Books

This category contains reviews of books written on subjects/themes of interest to ICN readers - reviewed from a Catholic/Christian perspective.


Book: Childhood sexual abuse: Caring for yourself and others

Childhood sexual abuse: Caring for yourself and others, by Dr Michael Paterson, Redemptorist Publications, pbk, 2018, £5.99 "Sexual abuse is devastating." From the opening lines of this superb booklet the reader is given a clear and deeply pastoral approach to the delicate issue of child sexual abuse. The hurt is palpable in these pages, and the issue is faced full-on, wit...

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Nigeria: New book on food security and importance of biodiversity

'Food Most Royal' is a weighty book written by Sr Nora McNamara and Professor Stephen Morse who have previously published several books, as well as journal articles, dealing mainly with international development and environmental issues. The book is about how we can work towards growing enough for everyone, available at the right quality, and an affordable price. The Foreword was written by Dar...

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Book Review: Practicing God's Radical Forgiveness

What does forgiveness mean? The notion of forgiveness has evolved over the centuries, and yet it remains prized by both perpetrators and victims. The distinguished American theologian Jeffrey Bullock explores three forms of forgiveness: the personal or therapeutic, the communal, such as when a society tries to mend itself after conflict, and the divine, which is "the unexpected, the uninvited, ...

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Book review: TERMINAL ILLNESS - Caring for yourself and others

Written by three West Country professionals, this booklet deals with terminal illness, firstly giving a clear definition of what it is. Strictly speaking, it is an illness that cannot be cured and that may shorten life expectancy. But more commonly it is referred to as a life-limiting condition.

Apart from cancer, it may include chronic diseases affecting major organs such as heart, lungs...

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Book: Miscarriage and Early Baby Loss

Breda Theakston's simple and easy to read book would be a comfort for both those who have experienced baby loss themselves and for those caring for them. The book is written with great warmth, compassion and empathy. Even though the author has personal experience of baby loss, she does not presume that all will feel and grieve as she did and acknowledges that she writes this book from a very di...

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Book: 'The Billionaire Raj' by James Crabtree

This highly readable book offers a vivid portrait of a particular section of modern Indian society: the extremely wealthy business elite. Crabtree describes their private opulence, greed and vulgar displays of tasteless wealth, rather than the public squalor associated with the sub-continent of old. His book also describes the increasing intolerance toward religious minorities, which includes I...

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Book: Conflict Peace and Mental Health: Assessing consequences of conflict and trauma in Northern Ireland

This is a timely book to remind us what happens when we don't nourish peace or build public infrastructures to ensure that violence and injustice cannot succeed. It is timely not only because of recent events in Northern Ireland that might evoke divisions from the past, but also because of recent events in London and Manchester, hate crime, and the shortcomings of democratic voting- not to ment...

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Book: Saints for the Family

Saints for the Family by Father John Murray - Messenger Publications...

Best-selling author of Saints for Our Time and Saints for the Journey Fr John Murray introduces us to a selection of saints for the family, to mark the World Meeting of Families in Dublin. Among those included are traditional Biblical figures like Joseph, husband of Mary as well ...

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Children and Loss - Caring for yourself and others

Children and Loss - Caring for yourself and others, by Sue McDermott OBE - Redemptorist Publications This is an excellent pastoral outreach approach booklet, scripted by an author who has more than twenty-five years of experience with Rainbows Bereavement Support Group GB. Written with simplicity, sound sense and deep sensibility, it covers not only bereavement through the d...

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Book: FAMILY EXTRA - A celebration of what it means to be family…

Especially created for the World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis in Dublin, this publication is meant for families wherever, whenever, after that important event. More than twenty writers have contributed to this practical insight into the rich tapestry of family living. Starting with a selection of Pope Francis' sayings on family, the booklet goes on to show that family is not...

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Book: The Holy Hour

The timing could not have been better. Published to coincide with the National Eucharistic Congress, this compilation provides practical pastoral support for parishes, schools and retreat houses, or even to use for individual devotion. With a brilliant four-page Preface - in itself a rich source of Blessed Sacrament prayer - a dozen Holy Hours are presented for different times and occasions. A ...

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Book: Pope Francis, The Courage To Be Happy

The Church is preparing to celebrate its 33rd World Youth Day. This will be followed by a Synod of Bishops on the topic 'Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment'. This book brings together a rich collection of Pope Francis's talks, conversations, allocutions and letters-all directed to young people. Throughout the book Francis exhorts young people "to be revolutionaries, I ask you ...

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Book: The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis

The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis by Fr Gerry O'Hanlon SJ. Publisher: Messenger Publications.

Reading Fr Gerry's penetrating book triggered a very distant event in my subconscious. It is an apt memory for now. I was at the time ministering in a vibrant parish in Glasgow. I was on loan from Ireland and on my way to Africa. I received a telephone call from 'Michael' asking if he...

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Book: Doves in Crimson Fields: Iraqi Christian Martyrs

Doves in Crimson Fields: Iraqi Christian Martyrs by Robert Ewan - published by Leominster: Gracewing

In recent years writers like William Dalrymple (From the Holy Mountain) and Diarmid MacCulloch (A History of Christianity) have made us aware of the vibrancy through the ages of Middle Eastern Christianity. Now Robert Ewan adds to our knowledge by showing us the courage and steadf...

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