J. KUBICK , Providence, Rhode Island

Joshtrom KUREETHADAM , Creation in Crisis: Science, Ethics, Theology . Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2014. pp. 188. $50.00. ISBN: 978-1-62698-100-3 (pbk.). Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE , John Carroll University, University Heights , OH 44118

Steven P. MILLER , The Age of Evangelicalism: America’s Born-Again Years . New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. pp. 221. ISBN 978 0 19 077795-2 . Reviewed by Richard RYMARZ , St Joseph’s College, University of Alberta, Edmonton Alberta, T6G 2J5

Brenda E. NOVACK , A Double-Edged Sword. Jehanne d’Arc and Claims to Divine Sanction in Acts of War (Eugene, OR: Pickwick | Wipf and Stock, 2014), xvi + 358 pp., ISBN 13:978-1-62564-238-7, paperback, $41.00. Reviewed by Guy C. CARTER , Saint Peter’s University, Jersey City, NJ

Brendan BYRNE . Life Abounding: A Reading of John’s Gospel . Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2014. Pp.376. $39.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-3574-2. Reviewed by Shannon SCHREIN , Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560

Nancy Tatom AMMERMAN . Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes. Finding Religion in Everyday Life . Oxford University Press, 2014. 376 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-991736-5 also eBook. . Reviewed by  Ana Lourdes SUAREZ , Catholic University of Argentina, Buenos Aires

James T. BRETZKE , Handbook of Roman Catholic Moral Terms . Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2013, pp 260. $24.95 pb. ISBN-978-1626160033. Reviewed by Robert MARKO , Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Ilia DELIO , ed. From Teilhard to Omega: Co-creating an Unfinished Universe . Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2014. pp. 263. $30.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-069-3. Reviewed by Calvin MERCER , East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858

Garry WILLS Bare Ruined Choirs. Doubt, Prophecy, and Radical Religion [First published in 1972- Paulist Press. Reissued 2014. Pp 300 ISBN 978-0-8091-4819-6. Reviewed by Daniel H. LEVINE , University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI 48109-1045

Robert Blair KAISER . Inside the Jesuits: How Pope Francis Is Changing the Church and the World . Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. Pp. 224. $32.00 hb; $31.99 ebook. ISBN 978-1-4422-2901-3. Reviewed by James T. BRETZKE , S.J., Boston College School of Theology & Ministry, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Laura SWAN . The Wisdom of the Beguines: The Forgotten Story of a Medieval Women’s Movement. Katanoh, New York: BlueBridge, 2014. pp. 208. $13.56 hc. ISBN 1933346973. Reviewed by Ann SWANER , Barry University, Miami Shores, FL  33161

Judith SCHUBERT . 100 Questions & Answers on Women in the New Testament . New York, NY: Paulist Press, 2014. pp.115. $16.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-4845-5. Reviewed by Marie CONN , Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Kristin M. COLBERG and Robert A. KRIEG , Eds. The Theology of Cardinal Walter Kasper: Speaking Truth in Love. Collegeville, MN: Michael Glazier Liturgical Press, 2014. pp 308. $29.95. ISBN: 9780814683156. Reviewed by Eric W. HENDRY , Plano, TX 75026

Paul CROWLEY , S.J. (Editor). From Vatican II to Pope Francis, Charting a Catholic Future. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2014. pp. 180. $28.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-089-1. Reviewed by Francis BERNA , La Salle University, 1900 W. Olney Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19141

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By Thomas V. Mirus ( bio - articles - email ) | Jan 19, 2023 | In Reviews

As we’ve done for several years now, it’s time for the Catholic Culture staff’s annual roundup of our favorite books (and other media) of the past year.

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Let me begin with five books that I have already reviewed in 2022 on CatholicCulture.org, simply because they are particularly worth reading—I link to my longer reviews below:

Holy Is His Name

In the first place, I have to select Scott Hahn’s inspiring Holy Is His Name , which explores, as the subtitle expresses it, “The transforming power of God’s Holiness in Scripture.” No other book so urgently reminds us that even our own prevailing Catholic spiritual culture has lost its sense of the transcendence of God. Even where genuine faith still exists, the emphasis tends to be on God’s immanence, on His easy accessibility, on His role as our “buddy”. This is reflected both in the psychological focus of too much “spiritual” reading today and in our prosaic contemporary liturgies.

God is supremely immanent, of course; He has to be to dwell in our very souls. But at one and the same time He is supremely transcendent, and we forget that only at great spiritual peril. This transcendence is best understood in His awesome holiness, before which we ought never to forget our unworthiness, an unworthiness to be transcended only through God’s soul-searing love. It is only in this context that true friendship with God can develop in Christ. By resorting to Scripture to explore God’s holiness, Hahn gets it exactly right.

Diogenes Unveiled

It is impossible to move on from 2022 without mentioning one more time the brilliant collection of the writings of the late Fr. Paul Mankowski under the pseudonym of Diogenes, Diogenes Unveiled . “Uncle Di” was a brilliantly cutting and often uproariously funny writer who skewered the secularized distortions which passed for Catholicism around the turn of the twenty-first century when we all wondered (as we sometimes still do) who was minding the store. Fr. Mankowski was ultimately exposed and ordered by his Jesuit superiors to cease writing under the pseudonym in 2010. His identity was generally still concealed by his friends until he died in 2020.

Mankowski’s Diogenes writings were selected and collected by Phil Lawler, who had also provided the initial platform for them, a platform that eventually merged into CatholicCulture.org.

Sigrid Undset: Reader of Hearts

If I were to recommend just one novelist this year, it would have to be (as it would be in so many years) the great Sigrid Undset. This remarkable Catholic convert of the early twentieth century (1882-1949) is worth studying in her own right, and Fr. Aidan Nichols has enabled us to learn more about her very easily in his book Sigrid Undset: Reader of Hearts . She is, of course, the author of both the trilogy Kristen Lavransdatter and the tetralogy The Master of Hestviken , among other shorter fiction and essays.

How Saints Die

How Saints Die: 100 Stories of Hope , Fr. Antonio Sicari’s short and neatly-organized accounts of the last hours of a large number of saints carries both spiritual inspiration and moral instruction without ever losing the personal touch. Here is my aptly-titled review: Catholicism and sanctity: Jumping to the bottom line . (This review also includes a very worthwhile book by Brant Pitre which provides an excellent introduction to the spiritual life.)

Resolving Faith Difficulties

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky has organized his long run of essays on CatholicCulture.org into a series of ebooks, the first two of which are already available for free download, with two more to be released over the next few months. If you are new to Fr. Pokorsky’s brilliance and pastoral solicitude, these are a great way to catch up. If you just want to revisit them in logical groupings, the ebooks are perfect for that as well. These are published by CatholicCulture.org under the series title of Resolving Faith Difficulties: A Pastor’s Spiritual Journal , and they are available in three different file formats to registered users (registration is free of charge). The first volume is Faith First and Always and the second is Faith with Reason . Enjoy!

Now, let me introduce three new books I discovered in 2022 but did not review:

Dynamics of Liturgy

The incomparable Fr. Vincent Twomey is surely correct in his conviction that the time is ripe to introduce Catholics to the liturgical thought of the great Joseph Ratzinger. His book is all the more timely because Ratzinger—that is Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI—died at the end of the year in which Twomey’s study was published. As most of our readers may know, Ratzinger had a deep understanding of Catholic liturgy and a rich historical grasp of its development and spiritual depth. Not completely satisfied with the liturgical reform which followed the Second Vatican Council, Ratzinger/Pope Benedict saw strengths (and weaknesses) in both the older form of the Roman Rite and the new form. He thought the Church could benefit from the merging of the strengths of each, and he kept that idea alive by making both forms readily available (an availability his successor has since greatly restricted). If you would like to better understand Ratzinger’s understanding of Divine Liturgy and the theology behind it, you can do no better than to read Twomey’s superb study, The Dynamics of Liturgy: Joseph Ratzinger’s Theology of Liturgy: An Interpretation .

Balthasar for Thomists

The name Hans Urs von Balthasar is likely to stir pre-conceived notions that are not very valuable. Many will assume that he was a great theologian simply because his work has been steadily championed by Ignatius Press, which has a well-deserved reputation as perhaps the finest Catholic publisher in the English-speaking world today. Many others will assume he was the very devil because he expressed the opinion that we could hope that all are to be saved, and some of his work was influenced by the mystic Adrienne von Speyr (whose mystical credentials are by no means universally accepted).

What most people do not realize is that von Balthasar’s body of work is enormous, and that his most notable contribution to theology is probably recognition that it is integral to Divine Revelation that it has taken the form of a long and very dramatic unfolding in the history of salvation. This insight explains his five-volume theological dramatics ( Prolegomena , Dramatis Personae: Man in God , Dramatis Personae: Persons in Christ , The Action , and The Last Act . And in another immense work of three volumes, generally called Theo-Logic, von Balthasar explored the relations of the nature of Jesus Christ to reality itself ( Truth of the World , Truth of God , and Spirit of Truth .

But von Balthasar was also able to write a very brief guide for troubled laymen in the 1980s to protect them from the massive doctrinal corruption that every Catholic was encountering at that time ( A Short Primer for Unsettled Laymen ). In any case, a great many of us are more comfortable with the Thomistic approach to theology that has long been the primary officially-recommended basis for the preparation of priests, without discounting many other fruitful approaches. If you have been formed philosophically and theologically primarily in the Thomist tradition, then the most helpful book by far to give you a deeper understanding of von Balthasar’s contribution will be the Dominican Thomist Aidan Nichols’ excellent study, Balthasar for Thomists . It is not for the faint-hearted, but Fr. Nichols manages the task wonderfully in about 200 pages.

