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 the Book Review Editor, Christopher Siuzdak, an email (hprbooks@ignatius.com) with your credentials and mailing 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.

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  • Agius, George. Tradition and the Church: The Story of Sacred Tradition Unfolding Through the Ages (Charlotte, NC: TAN Books, 2022 [1928]) 367 pages.
  • Beaumont, Douglas M. The Message Behind the Movie–Reboot: Engaging Film Without Disengaging Faith (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2022) 227 pages.
  • Bellinger, Karla J. and Michael E. Connors, Remembering Why We Preach: A Retreat to Renew Your Spirit and Skill (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2022) 128 pages.
  • Blanski, Tyler. An Immovable Feast: How I Gave Up Spirituality for a Life of Religious Abundance (Ignatius Press, 2018) 288 pages
  • Bretscher, Joel P. and Kenneth C. Haugk. The Gift of Empathy: Helping Others Feel Valued, Cared For, and Understood (St. Louis, MO: Stephen Ministries, 2023) 170 pages.
  • Breuninger, Matthew. Finding Freedom in Christ: Healing Life’s Hurts (Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Road, 2022) 153 pages.
  • Brown, Matt. Truth Plus Love: The Jesus Way to Influence (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2019) 208 pages
  • Bruchalski, John. Two Patients: My Conversion from Abortion to Life-Affirming Medicine (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2022) 185 pages.
  • Christiansen, Jeremy. From the Susquehanna to the Tiber: A Memoir of Conversion from Mormonism to the Roman Catholic Church (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2022) 250 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
  • De Maria, Fiorella. See No Evil (San Francisco, CA: 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
  • 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, CA: Ignatius Press, 2021) 393 pages
  • Ekman, Ulf and Birgitta. The Great Discovery: Our Journey to the Catholic Church (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2018) 273 pages
  • Etheredge, Francis. Honest Rust and Gold (St. Louis: En Route Publishers, 2020) 233 pages
  • Fesser, Edward. All One in Christ: A Catholic Critique of Racism and Critical Race Theory. (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2022) 163 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, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2021) 401 pages
  • Fuqua, Jonathan and Daniel Strudwick. By Strange Ways: Theologians and their Paths to the Catholic Church (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2022) 262 pages.
  • Garcia, Jesús (With a Foreword by Cardinal O’Malley). Slaves in Paradise: A Priest Stands Up For Exploited Workers (San Francisco, CA: 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
  • Hajduk, David C. Healing the Culture & the Family According to John Paul II (Waterloo, ON: Arouca Press, 2022) 201 pages
  • Hemler, Steven R. Search No More: The Keys to Truth and Happiness (Charlotte, NC: TAN Books, 2018) 388 pages
  • Hesemann, Michael. The Pope and the Holocaust: Pius XII and the Vatican Secret Archives (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2022) 459 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, CA: Ignatius Press, 2021) 172 pages
  • Huyck, Peter. Rose Fire (Lexington, KY: 2019) 249 pages
  • Johnson, Abby. Unplanned (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press [2010] 2018) 285 pages
  • Kim, Matthew D. and Paul A. Hoffman, Preaching to a Divided Nation: A Seven-Step Model for Promoting Reconciliation and Unity (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2022) 193 pages
  • Koliński, SJC, Dennis. Manual for Conquering Deadly Sin (Charlotte, NC: TAN Books, 2017) 336 pages
  • Knuth, Jane. The Prayer List (Chicago, IL: Loyola Press, 2018) 172 pages
  • Mathewson, Steven. The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2021) 252 pages
  • Millare, Roland. A Living Sacrifice: Liturgy and Eschatology in Joseph Ratzinger (Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Academic, 2022) 309 pages.
  • Morales, Issac Augustine, OP. The Bible and Baptism: The Fountain of Salvation (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2022) 230 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, NC: TAN Books, 2021) 380 pages
  • O’Leary, Neil et al. Made New: 52 Devotionals for Catholic Women (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2021) 224 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)
  • Pinault, David. Providence Blue: A Fantasy Quest (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2021) 448 pages
  • Richard, OP, Theresa. Everyday Witness: Seven Simple Habits for Sharing Your Faith. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2019. 112 pages.
  • Russell, Craig. Black Bottle Man (Manitoba: Great Plains Teen Fiction, 2017) 176 pages
  • Schadt, Devin. Custos: Total Consecration Through Saint Joseph: The 33-day Preparation for Fullness of Divine Sonship and Spiritual Fatherhood (Charlotte, NC: 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, NC: 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, MI: Baker Academic, 2021) 304 pages
  • Spitzer, SJ, Robert. The Moral Wisdom of the Catholic Church: A Defense of the Controversial Moral Teachings (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2022) 585 pages.
  • Storms, Sam. Understanding Spiritual Warfare: A Comprehensive Guide (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Reflective, 2021) xiii + 353 pages
  • Tan, Siang-Yang. Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Christian Perspective (2nd edition) (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2022) 578 pages.
  • Troy, K. In the Stars the Glory of His Eyes: Tales of a Irish Tour Guide in Rome (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2022) 267 pages.
  • Turley, K.V. and Fiorella de Maria. This Thing of Darkness (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2021) 257 pages
  • Twomey, D. Vincent. The Dynamics of Liturgy: Joseph Ratzinger’s Theology of Liturgy: An Interpretation (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2022) 187 pages.
  • VanDrunen, David. Politics after Christendom: Political Theology in a Fractured World (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2020) 400 pages
  • Vaverek, Timothy. As I Have Loved You: Rediscovering Our Salvation in Christ (Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Road, 2022) 231 pages.
  • Willey, Petroc and Scott Sollom. Speaking the Truth in Love: The Catechism and the New Evangelization (Steubenville, OH: 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