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 (hpr@ignatius.com) 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.

Publishers interested in supplying a review copy can obtain the mailing address by writing to the Book Review Editor at hpr@ignatius.com.

  • Ahlquist, Dale. The Story of the Family: G.K. Chesterton on the Only State that Creates and Loves Its Own Citizens (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2022) 237 pages.
  • Antier, Jean-Jacques. Charles de Foucauld (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2022) 359 pages.
  • Beaumont, Douglas M. The Message Behind the Movie–Reboot: Engaging Film Without Disengaging Faith (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2022) 227 pages.
  • Bergsma, John. Jesus and the Old Testament Roots of the Priesthood (Steubenville: Emmaus Publishing, 2021) 164 pages
  • Blanski, Tyler. An Immovable Feast: How I Gave Up Spirituality for a Life of Religious Abundance (Ignatius Press, 2018) 288 pages
  • Boyle, John F. The Order and Division of Divine Truth: St. Thomas Aquinas as Scholastic Master of the Sacred Page (Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Academic, 2021) 199 pages.
  • Broom, OMV, Ed. Road Map to Heaven: A Catholic Plan of Life (Charlotte: TAN Books, 2019) 172 pages
  • Brown, Matt. Truth Plus Love: The Jesus Way to Influence (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2019) 208 pages
  • Burke-Sivers, Harold. Our Life of Service: The Handbook for Catholic Deacons (Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 2021) 174 pages
  • Carroll Campbell, Colleen. The Heart of Perfection: How the Saints Taught Me to Trade My Dream of Perfect for God’s (New York: Howard Books, 2019) 241 pages
  • Consolmagno, SJ, Guy and Paul Mueller, SJ. Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? (New York: Image Books, 2014) 293 pages
  • Croell, OP, Benedict and Fr. Andrew Hofer, OP. A Living Sacrifice: Guidance for Men Discerning Religious Life (Valdosta, GA: Vianney Vocations, 2019) 277 pages
  • Cush, John P. The How-To Book of Catholic Theology: Everything You Need to Know but No One Ever Taught You (Our Sunday Visitor, 2020) 229 pages
  • De Gaál, Emery and Matthew Levering. eds. Joseph Ratzinger and the Healing of the Reformation-Era Divisions (Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Publishing, 2019) 371 pages
  • De Maria, Fiorella. See No Evil (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2020) 299 pages
  • DeNunzio Mandato, Graziella. Padre Pio: Encounters with a Spiritual Daughter from Pietrelcina (Charlotte, NC: TAN Books, 2021) 140 pages
  • Dolan, Cardinal Timothy. Who Do You Say I Am? Daily Reflections on the Bible, the Saints, and the Answer that is Christ (New York: Image Books, 2019) 367 pages
  • Donohue, Bill. The Truth About Clergy Sexual Abuse: Clarifying the Facts and the Causes (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2021) 267 pages
  • Dos Santos, MIC, Kenneth. Hagia Sophia: The Wisdom of God as Offered to the Modern World (Stockbridge, MA: Marian Heritage Publishers, 2021) 97 pages
  • Dugast, Aude. Jerome Lejeune: A Man of Science and Conscience (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2021) 393 pages
  • Ekman, Ulf and Birgitta. The Great Discovery: Our Journey to the Catholic Church (Ignatius Press, 2018) 273 pages
  • Etheredge, Francis. Honest Rust and Gold (St. Louis: En Route Publishers, 2020) 233 pages
  • _____. Within Reach of You: A Book of Prose and Prayers (St. Louis: En Route Publishers, 2021) 260 pages
  • _____. The ABCQ of Conceiving Conception: One of the Greatest Transformations in the Whole of Nature (St. Louis: En Route Publishers, 2022) 199 pages.
  • _____. Reaching for the Resurrection: A Pastoral Bioethics (St. Louis: En Route Publishers, 2022) 145 pages.
  • Favale, Abigail. The Genesis of Gender: A Christian Theory (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2022) 248 pages.
  • Feingold, Lawrence. Touched by Christ: The Sacramental Economy (Steubenville: Emmaus Academic, 2021) 801 pages
  • Forrest, Benjamin, Joshua Chatraw and Alister McGrath. eds. The History of Apologetics: A Biographical and Methodological Introduction (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2020) 848 pages
  • Fritz, Everett. One Disciple at a Time: How to Lead Others to Dynamic, Engaged, Life-Changing Faith (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2022) 105 pages.
