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|Francis, The Saint of Assisi: A Novel
by Joan Mueller
A modern retelling of the life of St. Francis of Assisi, this book combines historical details and dramatic style. The author explores the daily lives of Francis and Clare and the lives of thirteen-century Assisi and beautifully translates their stories in these pages.
The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality
by Ronald Rolheiser
Essential reading for anyone seeking to understand what Christian spirituality means and how to apply it to their own lives, The Holy Longing translates the universal struggle for love and integration of spirit into a language accessible to all, explaining God and the Church for a world that more often than not doubts the credibility of both.
Available in the St Andrew Library
| Christ’s Mother and Ours: A Catholic Guide to Mary (rev)
by Oscar Lukefahr
This book by popular author and priest Oscar Lukefahr explores Mary’s role based on Scripture, historic teaching, art, architecture, songs, sacramentals, devotions, and apparitions.
| Lying Awake
by Mark Salzman
In this novel, when her doctor tells her an illness may be responsible for her gift, Sister John faces a wrenching choice: to risk her intimate glimpses of the divine in favor of a cure, or to continue her visions with the knowledge that they might be false-and might even cost her her life.
| Where the Hell is God?
By Richard Leonard, SJ
Combines professional insights along with the author’s own experience and insights to speculate on how believers can make sense of their Christian faith when confronted with tragedy and suffering.
|What Happened at Vatican II
by John O’Malley, SJ
What Happened at Vatican II offers a one-volume history of the Second Vatican Council that not only tells the story in a way that brings out its drama, but, more importantly, calls the reader’s attention to distinctive features of this council that are crucial for its interpretation.
by Brian Doyle
In 37 short snapshots, (Doyle) captures the spiritual essence of everyday life from the perspective of a committed Catholic who loves his faith, his family, his community, and his church, even with all their warts and failings.
This book will be discussed on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 7pm.
|Brother Roger of Taize: Essential Writings
(Modern Spiritual Masters Series)
Brother Roger Schutz (1915-2005) was the beloved founder of Taizé, an ecumenical monastic community in France, dedicated to reconciliation among Christians and all peoples. In recent decades Taizé became a pilgrimage site for young people from around the world. This book presents the best of his spiritual writings.
|Doing the Right Thing at Work: A Catholic’s Guide to Faith, Business and Ethics
by James L. Nolan
Doing the right thing at work isn’t always easy, but James Nolan helps the Catholic layperson succeed in doing so everyday. His five-point program identifies and helps us better understand what drives people in the workplace and what motivates a person to do the right thing.
|Death Comes for the Archbishop
by Willa Cather
This novel, beginning in 1851, finds Bishop Latour and Fr. Valliant spreading their faith in New Mexico. Latour must contend with the unforgiving landscape, derelict and sometimes openly rebellious priests, and his own loneliness. Over nearly 40 years, they leave converts and enemies, crosses, and occasionally ecstasy in their wake. But it takes a death for them to make their mark on the landscape forever.
Available in St. Andrew’s Library and Wake County Public Library
|The Long Yearning’s End: Stories of Sacrament and Incarnation
by Patrick Hannon
Hannon strongly believes that, to quote Patrick Kavanagh, “God is in the bits and pieces of Everyday.” In his latest book he explores our connection to the divine through the lens of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. In the end, he proves “that God can be tasted and touched and seen and heard and smelled” every day of our lives.
Available in St. Andrew’s Library, the Wake County Public Library and from booksellers.
|Spe Salvi (On Christian Hope)
by Pope Benedict XVI
In his second encyclical, Pope Benedict XVI discussed the themes of Christian hope, redemption, and salvation. Benedict inspires with Scriptural and saintly examples in which hope seems nearly impossible but is essential to the faith.
