Catholic Courier

Posted: July 10, 2009

Last Updated: January 14, 2015

Books

December 5, 2016
Books recommended for Christmas giving

At Christmas families will gather and exchange gifts, and here are some book suggestions about some imperfect or incomplete families who, nevertheless, find and share love.

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By Juli Palma
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December 1, 2016
For book on Pope Francis, author retraces pope's life in Argentina, Rome
For book on Pope Francis, author retraces pope's life in Argentina, Rome

When Pope Francis first stepped onto the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square in Rome, Mark Shriver like millions of other people around the world was captivated by this man who humbly bowed his head after asking the people there to pray for him, before he would offer his first blessing to them.

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November 14, 2016
Letters show brotherly love, developing thinking on moral challenges
Letters show brotherly love, developing thinking on moral challenges

Imagine St. Paul, Isaiah or Jeremiah -- any key prophetic figure -- with a brother or close companion, one who could be a support and encouragement at times when life got rough.

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Reviewed by Kathleen Finley/CNS
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November 10, 2016
Near-death event inspires New Jersey retiree to pen book about life, love
Near-death event inspires New Jersey retiree to pen book about life, love
 Michael R. Albert, 83, retells a dream he had when he was 12 years old in a children's book he has written titled "Mekhail's Dream.
 
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October 14, 2016
Unique travel guide highlights Quebec province's spiritual treasures

Just as France has its castles, Canada's Quebec province "has its churches," writer Siham Jamaa observes in her newly published "Guide to Spiritual and Religious Journeys in Quebec."

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October 4, 2016
Mooncop: Last Man on the Moon
Mooncop: Last Man on the Moon

Set the TV series "Seinfeld" on Earth's satellite, subtract the jokes and you've got "Mooncop" (Drawn and Quarterly), a strange and mildly poignant graphic novel.

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September 30, 2016
Books look at poor from hands-on, historical perspectives
Books look at poor from hands-on, historical perspectives

Jesuit Father Sean Salai provides a lot of information in "What Would Pope Francis Do?" -- a relatively short but well-written book that is particularly suitable for young Catholics. Six thematic chapters (on longing, closeness, dignity, weariness, tenderness and Mary) reflect on Pope Francis' teachings from his 2013 exhortation, "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel").

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Reviewed by Rachelle Linner/CNS
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September 12, 2016
Author finds One World Trade Center a witness to nation's spirit
Author finds One World Trade Center a witness to nation's spirit

Fifteen years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks decimated the twin towers in lower Manhattan, the 1,776-foot One World Trade Center rises out of the ground, a palpable symbol of triumph and optimism. The tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere is the soaring, storied, centerpiece of a 16-acre complex that includes eight other major structures. 

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September 9, 2016
Authors offer tips for improving relations, strengthening faith in kids

Keep Your Kids Catholic" is a timely book written by husband and father Marc Cardaronella, who draws from his experience of leaving behind the Catholic Church after eighth grade and on into adulthood, to assist parents with strategies that may foster the lived experience of faith in their children.

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Reviewed by Allan F. Wright/CNS
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September 6, 2016
Churches must promote good health habits, humor, author says
Churches must promote good health habits, humor, author says

Good health care is not defined solely by the medical assistance we receive during times of illness or after an accident, Cal Samra insists in "The Physically Fit Messiah." Life patterns that foster good health ought to become personal goals of ours long before a virus attacks or a bone is broken.

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Reviewed by David Gibson/CNS
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