The Moral Wisdom of the Catholic Church

I should also call everyone’s attention to the latest work by the redoubtable Robert Spitzer, SJ, who has specialized in recent years in major and even multi-volume works that—fully conversant with logic, science, philosophy and theology—present the best possible contemporary apologetical support for Catholicism. His latest, also published by Ignatius, focuses on The Moral Wisdom of the Catholic Church: A Defense of Her Controversial Moral Teachings . He continues to turn out excellent work though he is now nearly blind, and while his books are never brief, they are always thoroughly argued and very readable.

This volume includes comprehensive treatments of: (a) True and false promises of happiness and freedom, including the homosexual lifestyle, pornography, gender change, and artificial birth control; (b) Matters of life and death, including abortion, eugenics, in vitro fertilization, embryonic stem cells, physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia, self-defense and torture; and Charity and social ethics, including honesty, charity, the need for objective moral norms, and how Christ and the Catholic Church transformed the world through institutions of charity and principles of social ethics, including the principles and subject matter of Catholic social teaching. The conclusion to this 600-page study centers on the problem of re-evangelization.

Have I read this book all through? No, but it has a place among the valuable references on my bookshelf.

For your entertainment

I am not addicted to mysteries (really!), but they are my main source of reading for entertainment. So this year I will mention the fine but lightly comic mysteries from Edmund Crispin (real name Robert Bruce Montgomery, 1921-1978) who wrote a series of very entertaining novels and stories featuring a rather Chestertonian figure—the Oxford literature don Gervase Fen. As you can imagine Crispin’s use of the mother tongue is brilliant and witty, and his stories are typically entertaining romps. They are not all easily available, but they are generally inexpensive whether you get them as ebooks or from used book sellers. Occasionally they can be a trifle too absurd; usually they are delightful. In order, I think:

  • The Case of the Gilded Fly
  • Holy Disorders
  • The Moving Toy Shop
  • Love Lies Bleeding
  • Buried for Pleasure
  • Frequent Hearses
  • The Long Divorce
  • Beware of Trains (short stories)
  • Glimpses of the Moon (short stories)

I recommend reading St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans and immediately following it up with the Letter to the Hebrews. Even in English you’ll see why some scholars have thought Hebrews was written by Paul but even more suggest it was penned by a Pauline disciple with a very different writing style. The Church knows this is inspired Scripture, but has no official stand on the author’s identity.

Jeffrey Mirus is the founder of Trinity Communications and CatholicCulture.org.

Phil Lawler

Samuel Gregg ordinarily writes about economic affairs, but his ability to put dollars-and-cents questions into proper perspective shows the influence of his academic background as a student of the acclaimed Oxford philosophy John Finnis. In his latest book, The Next American Economy , Gregg analyzes both the difficulties and the opportunities that we face as we try to balance the demands for economic growth and individual freedom in a global economy. Particularly important in this book are his powerful arguments against “ESG” investing: that is, the increasingly common notion that investors should focus on the environmental, social, and governance policies of corporations rather than their dividends and growth potential. Also, his explanation of the “common good” should help to inoculate readers against those—including the popular exponents of Catholic “integralism”—who support greater intervention by the administrative state to direct our economic affairs.

My own academic background (such as it is) is in political theory, and Pierre Manent, of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris, is arguably the most important political theorist alive today. His short work, Natural Law and Human Rights , translated from the French by Ralph Hancock, demonstrates his prowess. He effectively shows that unless they are founded in an understanding of natural law, “human rights” are arbitrary inventions, which ultimately diminish the dignity of the individual while augmenting the power of the state. The book comes with a perceptive foreword by Daniel J. Mahoney.

And speaking of Mahoney, his own book, The Statesman as Thinker , deserves a place on this list. He examines the lives and thoughts of several important political thinkers who were also heavily involved in practical policies—among them Edmund Burke, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and Charles De Gaulle. In their unusual ability to match their concrete policies with their abstract ideas, he see exemplary displays of prudence and of the “greatness of soul” that Aristotle sought in leaders.

Liberty or Lockdown , by Jeffrey Tucker, explores what the author argues (and I strongly agree) is one of the most grotesque illustrations of political imprudence and government overreach in recent history: the draconian policies adopted in reaction to the Covid epidemic. Those policies did not contain the disease, and demonstrably did grave harm to countless people and to society at large. Why did we so readily accept them?

The death of the great British historian Paul Johnson earlier this month, at the age of 94, reminded me that I assigned my students to read Modern Times , his massive, sweeping survey of (most of) the 20th century, for a class in the spring semester. Johnson combined an astonishing command of history with a gift for narrative. In Modern Times he manages to move smoothly from relativity theory to world wars, from race relations and totalitarian ideologies to corporate growth and demographic shifts. Yes, he is opinionated, but his passion brings history to life.

Francis of Assisi: A New Biography , isn’t really all that new; it was published in 2012. But it was new to me, and enlightening. The author, Augustine Thompson, OP—a Dominican writing about St. Francis—announces at the outset that he will stick to what the written record shows, leaving aside the many popular legends about the great saint. Some of the legends are probably true, he allows, while others are surely false. His goal is to cut through the conflicting popular images of St. Francis and provide a sort of baseline: what we can know with certainty about him. To me it was surprising that St. Francis actually did not speak and write much about poverty; his primary focus was on humility. Also new to me was the revelation that the most passionate writings of St. Francis are about the need for reverence in the celebration of the Eucharist.

For those who share my weakness for thrillers, let me recommend the three-part series on ancient Rome by Robert Harris, centered on the life of Cicero. Dictator , the final installment, was on my list for 2022; but the first two volumes, Conspirata and Imperium , are equally good—and probably should be read in the proper sequence. I don’t know how carefully Harris sticks to the facts as he fleshes out the characters and creates their dialogue. But he is an excellent story-teller, and the subject is fascinating.

Phil Lawler is the founder of Catholic World News, and the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org.

James T. Majewski

Last year saw the birth of our second child, even as our firstborn reached the age where he can now tolerate children’s literature of some increased substance. For our family, 2022 was the year of the children’s book. Here are my top 10 from the year:

Richard Scarry’s Best Mother Goose Ever . This one is great for endurance reading. I have several times gone through all fifty of the included nursery rhymes, only to start again from the beginning because they are just that much fun to read. It helps, too, that Richard Scarry’s illustrations are characteristically great. My favorite? A cat bludgeoning a dog alongside the lines, “I went to Taffy’s house, Taffy was in bed, I took a marrow bone and beat him on the head!” (To be fair, Taffy was a thief.)

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble . The ending of this story by William Steig sees Sylvester and his family reunited after a long separation and, despite possessing a magic pebble able to grant any wish, having nothing more they could wish for. It’s a tear-jerker every time.

Six Dinner Sid . The titular character, a cat who angles for six dinners a day by convincing six different people he is theirs alone, perfectly captures the combination of mercenary affection, frosty nonchalance, and dogged individualism that so often characterizes feline pets. I’m a cat person, for the record.

Caps for Sale . There is something delightfully melancholic about a cap peddler who 1. has no money (because no one will buy his caps); 2. has no lunch (because he has no money); 3. is very hungry (because he has no lunch); and 4. chooses instead to go for a walk in the country… only to be harassed by a roving band of derelict monkeys.

The Handsome Little Cygnet . This story was discussed on episode 114 of the Catholic Culture Podcast, “A Children’s Book About Accepting Your Nature” , in an interview with its author Matthew Mehan. The book’s awesome illustrations by John Foley (who also teamed with Mehan for Mr. Mehan’s Mildly Amusing Mythical Mammals—see CCP episode 43, “Teaching Children Self-Knowledge Through the Liberal Arts” ) received mega bonus points from me for being filled with so many hidden easter eggs and New York City landmarks.

The Pie and the Patty-Pan . You can’t really beat The Tale of Peter Rabbit, but this lesser-known story by Beatrix Potter about a pussy-cat named Ribby who invites a little dog, Duchess, over for tea comes close. Humorously illustrating the foibles attendant upon fear of human respect, it also introduced me to an obscure vintage baking implement that I’m still not really sure I understand. What is a patty-pan? We may never know.

Sunshine . What ostensibly is a story about a grumpy landlord named Sunshine, is really a love letter to the City of New York. The unique style of its author and illustrator, Ludwig Bemelmans—himself an Austrian immigrant to New York—will be immediately recognizable to anyone familiar with his stories about a little girl named Madeline. And it’s a Christmas story, to boot!

Stone Soup . This is my favorite in a series of old tales told and pictured by Marcia Brown. In the story, three soldiers returning home from war cleverly trick a village of unwitting peasants into sharing their food with them. Though the soldiers may at first blush appear as nothing more than two-bit con men, they actually emerge as three wise men who gently enrich the townsfolk with an experience of the virtue and joys of hospitality.

Weight of a Mass: A Tale of Faith . This parable about the true value of Holy Mass reads just like an old-world fairy tale. The story is wonderfully illustrated not only in its pictures but also in its choice vocabulary. Artful descriptions fill its pages alongside stunning watercolor paintings. This is one in a trilogy of stories about the theological virtues. I’ve not read the others, but if Weight of a Mass is any indication, they will be well worth countless readings.

The Clown of God . A true master storyteller and artist, Tomie dePaola needs no introduction. Though I am far from having read all his children’s books (he authored more than 260), his version of a French legend about a juggler who offers the gift of his talent, and the resultant miracle, is my favorite yet.

James T. Majewski is Director of Customer Relations for CatholicCulture.org, the host and narrator of Catholic Culture Audiobooks, and co-host of Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast.

