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Books

January 4, 2016
Prayer books for the Year of Mercy

A list of new books suitable for reading during the Year of Mercy.

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Reviewed by Nancy Frazier O'Brien/CNS
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December 31, 2015
History of religious-themed books a tough read but worth the effort

Several years ago, the "Left Behind" series of books, which described the fate of the earth and its inhabitants following the rapture, sold millions of books and made numerous best-seller lists. At the time, many commentators expressed amazement that religious-themed books would sell so well.

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Reviewed by Daniel S. Mulhall/CNS
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December 11, 2015
Book's academic style makes for a difficult but worthwhile read
Book's academic style makes for a difficult but worthwhile read
It appears from the preface, introduction and footnotes in "A Partisan Church" that Todd Scribner drew heavily from the dissertation -- "The 
Neoconservative Catholic Thought During the Reagan Era, 1980-1988" -- he wrote in earning a doctorate in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 2011.
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Reviewed by Brian T. Olszewski/CNS
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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

 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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