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.

  • Barnes, M. Craig. Diary of a Pastor’s Soul (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2020) 240 pages
  • Bellusci, David. Love Deformed, Love Transformed (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Press, 2019) 123 pages
  • da Bergamo, Cajetan Mary. Know Thyself: 100 Guided Meditations on Humility of Heart (Charlotte: TAN Books, 2018) 245 pages
  • Besong, Brian and Jonathan Fuqua. eds. Faith and Reason: Philosophers Explain Their Turn to Catholicism (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2019) 289 pages
  • Black, David Alan and Benjamin Merkle. Linguistics and New Testament Greek (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2020) 276 pages.
  • Blanski, Tyler. An Immovable Feast: How I Gave Up Spirituality for a Life of Religious Abundance (Ignatius Press, 2018) 288 pages
  • Blomquist, Cheri. Before Austen Comes Aesop: The Children’s Great Books and How to Experience Them (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2021) 272 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, Anna. The Quality of Mercy (Dublin: Veritas Publications, 2015) 59 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 and Extraterrestrial? (New York: Image Books, 2014) 293 pages
  • Corbitt, Sonja. Fearless: Conquer Your Demons and Love with Abandon (Ave Maria Press, 2016) 256 pages
  • Cotter, Kevin. Called: Becoming an Everyday Disciple in a Post-Christian World. A Five-Week Guide (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2018) 170 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
  • Cuddeback, John. True Friendship: Where Virtue Becomes Happiness (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2021) 149 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
  • Dos Santos, MIC, Kenneth. Hagia Sophia: The Wisdom of God as Offered to the Modern World (Stockbridge, MA: Marian Heritage Publishers, 2021) 97 pages
  • Ekman, Ulf and Birgitta. The Great Discovery: Our Journey to the Catholic Church (Ignatius Press, 2018) 273 pages
  • Elliot, George. Discernment Do’s and Dont’s: A Practical Guide to Vocational Discernment (Charlotte: TAN Books, 2018) 100 pages
  • Etheredge, Francis. Honest Rust and Gold (St. Louis: Enroute Publishers, 2020) 233 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
  • Gallagher, Conor. Parenting for Eternity: A Guide to Raising Children in Holy Mother Church (Gastonia, NC: TAN Books, 2021) 163 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
  • _____#Rules of Engagement: 8 Christian Habits for Being Good and Doing Good Online (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2012) 112 pages
  • Granados, José, Stephan Kampowski and Juan José Pérez-Soba. 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
  • Haggerty, Rev. Donald. Contemplative Enigmas: Insights and Aid on the Path to Deeper Prayer (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2020) 281 pages
  • Hardy, H.H. Exegetical Gems from Biblical Hebrew (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2019) 202 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
  • Heney, Dave. Luke 10 Leadership: How to Succeed at Parish Ministry (Ave Maria Press, 2020) 111 pages
  • Hesemann, Michael. Jesus of Nazareth: Archaeologists Retracing the Footsteps of Christ (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2021) 322 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
  • Hudson, Deal W. How to Keep From Losing Your Mind: Educating Yourself Classically to Survive Cultural Indoctrination (Charlotte: TAN Books, 2019) 359 pages
  • _____. 365 Days of Catholic Wisdom: A Treasury of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness (Charlotte: TAN Books, 2020) 624 pages
  • Humphreys, Carolyn. Living Through Cancer: A Practical Guide to Cancer Related Concerns (San Bernardino, 2016) 138 pages
  • Huyck, Peter. Rose Fire (Lexington, KY: 2019) 249 pages
  • Johnson, Abby. Unplanned (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press [2010] 2018) 285 pages
  • Kandra, Greg. A Deacon Prays: Prayers and Devotions for Liturgy and Life (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2021) 160 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
  • Kim, Matthew. Preaching to People in Pain: How Suffering Can Shape Your Sermons and Connect with Your Congregation (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2021) 223 pages
  • Kim, Matthew and Scott Gibson, eds. The Big Idea Companion for Preaching and Teaching: A Guide from Genesis to Revelation (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2021) 640 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
  • Krom, Michael P. Justice and Charity: An Introduction to Aquinas’s Moral, Economic, and Political Thought (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2020) 238 pages
  • Lütz, Manfred. The Scandal of the Scandals: The Secret History of Christianity (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2020) 267 pages
  • Marlin, George J. Christian Persecutions in the Middle East: A 21st Century Tragedy (South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2015) 302 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)
  • Murphy, Ian. Dying to Live: From Agnostic to Baptist to Catholic (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2020) 223 pages
  • O’Hearn, Patrick. Parents of the Saints: The Hidden Heroes Behind our Favorite Saints (Charlotte: TAN Books, 2021) 380 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
  • Peterson, Tom and Ryan Hanning. The Willpower Advantage: Building Habits for Lasting Happiness (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2020) 272 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
  • Springer, Craig. How to Revive Evangelism: 7 Vital Shifts in How We Share Our Faith (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Press, 2021) 196 pages
  • Starr, Kevin. Continental Achievement: Roman Catholics in the United States – Revolution and Early Republic (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2020) 327 pages
  • Storms, Sam. Understanding Spiritual Warfare: A Comprehensive Guide (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Reflective, 2021) xiii + 353 pages
  • Thigpen, Paul. The Biblical Names of Jesus: Beautiful, Powerful Portraits of Christ (Charlotte, NC: TAN Books, 2018) 237 pages
  • _____. Saints Who Saw Hell: And Other Catholic Witnesses to the Fate of the Damned (Charlotte, NC: TAN Books, 2019) 188 pages
  • Topping, Ryan. Christmas Around the Fire: Stories, Essays, & Poems for the Season of Christ’s Birth (Charlotte, NC: TAN Books, 2019) 285 pages
  • VanDrunen, David. Politics after Christendom: Political Theology in a Fractured World (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2020) 400 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
  • Zilverberg, Kevin and Scott Carl, edd. The Revelation of Your Words: The New Evanglization and the Role of the Seminary Professor of Sacred Scripture (Saint Paul, MN: St. Paul Seminary Press, 2021) 205 pages