Thomas V. Mirus

As always, my list includes books, shorter-form writing, music, and movies.

I’ll start with a non-exhaustive list of some of the best new books I read in 2022. Sive I’ve interviewed all the authors of these books on the Catholic Culture Podcast, I’ll link to the related interviews.

My pick for best new book of the past year is Ryan Wilson’s Proteus Bound: Selected Translations, 2008-2020 . With beautiful translations in several languages ranging from the classical Roman poets to French romantics, this collection could serve as a pretty comprehensive introduction to the past two millennia of lyric poetry in continental Europe. Wilson’s recent Wiseblood Books essay How to Think Like a Poet and his earlier collection of original poems, The Stranger World , are also well worth seeking out. I’ll add that he gave me what is probably my best interview of 2022 , among stiff competition.

Mary Stanford has given a great gift to the Church in The Obedience Paradox: Finding True Freedom in Marriage . Look no further for a defense and explication of Catholic teaching on authority and obedience between husband and wife, especially as expressed by St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians. Stanford’s presentation is beautiful and winning while not at all watering down this teaching at which so many modern Catholics take offense. Drawing on Scripture, the theology of the body (her academic specialty), and the whole Magisterial tradition, Stanford unveils the primordial reality of authority as gift and obedience as receptivity, an order which Christ came to restore in nuptial union with His Church.

My favorite new Catholic novel is Katy Carl’s As Earth Without Water . As my attempts to describe the premise in my own words are falling short, I’ll quote the publisher’s description:

When Dylan Fielding, celebrated contemporary visual artist, becomes Br. Thomas Augustine, novice at Our Lady of the Pines monastery, he finds delight not only in the shock his choice causes everyone around him but—to his own surprise—in the rhythms of the life itself. Shortly before he solidifies a lifelong commitment to the community, a traumatic encounter with an abusive priest plunges Thomas Augustine into terror and doubt. Reeling and uncertain, he reaches out to his friend, rival, and former lover, Angele Solomon, with hopes that she can help him to speak the difficult truth. As she attempts to advocate for her friend, Angele must ask how the scars left by their common past—as well as newer harms—can ever be healed or transcended. The wider inquiries demanded next will transfigure how both of them picture a range of human and divine things: time and memory; art and agency; trust and responsibility; and what it might mean to know real freedom.

Among many aspects of the novel which moved me, I’d like to single out Carl’s success in bringing a sensitive and redemptive vision to such a fraught topic as clergy sexual abuse.

D. C. Schindler’s The Politics of the Real: The Church between Liberalism and Integralism is one of the richest entries in the ongoing Catholic debate over liberalism, political authority, the common good, and the relation between Church and State. It includes devastating critiques of liberalism as “the political form of evil” and specifically in its relation to religious tradition, but also offers a profound and beautiful ontology of the social order and a somewhat different model of the relation between Church and State from the one proposed by Catholic integralists.

Some other noteworthy new books:

Those invested in the future of Catholic letters, and Catholic arts in general, should take the time to read Joshua Hren’s 80-page manifesto, Contemplative Realism . Inspired by Pope Benedict XVI’s challenge to “ask rather more carefully what ‘the real’ actually is”, Hren lays out an approach to fictional realism which honors the spiritual and material in their proper relation, and reflects on a number of “contemplative realist” antecedents, great writers to whom Catholic fictionists might turn for guidance and inspiration.

Elizabeth Lev’s The Silent Knight: A History of St. Joseph as Depicted in Art offers not only a history of sixteen centuries of art featuring St. Joseph, but also an account of the development of devotion to St. Joseph over the past two thousand years—from the old man sitting overlooked in the corner of early Nativity scenes to the glorious Patron of the Univeral Church.

The Theology of the Body Institute has brought to light a retreat given by Karol Wojtyla to artists in 1962, God Is Beauty . This addition to the canon of St. John Paul II’s writings available in English has not yet received the attention it deserves.

This last year I have had the privilege of reading Aristotle for the first time (my favorite works so far being the Nichomachean Ethics and Metaphysics ). As it happens, my brother’s first book, also on Aristotle, was published in 2022. Christopher Mirus is a lucid writer and brilliant thinker, and anyone with a professional or otherwise deep interest in Aristotle should read Being Is Better Than Not Being: The Metaphysics of Goodness and Beauty in Aristotle . The book draws together underlying themes in disparate areas of Aristotle’s thought, from ethics to natural science, in an original way .

Some older books I loved last year:

Denis McNamara’s Catholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy was a revelation. The theology and natural symbolism of classical architecture is beautifully treated. How to Read Churches by the same author is a helpful handbook for travel.

Speaking of travel handbooks, I found the Blue Guides to Rome and Florence extremely useful on my trip to Italy in July. Well-researched, in-depth info, with special attention to art and architecture.

In preparation for discussing a couple of movies about St. Francis on Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast, I decided to learn more about the beloved saint by reading Francis and Clare: The Complete Works from the Classics of Western Spirituality series. Given how little those two saints wrote, to learn about their spirituality in their own words is a rare privilege. An edifying companion, which I’m still working my way through, is the 14th-century Italian classic The Little Flowers of St. Francis (translated by Raphael Brown), a collection of stories about St. Francis’s companions and immediate followers. It brings to life how St. Francis’s Rule was actually lived in community, as he not only taught, but learned from, his brothers in holy poverty. Rosselini’s cinematic masterpiece The Flowers of St. Francis is based on this book.

I was introduced to St. Bernadette’s account of the Lourdes apparitions, My Name Is Bernadette , by Karina Majewski’s narration of it on Catholic Culture Audiobooks . A number of listeners reported being greatly moved by this reading.

Epictetus, The Handbook , trans. Nicholas P. White. I’ve been getting a lot of classics in thanks to my membership in the Online Great Books seminar program, which helps keep me on the ball. Indeed, my reading of all the books listed below (and Aristotle above) was spurred by my involvement in the OGB community. In addition to Aristotle, this year we read the Stoics, namely Seneca (almost unbearable), Marcus Aurelius (better), and Epictetus (best). Epictetus is most soulful (and brief) of the three, and I was moved by his exhortations to philosophers that they be more concerned with acting according to philosophy than with being known as philosophers.

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice . Re-reading this for the first time since high school, I saw much of myself in both Lizzie and her father, especially in their weaknesses. And it’s just as funny as I remembered.

Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre . I have rarely come across a novel with this pitch of emotional and even spiritual intensity.

Beowulf —translations of the Old English epic by Heaney and Tolkien. The latter, published posthumously, is in prose but includes some excellent commentary excerpted from Tolkien’s lectures.

Short-form writing

“Why I Left the Society of St. Pius X: An Open Letter to Fr. Gołaski” , by lay Dominican Andrew Bartel.

“Not in Talk but in Power” . Marc Barnes on why “Religion is not the opiate of the people—speech is.”

“The Politics of Hell” . Urban Hannon’s essay drawing political lessons from Aquinas’s demonology was recorded by James Majewski on our Catholic Culture Audiobooks podcast.

From 2002, an excellent essay on the great Catholic director Leo McCarey ( The Bells of St Mary’s , The Awful Truth , Duck Soup , Make Way for Tomorrow , etc).

Alexander Pope, “The Rape of the Lock” . Poetic satire at its finest, with the most memorable description of a card game I’ve ever read.

Herman Melville, “Bartleby the Scrivener ” . A hilarious and sad short story about an enigmatic man who, presented with the demands of modern life, can only repeat “I would prefer not to.”

Andrew Marvell, “The Coronet” . This poem, about the snares of vanity and ambition hidden for those who would give glory to God through art, could be read with profit by all Christian artists, especially those occupied in the liturgical arts.

Everyone should know the unique jazz-Americana of guitarist Pat Metheny. Bright Size Life , his debut album from 1975, is a loose, improvisational jazz record, but already shows his folk-tinged compositional style. Later in his career under the aegis of the Pat Metheny Group, he and keyboardist Lyle Mays would invent, as it’s been said, virtually a new form of American folk music. Still Life (Talking) , from 1987, is a good example of their style, with uplifting folk-jazz melodies, wordless vocals, thick atmospheric textures, dramatic compositional shifts, and a heavy Brazilian influence. This particular album was more controlled and poppy in its sensibility than some of his other studio work, making it a particularly accessible entry point.

The Secret Trio, Soundscapes: A New Concept in Chamber Music . The virtuosic Secret Trio produces a sort of international folk chamber music, with an Armenian playing oud (a fretless lute), a Macedonian clarinetist, and a Turk playing kanun (a 76-string zither). As disparate as their national origins are, they’re based here in NYC, so I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this fun and groovy ensemble live.

I’ve been continuing to work my way through the outstanding resource that is AllOfBach.com . The Netherlands Bach society continues to make freely available its recordings of the complete works of J.S. Bach, with performances on period instruments filmed in beautiful churches.

James Majewski and I continued chugging away on Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast this year, mostly discussing works from the Vatican’s 1995 list of 45 important films. I’ll start with some of my favorites from our Vatican list viewing, most of which are Italian classics.

From the Vatican film list

Vittorio de Sica’s Bicycle Thieves (1948) is a crowd favorite from the post-war movement known as Italian neo-realism. Films in this style often focused on the lives of the poor, were shot in real outdoor locations, and featured non-professional actors. In this movie, a poor man loses his bicycle, which he needs to keep his job. As he wanders Rome with his young son trying to find the thief, he becomes increasingly desperate. The film depicts the crushing pressures of poverty and societal dysfunction in Rome immediately following World War II, but it is more than a sociological document: it is intensely dramatic, and has something spiritual to say about how those suffering poverty can respond to their situation.

