Books


Jordan Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

Jordan Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos - London: Allen Lane, 2018, 410 pp, £16

Jordan Peterson is a phenomenon of our times. His comet seemed to come from nowhere and light up the sky of the blogosphere. A professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, he was famous for refusing to kowtow to academic gender newspeak. With this book he has become even mor...

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Catholic adventurer writes of faith and beauty in the Arctic

Joe Wilkins' 'Gates of the Arctic National Park: 12 Years of Wilderness Exploration' is a unique celebration of the beauty and challenge of America's remote and northernmost national park….

Included in the book is the story of a 15-day trip with a close friend, Father Peter Harman, who had been pastor at the cathedral in Springfield where Wilkins is a parishioner. During their Gates of ...

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Cancer survivor releases new book on cancer and Christian spirituality

Nowadays, it is likely that all of us know at least someone, if not multiple persons, who have had their lives affected by cancer. For Anthony Maranise, author of the new book, Cross of a Different Kind: Cancer & Christian Spirituality, this is certainly true. Maranise, now in his twentieth year of remission from acute lymphoblastic leukemia, was diagnosed, treated, and cured at St Jude Chi...

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Paul Donovan reviews Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff

Published by Little Brown. This much publicised book offers a personality driven roller coaster ride through the first year of the Trump presidency. Author Michael Wolff, takes the reader on a white knuckle journey through the series of debacles that have come to characterise Trump's first year as President. Central though to the account are the different characters and fa...

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Books That Changed History

Books That Changed the World, by Fr Michael Collins and others, published by Dorling Kindersley

This book, authored by lead contributor Fr Michael Collins and four others, is Dorling Kindersley's tribute to the book through all its history, ranging from The Ancient Egyptian Books of the Dead to Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung. The former, on papyrus scrolls stretching to 13...

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Online Guide: Roman Catholic churches in England

This free on-line document, published by Historic England, looks at the relatively recent history of Roman Catholic churches in England.

For more than 200 years after the Act of Uniformity (1559) outward observance of the Roman Catholic faith was illegal in England. The building of public places of worship did not resume until the end of the 18th century, gathering pace after Catholic Ema...

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Booklets: 'The Watchful Hour', 'Vaughan'

The Watchful Hour - A Scriptural Companion to Eucharist Adoration by Father Florian Racine.

Let me promise that I shall eat my proverbial hat if this is not a CTS bestseller in 2017 and beyond. The breadth and scope of this 'Companion' is stunning. There are two dangers, among many, that confront a person who is embarking on path that is 'Eucharist Adoration'. One te...

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An Evening with Jane Austen

Julia Forsythe

Our Lady Help of Christians in Kentish Town, north London, was transported back to the time of Jane Austen on Saturday evening, when author Julia Forsythe hosted an evening of readings, music, drama, dancing and song, performed by parishioners and friends - to celebrate the publication of her new book, entitled: 'Jane Austen and the Irish Connection'.

Through her extensive research or ori...

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Book: Dr Ashley's Pleasure Yacht

Dr Ashley's Pleasure Yacht, by Fr Robert WH Miller, published by The Lutterworth Press.

'I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky' John Masefield.

I grew up in Cork City not far from where my father worked on the docks. From my earliest years, Dad introduced me to the world of the dockland. With special permission he was able ...

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Book: Escape Routes

We live in the age of loneliness, Johann C Arnold states in his latest book from Plough Publishing House. Family life has been ravaged by TV. The average American watches TV for three hours daily with little interaction among the viewers gathered around the screen. The internet has not helped - only deepening our isolation and many hunger for community, Arnold says.

He goes on to describe...

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Lost in Translation: The English Language and the Catholic Mass

Lost in Translation: The English Language and the Catholic Mass, by Gerald O'Collins SJ, with John Wilkins. Published by Liturgical Press. In this book, Gerald O'Collins SJ, takes a systematic look at the 2010 English translation of the Roman Missal and the ways it fails to achieve what the Second Vatican Council mandated: the full participation of priest and people. Critiq...

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Seeking Justice in the World: Summaries of Papal Justice Encyclicals

Book: Seeking Justice in the World - Summaries of Papal Justice Encyclicals - Kindle Edition - by James Patrick Hynes In his encyclical 'Deus Caritas Est' (God Is Love) published in 2005, Pope Benedict XVI wrote: "As Augustine once said, a State which is not governed according to justice would be just a bunch of thieves." S...

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Bethlehem: Biography of a Town

Just published yesterday - Bethlehem: Biography of a Town, by Nicholas Blincoe - has already been praised by President Jimmy Carter and Peter Frankopan, author of Silk Roads among others and looks set to be a Christmas bestseller. Review coming soon on ICN.

The town of Bethlehem carries so many layers of meaning - some ancient, some mythical, some religious - that it feels like ...

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Book: How to survive working in a Catholic Parish

How to survive working in a Catholic Parish - By Diana Klein and Bernard Cotter - Redemptorist Publications £12.95 This is a guide for everyone involved in Parish life, and as you would expect everyone's role is discussed. From my reading of the book I would suggest that both authors set out with the laity as the primary focus of attention. Every ministry in Pa...

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