  • Pope Francis. The Complete Encyclicals, Bulls, and Apostolic Exhortations, vol. II (Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 2021) 401 pages
  • Garcia, Jesús (With a Foreword by Cardinal O’Malley). Slaves in Paradise: A Priest Stands Up For Exploited Workers (Ignatius Press, 2017) 300 pages
  • Garrido, Ann M. Let’s Talk About Truth: A Guide for Preachers, Teachers, and Other Catholic Leaders in a World of Doubt and Discord (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2020) 179 pages
  • Granados, José, Stephan Kampowski and Juan José Pérez-Soba, eds. Accompanying, Discerning, Integrating: A Handbook for the Pastoral Care of the Family According to Amoris Laetitia (Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Publishing, 2017) 122 pages
  • Gushee, David and Colin Holtz. Moral Leadership For a Divided Age (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2018)  367 pages
  • Granados, Carlos and Luis Sanchez-Navarro, ed. In the School of the Word: Biblical Interpretation from the New to the Old Testament (St. Paul, MN: St Paul Seminary Press, 2021) 230 pages
  • Haggerty, Donald. Contemplative Enigmas: Insights and Aid on the Path to Deeper Prayer (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2020) 281 pages
  • Haggerty, Donald. Saint John of the Cross: Master of Contemplation (San Francisco, Ignatius Press, 2022) 387 pages.
  • Hampton, Vinita. Set the Word on Fire: A 4-Week Personal Retreat with the Female Doctors of the Church (Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 2022) 181 pages
  • Hemler, Steven R. Search No More: The Keys to Truth and Happiness (Charlotte: TAN Books, 2018) 388 pages
  • Hemmerle, Klaus. Theses Towards A Trinitarian Ontology, with a Foreword by Dr. Rowan Williams (Brooklyn, NY: Angelico Press [1976] 2020) 67 pages
  • Hicks, O.S.B., Boniface. Through the Heart of St. Joseph (Steubenville: Emmaus Road, 2021) 209 pages
  • Howell, Adam, Benjamin Merkle and Robert Plummer. Hebrew for Life: Strategies for Learning, Retaining, and Reviving Biblical Hebrew (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2020) 224 pages
  • Hughes, Archbishop Emeritus Alfred (with a Foreword by Bishop Robert Barron). Priests in Love with God: And Eager to Witness to the Gospel (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2021) 172 pages
  • Hudson, Deal W. How to Keep From Losing Your Mind: Educating Yourself Classically to Survive Cultural Indoctrination (Charlotte: TAN Books, 2019) 359 pages
  • Hunter, Todd. Deep Peace: Finding Calm in A World of Conflict and Anxiety (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2021) 272 pages
  • Huyck, Peter. Rose Fire (Lexington, KY: 2019) 249 pages
  • Johnson, Abby. Unplanned (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press [2010] 2018) 285 pages
  • Keane, James, ed.  Avery Dulles: Essential Writings from America Magazine (Notre Dame, IN: Christian Classics, 2019)  354 pages
  • Kelly, Julie. Illustrated by Kellie Ryan. The Costly Cookie Chronicles: A Young Heart Discovers the Face of Christ (Mountain Home, AR: Nativity Press, 2017) 191 pages
  • Koliński, SJC, Dennis. Manual for Conquering Deadly Sin (Charlotte: TAN Books, 2017) 336 pages
  • Knuth, Jane. The Prayer List (Chicago, IL: Loyola Press, 2018) 172 pages
  • Leonard-Fleckman, Mahri. Ponder: Contemplative Bible Study, Year C (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2021) 299 pages
  • Lütz, Manfred. The Scandal of the Scandals: The Secret History of Christianity (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2020) 267 pages
  • Marshall, Robert G. Reclaiming the Republic: How Christians and Other Conservatives Can Win Back America (Charlotte, NC: TAN Books, 2018) 268 pages
  • Mathewson, Steven. The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2021) 252 pages
  • Mattingly, Trenton W.  Rejoice in the Lord: 30-Day Devotional Based on Timeless Vision of St. Augustine of Hippo (South Bend: Ave Maria Books, 2021) 112 pages
  • McCann, Mark C.  To The Ends of the Earth (Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor Press, 2019) 4 volumes: Action (158 pages), Character (158 pages), Legacy (156 pages), Witness (158 pages)
  • Meconi, SJ, David Vincent (ed.). Augustine’s Confessions and Contemporary Concerns. (Saint Paul, MN: Saint Paul Seminary Press, 2022) 288 pages.
  • Moynihan, Robert. Finding Vigano: In Search of the Man Whose Testimony Shook the Church and the World (Gastonia, NC: TAN Books, 2020) 375 pages
  • Murphy, Ian. Dying to Live: From Agnostic to Baptist to Catholic (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2020) 223 pages
  • Murray, Gerald E. and Diane Montagna. Calming the Storm: Navigating the Crises Facing the Catholic Church and Society (Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Road Publishing, 2022) 440 pages.