The Flowers of St. Francis (1950) is another classic of the neo-realist movement, as well as one of the greatest saint movies ever made. Director Roberto Rossellini cast real Franciscans to play St. Francis and his brothers. The film draws its pure and simple vignettes from the 14th-century Little Flowers of St. Francis and Life of Brother Juniper , and faithfully imitates the joyous spiritual abandon and whimsical charm of its source material.

Federico Fellini’s La Strada (1954) was informed by neo-realism, but it contains a good deal of fantasy. A poor, half-witted girl is sold by her mother to be the assistant of a brutal traveling circus strongman. The film, alternately amusing and heartbreaking, attests to the seeds that can be planted by selfless love, even in the face of abuse and rejection. Condemned by Marxist critics in 1950s Italy for its spiritual view of suffering, the film found a better initial reception in the United States, where viewers saw Giulietta Masina’s unforgettable protagonist as a “cross between St. Rita and Mickey Mouse”.

All of the above films were influenced by Catholicism, but made by non-practicing directors. A much later film in the neo-realist tradition, The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978), was made by an actual practicing Catholic, Ermanno Olmi. It applies the neo-realist ethos even more radically than the first wave of that movement, as the film barely has a plot and many parts could be mistaken for documentary. It depicts a year in the life of four peasant families living on a tenant farmhouse in late 19th century Lombardy. The actors are non-professionals, real local peasants speaking their Bergamasque dialect, recreating their normal life on camera (even if in the trappings of a century earlier). The result is a stunning vision of a now-bygone Catholic peasant culture, shying away neither from the beauty of this way of life nor from the economic injustices the people suffered.

Stepping far away from Italy and neo-realism, there is Kon Ichikawa’s The Burmese Harp (1956), an unusual World War II movie told from the perspective of a Japanese troop in Burma in the days after their surrender to British-Australian forces. This is an anti-war film, and a film about piety toward the dead, but it’s also about vocation and how it relates to membership in a community.

If you only watch one silent movie in your life, it should be Carl Th. Dreyer’s Passion of Joan of Arc (1928). Two aspects in particular put this film in the canon: first, Renee Maria Falconetti’s transcendent performance as Joan, which some consider the greatest work ever done by a film actor. And second, the film’s radical visual style, eschewing establishing shots and even a clear sense of place to focus entirely on the actors’ faces, combining with fast-paced editing to put what Dreyer called the “close-quarter combat” between Joan and her judges front and center.

Another great mostly-silent film included on the Vatican list is Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (1936). It’s both Chaplin’s last silent film and his first talkie—his character, the Little Tramp, is silent and the only time we hear people talking is when their voices are mediated through technology, such as on the radio or through an intercom system. This depersonalized and one-way approach to the human voice on film reflects not only a commentary on modern communications but also Chaplin’s personal aversion to the sound era. The film is not just filled with hilarious gags, but contains intelligent social commentary as the Tramp tries and fails to fit into the world of industrialized labor, and really any other part of the modern social order.

Silent movies

Moving away from the Vatican film list, a couple more silent films I’d like to mention:

King Vidor’s virtuosic The Crowd (1928) has some of the most arresting cinematography you’ll see in a silent film. It begins with a man who moves to New York City with the goal of being somebody , of standing out from the crowd. But he lacks the work ethic and talent to be the big shot his father told him he would be—he can’t even hold down a job. If he doesn’t confront his ego, self-pity and despair, his family will not survive.

Another gorgeous silent film (also from 1928!) is John Ford’s Four Sons . Ford is mostly known for his talkies, especially his Westerns like Stagecoach and The Searchers , as well as others like How Green Was My Valley and The Grapes of Wrath . But he made more than fifty silent films between 1917 and 1928, though only a few survive. In Four Sons , a Bavarian widow and her sons have their idyllic life interrupted by the first World War.

For those interested in learning about the silent film era (if only the American side), I recommend the outstanding documentary series Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film , narrated by James Mason (viewable on YouTube). The series came out in 1980, when many people from the silent film era were still alive to share their memories. As the title indicates, it is not just about silent films, but about the creation of Hollywood and the movies, period. Astonishing is the degree to which the early filmmakers were making up their craft as they went along—appropriate for an industry that began in a place where the tail end of the Wild West hadn’t yet disappeared. (Warning: there are a couple of moments dealing with the raunchy side of pre-censorship American films where clips with nudity are shown.)

Japanese cinema

Aside from The Burmese Harp mentioned above, I saw a number of other excellent Japanese films. My favorite is a recent film by Ryusuke Hamaguchi: Asako I & II (2018, and that’s one film). Two years after the disappearance of the young female protagonist’s flaky boyfriend, she meets a guy who is almost physically identical with her lost love. And that’s only the starting point for this unusual story about love, abandonment, and forgiveness, which I won’t spoil further.

The Japanese director who has made the greatest impact on world cinema is, of course, Akira Kurosawa, best known for his period movies about samurai (whose cross-genre influence is evident in everything from classic Westerns to The Mandalorian ). One of the perks of living in New York City is that I get the chance to see classics on the big screen: such was my first viewing of Kurosawa’s 1954 epic Seven Samurai . Along with John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle , this was probably the first movie whose plot focuses extensively on the assembly of a team—a now-classic conceit most evidently imitated by The Magnificent Seven .

Among Kurosawa’s most accessible films, Yojimbo (1961) and Sanjuro (1962) feature the iconic Toshiro Mifune as a nameless wandering samurai, cynical and without allegiance, who reveals a more heroic side especially in the sequel. Yojimbo was essentially remade as A Fistful of Dollars —Clint Eastwood’s “Man with No Name” is the same character in a cowboy hat. Both Yojimbo and Sanjuro , with their ultra-cool protagonist, exciting action, and brilliantly creative camera movement, would function well as a teenage boy’s introduction to arthouse/foreign cinema.

An odd but charming little movie by Yasujiro Ozu, Good Morning (1959) is about two little boys who decide to take a vow of silence in protest against their parents’ refusal to buy a television. Ozu gently pokes fun at the changing lifestyles in postwar Japan, and at the way we lubricate social interactions with phrases that don’t really mean anything (hence the film’s title).

Classic Hollywood

All About Eve (1950) is a deliciously chilling piece about ambition and backstabbing in show business. Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) is a seemingly sweet and naïve young fan who enters the life of her idol, popular but aging stage actress Margo Channing (Bette Davis). Baxter excels in making hairpin turns from feigned innocence to ice-cold manipulation, as we gradually realize Eve is positioning herself to steal Margo’s career and relationships.

One of the pioneering works of film noir is Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity (1944). Insurance salesman Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) is seduced by a housewife (Barbara Stanwyck) into selling her husband a life policy and then murdering him. What stays in your heart and elevates the film to tragedy is the genuine love between Neff and his boss (Edward G. Robinson), a man of strict integrity whose job it is to investigate phony claims.

Holiday (1938) is a swell romantic comedy that begins in screwball mode and becomes more dramatic as it goes on. Cary Grant plays an industrious but free-spirited young man who gets engaged to the daughter of a wealthy banker. As he realizes what kind of life and persona she and her father will expect of him, he is drawn toward her more genuine and unconventional older sister, played by Katharine Hepburn. New Year’s Eve viewing.

Sam Peckinpah was known for directing “revisionist Westerns”, most famously The Wild Bunch . But his earlier Ride the High Country (1962) doesn’t lack for heroism, with an older Joel McCrea in an edifying role.

All That Heaven Allows (1955) stood out to me for a couple of reasons. First, its melodramatic plot about a socially disapproved romance between an middle-aged widow (Jane Wyman) and a younger man (Rock Hudson) should be incredibly cheesy, especially given the movie’s emotional directness, but somehow it isn’t. Second, the film’s use of color is stunning and ahead of its time for a film of its era.

British classics

I discussed Italian neo-realism above, but that tradition reached other places than Italy: a great example is Kes (1969), considered one of Britain’s greatest films. Billy, a young teenager growing up in a South Yorkshire coal-mining community, finds respite from a dysfunctional family and inhumane school system in learning to train a wild kestrel. There’s one scene in particular, in which Billy gets the chance to tell his class how he trained his bird, that I found intensely moving.

Mike Leigh’s Secrets and Lies (1996) is a beautiful British family drama. The protagonist, a black middle-class optometrist, after the death of her adoptive mother, decides to track down her birth mother, whom she discovers to be a white working-class woman with her own dysfunctional family. This poignant and funny depiction of different social classes rubbing against each other, as well as the family dysfunction and reconciliation that is universally human, is driven by an outstanding ensemble cast.

Leigh’s Topsy-Turvy (1999)¸ about the working relationship of the 19th-century comic opera team Gilbert and Sullivan, is for most of its running time one of the most sheer fun movies I’ve seen, though following real life, it takes a quite dark and melancholy turn at the end (and includes one obscene scene that must be skipped). Topsy-Turvy has some of the best performances of G&S’s songs you’ll hear in a movie.

Fans of Alec Guinness’s many bizarre roles in 1950s dark British comedies may enjoy The Horse’s Mouth (1958), not only starring Guinness but written by him. In this rough-around-the-edges mocking paean to the life of the modern artist, Guinness plays eccentric and misanthropic painter Jim Gulley, who, as the film begins, has just been released from a one-month prison sentence he received for harassing his patron over the telephone. Searching for the perfect canvas on which to depict the raising of Lazarus, Gulley becomes fixated on a large, blank wall in the home of an aristocratic couple, and while they’re on a six-week vacation, he secretly moves in and begins his work.

