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.

  • Allen, RSM, Sr. Prudence. Concept of Women, vol. III, 1500-2015 (Eerdmans Publishing, 2016).
  • Beauchamp, Paul. Psalms Night and Day. Translated by Peter Rogers, SJ (Marquette University Press, 2015).
  • Bellarmine, Robert. Seven Last Words, introduction by Christian Washburn (Cluny Media, 2016) 320 pages.
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • Corbit, Sonja. Fearless: Conquer Your Demons and Love with Abandon (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).
  • Esolen, Anthony. Real Music: A Guide to the Timeless Hymns of the Church (Tan/St. Benedicts, 2016).
  • Feingold, Lawrence. Faith Comes From What is Heard: An Introduction to Fundamental Theology (Emmaus Academic Publishing, 2016).
  • Flynn, Vinny. 7 Secrets of Divine Mercy (Ignatius Press, 2015, $14.95).
  • Pope Francis. Encountering Truth: Meeting God in the Everyday Translated by Federico Lombardi (Image Books, 2015, $29.95).
  • _____. Complete Encyclicals, Bulls, and Apostolic Exhortations, vol. I (Ave Maria Press, 1016; 512 pages, $27.95).
  • Fulwiler, Jennifer. Something Other than God (Ignatius Press, 2014; 256 pages, $17.90).
  • Gray, Tim. Peter: Keys To Following Jesus (Ignatius Press, 2016; 204 pages. $16.95).
  • 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).
  • Heseman, Michael, Mary of Nazareth: History, Archeology, and Legend (Ignatius Press, 2016; 293 pages, $19.95).
  • Hill, Craig. Servant of All: Status, Ambition, and the Way of Jesus (Eerdmans Press, 2016; 175 pages, $18.00).
  • 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).
  • Jurado, SJ, Manuel Ruiz. Tratado de la oración mental Cristiana (Mensajero, 2016).
  • 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).
  • Marlin, George J. and Brad Miner. Sons of St. Patrick: A History of the Archbishops of New York from Dagger John to Timmytown (Ignatius Press, 2017).
  • 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).
  • McCarthy-Harper, Margaret. Torn Asunder Children, the Myth of the Good Divorce, and the Recovery of Origins (Eerdmans Publishing, 2017).
  • 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).
  • O’Leary, Brian. Radical and Free: Musings on the Religious Life (Messenger Publications, 2017; 96 pages, $16.00).
  • 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).
  • Roza, Devin. Fulfilled in Christ The Sacraments. A Guide to Symbols and Types in the Bible and Tradition (Emmaus Academic, 2015).
  • 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).
  • Simon, William E. Great Catholic Parishes: How Four Essential Practices Make Them Thrive (Ave Maria Press, 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).
  • Sri, Ed. Who Am I to Judge? Responding to Relativism with Logic and Love (Ignatius Press, 2016).
  • 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).
  • Wesely, Christopher. Rebuilding Confirmation: Because We Need More than Another Graduation (Ave Maria Press, 2017).
  • Wuerl, Donald and Mike Aquilina. The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms us as Catholics (Image Books, 2014, $23.00).