Books Received

The following works have been sent to Homiletic and Pastoral Review for review. If you have expertise and are interested in receiving one of these books for review, please send Fr. Meconi (meconi@jesuits.net) an email with your credentials and home address. We try to keep reviews around 750 words and receiving your review within three months of receiving the book will keep us on schedule.

  • Encountering Truth: Meeting God in the Everyday, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis, translated by Federico Lombardi (Image Books, 2015, 364pp, $29.95).
  • Seeking Surrender: How my Friendship with a Trappist Monk Taught me to Trust and Embrace Life, Colette Lafia (Sorin Books, 2015, 134pp, $14.95).
  • The Second Vatican Council: Prehistory, Event, Results, Posthistory, Otto Hermann Pesch (Marquette University Press, 2014, 424pp, $35.00).
  • Finding True Happiness: Satisfying our Restless Hearts, Robert J. Spitzer, SJ (Ignatius, 2015, 312pp, $19.95).
  • The Faith of the Early Church: An Ancient Apologetic for the New Evangelization, Nicholas L. Gregoris, STD (New Hope Publications, 2015, 348pp, $22.95).
  • Fioretti; The Little Flowers of Pope Francis: Heartwarming Stories of the Gospel in Action, Andrea Tornielli, translated by William J. Melcher (Ignatius, 2013, 185pp, $19.95).
  • Broken Gods: Hope, Healing, and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart, Gregory K. Popcak (Image Books, 2015, 195pp, $21.00).
  • What We Have Done; What We Have Failed to Do: Assessing the Liturgical Reforms of Vatican II, Kevin W. Irwin (Paulist, 2013, 264pp, $24.95).
  • Why Did God Make Me?: Finding Your Life’s Purpose; Discernment in an Evolutionary World, Louis M. Savary and Patricia H. Berne (Paulist, 2014, 128pp, $14.95).
  • The Spirituality of the Second Vatican Council, Gerald O’Collins, SJ (Paulist, 2014, 80pp, $10.95).
  • Life, Death, and the Bits in Between, Michael Collins (Columbia Press, 2014, 247pp, $25.00).
  • The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms us as Catholics, Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Mike Aquilina (Image Books, 2014, 189pp, $23.00).
  • The Catholic Advantage: Why Health, Happiness and Heaven Await the Faithful, Bill Donohue (Image Books, 2015, 265pp, $24.00).
  • Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, Brant Pitre (Image Books, 2014, 198pp, $23.00).
  • Sacred Reading: The 2016 Guide to Prayer, Apostleship of Prayer, Douglas Leonard, Executive Director (Ave Maria Press, 2015, 416pp, $15.95).
  • What Does it Mean to be Catholic?, Jack Mulder Jr. (Eerdmans, 2015, 238pp, $20.00).
  • City of Saints: A Pilgrimage to John Paul II’s Kraków, George Weigel (Image Books, 2015, 305pp, $11.99).
  • Introduction to Religious Life: A Journey of Faith and Service, Friary Guy Lespinay, OP (Society of Saint Paul, 2015, 129pp, $12.95).
  • Signs: Seven Words of Hope, Jean Vanier, translated by Ann Shearer (Paulist, 2013, 94pp, $14.95).
  • A Lever and a Place to Stand: The Contemplative Stance and Active Prayer, Richard Rohr (Hidden Spring, 2011, 111pp, $15.00).
  • Come and See: How the Teachings of the Catholic Church Lead us to Christ, Louis Bosco (Society of Saint Paul, 2014, 198pp, $14.95).
  • Principled Ministry: A Guidebook for Catholic Church Leaders, Loughland Sofield, ST and Carroll Juliano, SHCJ (Ave Maria Press, 2011, 143pp, $16.95).
  • Let’s Not Forget God: Freedom of Faith, Culture, and Politics, Cardinal Angelo Scola, translated by Matthew Sherry (Image Books, 2014, 124pp, $20.00).
  • What Are We Doing On Earth, For Christ’s Sake?, Richard Leonard, SJ (Paulist, 2015, 164pp, $14.95).
  • Pope Francis’ Revolution of Tenderness and Love: Theological and Pastoral Perspectives, Walter Kasper, translated by William Madges (Paulist, 2015, 117pp, $16.95).
  • The Challenges of Christian Community: Loving Correcting, Forgiving, and Searching for the Lost, Carlo Maria Martini (Society of Saint Paul, 2014, 86pp, $9.95).
  • Decoding Vatican II: Interpretation and Ongoing Reception, Catherine E. Clifford (Paulist, 2014, 131pp, $12.95).
  • The Hidden Treasure: The Art of Searching Within, José Tolentino Mendoca, translated by Mary John Ronayne, OP (Society of Saint Paul, 2012, 117pp, $12.95).
  • The Church at Prayer: Private, Public, Universal and Comprehensive, Anthony M. Buono (Society of St. Paul, 2015, 204pp, $14.95).
  • The Girl Who Learned How to Kneel: The Story of Etty Hillesum, Patricia McCarthy (Society of Saint Paul, 2013, 50pp, $4.95).