Miscellaneous

Perhaps you’ve heard of the classic German WWII movie Das Boot . Bursting with suspense, filmed on a fully-built submarine set with the actors looking increasingly grimy and unshaven as shooting went on, it is easily the greatest submarine film ever made. If you’ve seen it, you’ve hopefully seen the 208-minute director’s cut rather than the greatly truncated theatrical version originally released in 1981. But the longest version of all was released as a 6-episode miniseries, which James Majewski and I watched in one sitting for an intense, rivet-popping Sunday afternoon. If you like historical war movies, you owe it to yourself to watch one of the greatest of all time, in one of the two longer versions. (Though both, unfortunately, contain some highly distasteful depictions of crude behavior and obscene comments by soldiers.)

Since being introduced to the Mad Max series with 2015’s Fury Road , I’ve gone back and watched the previous entries. Now that I’ve watched them all, I’d say that each one improves on the last. The third installment, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome , is the best of the original Mel Gibson movies. In fact, this is the only one of the first three that outdoes Fury Road in one significant respect: the depth and emotional resonance of its world-building. Beyond Thunderdome is also the most chaste of the series.

On television, Better Call Saul concluded its 6-season run this year; featuring the crooked lawyer who was comic relief in Breaking Bad , it’s the rare spinoff some say is better than the original. I was approaching the end with trepidation; as much as I enjoyed this finely crafted show, I was concerned that it would end up as just a repeat of Breaking Bad ‘s arc tracing a descent into evil. If something more redemptive wasn’t on offer this time, would the journey have been worth it? I have to hand it to the writers: in the show’s final two episodes they pulled off a stunning movement of repentance and even penance. (With regard to the latter, show creator Vince Gilligan in an interview explicitly referenced his Catholic upbringing, which I hadn’t heard him mention as an influence on his writing before.)

Thomas V. Mirus is Director of Podcasts for CatholicCulture.org. He hosts the Catholic Culture Podcast and co-hosts Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast.

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After enjoying Kindle samples of The Spy & the Traitor and The Gilded Fly., I checked out The Spy and the Traitor at our library & downloaded the Kindle version of The Gilded Fly for a reasonable $6.91. Thanks Phil & Jeff for sharing these recommendations!

The only books on this list that I've read are Beowulf and Caps for Sale.

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The Catholic Parent's Survival Guide

Straight answers to your kids' toughest questions.

Julianne Stanz Loyola Press ( 189pp ) 978-0-8294-5517-5

Clarion Rating: 4 out of 5

The Catholic Parent’s Survival Guide is filled with discrete answers to children’s faith-based questions.

Julianne Stanz’s practical manual The Catholic Parent’s Survival Guide is designed to help families discuss their Catholic faith in a straightforward way.

A child’s simple question (“What’s the closest planet to heaven?”) led to the creation of this catechism that’s aimed at helping parents strengthen their faith and family bonds. It notes that while many parents adopt a trial-and-error approach to discussing faith with children, an increasing number of teenagers are leaving faith behind entirely; a more direct approach is needed. Thus, Stanz sets out to collect clear answers to difficult questions in one place.

Pulling from an array of questions asked by children and teenagers, most of the book deals with Catholicism itself, though there are also discussions of the importance of reconciling faith with science, morality, and ethics. Its chapters are thematic, addressing the core tenets of Catholicism and other basics in tidy form. Questions about attending church, sexuality, and the afterlife are covered in turn. And for ease of navigation, all of the chapters follow the same formula, sharing questions and following them with resonant answers. Lists of key takeaways, opportunities for journaling, and popular culture resources are used to wrap up each chapter and make its lessons actionable.

The prose is both authoritative and familiar, and its declarations are supported with humanizing stories. In them, children encounter difficult or new situations and turn to trusted adults for help with processing what’s new, as when a girl asks a bishop questions and then waits for her mother to verify the information he gives her. Indeed, a loud message runs throughout the book: that open communication and honesty between family members is necessary.

Every question is answered in a direct manner, though also with an eye toward simultaneous propriety and engagement. Sometimes, the answer is no clear answer: admissions that neither faith nor science have provided concrete explanations arise alongside Catholic-approved takeaways. And while the book’s answers to children’s questions are numerous and detailed, it stands to be even more impactful because of the compassion and honesty that it encourages. Its material represents a modern approach to family faith—one indicative of love, warmth, and honesty too.

Filled with discrete examples of answers to children’s faith-based questions, The Catholic Parent’s Survival Guide addresses difficult topics with realistic answers to facilitate stronger family communications.

Reviewed by John M. Murray May 3, 2023

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Having the Holy Ghost as Our Teacher and Guide

The extraordinary spiritual writer, Father Jacques Philippe, provides insights and advice for the spiritual life that are both beautiful and practical. His writings have inspired me and changed my perspective on what a flourishing interior life looks like. While Interior … Continue reading →

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The Quest for ‘Interior Freedom’: A Book Review

One thing each of us desires in his innermost being is freedom. Oftentimes, we strive to attain it in ways that are counteractive to the real freedom we desire. We often look for freedom in “all the wrong places,” such … Continue reading →

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Stephen Heiner’s Review of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

Many thanks to Mr. Heiner for another barn-burner of a book review. This review, like the previous one we posted, helps to contextualize current events in the Holy Land. The present series of atrocities in Gaza are not happening in … Continue reading →

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Stephen Heiner’s Timely, Informative Review of the Book, Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

The book is by Ilan Pappe, an Israeli Jew. My most viewed book review of the year is, unsurprisingly, on Ilan Pappe’s Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. First authored in 2006, the book has perhaps never been more needed and relevant … Continue reading →

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Vanity, Suffering, and Love

I am not a big fan of philosophy — or at least I was not — but recently I had the privilege to participate in multiple classes with Fr. Dominic Bouck that helped me to find more joy in the … Continue reading →

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A Mighty Help to Our Mothers’ Heroes

We here at Saint Benedict Center are in between two big fall events — the Pilgrimage for Restoration, which has us limping and aching, and our annual Conference, which has us feverishly preparing. Because of that, my time to write … Continue reading →

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How ‘Same-Sex Marriage’ Actually Came to Massachusetts

The following is a Catholic Action League of Massachusetts member advisory… Longtime pro-family activist Amy Contrada, the Director of Research for Mass Resistance, has written a splendid and shocking new book, revealing how the Commonwealth of Massachusetts came to recognize sodomy … Continue reading →

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Man’s Faculty of Speech Did Not Evolve

The Kingdom of Speech lives up to its blurb summary as “an eye-opening journey that is sure to arouse widespread debate. The Kingdom of Speech is a captivating, paradigm-shifting argument that speech — not evolution — is responsible for humanity’s complex societies and achievements.” Continue reading →

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To Heaven with You!

Catholics should always have some good spiritual book that they are reading. “Spiritual reading,” and its more ancient cousin, Lectio Divina, are staples of the Catholic spiritual diet.1 The need for devout reading has always been a reality for the … Continue reading →

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New Book on the Sack of Rome and Capture of Pius VI by French Revolutionaries

The Catholic World Report, Father Peter Stravinskas: A new book by Christian Browne, The Pearl of Great Price: Pius VI & the Sack of Rome (Arouca Press), is a historical play that tells the true story of the invasion of Rome by Revolutionary … Continue reading →

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A Delightful Book about Catholic ‘Stuff’

A Review A History of the Church in 100 Objects by Mike Aquilina with Grace Aquilina (Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, Indiana, 2017). IN A History of the Church in 100 Objects, Mike Aquilina presents the bimillennial history of the … Continue reading →

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Doctrinal Warfare, the CIA, and the Colonizing of the Catholic Mind

Catholic journalist, Bree Dail, recently interviewed an expert in “Information Operations” (IO) on propaganda and the strategic use of “fake news.” Daniel P. Gabriel is now employed in the private sector, but was previously an Officer in the CIA, where … Continue reading →

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Recently Published Histories of England Ignore Irish and Catholic Input

Catholic Herald Michael Duggan: At my elbow, as I write, is a small tower of books, all volumes of English history, stacked up in order of age. At the top of the pile are the three published most recently: from … Continue reading →

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Review of ‘The Case for Liturgical Restoration’ by Charles Coulombe

New Liturgical Movement,: These are hard times for the Catholic Church, to be sure. Scandals of all sorts are daily reported, often rising up to the highest levels. In return, the leadership often seem arbitrary and tone-deaf – unsure of … Continue reading →

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Finnian & The Seven Mountains

What if legends were true? What if myths weren’t just nice bedtime stories?

Embark on an epic fantasy adventure where myths come alive, heroes are born, and good struggles against evil.

Seeking to avenge the death of his parents at the hands of Viking marauders, a young man named Finnian leaves his monastic school in Ireland to find a legendary sword rumored to have the extraordinary power to defeat evil.

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The Harwood Mysteries by Antony Barrone Kolenc

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Bravewater by Sarah Robsdottir

Will fear stop  Talitha , the sole water gatherer for her hut, from searching for her friend—even if it means scaling the walls of the mine owners’ compound, where locals are shot on sight?

And will terror block  Moses ’  path—or can this teenage hunter battle an underground human trafficking ring with ties to the cities on the other side of Great Mountain?

Join  Talitha and Moses   on their journey, one marked with violent drug lords, crippling jealousy, blinding anger, but also…tremendous beauty. And, the flutters of first love.

Meet other villagers and colorful characters along the way, all of whom are grappling with dire loss after a recent mine explosion. Become acquainted with multiple generations of a missionary family who sacrificed all, moving out to the African bush to fulfill a driving passion—one that most would call a crazy dream. Listen, as ageless questions are carried in on the hot winds of the Great Red Valley:  Do you know what it means to truly be  brave ?  And,  what if you had to risk your life for a simple cup of  water ?

