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

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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Ricky and Julie - New novel by Shay Cullen

Ricky and Julie is an exciting and reflective novel about the plight of trafficked children, drug smuggling, abduction and human courage by Fr Shay Cullen, author of Passion and Power. He has lived 49 years in the Philippines and is an internationally-known journalist and writer about the social and humanitarian situation in the Philippines. He has been nominated four times for the Nobel Peace ...

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Book: The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

'The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela', edited by Sahm Venter, is published today - the centenary of his birth.

They provide an unforgettable portrait of one of the most inspiring historical figures of the twentieth century. Arrested in 1962 as South Africa's apartheid regime intensified its brutal campaign against political opponents, 44-year-old lawyer and African National Co...

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Knock Shrine to launch first-ever collection of prayers

Just in time for Pope Francis' official visit in August, Ireland's National Marian Shrine in Knock, Co Mayo, is launching its first-ever exclusive collection of prayers.

The beautiful Knock Prayer Book is a collection of brand new prayers composed by Fr Richard Gibbons, rector at Knock Shrine for over five years, and carefully chosen traditional prayers that are firm favourites with pilgr...

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Book: Looking back on 'An English Spring'

It's just over three years since Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor published An English Spring. But it is only now (as we approach the first anniversary of his death, on September 1, 2017), that I have found time to read his memoirs. Perhaps it is not a bad moment to look back on the life and influence of this kind, gentlemanly figure who gave his whole life to the service of the Church.

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Book: Dragon Lords on Holy Island

A Clerk of Oxford writes: My book, Dragon Lords: The History and Legends of Viking England, is officially published today, which is (entirely by accident) a significant date. By some strange chance, June 8 more than once saw an important moment in the history of Viking-ruled England.

First, it was the date (probably) of the famous Viking attack on the island monastery of Lindisfa...

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Book: Trade is War

Trade is War by Yash Tandon, OR Books.

Trade wars and tariffs are in the news, thanks to President Trump's populist protectionism. However, readers of ICN are probably already well aware of the moral arguments surrounding trade. The wealthy world's trade policies have had a devastating effect on the developing world. This timely book explains how the US and EU subsidise their agr...

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Africa is a continent, not a country

Institutions and Democracy in Africa, Edited by Nic Cheeseman, Cambridge University Press, 2018

ICN readers are a worldly, sophisticated bunch, so it might come as a surprise that there are people who make generalisations about Africa, as if it is one country, rather than 57. This collection of essays punctures the myth that African governance is in a state of perpetual chaos, wi...

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Book: Seeking Communion

Seeking Communion: A Collection of Conversations by Joseph Victor Edwin SJ. The title of this book doesn't give you much of an indication of it's about-and for that reason you might skip the book if you spotted it in a bookshop. But please don't! Despite its bland title, it contains valuable bits of wisdom. It is a collection of interviews with a number of people from acros...

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Book: Our Spiritual Lifeline - The oxygen of Christian Prayer

Our Spiritual Lifeline - The oxygen of Christian Prayer - by Fr Jim McManus CSsR, Redemptorist Publications

"As you are sons, God has sent into our hearts the Spirit of His Son, crying ' Abba, Father." Gal.4.6. The above is one of the most accurate descriptions of what happens in prayer and Paul is inspired. Fr MacManus has given us a work that is both timely and...

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Books: Christians Living Among Muslims

During the Summer Course on Interfaith Dialogue and Pilgrimage, at Henry Martyn Institute, Hyderabad, on 3 May, Dr Geevarghese Yulios, Metropolitan Bishop of the Ahmedabad Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, launched two books: I Am Indeed Their Brother: Loving and Serving Allah's Poor by Maryknoll Father Bob McCahill and Lord The Air Smells Good, in honour of Fr...

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