Available in St. Andrew’s Library
|Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son
by Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez and Hope Edelman
Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez recount their lives as father and son. In alternating chapters—and in voices that are as eloquent as they are different—they tell stories spanning more than fifty years of family history, and reflect on their journeys into two different kinds of faith.
|Blessings and Woes: The Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Plain in the Gospel of Luke
by Megan McKenna
The words offered by Jesus on the plains of Galilee are explored by the author for their significance in our time. Pulling from a variety of religious traditions, this interpretation of blessings and woes of the beatitudes challenges Christians to deeper discipleship.
|The Gospel According to Starbucks
by Leonard Sweet
You don’t stand in line at Starbucks® just to buy a cup of coffee. You stop for the experience surrounding the cup of coffee. Too many of us line up for God out of duty or guilt. We completely miss the warmth and richness of the experience of living with God. If we’d learn to see what God is doing on earth, we could participate fully in the irresistible life that he offers.
by Shusaku Endo
This 1966 novel of historical fiction is the story of a Jesuit missionary sent to 17th century Japan, who endured persecution in the time of Kakure Kirishitan (“Hidden Christians”) that followed the defeat of the Shimabara Rebellion.
Available in Wake County Public Library and from booksellers.
|The Reed of God
by Caryll Houselander
Houselander’s beautiful and profound mediation depicts the intimately human side of Mary, Mother of God, as an empty reed waiting for God’s music to be played through her. She shares her insightful and beautiful vision of Mary on earth, Mary among us, Mary as a confused but trusting teenager whose holiness flowered with her eternal “Yes.”
Available in St. Andrew’s Library and from booksellers.
Book Club Discussion through the ALL (55+) group will be Thursday, June 13 at 10 a.m. in the Meeting Room.
|Scripture: Nourished by the Word
by Margaret Nutting Ralph
The book contains the basic and preliminary information that will help you to correctly understand Scripture. We all know from history, and perhaps from our personal experience, that some people use the Bible to instill hate and fear rather than love and peace. A person who misunderstands the Bible can be misguided as well as dangerous. Learn how Scripture can nourish your faith life!
Available from booksellers.
|Catherine of Siena- A Passionate Life
by Don Brophy
Written for readers of any faith or none, this is a story of a life lived with the greatest passion.
Available from booksellers
|An Altar in the World
by Barbara Brown Taylor
Without denigrating altars in churches, Brown helps us discover and honor all the ‘altars in the world’–the red Xs that mark the spot, but that we cannot see because we are standing on them. She does so with a depth that readers will appreciate and savor. (U.S. Catholic)
Available in St. Andrew’s Library, Wake County Public Library, and from booksellers.
|Living the Mass: How One Hour a Week Can Change Your Life
by Fr. Dominic Grassi and Joe Paprocki
Available in St. Andrew’s Library, for sale ($12) in the Adult Faith Office, and from booksellers.
|Seven Secrets of the Celtic Spirit
by William John Fitzgerald
Readers are off on a journey to find the modern-day soul of Ireland in a land where many of the young-moderns deify only the Euro. Yet William John Fitzgerald says the ancient Celtic Spirit still weaves its way through the fabric of Irish society. Drawing from his seven journeys to Ireland, Fitzgerald stirs a pot of personal experience, storytelling, ancient mysticism and poetry to create his Celtic Spirit stew.
Available to purchase online at Acta Publications or for $12 in the Adult Faith Formation Office.
|The Return of the Prodigal Son
by Henri Nouwen
In seizing the inspiration that came to him through Rembrandt’s depiction of the powerful Gospel story, Henri Nouwen probes the several movements of the parable: the younger son’s return, the father’s restoration of sonship, the elder son’s vengefulness, and the father’s compassion. The themes of homecoming, affirmation, and reconciliation will be newly discovered by all who have known loneliness, dejection, jealousy, or anger. The challenge to love as the father and be loved as the son will be seen as the ultimate revelation of the parable known to Christians throughout time, and here represented with a vigor and power fresh for our times.
Available St. Andrew’s Libraryand in the Wake County Public Library.
|In Search of Belief
by Joan Chittister, OSB
Contemporary political venues have put religious belief at the forefront of our thinking. Yet, we live in a world where religion has become a tool people can use to their advantage rather than a means of growing closer to God. In this revised edition of In Search of Belief, Sister Joan Chittister challenges readers to reflect upon whether they truly live what they say they believe or whether they have created their own images of God to suit whatever is convenient for their personal and/or social situations. Structured around the Creed, she gives fresh insight into the words we pray each week at Mass.
|Mountains Beyond Mountains
by Tracy Kidder
Pulitzer Prize—winning author Tracy Kidder tells the true story of a gifted man who loves the world and has set out to do all he can to cure it. At the heart of this book is the example of a life based on hope and on an understanding of the truth of the Haitian proverb “Beyond mountains there are mountains”–as you solve one problem, another problem presents itself, and so you go on and try to solve that one too.
