Reviews of books written on subjects/themes of interest to ICN readers - reviewed from a Catholic/Christian perspective.

Book: Creation Walk: The Amazing Story of a Small Blue Planet

Sometimes regarded as exclusive and polar opposite perspectives, Science and Scripture collaborate seamlessly to tell the Creation story in a new book by popular author Brian Grogan SJ. Creation Walk: The Amazing Story of a Small Blue Planet merges the insights of these distinct domains resulting in an enriching and holistic factual narrative through the prism of Christian faith.

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Book: How to survive a plague

What better moment to read David France's masterpiece, 'How to survive a plague: the story of how activists and scientists tamed AIDS'? If you assume this 2016 book about the 1980s is a matter of historical interest, think again: the same physician who prevented thousands of HIV+ people from getting access to the drugs they needed is now the White House's coronavirus "expert".

Even seven ...

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New Stations of the Cross meditations from Fr Adrian Graffy

As the season of Lent begins, a new set of meditations on Jesus' journey to Calvary has been published by our own Scripture scholar Fr Adrian Graffy. The idea sprang from the recent purchase of a new set of Stations of the Cross sculptures for his Gidea Park parish. "While in Rome for the Pontifical Biblical Commission I visited Serpone, a liturgical shop previously unknown to me near the Vatic...

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New Bible series from DLT, with books by Virginia Moffatt, Frank Cottrell-Boyce

'The Bible,' says Pope Francis, 'is not a collection of books for the benefit of a privileged few. It belongs to those called to hear its message and to recognise themselves in its words.'

Launching on 27th February, the new How the Bible Can Help Us Understand series, inspired by the Revised New Jerusalem Bible, is designed to help us explore these words together, today.

Is death s...

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Asia Bibi's autobiography published

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Today, Asia Bibi, the Catholic woman who was sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan, released her autobiography.

Enfin Libre! (Free at Last!) has been written by Bibi and the French journalist Anne-Isabelle Tollet. Bibi, a farm labourer spent nearly nine years in prison after she was accused of blasphemy in 2010 during a dispute over a cup of water.

During her years on death r...

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Book: Poverty Is Not Natural

Poverty Is Not Natural by George Curtis - Published by Shepheard-Walwyn. Paperback, price £9.95

Inequality is an issue that looks set to rise up the political agenda in the coming months and years. This excellent and timely little book addresses one of the fundamental causes of inequality, and puts forward a solution that could in principle be acceptable to those on both the lef...

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London book launch: 'Street Homelessness and Catholic Theological Ethics'

Rosanne Haggerty

Rosanne Haggerty, CEO of Community Solutions will be speaking at the launch of Street Homelessness and Catholic Theological Ethics on Friday 24th January, at University of Notre Dame in England near Trafalgar Square.

The book is described as "the first publication that examines street homelessness as an area of development for Catholic Social Teaching."

With a foreword by Cardinal T...

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Peter Owen Jones, Letters from an Extreme Pilgrim

Does sitting in one place qualify as being a pilgrim? Perhaps it does if you are a Sussex vicar, and that sitting place is a grotto in the Egyptian desert, home to hermits, monks and nuns since the earliest days of the Church.

Peter Owen Jones borrowed the cave of Father Lazarus, 45 minutes' walk from the cell of Saint Anthony, first of the Desert Fathers, to 'live a very strict life of p...

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It's Good To Be Here

It's Good To Be Here by Christina Chase

Maurice Billingsley writes: I had been waiting to see this book, and was by no means disappointed on reading it. Christina weaves autobiography and a profound incarnational theology with a love of language and clarity of expression.

We were led, in my pre-Vatican II childhood, to look upon Jesus as the perfect human being: 'Little chi...

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NEWMAN a short biography

NEWMAN a short biography - by Fr Michael Collins - Messenger Publications.

" the human mind is made for truth " JH Newman (Grammar of Assent) One of the positive aspects of recent political events was the agonising search by the electorate for truth and honesty. Time and time again the media documented that demand. We are blessed with Saint John Henry Newman a light ...

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Slaves Among Us: The Hidden World of Human Trafficking

Modern slavery touches us all, in the cheap fashion we buy, the minerals used in our phone, the bag of prawns in our freezer, the chocolate we consume, and when we get our car washed or our nails done. By telling the stories of three survivors of human trafficking, Monique Villa illustrates the horrors suffered by an estimated 40 million people worldwide, 25% of whom are children.

The Int...

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Book: Good Economics for Hard Times

Good Economics for Hard Times by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, Allen Lane, £25

Since Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, some families have struggled to avoid rows breaking out during the holiday season. This year's Nobel prize-winning economists, Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee, have thoughtfully provided us with the facts required to contradict your cousin Gary when he says...

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Sacred Space in print - Advent and Christmas 2019-2020

Advent and Christmas 2019 - 2020 - published by Irish Jesuits - Sacred Space "From a historical point of view, our age, the twentieth century, is more difficult to live in than were ages past. But this is our age; it is an age of momentous change, and therefore also a time of new orientation for Christian living. This is our great opportunity." (Fr Karl Rahner ... Spiritual ...

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Book: Dipping Into Advent

Dipping Into Advent by Fr Alan Hilliard - Messenger Publications " Even when someone's life appears completely wrecked, even when we see it devastated by vices and addictions, God is present there." (Gaudete et Exultate) Pope Francis. Fr Alan concludes his stunningly beautiful reflections with the above quotation which mirrors all his meditation on the Incarnation...

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