Books We Are Reading

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Unholy Communion by Hank Estrada- Paperback Version* not from Amazon

Jason Berry, Lead Us Not into Temptation (University of Illinois Press, 1992)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison (abridged; SCM Press, 2001)

Raymond E. Brown, 101 Questions and Answers on the Bible (Paulist Press, 2003)

Keith Clark, Capuchin, An Experience of Celibacy (Ave Maria Press, 1981)

William A. Clark, S.J., A Voice of Their Own: the Authority of the Local Church (Liturgical Press, 2005)

Comment: Reflects that the local parish community gives the Church its real and concrete authority. Presents a theology of parish that empowers the laity to renew the whole Church through the renewal of the local community.

William Sloane Coffin, A Passion for the Possible (Westminster John Knox Press, 2007)

William Sloane Coffin, The Heart Is a Little to the Left: Essays on Public Morality (Dartmouth College Press, 1999)

James A. Coriden, The Rights of Catholics in the Church (Paulist Press, 2007)

John Dominic Crossan and Jonathan L. Reed, In Search of Paul (Harper San Francisco, 2004)

Donald Cozzens, Freeing Celibacy (Liturgical Press, 2006)

Donald Cozzens, Sacred Silence (Liturgical Press, 2002)

Charles E. Curran, Loyal Dissent: Memoir of a Catholic Theologian (Georgetown University Press, 2006)

William D’Antonio, et al, American Catholics Today: New Realities of their Faith and their Church (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007)

Thomas P. Doyle, A.W.R. Sipe, Patrick J. Wall, Sex, Priests and Secret Codes: The Catholic Church’s 2000-year Trail of Sexual Abuse (Volt Press, 2006)

Andre Dubus, Meditations from a Moveable Chair (Vintage, 1999)

Bart D. Ehrman, Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why, (HarperSanFrancisco, 2005)

Shusako Endo, Silence (Peter Owen Ltd., 2003)

Endo’s most famous work, generally regarded as his masterpiece; it is a historical novel, telling the story of a Portugese missionary in early 17th century Japan who becomes an apostate, but only in formality. – Publisher’s note

Jim Forest, Love Is the Measure: A Biography of Dorothy Day (Orbis Books, 1994)

Richard R. Gaillardetz, By What Authority: A Primer on Scripture, the Magisterium and the Sense of the Faithful (Liturgical Press, 2003)

David Gibson, The Rule of Benedict (HarperSanFrancisco, 2006)

Thomas Grady and Paula Huston, editors, Signatures of Grace: Catholic Writers
on the Sacraments
(Plume reissue, 2001)

Immacule’e Ilibagiza, Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
(Hay House, 2007)

Comment: Immacule’e shares her miraculous story of how she survived during the Rwanda genocide in 1994 when she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor’s house for 91 days.

Robert Blair Kaiser, A Church in Search of Itself (Alfred A. Knopf, 2006)

Ursula King, Spirit of Fire: The Life and Vision of Teilhard De Chardin (Orbis Books, 1998)

Comment: “Teilhard De Chardin, a Jesuit priest and paleontologist, taught us that negativism is a sin, that the whole world, including pain and imperfection, is sacred .He is a lifeline for Christians struggling to understand divine imperatives amidst ecological and technological challenges.”

Paul Lakeland, Catholicism at the Crossroads: How the Laity Can Save the Church (Continuum, 2007) Comment: “A blueprint for VOTF”

Paul Lakeland, The Liberation of the Laity: In Search of an Accountable Church (Continuum, 2003)

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (HarperOne, 2001)

Comment: “Lewis presents a rational case for Christianity. Several million copies have been sold.”

John T. Noonan, A Church that Can and Cannot Change (University of Notre Dame Press, 2005)

Kathleen Norris, The Cloister Walk (Riverhead Trade, 1997)

Comment: “…This is a strange and beautiful book. Part memoir, part meditation, book becomes lectio divina or holy reading…” Boston Globe

Michael Northcutt, A Moral Climate, The Ethics of Global Warming (Orbis Books, 2007)

Comment: “This hard hitting, comprehensive and groundbreaking book examines theological attitudes to climate change, from the complacent to the apocalyptic, and the ethical implications for all Christians” –by publisher Orbis

Gerald O’Collins, S.J., Living Vatican II: the 21st Council for the 21st Century (Paulist Press, 2006)

Padraic O’Hare, Spiritual Companions (Twenty Third Publications, 2006)

Timothy Radcliffe, O.P., What is the Point of Being a Christian? (Burns and Oates, 2005)

Comment: “A Christian is pointed toward God, who is the point of everything. But if we are pointed towards God, this should make a difference in how we live. Shot through with humor and wisdom, the book outlines a manner of living which is at once faithful to the teachings of Jesus and rooted in the tradition of the Church and a the same time responsive to the turbulence of the modern world.”

A.W. Richard Sipe, Celibacy in Crisis, (Brunner-Routledge, 2003)

Leonard Swidler, Making the Church our Own: How We Can Reform the Catholic Church from the Ground Up (Sheed and Ward, 2007)

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Failing America’s Faithful (Warner Books, 2007)

George Weigel, The Courage to Be Catholic: Crisis, Reform, and the Future of the Church (Basic Books, 2004)

Christopher West, Theology of the Body for Beginners (Ascension Press, 2004)

Comment: “With clarity and precision, West unpacks John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Book explores the profound interconnections between sex and the deepest question of human existence.”

Robert J. Willis, The Democracy of God: An American Catholicism (iUniverse, Inc, 2006)

Garry Wills, What Jesus Meant (Viking, 2006)