Dive into  Brave Water  and decide!

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The Tale of Patrick Peyton

Father Peyton was ambitious in his mission and contacted popular Hollywood actors and actresses, such as Bing Crosby and Loretta Young , to help him convince families everywhere, “The family that prays together stays together.”

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Boston, 1793—Beautiful and artistic, the only daughter of a prominent merchant, Molly Chase cannot help but attract the notice of Federalist Boston—especially its men. But she carries a painful secret: her father committed suicide and she found his body. Now nightmares plague her day and night, addling her mind and rendering her senseless. Molly needs a home, a nurse, and time to grieve and to find new purpose in life. But when she moves in with her friends the Robbs, spiteful society gossips assume the worst. And when an imprudent decision leads to public scandal, Molly is tempted to take the easy way out: a marriage of convenience.

Merchant sailor Josiah Robb is as familiar to Molly as a brother—as dear and as exasperating. Yet she is no sister to him. He hopes to marry her before anyone else does, but sailing the high seas leaves no time for convincing Molly that he is more than her teasing childhood friend. Josiah wants a new job and a fresh start, and when he agrees to carry a confidential letter to President Washington, his life is forever changed.

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Love, Treachery, and Other Terrors by Katherine Campbell

However, not all fairies are good. Instead of helping people practice virtue, some encourage vice. These are the types of fairies you generally want to avoid. Nothing would delight them more than seeing you destroy someone you love.

Unfortunately, for the young King Alexander, his sister falls victim to a pair of such fairies who convince her to launch a coup. Alexander has no choice but to flee to a barbarian kingdom and try to build himself a new life among the uncouth locals.

Even if happiness were possible in such a place, could he live with himself if he left his people at the mercy of such evil beings? And even if he wanted to help his people, how could he possibly match the fairies’ power?

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The Phantom Phoenix

Set in Chicago during the 1920s, Martin struggles to find his place in the world. He suffered a debilitating leg injury as a fighter pilot in World War I and is rejected by society. Without the support of family or the ability to work, Martin is a homeless veteran roaming the streets of Chicago, living off of scraps of food he finds.

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Through a series of unlikely events, Martin discovers that his knowledge of the streets can actually help the country he fought to defend. Working in the shadows as if he was a “phantom,” he encounters criminals and crime scenes, giving the police the hints and clues they need to clean-up the streets of Chicago.

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For the Sake of the Sorrowful Passion by Meggie K. Daly

Honored as a finalist in the “Religion: Christianity” category for the 2021 International Book Awards

In her second book, “For the Sake of His Sorrowful Passion: Praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet with Scripture and Art,” Meggie K. Daly takes the reader on a one-of-a-kind personal, historical, and prayerful journey. The book is an excellent meditational resource for praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet, but so much more.

The author reveals the impact of Divine Mercy in her own life and how the Divine Mercy Chaplet brought her home to the Catholic Church. She explains why meditating on Christ’s passion is such a powerful tool for our prayer life and why it’s so pleasing to God the Father, which motivates the reader to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Through a detailed biography of St. Faustina, the reader comes to know the saint as a dear friend. This background information transforms the paragraphs of the Diary of St. Faustina into a more intimate personal and spiritual encounter. Daly unwraps all five Divine Mercy devotions and Christ’s associated promises as found in the Diary.

Thirty decades of bead-by-bead meditations replete with beautiful artwork, Scripture, and original text focus the reader vividly on the passion and death of Christ while praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet. In her signature style, Daly combines Scripture and art masterpieces with multiple points of entry into Christ’s passion. Jesus asked St. Faustina to pray the Stations of the Cross frequently. In response to this invitation, Daly shares her own meditations, coupled with gorgeous imagery for the Stations of the Cross, again with multiple entry points. Additionally, the author shares how she weaves the Divine Mercy Chaplet into her Rosary on days when she meditates on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.

Whether new to the Divine Mercy devotions or a committed devotee, who prays the Chaplet of Divine Mercy daily, this book will deepen your prayer life and add new options for meditation. This book is available in Color paperback, B&W paperback, and Kindle. To find the Color version, search using the ISBN “9781735238807” or “For the Sake of His Sorrowful Passion: Praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet with Scripture and Art (Color Version)”

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Fair Now, Later Rain by Jeremy Long

“A poignant poetry collection that explores loss and rebirth, grief and hope, and lessons learned from the natural world. Poet Jeremy Long channels the spirit of Long Island Sound and the depths of the human soul in the poetry collection, Fair Now Later Rain ” -IndieReader

A contemporary poetry book formed within the perennial tradition and the classics, Fair Now Later Rain combines melodious language with sophisticated thought.

  • Written within a personal, spiritual, and philosophical framework, Fair Now Later Rain collects poems about life, love, and happiness, poems about loss, God, being, existence, absence, and more.
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Why we’re catholic: our reasons for faith, hope, and love.

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Available through Catholic Answers Press at this link: Why We’re Catholic

This is a friendly, easy to navigate book explaining why we believe the things we believe within the Catholic Faith. While we can be formed in the Faith, we often have difficulty explaining and defending the teachings of the Catholic Faith. This book is a collection of clear and concise, down-to-earth explanations that will certainly help us in our formation, as well as evangelization. It will also help us in those precarious moments when we’re asked questions about the Faith, that we can’t clearly answer.

The Table of Contents gives a great overview of the wide range of teaching covered.

Part 1: Truth and God (Truth, Science, a Creator, God, a God Who conquers evil) Part 2: Jesus and the Bible (Jesus, the Resurrection, the Trinity, the Bible, why we aren’t Bible-only Christians) Part 3: The Church and the Sacraments (the Catholic Church, the Pope, priests, Mass, why we baptize babies) Part 4: Saints and Sinners (why we believe despite scandal, Faith works through love, purgatory, do we pray to the Saints, why we honor Mary) Part 5: Morality and Destiny (why we protect life, cherish our sexuality, defend marriage, believe there’s a hell, hope for Heaven)

Why We’re Catholic assembles the clearest, friendliest, most helpful answers that Trent learned to give…Beginning with how we can know reality and ending with our hope of eternal life, it’s the perfect way to help skeptics and seekers (or Catholics who want to firm up their faith) understand the evidence that bolsters our belief – and brings us joy. (from the back cover)

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The Catholic Parent’s Survival Guide  is filled with discrete answers to children’s faith-based questions.

Julianne Stanz’s practical manual  The Catholic Parent’s Survival Guide  is designed to help families discuss their Catholic faith in a straightforward way.

A child’s simple question (“What’s the closest planet to heaven?”) led to the creation of this catechism that’s aimed at helping parents strengthen their faith and family bonds. It notes that while many parents adopt a trial-and-error approach to discussing faith with children, an increasing number of teenagers are leaving faith behind entirely; a more direct approach is needed. Thus, Stanz sets out to collect clear answers to difficult questions in one place.

Pulling from an array of questions asked by children and teenagers, most of the book deals with Catholicism itself, though there are also discussions of the importance of reconciling faith with science, morality, and ethics. Its chapters are thematic, addressing the core tenets of Catholicism and other basics in tidy form. Questions about attending church, sexuality, and the afterlife are covered in turn. And for ease of navigation, all of the chapters follow the same formula, sharing questions and following them with resonant answers. Lists of key takeaways, opportunities for journaling, and popular culture resources are used to wrap up each chapter and make its lessons actionable.

The prose is both authoritative and familiar, and its declarations are supported with humanizing stories. In them, children encounter difficult or new situations and turn to trusted adults for help with processing what’s new, as when a girl asks a bishop questions and then waits for her mother to verify the information he gives her. Indeed, a loud message runs throughout the book: that open communication and honesty between family members is necessary.

Every question is answered in a direct manner, though also with an eye toward simultaneous propriety and engagement. Sometimes, the answer is no clear answer: admissions that neither faith nor science have provided concrete explanations arise alongside Catholic-approved takeaways. And while the book’s answers to children’s questions are numerous and detailed, it stands to be even more impactful because of the compassion and honesty that it encourages. Its material represents a modern approach to family faith—one indicative of love, warmth, and honesty too.

Filled with discrete examples of answers to children’s faith-based questions,  The Catholic Parent’s Survival Guide  addresses difficult topics with realistic answers to facilitate stronger family communications. Foreword Reviews  

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She is the author of the books "Braving the Thin Places: Celtic Wisdom to Create a Space for Grace" (2022), "Start with Jesus: How everyday disciples will renew the Church" (2019) and the co-author with Joe Paprocki of the book "The Catechist's Backpack" published by Loyola Press (2015). She writes a monthly column for The Compass newspaper called "A Space for Grace" and blogs for "The Catechist's Journey", a blog for catechists published by Loyola Press.

She is an avid reader and beach glass hunter and can regularly be found by the shores of Lake Michigan hunting for her latest find, either in glass or in words. You can visit her at www.juliannestanz.com

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Educated is the emotional and thought-provoking memoir of a young woman who grew up in a dysfunctional family. Tara Westover’s family was physically abusive, emotionally abusive, and verbally abusive. This makes her memoir a poignant and inspiring story about a girl who fought her way out of the backwoods to Harvard.

In many ways, Tara’s story parallels J. D. Vance’s story in Hillbilly Elegy , a similar modern rags to educational riches story. But in a fundamental way, Tara’s story differs from Vance’s. These two young authors’ interpretations and take-aways of the dysfunction they grew up with differs dramatically. Tara fixates on homeschooling as a fundamental problem in her childhood, whereas Vance admits his problem was an unstable family life.