Received in 2016

  • Above the Sun: The Search for Lasting Meaning in a Passing World, Louis Bosco (Society of Saint Paul, 2015, 178pp, $14.95).
  • Mother of Mercy: A Month with Mary, Sr Marie-Paul Farran (Society of Saint Paul, 2015, unpaginated, $7.95).
  • The Authority of Women in the Catholic Church, Monica Migliorino Miller (Emmaus Road Publishing, 2015, 189pp, $12.95).
  • Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers (Ignatius: 2015, 279pp, $17.95).
  • Using and Enjoying Biblical Greek: Reading the New Testament with Fluency and Devotion, Rodney A. Whitacre (Baker Academic, 2015, 258pp., $24.99).
  • The Flight from God, Max Picard, translated by Marianne Kuschnitsky and J.M. Cameron (St. Augustine’s Press, 2015, 136pp. $24.00).
  • The Gospel of Mark, Mary Healy, Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (Baker Academic, 2008, 348pp., $21.99).
  • A Pastoral Commentary on the General Introduction of the Roman Missal, Msgr. Joseph DeGrocco (Liturgy Training Publications, 2001, 242pp., $22.95).
  • Christian Persecutions in the Middle East: A 21st Century Tragedy, George J. Marlin (St. Augustine’s Press, 2015, 302pp., $30.00).
  • Psalms Night and Day, Paul Beauchamp, translated by Peter Rogers, SJ (Marquette University Press, 2015, 271pp., $27.00).
  • Breath of God: Living a Life Led by the Holy Spirit, Dave Pivonka, TOR (Ave Maria Press, 2015, 145pp., $14.95).
  • The Soul’s Upward Yearning: Clues to Our Transcendent Nature from Experience and Reason, Robert J. Spitzer, SJ (Ignatius Press, 2015, 375pp., $19.95).
  • The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ, Brant Pitre (Image, 2016, 241pp., $23.00).
  • The Lost Mandate of Heaven: The American Betrayal of Ngo Dinh Diem, President of Vietnam, Geoffrey D.T. Shaw (Ignatius Press, 2015, 314pp., $24.95).
  • Desiring a Better Country: Forays into Political Theology, Douglas Farrow (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015, 198pp., $29.95).
  • The Catholic Catalogue: A Field Guide to the Daily Acts That Make Up a Catholic Life, Melissa Musick and Anna Keating (Image, 2016, 419pp., $25.00).
  • God Will Provide: How God’s Bounty Opened to Saints—And 9 Ways it Can Open for You, Too, Patricia Treece (Paraclete Press, 2015, 206pp., $16.99).
  • Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job, Kerry Weber (Loyola Press, 2014, 152pp. $13.95).
  • Redeeming Administration: 12 Spiritual Habits for Catholic Leaders in Parishes, Schools, Religious Communities, and Other Institutions, Ann M. Garrido (Ave Maria Press, 2013, 204pp., $14.95).
  • Believers, Thinkers, and Founders: How We Came to be One Nation Under God, Kevin Seamus Hasson (Image, 2016, 210pp., $18.00).
  • 7 Secrets of Divine Mercy, Vinny Flynn (Ignatius Press, 2015, 214pp., $14.95).

Summer 2016

  • Tweeting with God Manual, Michel Remery and Ilsa Spruit (Ignatius Press, 2016, 56pp. $7.95).
  • Hearts on Fire: Praying with the Jesuits, Edited by Michael Harter, SJ (Loyola Press, 2004, 192pp., $12.95).
  • The Quality of Mercy, Anna Burke (Veritas Publications, 2015, 59pp., $11.00).
  • Redeeming Conflict: Twelve Habits for Christian Leaders, Ann M. Garrido (Ave Maria Press, 2016, 270pp., $15.95).
  • Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?: Questions and Answers about the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Carl E. Olson (Ignatius Press, 2016, 201pp., $14.95).
  • Certain Sainthood: Canonization and the Origins of Papal Infallibility in the Medieval Church, Donald S. Prudlo (Cornell University Press, 2015, 271pp., $49.95)
  • We Have Been Friends Together & Adventures in Grace: Memoirs, Raïssa Maritain, Introduced by Anne Carson Daly, Edited by Michael S. Sherwin, OP, Translated by Julie Kernan (St. Augustine’s Press, 2016, 416pp., $40.00).
  • Paul as a Problem in History and Culture: The Apostle and His Critics through the Centuries, Patrick Gray (Baker Academic, 2016, 262pp., $32.99).
  • A Theology of Grace in Six Controversies, Edward T. Oakes, SJ (Eerdmans, 2016, 248pp., $28.00).
  • Christ’s Descent into Hell: John Paul II, Joseph Ratzinger, and Hans Urs von Balthasar on the Theology of Holy Saturday, Lyra Pitstick (Eerdmans, 2016, 135pp., $20.00).
  • Illuminating the Way: Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics, Christine Valters Painter (Sorin Books, 2016, 198pp., $17.95).
  • God So Loved the World: Clues to Our Transcendent Destiny from the Revelation of Jesus, Robert J. Spitzer, SJ (Ignatius Press, 2016, 439pp., $19.95).
  • After the Natural Law: How the Classical Worldview Supports Our Modern Moral and Political Values, John Lawrence Hill (Ignatius Press, 2016, 309pp., $22.95).
  • Proofs of God: Classical Arguments from Tertullian to Barth, Matthew Levering (Baker Academic, 2016, 246pp., $26.99).
  • Remembering God’s Mercy: Redeem the Past and Free Yourself from Painful Memories, Dawn Eden (Ave Maria Press, 2016, 141pp., $14.95).
  • Room 24: Adventures of a New Evangelist, Katie Prejean (Ave Maria Press, 2016, 138pp., $13.95).
  • The Walls Are Talking: Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories, Abby Johnson and Kristin Detrow (Ignatius Press, 2016, 155pp., $17.95).
  • How to Be Holy: First Steps in Becoming a Saint, Peter J. Kreeft (Ignatius Press, 2016, 170pp., $16.95).
  • The Gift of Birth: Discerning God’s Presence During Childbirth, Susan Windley-Daoust (Gracewatch Media, 2016, 171pp., $14.99).
  • The Rhetoric of the Pulpit: A Preacher’s Guide to Effective Sermons, Jon Meyer Ericcson (Wipf & Stock, 2016, 120pp., $17.00).