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.

  • DOCAT: What to do? (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2016).
  • Beauchamp, Paul. Psalms Night and Day. Translated by Peter Rogers, SJ. (Marquette University Press, 2015, $27.00).
  • Bellarmine, Robert, The Seven Words from the Cross, trans., Christian D. Washburn (CLUNY Media, 2016) 272 pages, $18.95.
  • Bergoglio, Jorge Mario. Pope Francis. Encountering Truth: Meeting God in the Everyday Translated by Federico Lombardi. (Image Books, 2015, $29.95).
  • Bianchi, Enzo. Why Pray. How to Pray (St. Paul’s Books, 2015).
  • Bosco, Louis. Above the Sun: The Search for Lasting Meaning in a Passing World (Society of Saint Paul, 2015, $14.95).
  • _____. Come and See: How the Teachings of the Catholic Church Lead us to Christ (Society of Saint Paul, 2014, $14.95).
  • Buckley, Michael, What Do You Seek: The Questions of Jesus as Challenge and Promise (Eerdmans Press, 2016) 158 pages. $16.00.
  • Burke, Anna. The Quality of Mercy (Veritas Publications, 2015, $11.00).
  • Burke-Sivers, Harold. Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality (Ignatius Press: 2015, $17.95).
  • Clifford, Catherine E. Decoding Vatican II: Interpretation and Ongoing Reception (Paulist, 2014, $12.95).
  • Collins, Michael. Life, Death, and the Bits in Between (Columbia Press, 2014, $25.00).
  • Corbitt, Sonja, Fearless: A Catholic Woman’s Guide to Spiritual Warfare (Ave Maria Press 2016) 256 pages, $15.95.
  • Donohue, Bill. The Catholic Advantage: Why Health, Happiness and Heaven Await the Faithful (Image Books, 2015, $24.00).
  • Farrow, Douglas. Desiring a Better Country: Forays into Political Theology (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015, $29.95).
  • Flynn, Vinny. 7 Secrets of Divine Mercy. (Ignatius Press, 2015, $14.95).
  • Garrido, Ann M. Redeeming Administration: 12 Spiritual Habits for Catholic Leaders in Parishes, Schools, Religious Communities, and Other Institution (Ave Maria Press, 2013, $14.95).
  • _____. Redeeming Conflict: Twelve Habits for Christian Leaders (Ave Maria Press, 2016, $15.95).
  • Gregoris, Nicholas L. The Faith of the Early Church: An Ancient Apologetic for the New Evangelization (New Hope Publications, 2015, $22.95).
  • Griffin, Aurora. How I stayed Catholic at Harvard: 40 Tips for Faithful College Students (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2016).
  • Hahn, Scott. The Creed: Professing the Faith Through the Ages (Steubenville: Emmaus Road Publishing, 2016).
  • Hasson, Kevin Seamus. Believers, Thinkers, and Founders: How We Came to be One Nation Under God (Image Books, 2016, $18.00).
  • Heady, Chene. Numbering my Days: How the Liturgical Calendar Rearranged my Life (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2016).
  • Healy, Mary. The Gospel of Mark, Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (Baker Academic, 2008, $21.99).
  • _____. Hebrews, Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (Baker Academic, 2016).
  • von Hildebrand, Dietrich, Liturgy & Personality with a Foreword by Bishop Robert Barron and an Afterword by Alice von Hildebrand (The Hildebrand Project, 2016) 137 pages, $9.99.
  • Hollcraft, Joseph. A Heart for Evangelizing (Emmaus Road Publishing, 2016).
  • Humphreys, Carolyn. Living Through Cancer: A Practical Guide to Cancer Related Concerns. 2016.
  • Johnson, Abby and Kristin Detrow. The Walls Are Talking: Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories (Ignatius Press, 2016, $17.95).
  • Kirby, Jeffrey, and Paul Thigpen. Luke: The Gospel of Mercy. [With DVD] (Saint Benedict Press, 2016).
  • Kreeft, Peter J. How to Be Holy: First Steps in Becoming a Saint (Ignatius Press, 2016, $16.95).
  • _____. I Burned for Your Peace: Augustine’s Confessions Unpacked (Ignatius Press, 2016).
  • Lafia, Colette. Seeking Surrender: How my Friendship with a Trappist Monk Taught me to Trust and Embrace Life (Sorin Books, 2015, $14.95).
  • Lauenstein, Gary. The Heart of Holiness: Friendship with God and Others (Ignatius Press, 2016).
  • Leonard, Richard. What Are We Doing On Earth, For Christ’s Sake? (Paulist, 2015, $14.95).
  • Lespinay, Guy. Introduction to Religious Life: A Journey of Faith and Service (Society of Saint Paul, 2015, $12.95).