You see it in the title. Tara sees her fundamental triumph as overcoming her educationally neglectful background. Educated is peppered with comments along the lines of “I never knew about the Holocaust- because I was homeschooled.” With typical liberal distaste, she dismisses homeschooling as a poor education.

The notion that homeschooling is an inferior education has been so thoroughly debunked Tara’s blanket dismissal is almost laughable. Really, the only question up for debate is whether homeschooling provides an equal or better education to public school. The only way I can explain her disdain for a well-respected method of education is to believe she is projecting her own experience onto the many, many thousands of homeschooling families in America.

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From Tara’s account, her family did not engage in much formal education. You might better say she was not schooled than home schooled. Yet she self-admittedly had high reading comprehension skills and enough education to prepare for and pass the ACT’s with minimal help from an older sibling.

Would it have been better for her parents to provide her with a more structured and aided educational experience? Definitely. But is a public school style, teacher-directed education actually necessary for educational success? Tara herself, about half of her other siblings, and many other famous homeschoolers such as Abraham Lincoln show that learning, and the thirst for more learning, can be awakened in a variety of ways.

In fact, I’d go so far as to say Tara’s non-traditional education was a large part of the reason she did succeed academically. Assuming she had been in a typical public school, most likely she wouldn’t have had such an impressive higher education trajectory. Would a typical public school education have given her such an uncommon interior drive and thirst for education? Maybe, but maybe not. And what caught her instructors’ interest? That she was different because she had been homeschooled. Would they have pulled strings, finding her scholarships and study abroad opportunities, if she had been exactly like everyone else? Probably not.

Hillbilly Elegy Life Lessons

J. D. Vance’s memoir is a fascinating counterpoint to Tara’s. Vance came from a comparable abusive background, but spent his years in public school. Does he credit public school with any of his success? Nope. In fact, he repeatedly emphasizes that he struggled academically despite having every possible opportunity for success at school. What does Vance say made the difference and turned around his downward academic trajectory? It was when he finally moved in permanently with his grandmother in high school and entered a stable living situation for the first time in his life. For Vance, having stable relationships and peace at home were key to academic success.

You can see how Vance’s thoughts apply to Tara’s situation. He might say that her fundamental problem was not that she grew up homeschooled, but that she lived with an abusive, mentally unstable family. Vance would say that like himself, Tara wouldn’t have thrived academically in the public school system either. Her academic success began when she began to put physical and emotional distance between herself and her family.

Still Processing

Is Tara’s story inspiring? Absolutely. But is her portrayal of homeschooling problematic for the average American reader? Yes. I would almost call this book anti-homeschool propaganda, except for the raw pain that bleeds out of Tara’s words, showing her very real wounds. This poor young woman is still reeling from a terrible childhood. Fixating on homeschooling as the problem and education as the solution may help her not focus on the real problem in her life: an abusive family that she struggles to come to terms with. It’s just a shame that she is choosing to vilify homeschooling. I hope that such an intelligent person as Tara will eventually process and accept that her own experience of homeschooling (or not schooling at all) is far from a typical American homeschooling experience.

Should you read Educated ?

Be warned: Educated has quite a bit of domestic abuse and violence. Tara’s abuse from her older brother is particularly painful to read. If you can get past the violence and anti-homeschooling theme, then it is a well-written memoir about a young girl’s self transformation and will to survive. Alternatively, check out Hillbilly Elegy for a thought-provoking story sans the anti-homeschooling themes. (Note that Hillbilly Elegy is heavy on language.) Both these memoirs are absorbing and popular recent books: great for book club discussion or personal reading and reflection.

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Pope Francis is out to prove he’s just a regular guy

In a new memoir, ‘life: my story through history,’ and a self-help book, ‘a good life,’ the pope reinforces his image as approachable.

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It seems hard to believe that just a few short popes ago (and in the centuries preceding) no one, including Catholics, had any real connection with the human running things from the throne of Saint Peter in Rome.

Popes stayed in Italy and didn’t travel, and low-level technology meant Catholics didn’t expect to see or hear from them. Popes would put out authoritative documents now and then called “encyclicals,” but it took time for the messages to trickle out. And even then, average Catholics didn’t usually read the pope’s words; they didn’t feel qualified to interpret them.

Catholics didn’t define themselves like many do today — especially in polarized America — by their affinity to the pope.

No one has done more to make real the face of the papacy than Argentine priest Jorge Mario Bergoglio, otherwise known as Pope Francis. He approves apps that offer his sayings in quippy form, gives chatty interviews, and is known for eschewing fancy homes and clothing. Instead, he takes public transportation, wears clunky orthotic shoes, and says such things as “I am a sinner — that’s not a figure of speech” and, of gay people, “Who am I to judge?”

This radical approachability has become a hallmark since Francis took office in 2013, redrawing the face of the 1.4 billion-person Catholic Church. Many people have loved and been profoundly moved by this change, seeing Francis as a symbol of an outward-looking church focused on accessibility, intimate connection and inclusivity. Many others oppose his frequent blurring of lines, saying he’s harming the church by making the papacy smaller.

In two new books, Francis takes concrete steps toward setting this everyman-pope in stone for literary history. Through “Life,” which will publish Tuesday and is described as his first crack at autobiography, and a second book, called “A Good Life: 15 Essential Habits for Living With Hope and Joy,” the 87-year-old is making it really official: The pope is just a guy.

He’s a guy who is hovering in the late stage of his life. Considering his age and health challenges, and that his predecessor retired, who will succeed Francis is already a topic of speculation among Catholics. In “Life,” Francis says he believes the pope’s ministry is for life and, thus, he would retire only in the case of “a serious physical impediment.” For me, as someone who reports on religion, the book’s informal and accessible style is part of why it’s challenging to picture the next pope being more remote.

“ Life: My Story Through History ” is a chronicle of Francis’s life organized through major world events, from World War II and Argentina’s Dirty War to the 9/11 attacks and the coronavirus pandemic. It intersperses Francis’s words with those of his co-author, Italian journalist Fabio Marchese Ragona, setting rich scenes of the pontiff’s daily life with his description of how he experienced those periods, with whom and how he reflects on them now.

The publisher says the book is aimed at young people in particular, and it shows. The structure is simple, as is the language. Also, it has an almost wow-I-can’t-believe-this-is-my-life vibe as Francis looks back on everything he has been through and pulls from it repeated core lessons.

For the most part, he presents these lessons in a secular, universal way. That’s not to say he doesn’t communicate his theology and faith. Through the book, he frequently speaks of the role of the church, prayer and his feeling of God’s presence. But there is also a thread woven through the book: I am like you, and the Catholic Church isn’t about the trappings you see. And as Francis tries, in his final era as pope, to shift the direction of the church, perhaps this book is trying — in a different way — to say something more like what you expect from a pope: God is like you, and the Catholic Church isn’t about the trappings you see.

Francis describes one of the most famous visual moments of his papacy, at the start of the pandemic, when he stood in a hauntingly empty St. Peter’s Square in the rain to deliver a blessing.

“Many have wondered what I was thinking about … it was nothing remarkable; I was just thinking about people’s loneliness. I was alone, and many people were living in the same situation as me,” he writes.

One of his lessons is that all living things are interconnected, no matter how far away we are from one another. He drives that home through his own experience, as the terrified child Bergoglio, watching scared adults around him during World War II, even as the fighting was taking place in a distant country, and later, as the Buenos Aires archbishop, immediately going into prayer when planes slammed into the World Trade Center.

Another central lesson in the book is that the most important thing we can do to lessen suffering is to eradicate hate and resentment inside ourselves. Many of his chapters are organized around products of war and hate: the Holocaust, the U.S. dropping of atomic bombs on Japan during World War II, political division and violence during the pandemic. The book was created, its jacket says, so young people could hear an older person “reflect on what our planet has lived through, so as not to repeat the mistakes of the past.”

It’s not clear that the stories or core characters in “Life” will be new to people who have read the detailed interviews Francis has given to European journalists, or biographies of him. There are familiar characters, including his Grandma Rosa, who taught him about prayer as well as political activism, as she helped defend the church against the rise of fascism in Argentina. There’s his former teacher Esther, a biochemist who was also an atheist Marxist activist and who became a close friend before she was tortured and murdered by the military regime during the Dirty War.

The world is seen through the eyes of this sincere first-person narrator, who expresses real vulnerability and sadness watching immigrants like his parents yearn for home (in their case, Italy), who tangos with his friends and falls for a girl, and who, during the 2013 conclave that elects him, is terrified to enter the room where people are voting because he’s scared he won. Francis had booked the tightest flight itinerary available because he didn’t like Rome and planned to hustle home.

The second new book, “ A Good Life: 15 Essential Habits for Living With Hope and Joy ,” published last month, reinforces the image of Francis as everyman. The book is part of a genre of Francis guidance that comes bite-sized. One could put it in the category of the snappy, often God-free tweets he posts to his 55 million-plus followers on the X platform, and previous books with such titles as “ Pope Francis Talks to Couples ” and “ Happiness in This Life: A Passionate Meditation on Earthly Existence .”

These titles are a stark contrast to some of the books of Pope Benedict XVI — “ Spirit of the Liturgy ” and “ Church Fathers: From Clement of Rome to Augustine ” — and Pope John Paul II’s books, mostly official papal teachings, such as “On the Relationship Between Faith and Reason” or “On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering.”

“Pope Benedict was a theologian and wrote like one. Pope John Paul was a philosopher and wrote like one. Pope Francis is neither,” the Rev. Mark-David Janus, president and publisher of the Catholic publishing house Paulist Press, which has published more than a dozen books by Francis, told The Washington Post. “He’s a pastor, so he writes as a pastor.”

