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Books

December 3, 2015
New children's books on saints, traditions make great Christmas gifts
New children's books on saints, traditions make great Christmas gifts

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 The following books are suitable for Christmas giving:

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Reviewed by Regina Lordan/CNS
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November 25, 2015
Fordham professor's slim volume offers insights on Flannery O'Connor
Fordham professor's slim volume offers insights on Flannery O'Connor

When, in the late 1950s and early '60s, Flannery O'Connor's short stories and novels first began to attract the attention of Catholic readers, more than a few didn't understand what she was up to. Since then, too, many Catholics remain perplexed by her bizarre characters and themes.

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Reviewed by Mitch Finley/CNS
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November 13, 2015
Life of Father Augustus Tolton, the son of slaves, reads like a novel
Life of Father Augustus Tolton, the son of slaves, reads like a novel

The life of Father Augustus Tolton already reads like a novel, but now it is illustrated in full color in a new graphic book produced in partnership with Liturgy Training Publications in Chicago and Editions du Signe in France.

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Reviewed by Joyce Duriga/CNS
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November 13, 2015
Probing questions will help readers to 'rediscover Jesus'
Probing questions will help readers to 'rediscover Jesus'

Who can resist an invitation to rediscover Jesus, especially when it is extended by Matthew Kelly, who -- by combining the words "dynamic" and "Catholic" -- has jolted millions of readers and viewers into igniting, reviving or renewing their Catholic faith?

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Reviewed by Brian T. Olszewski/CNS
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November 6, 2015
Book provides readable review of month that changed U.S. forever

January of 1973 was a month, as Lady Bracknell says in "The Importance of Being Earnest," "crowded with incident."

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Reviewed by Graham Yearley/CNS
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October 16, 2015
Book examines importance, influence and interpretations of Vatican II

The Second Vatican Council dramatically changed the life, attitudes and thinking of the Catholic Church. Those who straddled the 1962-65 event quickly experienced how groundbreaking these were. 

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Reviewed by Agostino Bono/CNS
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October 2, 2015
Doctor's book on faith and medicine deeply felt but deeply flawed

Dr. Paul Offit, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, has written a deeply felt and deeply flawed book about a particularly egregious form of child abuse, "medical neglect in the name of God."

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Reviewed by Rachelle Linner/CNS
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September 11, 2015
Fascinating format can promote understanding among religions
Fascinating format can promote understanding among religions

The year 2015 represents the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's landmark declaration on interreligious relations, "Nostra Aetate." 

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Reviewed by Eugene J. Fisher/CNS
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September 4, 2015
Author offers enlightening roadmap to building strong moral character

What do Dwight Eisenhower, Dorothy Day, St. Augustine of Hippo and Frances Perkins have in common? Much more than you might think. All of them -- the 34th president, the leader of the Catholic Worker movement, the early saint and the labor leader -- developed strong moral character and inner depth through lifelong, self-reflective struggle to overcome their shortcomings. David Brooks devotes a chapter to each in this collection of profiles of inspiring thinkers and leaders. 

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Reviewed by Nancy L. Roberts
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August 28, 2015
Son's memoir shows natural link between farming, literature
Son's memoir shows natural link between farming, literature
"Northern Lights, Southern Nights: A Memoir of Writing Parents" by Albert Eisele. North Star Press (St. Cloud, Minnesota, 2015). 155 pp;$14.95.
 
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Reviewed By Dolores R. Leckey/CNS
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