Book Reviews

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New children’s books highlight Catholic missionaries, Legos, mystery

December 8, 2022

The following children’s books are suitable for gift-giving at Christmas. “The Curious Christmas Trail” by Haley Stewart, illustrated by Betsy Wallin. Pauline Books & Media. (Boston, 2022). 80 pp., $24.95. […]

Catholic author brings the good news to children in her latest book

June 15, 2022

WHEELING, W.Va. (CNS) — Pointing to the words of St. Jerome, “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ,” writer Christine Anghie said the purpose of her books is “to teach the […]

Children’s books for summer showcase tales of saintly heroes, adventure

June 3, 2022

The following books are suitable for summer reading: “Carlo Acutis: God’s Computer Genius” by Ellen Labrecque, illustrated by Dan Wegendt. Pauline Books and Media (Boston, 2021). 63 pp., $21.95. Carlo […]

Looking for spiritual guides in challenging times? Try these books

April 4, 2022

“The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness” by Gregory Boyle. Avid Reader Press (New York, 2021). 256 pp., $27. “The Monastic Heart: 50 Simple Practices for a Contemplative and […]

Two holy men take divergent paths toward sainthood

March 14, 2022

“Carlo Acutis: The First Millennial Saint” by Nicola Gori. Our Sunday Visitor (Huntington, Indiana, 2021). 143 pp., $14.95. “Priest and Beggar: The Heroic Life of Venerable Aloysius Schwartz” by Kevin […]

Book review: Teaching children about the ‘Real Presence’

February 22, 2022

“The Real Presence,” by Claudia Cangilla McAdam and illustrated by Gina Capaldi, published by Ascension Press. Hardback (32 pages), $11.95.  “God said we’re getting a pair,” my 3-year-old said to […]

Well-edited collection shows Dorothy Day’s unique vision of holiness

October 11, 2021

“On Pilgrimage: The Sixties” by Dorothy Day, edited by Robert Ellsberg. Orbis Books (Maryknoll, New York, 2021). 316 pp., $28. There are several ways one can read this wonderful book, […]

Pilgrimage book weaves spiritual meaning with Holy Land geography

May 3, 2021

“Holy Land Pilgrimage” by Stephen J. Binz. Liturgical Press (Collegeville, Minnesota, 2020). 303 pp., $24.95. A Christian pilgrim to the Holy Land is quickly impressed by the proximity of many […]

New books offer unique perspectives on long road to sainthood

April 26, 2021

“Black Catholics on the Road to Sainthood,” edited by Michael R. Heinlein. Our Sunday Visitor (Huntington, Indiana, 2021). 96 pp., $9.95. “The Saint Makers: Inside the Catholic Church and How […]

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