Books

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


Book: Climate Crisis: the Challenge to the Church

First of all a confession: I'm a huge fan of David Rhodes' books. A former journalist who seeks the truth by not being afraid to question what he sees, David has a rare gift for taking a well-known story and turning it on its head.

Like all David's books, Climate Crisis: the Challenge to the Church is an easy read. However don't be fooled into thinking the content is lightweight. Whilst t...

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Wounded Shepherd

Wounded Shepherd by Austen Ivereigh. Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, New York.

Following his authoritative, critically acclaimed The Great Reformer, Austen Ivereigh's new clear-eyed portrait explores Pope Francis' impact on the Catholic Church. Fr John Buckley writes:

In the early Seventies I returned from a missionary tour in West Africa and met up with a fellow missio...

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Book: Black Wave

Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran and the forty-year rivalry that unraveled culture, religion. And collective memory in the Middle East - by Kim Ghattas, Henry Holt, New York.

"What happened to us?" is the question posed by Lebanese author Kim Ghattas as she surveys the wreckage of Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon and Pakistan. The answer is "1979." Ghattas reveals the region's d...

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Book: The Turbulent World of the Divine Painter

Hailed by his contemporaries as 'the divine painter,' Raphael Sanzio of Urbino ( 1483-15200 was one of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance. A contemporary of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael was sought out by popes, kings and aristocrats to decorate their residences, a superstar even in his own lifetime, who even today remains a byword for classic perfection.

Michae...

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Struggling for ideas for children under lockdown?

Youngster from Togo with his copy of the ACN Child's Bible (© Aid to the Church in Need

Help is at hand for UK families with young children stuck at home during the COVID-19 lockdown thanks to a new initiative involving a familiar friend - the Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Child's Bible.

Devised by the schools' team of the charity for persecuted and other suffering Christians, the ACN UK Child's Bible project is based on 'God speaks to his Children', the little red book of...

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Pope's homilies and prayers available to download

The Dicastery for Communication of the Holy See is making available a free downloadable book entitled 'Strong in the Face of Tribulation' containing a collection of Pope Francis's prayers, intercessions and homilies as "a sure support in time of trial".

Andrea Tornielli, editorial director of the Vatican's Dicastery for Communication said the book is "A little help offered to all, so as ...

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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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