  • Madrid, Patrick. Life Lessons: Fifty Things I Learned in My First Fifty Years (Ignatius Press, 2016).
  • Marlin, George J. Christian Persecutions in the Middle East: A 21st Century Tragedy (St. Augustine’s Press, 2015, $30.00).
  • Martini, Carlo Maria. The Challenges of Christian Community: Loving Correcting, Forgiving, and Searching for the Lost (Society of Saint Paul, 2014, $9.95).
  • McCarthy, Patricia. The Girl Who Learned How to Kneel: The Story of Etty Hillesum (Society of Saint Paul, 2013, $4.95).
  • Mendoca, José Tolentino. The Hidden Treasure: The Art of Searching Within. Translated by Mary John Ronayne, OP (Society of Saint Paul, 2012, $12.95).
  • Miller, Monica Migliorino. The Authority of Women in the Catholic Church (Emmaus Road Publishing, 2015, $12.95).
  • Musick, Melissa and Anna Keating. The Catholic Catalogue: A Field Guide to the Daily Acts That Make Up a Catholic Life (Image Books, 2016, $25.00).
  • Muto, Susan. Twelve Little Ways to Transform Your Heart: Lessons in Holiness and Evangelization form St. Therese of Lisieux (Ave Maria Press, 2016).
  • O’Collins, Gerald. The Spirituality of the Second Vatican Council (Paulist, 2014, $10.95).
  • Olson, Carl E. Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?: Questions and Answers about the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ (Ignatius Press, 2016, $14.95).
  • Painter, Christine Valters. Illuminating the Way: Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics (Sorin Books, 2016, $17.95).
  • Pesch, Otto Hermann. The Second Vatican Council: Prehistory, Event, Results, Posthistory (Marquette University Press, 2014, $35.00).
  • Pitstick, Lyra. Christ’s Descent into Hell: John Paul II, Joseph Ratzinger, and Hans Urs von Balthasar on the Theology of Holy Saturday (Eerdmans, 2016, $20.00).
  • Popcak, Gregory K. Broken Gods: Hope, Healing, and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart (Image Books, 2015, $21.00).
  • Prejean, Katie. Room 24: Adventures of a New Evangelist (Ave Maria Press, 2016, $13.95).
  • Prudlo, Donald S. Certain Sainthood: Canonization and the Origins of Papal Infallibility in the Medieval Church (Cornell University Press, 2015, $49.95).
  • Read, Sally. Night’s Bright Darkness: A Modern Conversion Story (Ignatius Press, 2016).
  • Rohr, Richard. A Lever and a Place to Stand: The Contemplative Stance and Active Prayer (Hidden Spring, 2011, $15.00).
  • Ruiz Jurado, Manuel, Tratado de la Oracion Mental Cristiana (Mensajero Press, 2016) 166 pages.
  • Savary, Louis M. and Patricia H. Berne. Why Did God Make Me?: Finding Your Life’s Purpose; Discernment in an Evolutionary World (Paulist, 2014, $14.95).
  • Shaw, Geoffrey D.T. The Lost Mandate of Heaven: The American Betrayal of Ngo Dinh Diem, President of Vietnam (Ignatius Press, 2015, $24.95).
  • Shaw, Russell. Catholics in America: Religious Identity and Cultural Assimilation from John Carroll to Flannery O’Connor (Ignatius Press, 2016).
  • Simon, William E. Great Catholic Parishes: How Four Essential Practices Make Them Thrive (Ave Maria Press, 2016).
  • Spadaro, Antonio. Friending God: Social Media, Spirituality and Community (The Crossroad Publishing Company, 2016).
  • Spitzer, Robert J. God So Loved the World: Clues to Our Transcendent Destiny from the Revelation of Jesus (Ignatius Press, 2016, $19.95).
  • _____. The Soul’s Upward Yearning: Clues to Our Transcendent Nature from Experience and Reason (Ignatius Press, 2015, $19.95).
  • Tornielli, Andrea. Fioretti; The Little Flowers of Pope Francis: Heartwarming Stories of the Gospel in Action. Translated by William J. Melcher (Ignatius Press, 2013, $19.95).
  • Treece, Patricia. God Will Provide: How God’s Bounty Opened to Saints—And 9 Ways it Can Open for You, Too (Paraclete Press, 2015, $16.99)
  • Vanier, Jean. Signs: Seven Words of Hope. Translated by Ann Shearer (Paulist, 2013, $14.95).
  • Weber, Kerry. Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job (Loyola Press, 2014, $13.95).
  • Windley-Daoust, Susan. The Gift of Birth: Discerning God’s Presence During Childbirth (Gracewatch Media, 2016, $14.99).
  • Wuerl, Donald and Mike Aquilina. The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms us as Catholics (Image Books, 2014, $23.00).