Indeed, the legacy Francis leaves in books like these isn’t a radically different theology than that of his predecessors but a radically different emphasis and style. “A Good Life” interests itself in pragmatic, basic ways to improve yourself — Catholic or not. Cry more. Shut off your phone and look in the eyes of the people to whom you’re talking. Don’t be a couch potato.

This is the kind of advice you might expect from a wellness podcast, your Peloton teacher or even Joel Osteen. Popes have been expected to be above that kind of crowd, the elevated embodiment of a truth that is allowed — in love, they’d say — to be judgmental and exclusionary. Francis has used his stature to emphasize different truths in a different way.

My Story Through History

By Pope Francis with Fabio Marchese Ragona. Translated from Italian by Aubrey Botsford

Harper One. 240 pp. $28.99

A Good Life

15 Habits for Living With Hope and Joy

By Pope Francis

Worthy Books. 208 pp. $28

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Each story in “The Long Swim,” the latest collection from the interdisciplinary writer Terese Svoboda, begins with a tangled paragraph of striking sentences. Characters cross paths in unpredictably baroque relationships. Narrators find themselves on the edges of the action — the wife of “a beloved-enough cousin,” “the only woman” on the expedition — paddling their way to the center of the plot. Call it amped-up in medias res , and take a moment to find your bearings. You have been gleefully tossed into the deep end.

The book’s 44 stories cover a lot of ground: New Zealand, Ottawa, Oxford, the Haight. A sinking cemetery built on a pond, the flight of a hot-air balloon, a town where a loose circus lion is reportedly on the prowl. There are hints of another world just below this one, giving the collection a destabilizing effect.

A father’s affair with his daughter’s roommate roils beneath a friendship. On the other side of a closed door, a stepchild is either awake or lost to a drug overdose. A story of a honeymoon seems to be narrated by the couple’s fetus — “just a cell or two or three inside her womb” — until the narrator comes into focus as their grown child, imagining the parents’ relationship from memories heard secondhand. In another piece, an actor goes “hard,” completely catatonic and unmoving, despite his wife’s best efforts to revive him. When he returns from his trance, he claims he was held captive, trapped in a place where “the reception was fuzzy.”

There is the sense that one could reach through each of these vignettes and overturn reality; characters struggle with the “too-close rhyme” of worlds hopelessly beyond reach. In the title story, on the beach at night with her family, the narrator sticks a flashlight in her mouth: “It lights me, my mouth so wide and red I’m scary, I could be a beating heart. Love, love, love.” As brightly as it shines, the light in this story and others turns off quickly. Most of the plots resolve in just a few pages, leaving the suggestion of other, longer swims rippling at their margins.

In “Rain People,” we meet high school students who serve as extras in Francis Ford Coppola’s film “The Rain People.” After Coppola gets a shot of a teenager in a phone booth, 13 other teens climb in. “It was the era of piling: Volkswagen bugs with dozens of kids stuffed inside,” one of the pilers tells us. The booth topples, the glass breaks, and this image illustrates what’s wonderful about the collection. Svoboda’s prose is similarly stuffed to the brim — with invention, surprise and the sweaty mystery of whom we get tangled up with, and why.

But all this excitement comes at the expense of clarity. In an overfull phone booth, is it still possible to reach the receiver, make out a voice? The exuberance of the prose often obscures meaning, leaving us with a rush of distinctive language that doesn’t always connect.

When the frenzy does resolve, there are lovely, lucid moments to be found, quiet observations that plumb the depths of grief, discomfort and love. Motorcycle accidents recur throughout, and infidelities, but so do family vacations. Mental health frays, both in children and in adults. Families are thrown apart and reassembled, not always with all the pieces intact. In a story of a woman searching for her lost sister, she wonders, “Who says one sister and another makes two together?”

The titular sisters in “Roxy and Coco,” Svoboda’s new novel, share a far stronger bond. They are modern-day harpies, of mythological renown: half-woman, half-bird, fearsome creatures, vicious and unmerciful, monsters or incredible beauties, depending on whom you ask. “Harpies have a bad rap about their looks, but it’s strictly a projection of fear from male content providers,” Svoboda writes.

Roxy and Coco — blonde and brunette — are more like guardian angels in disguise. They have wings hidden under coats, fully feathered torsos, and they nosh on the occasional suet energy bar. But they’re also social workers, and their very long life’s work is the consideration of children who have been abandoned, neglected or worse. (The emphasis here is on guardian, not angel.) Roxy has some faith in the legal system, whereas Coco, who narrates most of the book, indulges in unchecked vigilante tendencies.

When a child’s caretakers prove violent or exceptionally unfit, Coco has a habit of flexing her wings and snatching them up for a ride, then dropping them to their deaths from a great height. Coco’s sense of justice causes her little internal moral friction, but ever since her recent, zealous killing spree in Europe, the law is on her tail, and she’s become, well, a bird on the lam.

Svoboda’s harpies have overwhelming empathy for children. Romantic love proves more peculiar. Their biological clocks are set to 100-year cycles, but when Roxy catches feelings for her co-worker Tim, it’s 10 years too early. Premature attraction is unusual for a harpy, so Coco decides to keep a close eye on her sister, believing something has run afoul. It’s not just protective sibling energy driving her paranoia: Roxy and Coco’s mother died giving birth to a too-large egg conceived with a human. Falling in love too fast or with the wrong mate can be fatal. Coco is worried about her sister, but also about the dwindling number of harpies across the world. Another harpy lost brings them one wing closer to extinction.

This is the central gambit of Svoboda’s wry and rambunctious fable: the intersection between endangered children and an endangered species, and what it means to have protection in the first place. Or, put differently, the way people sometimes fail to see what’s worth protecting, trampling whatever is precious and rare.

“Fear is the primary emotion humans engender in other creatures,” Coco thinks. It might also be the primary emotion we engender in other humans. Roxy’s ill-timed love pangs set off a plot packed with crazed oologists, secret identities, an inept private investigator and an avian pheromone serum. It’s a frantic caper where all the machinations are tellingly in the service of profit or power, not love. I was reminded of this line from a story in “The Long Swim”: “He’s only human. How much less is only?” Svoboda’s novel comes close to suggesting that people really are for the birds.

And yet, some of the most moving moments in “Roxy and Coco” happen between creatures who are desperate for care. Coco meets a troubled teenager named Chris, and slowly, her base-line rage melts into a subtler kind of attention and worry. In a harrowing birth scene, the physical and emotional pain is palpable, both for the mother and those who love her. The book offers brief and staggered visions of family, in all its complex permutations. Here, flocks settle into wonderfully unlikely formations. It’s possible that the most dangerous thing for anyone, harpy or human, is the decision to fly alone.

THE LONG SWIM | By Terese Svoboda | University of Massachusetts Press | 196 pp. | Paperback, $19.95

ROXY AND COCO | By Terese Svoboda | West Virginia University Press | 273 pp. | Paperback, $21.99

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The review of the religious titles took eight months in davis school district, which previously took heat for banning the bible before later reversing that decision..

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) A collection of copies of the Book of Mormon is seen on the shelf in Millcreek, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023. The religious text, along with the Quran, was challenged in Davis School District, which recently made final determinations with both complaints in January 2024.

After uproar over its initial decision to ban the Bible — which was later reversed — a Utah school district has been trying to better separate the wheat from the chaff in determining which religious books can stay on library shelves.

And it has decided all of them are good books.

Earlier this year, Davis School District concluded its long pending reviews of both the Book of Mormon , which is the foundational scripture for the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Quran, the holy book for Islam. They will remain in schools for any student to check out, a spokesperson for the district confirmed to The Salt Lake Tribune.

The genesis of the issue came in December 2022 with a parent taking on the state’s strict, conservative-driven law for what books are allowed in schools. It snowballed in the northern Utah school district, drawing nationwide attention.

The parent said they were frustrated by what books were being removed from K-12 libraries — mainly those around the LGBTQ community — under the law that banned anything deemed “pornographic or indecent.” So they filed a complaint in December 2022 about the Bible , saying that if the other titles were being pulled so should the religious text for being “one of the most sex-ridden books around.”

Last June, a district committee of parents assigned to review book challenges agreed. The committee determined, according to the law, the book contained too much “vulgarity or violence” for elementary and middle school audiences and would be removed for those students, while remaining in place at high schools.

The decision immediately created a storm, with some residents agreeing with the decision and others — including state lawmakers — accusing the district of “embarrassing” the state and those of faith and misinterpreting the law.

The district’s school board quickly reversed the Bible ban.

But before it did, that same month, came the additional complaints filed over the Book of Mormon and, later, the Quran. The challengers for those titles said the texts, similar to the Bible, contain lewdness and violence , including battles, beheadings and kidnappings.

The reviews for the two religious titles took eight months to complete in the aftermath of the baptism by fire with the Bible, with decisions made earlier this year in January.

(Associated Press | Wong Maye-E) A volunteer with Muslims Giving Back reads her Quran in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, on Monday, April 27, 2020.

Both decisions — which are posted on Davis School District’s website — cited Utah law, saying they are not in violation of the standards. There was no elaboration beyond that. The final decisions reads only, “retained.”

Under the law, if a book contains anything considered pornographic, it must be immediately removed from school library shelves; that’s known as a “bright line” rule. But if it doesn’t meet the definition of pornography, a challenged title must be reviewed in whole for its literary value, which is what happened with the Bible.

The law was updated with a bill during the recent legislative session to make it easier to ban books statewide . Those revisions have not yet been signed by Utah Gov. Spencer Cox; advocates have urged him to veto it.

Under the law, as it stands, hundreds of books have been removed at schools statewide.

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