Category Archives: Suggested Reading

Reviews of recently published books of interest

Christianity After Religion

The End of Church and The Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening by Diana Butler Bass Reviewed by: Dr. Greg Smith Most Americans are aware that recent decades have been a time of change in religious belief, behaving, and belonging. … Continue reading

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Pope Francis: The Pope from the End of the Earth

by Thomas J. Craughwell, Saint Benedict Press, LLC, 2013 Reviewed by Jon M. Sweeney – Huffington Post There are several quickly published Pope Francis books on the market right now attempting to tell the story of how we came to have … Continue reading

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Why Priests: A Failed Tradition

By Garry Wills, The Penquin Group of Viking Press, 2013 Reviewed by A. Regina Schulte, MA, PHD Not surprisingly, the dual papal events this year have fascinated people around the world – due partly, no doubt, to their staging as … Continue reading

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Francis: Pope of a New World

By: Andrea Tornielli Reviewed by Brian Monro I’ve just finished reading Andrea Tornielli’s book on Pope Francis. Perhaps you too have read this first –for me – biography of the  Argentine Cardinal who became Pope. I found it quite a readable … Continue reading

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Making the Shift

by Elaine Prevallet, SL Reviewed by: Con Kelly Though an avid sports fan, I refuse to tape “big games” for viewing at a later date.  It’s old news.  Rarely do I watch a movie for a second time and never by … Continue reading

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Flying in the Face of Tradition: Listening to the Lived Experience of the Faithful

by Brother Louis DeThomasis, published by ACTA Publications Reviewed by: Con Kelly The quandary in which the Roman Catholic Church currently finds itself  is what Brother Louis DeThomasis calls a “crisis of confidence” in his insightful, provocative and hopeful new book … Continue reading

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Eternal Life: A New Vision

Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell by John Shelby Spong, published by Harper Books Reviewed by: Jim Tackes John Shelby Spong was the Episcopal Bishop of Newark before his retirement in 2000.  As a visiting lecturer at Harvard … Continue reading

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The Emergent Christ: Exploring the Meaning of Catholic in an Evolutionary Universe

by Ilia Delio, published by Orbis Books Reviewed by: Rosemary Tackes We just returned from a retreat with Ilea Delio and it has prompted me to re-read her book “The Emergent Christ”.  This book comes highly recommended by many theologians … Continue reading

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Jesus: An Historical Approximation

by Jose A. Pagola Reviewed by: Rosemary Tackes In this Spanish bestseller, now available in English for the first time, the Biblical scholar Jose Antonio Pagola reconstructs the historical Jesus with a scholarly exegetical and theological approach.  He addresses basic … Continue reading

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It’s Time : Challenges to the Doctrine of the Faith

| by Tom McMahon | March 26, 2013 | Catholica | Review of Michael Morwood’s new book My husband and I have also just finished reading Morwood’s new book and found it as Tom did to be a winner!  It … Continue reading

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