  • O’Hearn, Patrick. Parents of the Saints: The Hidden Heroes Behind our Favorite Saints (Charlotte: TAN Books, 2021) 380 pages
  • O’Leary, Neil et al. Made New: 52 Devotionals for Catholic Women (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2021) 224 pages
  • Paintner, Christine Valters. Earth: Our Original Monastery (Notre Dame, IN: Sorin Books, 2020) 140 pages
  • _____. Illuminating the Way: Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics (Sorin Books, 2016) 198 pages
  • Pearce, Joseph. Faith of Our Fathers: A History of True England (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2022) 384 pages.
  • Pell, Cardinal Pell. Prison Journal: vol. 2: The State Court Rejects the Appeal (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2020) 319 pages; vol. 3: The High Court Frees an Innocent Man (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2020) 339 pages (with an Afterword by George Weigel)
  • Peterson, Tom and Ryan Hanning. The Willpower Advantage: Building Habits for Lasting Happiness (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2020) 272 pages
  • Pinault, David. Providence Blue: A Fantasy Quest (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2021) 448 pages
  • Ray, Steve and Dennis Walters. The Catholic Faith: An Introduction to the Creeds (Gastonia, NC: TAN Books, 2020) 150 pages
  • Rickard, OP, Theresa. Everyday Witness: 7 Simple Habits for Sharing Your Faith (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2019) 112 pages
  • Rowley, Tyler. Because of Our Fathers (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2020) 206 pages
  • Ruse, Austin (With a Foreword by Raymond Cardinal Burke). Littlest Suffering Souls: Children Whose Short Lives Point Us to Christ (Charlotte, NC: TAN Books, 2017) 132 pages
  • Russell, Craig. Black Bottle Man (Manitoba: Great Plains Teen Fiction, 2017) 176 pages
  • Saint-Jean, SJ, Patrick. The Spiritual Work of Racial Justice: A Month of Meditations with Ignatius of Loyola (Vestal, NY: Anamchara Books, 2021) 401 pages
  • Sampson, Martyn.  Between Form and Faith: Graham Greene and the Catholic Novel (New York: Fordham University Press, 2021) 304 pages
  • Schadt, Devin. Custos: Total Consecration Through Saint Joseph: The 33-day Preparation for Fullness of Divine Sonship and Spiritual Fatherhood (Charlotte: TAN Books, 2021) 256 pages
  • Schwartz, CFA, George P, with Michael O. Kenney (With a Foreword by Lou Holtz). In God We Trust: Morally Responsible Investing (Charlotte: TAN Books, 2018) 266 pages
  • Sikorra, Joe. Defying Gravity: How Choosing Joy Lifted My Family from Death to Life (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2018) 211 pages
  • Smith, Randall B. Reading the Sermons of Thomas Aquinas: A Beginner’s Guide (Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Publishing, 2016) 342 pages
  • Spencer, F. Scott. Passions of the Christ: The Emotional Life of Jesus in the Gospels (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2021) 304 pages
  • Spitzer, SJ, Robert. Christ versus Satan in Our Daily Lives (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2020) 439 pages
  • Staudt, R. Jared. The Primacy of God: The Virtue of Religion in Catholic Theology (Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Academic, 2021) 409 pages.
  • Storms, Sam. Understanding Spiritual Warfare: A Comprehensive Guide (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Reflective, 2021) xiii + 353 pages
  • Stuart, Joseph T. and Barbara A. Stuart. The Church and the Age of Reformations (1350-1650): Martin Luther, the Renaissance, and the Council of Trent. (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2022. 162 pages.
  • Tan, Siang-Yang. Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Christian Perspective (2nd edition) (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2022) 578 pages.
  • Turley, K.V. and Fiorella de Maria. This Thing of Darkness (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2021) 257 pages
  • VanDrunen, David. Politics after Christendom: Political Theology in a Fractured World (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2020) 400 pages
  • Waters, Brent. Common Callings and Ordinary Virtues: Christian Ethics for Everyday Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2022) 268 pages.
  • White, Michael and Tom Corcoran. Seriously God? Making Sense of Life Not Making Sense (Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 2021) 158 pages
  • Willey, Petroc and Scott Sollom. Speaking the Truth in Love: The Catechism and the New Evangelization (Steubenville: Emmaus Publishing, 2019) 492 pages
  • Wuerl, Cardinal Donald. What Do You Want to Know? A Pastor’s Response to the Most Challenging Questions about the Catholic Faith (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2018) 144 pages