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Books
January 14, 2016
Francis Phillips
Avoiding Bitterness in Suffering by Ronda Chervin Sophia Press, £12.44 Coincidentally, both books in my column for this month come from Sophia Press. There is so much good Catholic writing coming from America, particularly from Ignatius Press and Sophia Press, that this is occasionally inevitable. Dr Chervin’s book, first published in 1994 under the title
January 14, 2016
Jonathan Wright
Catholic History for Today’s Church by John O’Malley SJ Rowman and Littlefield, £15.95 “No institution,” writes John O’Malley, “has had a richer or more complex history” than the Catholic Church. It can be unusually difficult for anyone, not least a Catholic, to write about that history. Continuity is all-important since the Church is there to
January 14, 2016
Charlie Hegarty
Chasing Lost Time by Jean Findlay Chatto & Windus, £25 Sub-titled “The Life of CK Scott Moncrieff: soldier, spy and translator”, this book will be of particular interest to those who first encountered Proust’s great novel through Scott Moncrieff’s 1920s translation. Written in affectionate, familial tribute to this many-sided man, his great-niece shows that CM’s
January 14, 2016
Staff writers
Latest Readings by Clive James (Yale University, £12.99). Invited by Yale University Press to compile a “little book about whatever books I had been reading lately”, James provides his usual knowledgeable and humorous opinions of authors he has loved and others he has recently discovered. Among the former are Conrad, Hemingway and Kipling and among
January 07, 2016
Jonathan Wright
The Lost Mandate of Heaven by Geoffrey Shaw, Ignatius, £16.99 “The historical record places the responsibility for the fate of South Vietnam upon the shoulders of specific individuals, powerful men within the Kennedy administration who directly and intentionally abrogated America’s pledges to President Diem’s government.” Such is the scathing conclusion of Geoffrey Shaw’s new book.
January 07, 2016
Francis Phillips
The Crime and the Silence by Anna Bikont, Heinemann, £20 In May 2000, a Pole called Jan Gross wrote a book, Neighbours, about a long-hidden crime perpetrated by Poles in the eastern town of Jedwabne against their Jewish neighbours. On July 10, 1941, hundreds of Jewish men, women and young children were herded into a
January 07, 2016
Jonathan Wright
Oscar Romero: Prophet of Hope by Roberto Morozzo Della Rocca, DLT, £10 Roberto Morozzo Della Rocca refers to a paradox associated with Blessed Oscar Romero: “Any action by Romero had strong political repercussions but that does not mean he intended to engage in politics.” Romero was, first and last, a priest even when he saw
January 07, 2016
Staff writers
Catholic Women Speak (Alban Books, £11.99). This book, edited by the Catholic Women Speak Network, is an anthology of essays on women and family life that explores themes and questions not usually aired in the Church. Contributors include academics such as Janet Martin Soskice, Clare Watkins and Tina Beattie. Subjects discussed include divorce, contraception, interchurch
December 22, 2015
Staff writers
The Archaeology of Faith by Louis Cameli (Ave Maria, £10.99). Subtitled A Personal Exploration of How We Come to Believe, this book explores the author’s own family history and how the faith has been passed down through the generations in his native Italy. Fr Cameli’s purpose is to show readers how their own faith comes
December 22, 2015
Jonathan Wright
The Faith of the Early Church By Nicholas Gregoris, New Hope, £15 Do the Fathers of the Church really know best? That is the question Nicholas Gregoris asks at the outset of this passionate book. His answer is a resounding yes. The thinkers of the early Church were, for Gregoris, an impressive bunch and he
December 22, 2015
Sister Janet Fearns
Living with Grief By Bairbre Cahill, Redemptorist, £7.95 A lump appeared in my throat and tears in my eyes as I read the first chapter of Bairbre Cahill’s latest book, Living with Grief: Walking the Spiral. It was not so much because she had lost her mother and brother as the fact that, having lost
December 22, 2015
Francis Phillips
Chiara Corbella Petrillo: A Witness to Joy, by Simone Troisi & Cristiana Paccini; Sophia Press, £12.99 We all know the saying “faith is caught, rather than taught”. This doesn’t mean that instruction in the great truths of Catholic Christianity isn’t important – we are creatures of reason and the faith is reasonable as well as
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