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

Book: The Fisherman's Tomb

'And I also say that you are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church.' Matt Ch.16v18.

John O'Neill has written a brilliant account of the search for Peter's Tomb here. He tells this thriller with the deftness of a Conan Doyle or a Raymond Chandler, with the difference being, that this is not fiction but fact that is living history. It is all about Peter, that most lovabl...

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Book: Hope in All Things

Hope in All Things by Paul O'Reilly SJ is a book that encourages us to find meaning in our own lives and to live in a state of gratitude for all of life.

The accessible and varied reflections in the book are based on the Ignatian insight that in prayer and life we can 'find God in all things'. Through these commentaries, drawn form his own life and work as a Jesuit and doctor, the author ...

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Book: Does Religion Do More Harm Than Good?

Does Religion Do More Harm Than Good? Rupert Shortt. London: SPCK, 2019. 88 pp £7.99/£9.99 ISBN: 9780281078714

As religion editor of the Times Literary Supplement, Rupert Shortt has his finger on the pulse of religious thinking today, not only in academe but in the wider world. Hence this timely book in a time when religion is routinely (and lazily) blamed as a source of viole...

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Saintly Feasts: Food for Saints and Scholars

They say if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen - well they didn't consider saints! A new cookbook with a difference, Saintly Feasts: Food for Saints and Scholars links every recipe with a saint, from St Wilgefortis 'St Cucumber' to St John, who was plunged into a pot of boiling oil but emerged unscathed.

The authors, Martina Maher and Colette Scully are two ...

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Why does genocide occur?

This week marks 25 years since the start of the Rwandan genocide, during which as many as a million people were killed in only 100 days. Since then, academics and diplomats have tried to formulate an early warning system allowing the international community to predict incipient genocide. They are partly motivated by the laudable desire to avoid human suffering. However, more pragmatically, its ...

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Book: Twelve Steps with Jesus

Addiction is a major problem of our time, affecting far more people than we realise.

Twelve Steps with Jesus is a wonderful book, written by an intelligent and committed Catholic, who also proves to be an excellent and very readable author - Charles Whitehead writes. In her own words this book is designed as an introduction for Christians and others to Twelve-Step programmes and to the su...

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Book: Seeking Justice in the World (Kindle Edition)

Subtitled, 'Summaries of Papal Justice Encyclicals' this work has been produced by James Patrick Hynes. He feels the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church is a sound reference for guiding the search for justice. He has served on the St. Vincent de Paul Society's Social Justice Committee and the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales Social Welfare Committee and its World of Work Committee.


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Oxford: Medieval monastic manuscripts brought to life through digitization project

The University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries and the German library, Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, have announced a new collaborative digitization project that will open up repositories of medieval manuscripts from German-speaking lands. The three-year project will ensure that more than 600 western medieval manuscripts from both libraries' remarkable collections are made freely av...

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Pamphlet: Saint Patrick - An Ancient Saint for Modern Times

Saint Patrick - An Ancient Saint for Modern Times - Messenger Publications. Edmond Grace SJ.

'Christ in hearts of all that love' ( Saint Patrick's Breastplate )

Fr Grace's pamphlet is welcome. It is a step towards getting rid of so much nonsense that has surrounded Saint Patrick in recent times. He chips away at the accretions that have accumulated around the authentic imag...

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Booklet: 40 Days and 40 Ways by Fr Henry Wansbrough

The joyful season of Lent is on our spiritual horizon. In recent times Lent has had a bad press. The thought of six weeks of penance depressed many. Giving up things with the prospect of failure and then having to go through the torture of going into the dark confessional and confessing, did not inspire. Lent had been infiltrated with Jansenism and Narcissism . Lent had lost it's intended joy. ...

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Launch of The Way of Ignatius - A Prayerful Journey Through Lent' by Gemma Simmonds CJ

Gemma Simmonds CJ

St Paul's Bookshop in High Street Kensington was packed last Monday, for the launch of Sr Gemma Simmonds CJ's new book: 'The Way of Ignatius - A Prayerful Journey Through Lent', published by SPCK. Extracts from the book will be heard throughout Lent on the on-line prayer app and website 'Pray As You Go'.

In her introduction, editor Rima Devereaux said the book has a unique emphasis on the...

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Cancer and Christian spirituality book wins major award; nominated for a second

A book on cancer and Christian spirituality by spiritual theologian and leukemia survivor, Anthony Maranise - reviewed last year on ICN - has won a major award in the USA and has now been nominated for a second award.

Cross of a Different Kind: Cancer & Christian Spirituality (2018) was declared winner in the Religion - Christianity category of the 15th Annual Best Book Awards convene...

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Book: Sent to Proclaim the Gospel - Honouring the Legacy of St Paul VI

Sent to Proclaim the Gospel - Honouring the Legacy of St Paul VI by Jim McManus C.Ss.R. Redemptorist Publications, pbk, 164 pages, 2018, £12.99

Pope Paul VI's great Encyclical Evangelii Nuntiandi, [EN], on evangelisation, written in 1975, is the spark of this book, which is timely, coming soon after his recent canonisation. In seven chapters the author spells out what the univer...

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New book on Pedro Arrupe - first responder at Hiroshima, founder of JRS

Pedro Arrupe SJ

This man may be declared a saint - the cause for the beatification of Pedro Arrupe SJ will be launched in Rome in early February 2019. Yet few people outside religious life are aware of this extraordinary individual, who was a prisoner of Imperial Japan, a first responder when the atom bomb fell on Hiroshima, a pioneer of Catholic social justice and founder of the Jesuit Refugee Service.


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