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.

  • The Little Way: The Spirituality of Thérèse of Lisieux, Bernard Bro, OP (Society of Saint Paul, 2014, 159pp, $14.95).
  • The Pastor as Public Theologian: Reclaiming a Lost Vision, Kevin J. Vanhoozer and Owen Strachan (Baker Academic, 2015, 240pp, $19.99).
  • Sacred Reading: The 2016 Guide to Prayer, Apostleship of Prayer, Douglas Leonard, Executive Director (Ave Maria Press, 2015, 416pp, $15.95).
  • Introduction to Religious Life: A Journey of Faith and Service, Friary Guy Lespinay, OP (Society of Saint Paul, 2015, 129pp, $12.95).
  • City of Saint: A Pilgrimage to John Paul II’s Kraków, George Weigel (Image Books, 2015, 305pp, $11.99).
  • What Does it Mean to be Catholic?, Jack Mulder Jr. (Eerdmans, 2015, 238pp, $20.00).
  • Come and See: How the Teachings of the Catholic Church Lead us to Christ, Louis Bosco (Society of Saint Paul, 2014, 198pp, $14.95).
  • Decoding Vatican II: Interpretation and Ongoing Reception, Catherine E. Clifford (Paulist, 2014, 131pp, $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).
  • The Choice of the Family: A Call to Wholeness, Abundant Life, and Enduring Happiness, Jean Laffitte (Image Books, 2015, 174pp, $20.00).
  • The Gospel of Happiness: Rediscover Your Faith Through Spiritual Practice and Positive Psychology, Christopher Kaczor (Image Books, 2015, 205pp, $10.99).
  • The Marian Mystery: The Outline of a Mariology, Denis Farkasfalvy, OCist (Society of Saint Paul, 2014, 314pp, $24.95).
  • Principled Ministry: A Guidebook for Catholic Church Leaders, Loughland Sofield, ST and Carroll Juliano, SHCJ (Ave Maria Press, 2011, 143pp, $16.95).
  • A Pastoral Commentary on the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, Msgr. Joseph DeGrocco (Liturgy Training Publications, 2011, 242pp, $22.95).
  • The Resurrection of the Messiah: A Narrative Commentary on the Resurrection Accounts in the Four Gospels, Francis J. Moloney, SDB (Paulist, 2013, 203pp, $21.95).
  • The American Catholic Almanac: A Daily Reader of Patriots, Saints, Rogues, and Ordinary People Who Changed the United States, Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson (Image Books, 2014, 408pp, $24.00).
  • Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, Brant Pitre (Image Books, 2014, 198pp, $23.00).
  • Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square, Randy Boyagoda (Image Books, 2015, 459pp, $30.00).
  • The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms us as Catholics, Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Mike Aquilina (Image Books, 2014, 189pp, $23.00).
  • Non-Negotiable: Essential Principles of a Just Society and Humane Culture, Sheila Liaugminas (Ignatius, 2014, 158pp, $17.95).
  • Let’s Not Forget God: Freedom of Faith, Culture, and Politics, Cardinal Angelo Scola, translated by Matthew Sherry (Image Books, 2014, 124pp, $20.00).
  • My Battle Against Hitler: Faith, Truth, and Defiance in the Shadow of the Third Reich, Dietrich von Hildebrand, translated by John Henry Crosby with John F. Crosby (Image Books, 2014, 339pp, $28.00).
  • Confidence and Crisis: A History of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee 1959–1977, Steven M. Avella (Marquette University Press, 2014, 344pp, $24.00).
  • The Catholic Advantage: Why Health, Happiness and Heaven Await the Faithful, Bill Donohue (Image Books, 2015, 265pp, $24.00).
  • Angels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God’s Holy Ones, Scott Hahn (Image Books, 2014, 203pp, $23.00).
  • 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).
  • Sacred Fire: A Vision for A Deeper Human and Christian Maturity, Ronald Rolheiser (Image Books, 2014, 344pp, $25.00).
  • Life, Death, and the Bits in Between, Michael Collins (Columbia Press, 2014, 247pp, $25.00).
  • 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).
  • Pope Francis’ Revolution of Tenderness and Love: Theological and Pastoral Perspectives, Walter Kasper, translated by William Madges (Paulist, 2015, 117pp, $16.95).
  • Christian Persecutions in the Middle East: A 21st Century Tragedy, George J. Marlin (St. Augustine’s Press, 2015, 302pp, $30.00).
  • Freedom, Truth, and Human Dignity: The Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Freedom, David L. Schindler and Nicholas J. Healy Jr. (Eerdmans, 2015, 477pp, $30.00).
  • The Faith of the Early Church: An Ancient Apologetic for the New Evangelization, Nicholas L. Gregoris, STD (New Hope Publications, 2015, 348pp, $22.95).
  • Rebuilding Youth Ministry: Ten Practical Strategies for Catholic Parishes, Christopher Wesley (Ave Maria Press, 2015, 119pp, $9.95).
  • Broken Gods: Hope, Healing, and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart, Gregory K. Popcak (Image Books, 2015, 195pp, $21.00).
  • Why Be Catholic?: Ten Answers to a Very Important Question, Patrick Madrid (Image Books, 2014, 226pp, $22.00).
  • Seeking Surrender: How my Friendship with a Trappist Monk Taught me to Trust and Embrace Life, Colette Lafia (Sorin Books, 2015, 134pp, $14.95).
  • Like the First Morning: The Morning Office as a Daily Renewal, Michael J. Ortiz (Ave Maria Press, 2015, 160pp, $15.95).
  • The Second Vatican Council: Prehistory, Event, Results, Posthistory, Otto Hermann Pesch (Marquette University Press, 2014, 424pp, $35.00).
  • The Challenges of Christian Community: Loving Correcting, Forgiving, and Searching for the Lost, Carlo Maria Martini (Society of Saint Paul, 2014, 86pp, $9.95).
  • Family and Life; Pope Francis: Pastoral Reflections from his Years as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, 1998–2013, Pontifical Council for the Family (Paulist, 2015, 178pp, $14.95).
  • Finding True Happiness: Satisfying our Restless Hearts, Robert J. Spitzer, SJ (Ignatius, 2015, 312pp, $19.95).
  • What Are We Doing On Earth, For Christ’s Sake?, Richard Leonard, SJ (Paulist, 2015, 164pp, $14.95).
  • Saint Peter’s Bones: How the Relics of the First Pope Were Lost and Found … And Then Lost and Found Again, Thomas J. Craughwell (Image Books, 2013, 126pp, $9.99).
  • The Hidden Treasure: The Art of Searching Within, Jose Tolentino Mendonca (Society of Saint Paul, 2014, 117pp, $12.95).
  • Seven Revolutions: How Christianity Changed the World and Can Change it Again, Mike Aquilina and James L. Papandrea (Image Books, 2015, 269pp, $22.00).
  • Encountering Truth: Meeting God in the Everyday, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis, translated by Federico Lombardi (Image Books, 2015, 364pp, $29.95).
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