Available in the Wake County Public Library
|The Works of Mercy: The Heart of Catholicism 2nd Edition
by James Keenan, SJ
What does it mean to be a Catholic? Besides having faith in Jesus Christ and his church, being a Catholic means being inclined to mercy, which is ‘the willingness to enter into the chaos of another.’ Over the centuries Catholics have defined themselves by feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, caring for the sick. This book explores not only the seven corporal works of mercy, but also the seven spiritual works as well. It considers how we invoke mercy throughout the Eucharistic liturgy and how frequently mercy enters into ordinary life, in the way we care for our families, and the way we care for ourselves.
|The Art of Confession: Renewing Yourself Through the Practice of Honesty
by Paul Wilkes
Confession is the foundation of religion, the essence of mental health. It is listening to the voice within to follow the path to honest and conscious living. And for thousands of years people have used the power of confession to find their best selves. Liberating confession from the confessional, The Art of Confession draws on traditions as old as ancient Greece and as modern as psychoanalysis as diverse as Judaism, Catholicism, and Islam, to show readers how to incorporate a confessional practice into their daily lives.
|Dakota: A Spiritual Geography
by Kathleen Norris
Kathleen Norris invites readers to experience rich moments of prayer and presence in Dakota, a timeless tribute to a place in the American landscape that is at once desolate and sublime, harsh and forgiving, steeped in history and myth. In thoughtful, discerning prose, she explores how we come to inhabit the world we see, and how that world also inhabits us. Her voice is a steady assurance that we can, and do, chart our spiritual geography wherever we go.
Available in the Wake County Public Library.
|7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness
by Joe Paprocki
Best-selling author Joe Paprocki provides here a prescription for spiritual health based on the rich wisdom of Catholic Tradition. At its core, 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness helps us see the Christian faith not as a collection of rules and doctrine, but as a spiritual path–a path whose guideposts for spiritual wellness are sure to lead us to a more meaningful life and to a much richer experience of our faith.
Copies available for sale in the Adult Faith Office, $10
|Transforming our Days: Finding God Amid the Noise of Modern Life
by Richard Gaillardetz
Richard Gaillardetz offers a thought-provoking series of reflections on how the technological shape of our daily lives can make it difficult to cultivate an authentic Christian spirituality. Gaillardetz has no interest in throwing out all of our TVs and computers. What he does offer is the hope that through the wisdom of our Christian faith we can transform our days and recover graceful living without abandoning technology altogether.
Discuss on Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., Parish Library
|Thrift Store Saints: Meeting Jesus 25 Cents at a Time by Jane Knuth
Jane Knuth brings you into the Kalamazoo, Michigan St. Vincent de Paul thrift store and introduces you to her “Thrift Store Saints,” but her book is more than hagiography and feel-good stories. The saints in this book—shoppers as well as volunteers and donors—are real and troubled
|My Life with the Saints by James Martin, SJ
James Martin has led an entirely modern life: from a lukewarm Catholic childhood, to an education at the Wharton School of Business, to the executive fast track at General Electric, to ministry as a Jesuit priest, to a busy media career in Manhattan. But at every step he has been accompanied by some surprising friends—the saints of the Catholic Church.
Available in St. Andrew’s Library
Discuss on Dec. 13, 7 p.m., Parish Library
|Deus Caritas Est (God is Love) by Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict’s first encyclical seeks to show the place of love in the life of the Church.
Available in St. Andrew’s Library
|The Gift of Peace by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin
In the last two months of his life, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin made it his ultimate mission to share his personal reflections and insights as a legacy to those he left behind. The Gift of Peace reveals the Cardinal’s spiritual growth amid a string of traumatic events.
Available in the Library at St. Andrew’s and in the Wake County Public Library System.
|The Mystery of Faith by Rev. Michael Himes
In his familiar, conversational style, Father Himes invites the reader to consider ten basic truths of Catholicism. Beginning with discussions of Trinity, Grace, the Incarnation and Salvation, Himes moves into an exploration of Church as the continuing presence of Jesus Christ in the world today.