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.

  • Ahmari, Sohrab.  From Fire by Water: My Journey to the Catholic Faith (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2019) 225 pages
  • Bartunek, L.C., John. Spiritual but not Religious: The Search for Meaning in a Material World (Charlotte: TAN Books, 2019) 144 pages
  • Benz, Arnold. Astrophysics and Creation: Perceiving the Universe Through Science and Participation (New York: Crossroad Publishing, 2016) 201 pages
  • Da Bergamo, Cajetan Mary. Know Thyself: 100 Guided Meditations on Humility of Heart (Charlotte: TAN Books, 2018) 245 pages
  • Bianchi, Enzo. Why Pray. How to Pray (St. Paul’s Books, 2015) 116 pages
  • Blanski, Tyler. An Immovable Feast: How I Gave Up Spirituality for a Life of Religious Abundance (Ignatius Press, 2018) 288 pages
  • Bochanski, Philip. The Virtue of Hope: How Confidence in God Lead You to Heaven (Charlotte: TAN Books, 2019) 226 pages
  • Brown, Matt. Truth Plus Love: The Jesus Way to Influence (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2019) 208 pages
  • Burton, OFM, William L.  Abba Isn’t Daddy and Other Biblical Surprises: What Catholics Really Need to Know about Scripture Study (Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 2019) 180 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
  • 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, O.P., Benedict and Fr. Andrew Hofer, O.P.  A Living Sacrifice: Guidance for Men Discerning Religious Life (Valdosta, GA: Vianney Vocations, 2019) 277 pages
  • Dawson, Steve and Mark J. Hornbacher. Ordinary Christians, Extraordinary Signs: Healing in Evangelization (Fredrick, MD: The Word Among Press, 2019) 176 pages
  • DeLorenzo, Leonard. What Matters Most: Empowering Young Catholics for Life’s Big Decisions (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2018) 201 pages
  • Donohue, Bill. The Catholic Advantage: Why Health, Happiness and Heaven Await the Faithful (Image Books, 2015) 304 pages
  • Echeverria, Eduardo. Pope Francis: The Legacy of Vatican II (Hobe Sound, FL: Lectio Publishing [2015] 2019) 432 pages
  • —–. Common Sense Catholicism: How To Resolve Our Cultural Crisis (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2019) 291 pages
  • Ekeocha, Obianuju. Target Africa: Ideological Neocolonialism in The Twenty-First Century. With a Foreword by Robert George (Ignatius Press, 2018) 219 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.  From Truth and truth [A trilogy: Vol I: Faithful Reason (281 pages); Vol II: Faith and Reason in Dialogue (282 pages); Vol III: Faith is Married Reason (281 pages)] (Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016)
  • Forrest, Benjamin, along with Kevin King Sr., William J. Curtis, Dwayne Milioni, Timothy George. A Legacy of Preaching, Vol I: Apostles to the Revivalists & Vol II: Enlightenment to the Present Day (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2018) 800 pages.
  • Fulwiler, Jennifer. One Beautiful Dream: Personal Passions, and Saying Yes to them Both (Ignatius Press, 2018) 238 pages
  • Gallagher, Conor. Still Amidst the Storm: A Family Man’s Search for Peace in an Anxious World (TAN Books, 2018) 147 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
  • Granados, Carlos along with Luis Ladaria, George Pell, Livio Melina, Charles Chaput. Priests: What Lies Ahead? (Ignatius Press, 2018) 184 pages
  • Granados, José, Stephan Kampowski, Juan José Pérez-Soba. Accompanying, Discerning, Integrating: A Handbook for the Pastoral Care of the Family According to Amoris Laetitia (Steubenville: Emmaus Road Publishing, 2016) 122 pages
  • Gress, Carrie. The Anti-Mary Exposed: Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Femininity (Charlotte: TAN Books ,2019) 199 pages
  • Gushee, David and Colin Holtz. Moral Leadership For a Divided Age (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2018)  367 pages
  • Guzman, Sam. The Catholic Gentleman: Living Authentic Manhood Today (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2019) 177 pages
  • Haggerty, Rev. Donald. Conversion: Spiritual Insights Into an Essential Encounter With God (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2017) 243 pages
  • Hardy, H.H. Exegetical Gems from Biblical Hebrew (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2019) 202 pages
    • van Pelt, Miles and Gary Pratico, Biblical Hebrew: Vocabulary in Context (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2019) 132 pages
    • van Pelt, Miles and Gary Pratico. Guide to Hebrew and Aramaic, 2 volumes (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2019) 301 & 259 pages
  • Heimann, Jean M. Fatima: The Apparition That Changed the World (Charlotte: TAN Books, 2017) 138 pages
  • Hemler, Steven R. Search No More: The Keys to Truth and Happiness (Charlotte: TAN Books, 2018) 388 pages
  • Hollcraft, Joseph. A Heart for Evangelizing (Emmaus Road Publishing, 2016) 161 pages
