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

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...

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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 ... Spiritua...

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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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Book: Who made us? - Bill Bryson's The Body

The Body by Bill Bryson. Publisher: Doubleday, £25

Bill Bryson has produced another best-selling tome, explaining human biology in a breezy and accessible manner. He amazes the reader with extraordinary facts about how superbly adapted our bodies are: Darwin would approve. The reader marvels at the complexity and brilliance of organs or bones they never previously considered. It...

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New book of Pope Francis' reflections on environment

The Vatican publishing house, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, today published a new book of Pope Francis' thoughts on the environment, including a previously unpublished text: 'Our Mother Earth: A Christian reading of the environmental challenge'.

The book also includes a preface by Bartholomew, the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, that retraces the stages of their collaborati...

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Book: Stations of the Infancy

In his Introduction the author mentions two saints, separated by centuries and nationality, who believed that "the most distinguishing belief of the Catholic Church was not the resurrection but the incarnation - that the Son of the almighty God had become fully human". The two saints were St Alphonsus Liguori, founder of the Redemptorists, who composed Stations of the Infant Jesus, and our most...

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Book: Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa

Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa by Tobias Hagman and Filip Reyntjens, publisher: Zed Books, London.

Anyone who instinctively thinks the governments of prosperous nations should give 0.7% of their GDP (a goal promoted by Tony Blair, David Cameron and others) in foreign aid should read this book. Far from spreading democracy and prosperity, government-to-government development a...

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Newman: A short biography

John Henry Newman, one of the most important and controversial figures in the religious history of England in the 19th century, will be declared a saint on 13th October 2019, the first English saint to be canonised since 1970.

Author Fr Michael Collins has written Newman: A Short Biography, an essential, accessible biography of the new saint that opens a window into the heart and mind of ...

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