Books


Book launch: Reclaiming the Common Good

Reclaiming the Common Good - How Christians can help rebuild our broken world, published by Darton, Longman & Todd, is being launched tomorrow evening at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church

This new book explores what part Christians can play in building a better future of hope, peace, equality and justice. After decades of political consensus, we are entering a time in which everything abo...

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Book: 'Sudan’s Nuba Mountains – People Under Siege'

'Sudan’s Nuba Mountains – People Under Siege' edited by Sam Totten McFarland & Co Publishers, Jefferson, North Carolina, USA, 2017

If you are discouraged by the state of the world, this collection of essays may restore your faith in the capacity of individuals to make a difference. American activist and academic Sam Totten has brought together the stories of...

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Hope in Action - new book by Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Hope in Action - Reaching out to a World in Need by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, is published by SPCK on 3 September.

Hope in Action is based on various talks, lectures and broadcasts given by Cardinal Nichols between June 2015 and March 2017. In this inspiring and practical book, the Cardinal explores what we mean by Christian hope, what it means to be a disciple of mission, th...

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Book: A Dream Unfolds - The Story of Nano Nagle

A Dream Unfolds - The Story of Nano Nagle by Noela Fox, published by The Columba Press.

Nano Nagle is the epitome of modernity. She was a colossus who was ahead of her time. We are privileged to inhabit an epoch when, through the rapid evolution of the feminine, human progress is undergoing radical transformation. After millennia of suppression the emergence of woman is enrichin...

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Jesuits telling jokes

A Jesuit arrived in Rome and wanted to go to St Peter’s Basilica. He asked a Dominican to show him the way. “Father,” said the Dominican, “I’m afraid you’ll never find it. It’s right in front of you.”

This joke is one of twenty in Jesuits Telling Jokes, a new book by Belgian Jesuit Nikolaas Sintobin SJ, which uses gentle Jesuit humour to introduce the reader to the Soci...

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Fr Shay Cullen publishes novel about street children

Ricky and Julie – a story of courage and survival in the Philippines is the name of a novel just published by Irish Columban missionary, Fr Shay Cullen.

The book is a fiction story that is based on real events. It is an adventure set mostly in Mindanao, Manila and Olongapo in the Philippines. It is about the lives of street children and in particular Ricky, Boyet and Julie - all targete...

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Song of Life and Death

The Marian Antiphon of Francis Bernardone, by Sr Ruth Agnes Evans, Tau Publishing, Phoenix (Arizona), 2017 It was agreed this Spring by our local Churches Together grouping that each constituent church would represent three of the Stations of the Cross during Holy Week, thus allowing people to church-crawl their way down the Via Dolorosa without leaving our leafy suburb. To ...

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Pathways to God - A guide to the practice of silent prayer

Pathways to God - A guide to the practice of silent prayer by Fr Paul Nicholson SJ - published by CTS When the disciples of Jesus asked him how to pray he answers with a simple formula, Our Father. We Catholics have learned to pray the set prayers like The Hail Mary, The Glory which Fr Nicholson says take us 'a long way' spiritually but sometimes are not enough to sustain u...

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The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation

Rod Dreher, The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation New York: Sentinel, 2017

Ever since the publication of The Benedict Option the blogosphere has been humming with comments about this book. Dreher sounds the alarm about how our post-Christian society is leeching the life and distinctiveness out of the Church. In part he blames the ...

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Pope Benedict XV - courageous prophet of peace

Lately there have been commemoration services to mark the100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele in which more than 200,000 men are known to have been killed. Altogether it is estimated that more than 18 million died in the First World War - 11 million military and seven million civilians - making it one of the most deadly conflicts in human history.

A hundred years ago today, 1 ...

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Book: Leaving God for God. The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent De Paul

Leaving God for God. The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent De Paul in Britain. By Susan O'Brien. Publisher: Darton-Longman+Todd.

I was born and reared in the shadow of the North Charitable Infirmary on the North side of Cork City. The hospital was managed by the Daughters of Charity. As we grew up we became ever more conscious of the gracious ladies in their long blue dresses an...

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Booklet: Spiritual First Aid

Spiritual First Aid - Healing through the Sacraments by Fr Jim McManus CSsR, published by CTS

A clever title leading us to a love of the Sacraments. 'Jesus gave us three great sacraments for the healing of the wounds that the sins of others against us, and our own sins, inflict on our heart: the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick and the Holy Eucharist'.

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Book: Abducted in Baghdad

A Priest in Baghdad by Saad Sirop Hanna, with Edward S Aris - Foreword by David Alton How do we respond in the face of evil, especially to those who inflict grave evil upon us? Abducted in Iraq is Bishop Saad Sirop Hanna’s firsthand account of his abduction in 2006 by a militant group associated with al-Qaeda. As a young parish priest and visiting lecturer on philosophy at...

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Book: Jane Austen and the Irish Connection by Julia Forsythe

Jane Austen’s work has been the inspiration for films, radio and television series and is a perennial favourite on English Literature courses around the world for many years - but one aspect of her writing seems to have been overlooked - until now. A new book just published by Irish author Julia Forsythe offers an in-depth study of the Irish connections and influences in Austen’s books.

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