  • Humphreys, Carolyn. Living Through Cancer: A Practical Guide to Cancer Related Concerns (San Bernardino, 2016) 138 pages
  • Ignatius (Carsidoni) of the Side of Christ. Meditations on the Passion and Death of Christ (Charlotte: TAN Books [1895] 2018) 192 pages
  • Johnson, Abby. Unplanned (San Francisco: Ignatius Press [2010] 2018) 285 pages
  • Jurado, SJ, Manuel Ruiz. Tratado de la oración mental Cristiana (Mensajero, 2016) 166 pages
  • Kelly, Ed. A Walk to Garabandal: A Journey of Happiness and Hope (Corpus Christi: Good Book Publishers, 2017) 330 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
  • Kirby, Jeffrey. Kingdom of Happiness: Living the Beatitudes in Everyday Life (Charlotte: Saint Benedict Press, 2017) 164 pages
  • Kirby, Jeffrey, and Paul Thigpen. Luke: The Gospel of Mercy. [With DVD] (Charlotte: Saint Benedict Press, 2016) Study Guide, 317 pages; Leader Guide 369 pages
  • Kirby, Jeffrey. We Are The Lord’s: A Catholic Guide to Difficult End-of-Life Questions (Charlotte: TAN Books, 2019) 79 pages
  • Koliński, SJC, Dennis. Manual for Conquering Deadly Sin (Charlotte: TAN Books, 2017) 336 pages
  • Lafia, Colette. Seeking Surrender: How my Friendship with a Trappist Monk Taught me to Trust and Embrace Life (Sorin Books, 2015) 160 pages
  • Marks, Frederick W. Confessions of a Catholic Street Evangelist (Augusta, MO: Joseph Reidhead & Company Publishers, 2017) 227 pages
  • Marlin, George J. Christian Persecutions in the Middle East (South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2015) 302 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)
  • Mendonça, José Tolentino. The Hidden Treasure: The Art of Searching Within. Translated by Mary John Ronayne, OP (Society of Saint Paul, 2012) 117 pages
  • Merkle, Benjamin. Exegetical Gems from Biblical Greek (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2019) 171 pages
  • Musick, Melissa and Anna Keating. The Catholic Catalogue: A Field Guide to the Daily Acts That Make Up a Catholic Life (Image Books, 2016) 416 pages
  • _____. Gratefulness: The Habit of a Grace-Filled Life (Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 2018) 200 pages
  • Nash, Fiorella. The Abolition of Woman: How Radical Feminism is Betraying Women (Ignatius Press, 2018) 234 pages
  • O’Malley, Timothy. Off the Hook: God, Love, Dating, and Marriage in a Hookup World (Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 2018) 131 pages
  • Painter, Christine Valters. Illuminating the Way: Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics (Sorin Books, 2016) 198 pages
  • Petitfils, Roy. Helping Teens With Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: A Field Guide for Catholic Parents, Pastors, and Youth Leaders (Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 2019) 138 pages
  • Quenon, OCSO, Paul. In Praise of The Useless Life: A Monk’s Memoir (Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 2018) 143 pages
  • Rotondi, Rick. 101 Surprising Facts About the Bible (Charlotte: St. Benedict Press, 2018) 120 pages
  • Ruse, Austin (With a Foreword by Raymond Cardinal Burke). Littlest Suffering Souls: Children Whose Short Lives Point Us to Christ (Charlotte: TAN Books, 2017) 132 pages
  • Russell, Craig. Black Bottle Man (Manitoba: Great Plains Teen Fiction, 2017) 176 pages
  • Savary, Louis M. and Patricia H. Berne. Why Did God Make Me?: Finding Your Life’s Purpose; Discernment in an Evolutionary World (Paulist Press, 2014) 128 pages
  • Schuchts, Bob. Real Suffering: Finding Hope & Healing in the Trials of Life (Charlotte: St. Benedict Press, 2018) 188 pages
  • Schwartz, George P, with Michael O. Kenney (Foreword by Lou Holtz).  In God We Trust: Morally Responsible Investing (Charlotte: TAN Books, 2018) 266 pages
  • Stackpole, Robert. A Bridge of Mercy: Homosexuality and God’s Merciful Love (Stockbridge, MA: Marian Press, 2018) 238 pages
  • Stefanick, Chris. I Am__________Rewrite Your Name-Reroute Your Life (Greenwood Village, CO: Real Life Catholic, 2018) 147 pages
  • Sweetser, SJ, Thomas. Can Francis Change the Church: How American Catholics Are Responding to His Leadership (New York: Crossroads, 2019) 175 pages
  • Thigpen, Paul. The Biblical Names of Jesus: Beautiful, Powerful Portraits of Christ (Charlotte: TAN Books, 2018) 237 pages
  • Thoman, OFS, Bret. St. Clare of Assisi: Light From the Cloister (Charlotte: TAN Books, 2017) 237 pages
  • Treece, Patricia. God Will Provide: How God’s Bounty Opened to Saints—And 9 Ways it Can Open for You, Too (Paraclete Press, 2015) 206 pages
  • Vanier, Jean. Signs: Seven Words of Hope. Translated by Ann Shearer (Paulist Press, 2013) 94 pages
  • 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) 149 pages
  • West, Christopher. Word Made Flesh: A Companion to the Sunday Readings (Cycle C) (Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 2018) 112 pages