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.

  • Aquilina, Mike. The Healing Imperative: The Early Church and the Invention of Medicine as We Know It (Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Publishing, 2017) 168 pages
  • 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
  • Bianchi, Enzo. Why Pray, How to Pray (St Pauls, 2014) 108 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
  • 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
  • Cardó, Daniel. What Does It Mean to Believe? Faith in the Thought of Joseph Ratzinger (Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Publishing, 2020) 116 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
  • Chovelon, Bernadette. Salt and Light: The Spiritual Journey of Elisabeth and Felix Leseur (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2020) 276 pages
  • Consolmagno, SJ, Guy and Paul Mueller, SJ. Would You Baptize and Extraterrestrial? (New York: Image Books, 2014) 293 pages
  • Cooney Hathaway, Patricia. Sex and the Spiritual Life: Reclaiming Integrity, Wholeness, and Intimacy (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2020) 185 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
  • Coulombe, Charles. Blessed Charles of Austria: A Holy Emperor and His Legacy (Gastonia, NC: TAN Books, 2020) 388 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • Ensley, Eddie with Robert Herrman. Pause in Wonder: Learning to Delight in God and His Word (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2020) 160 pages
  • Esolen, Anthony. The Hundredfold: Songs for the Lord (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2019) 224 pages
  • _____. Sex and the Unreal City: The Demolition of the Western Mind (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2020) 209 pages
  • Etheredge, Francis. Mary and Bioethics: An Exploration (St. Louis, MO: En Route Books and Media, 2020) 269 pages
  • Fagerberg, David W. Liturgical Mysticism (Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Publishing, 2019) 171 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
  • Gagliardi, Mauro. Truth is a Synthesis: Catholic Dogma Theology (Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Publishing, 2020) 1029 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
  • George, Paul. Rethink Happiness: Dare to Embrace God and Experience True Joy (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2018) 138 pages
  • Gill, John. To Call On His Name: Perspectives on the Jesus Prayer (Durham, UK: Sacristy Press, 2019) 186 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
  • Heney, Dave. Luke 10 Leadership: How to Succeed at Parish Ministry (Ave Maria Press, 2020) 111 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
  • Humphreys, Carolyn. Living Through Cancer: A Practical Guide to Cancer Related Concerns (San Bernardino, 2016) 138 pages
  • Huizenga, Leroy. Behold the Christ: Proclaiming the Gospel of Matthew (Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Publishing, 2019) 424 pages
  • Huyck, Peter. Rose Fire (Lexington, KY: 2019) 249 pages
  • Iriberri, SJ, José Luis and Chris Lowney. On the Ignatian Way: A Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Saint Ignatius of Loyola (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2018) 203 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
  • Kirby, Rev. Jeffrey. Kingdom of Happiness: Living the Beatitudes in Everyday Life (Charlotte, NC: Saint Benedict Press, 2017) 164 pages
  • _____. Thy Kingdom Come: Living the Lord’s Prayer in Everyday Life (Gastonia, NC: TAN Books, 2019) 155 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
  • Kreeft, Peter. Wisdom from the Psalms (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2020) 243 pages
  • _____. Wisdom of the Heart (Gastonia, NC: TAN Books, 2020) 369 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
  • Lopez, Kathryn Jean. A Year With the Mystics: Visionary Wisdom for Daily Living (Charlotte: Saint Benedict Press, 2019) 392 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
  • 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)
  • McTeigue, SJ, Robert. Real Philosophy for Real People (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2020) 283 pages
  • Meconi, SJ, David. 101 Surprising Facts About Mary (Gastonia, NC: TAN Books, 2020) 107 pages
  • Murphy, Ian. Dying to Live: From Agnostic to Baptist to Catholic (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2020) 223 pages
  • O’Brien, Michael. The Art of Michael D. O’Brien (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2019) 172 pages
  • _____. The Lighthouse (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2020) 200 pages
  • Ortlund, Gavin. Retrieving Augustine’s Doctrine of Creation (InterVarsity Press, 2020) 248 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
  • Pope Francis. Christ in the Storm: An Extraordinary Blessing for a Suffering World (Notre Dame, IN: Ave  Maria Press, 2020) 75 pages
  • Ratzinger, Joseph (With a Foreword by Pope Francis). Faith and Politics (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2018) 269 pages
  • Ray, Steve and Dennis Walters. The Catholic Faith: An Introduction to the Creeds (Gastonia, NC: TAN Books, 2020) 150 pages
  • Read, Sally. Annunciation: A Call to Faith in a Broken World (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2019) 143 pages
  • Reilly, Robert (With a Foreword by Larry P. Arnn). America on Trial: A Defense of the Founding (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2020) 366 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
  • Salai, SJ, Sean. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola: With Points for Personal Prayer from Jesuit Spiritual Masters (Charlotte: Tan Books, 2020) 384 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
  • Shaw, Russell. Eight Popes and the Crisis of Modernity (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2020) 150 pages
  • Sikorra, Joe. Defying Gravity: How Choosing Joy Lifted My Family from Death to Life (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2018) 211 pages
  • Smith, Janet E. ed. Why Humanae Vitae is Still Right (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2018) 384 pages
  • Smith, Randall B. Reading the Sermons of Thomas Aquinas: A Beginner’s Guide (Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Publishing, 2016) 342 pages
  • Sri, Edward: God With Us: Encountering Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew (Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Publishing [2000] 2019) 176 pages
  • Starr, Kevin. Continental Achievement: Roman Catholics in the United States – Revolution and Early Republic (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2020) 327 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, 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
  • Thoman, OFS, Bret. St. Clare of Assisi: Light From the Cloister (Charlotte, NC: TAN Books, 2017) 237 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
  • van Pelt, Miles. Biblical Hebrew: A Compact Guide (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2019) 259 pages
  • _____ and Gary Pratico. Biblical Hebrew: Vocabulary in Context (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2019) 132 pages
  • _____ and _____. The Vocabulary Guide to Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2019) 302 pages
  • Weigel, George. The Next Pope: The Office of Peter and a Church in Mission (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2020) 141 pages
  • West, Christopher. Word Made Flesh: A Companion to the Sunday Readings (Cycles B, C) (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2018) 112 pages
  • Willey, Petroc and Scott Sollom. eds. Speaking the Truth in Love: The Catechism and the New Evangelization (Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Publishing, 2019) 492 pages
  • Wright, Terrence C. Dorothy Day: An Introduction to Her Life and Thought (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2018) 162 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
  • Youmans, Marly. Charis in the World of Wonders (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2020) 332 pages