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Nathan R. KOLLAR, Muhammad SHAFIQ, editors. Sacred Texts & Human Contexts: A North American Response to “A Common Word between Us and You.” North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014. Pp. 453. $35.50 pb. ISBN 978-1500845407. Reviewed by Thomas DONLIN-SMITH, Nazareth College, Rochester, NY 14618.

Cheryl C.D. HUGHES,  Katharine Drexel: The Riches-To Rags Story of an American Saint.  Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014.  VII + pp. 275.  ISBN 978-0-8028-6992-0.   Reviewed by Francis X. KLOSE, Cabrini College, 610 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087

Ricky MANALOThe Liturgy of Life:  The Interrelationship of Sunday Eucharist and Everyday Worship Practices.  Collegeville, MN:  The Liturgical Press, 2014.  pp. 205.  $24.95 pb.  ISBN 978-0-8146-6308-0.  Reviewed by Stephen S. WILBRICHT, Stonehill College, Easton, MA  02356

Aimee Upjohn LIGHT, God at the Margins: Making Theological Sense of Religious Plurality. Winona, MI: Anselm Academic, 2014. Pp. 140.  $ 16.95 pb.  ISBN978-1-59982-188-7.  Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR, St. John Fisher College, NY 14618

Franco GARELLI. Religion Italian Style: Continuities and Changes in a Catholic Country. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014. pp.230. $109.95 hc. ISBN 9781472436443. Reviewed by Brandon VAIDYANATHAN, Rice University, Houston, TX 77005  

J. Matthew ASHLEY, Kevin F. BURKE, Rodolfo CARDENAL, editors.  A Grammar of Justice: The Legacy of Ignacio Ellacuria.  Maryknoll: Orbis, 2014.  pp. 282.  $25.00 pb.  ISBN 978-1-62698-086-0.  Reviewed by Moni MCINTYRE, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA  15282

Lawrence J. McANDREWS. What They Wished For: American Catholics & American Presidents, 1960-2004. Univ. of Georgia Press. 503 pp.  2014 ISBN 978-0-8203-4683-0 503 PP.  Reviewed by James R. KELLY, Sociology emeritus, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458

Jonathan Y. TAN. Christian Mission Among the Peoples of Asia. New York: Orbis Books, 2014. pp. 242. $40.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-104-1. Reviewed by Jayne L. WILCOX, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141

Robert MAGLIOLA. Facing up to Real Doctrinal Difference: How Some Thought-Motifs from Derrida Can Nourish the Catholic-Buddhist Encounter.  Kettering, OH: Angelico Press, 2014.  Pp. 206.  $16.95  pb.  ISBN: 978-1-62138-079-5    Reviewed by John V. APCZYNSKI,, Professor emeritus, St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY  14778-0012 

John BERKMAN and William C. MATTISON, III, eds.  Searching for a University Ethic: Multidisciplinary, Ecumenical, and Interfaith Responses to the Catholic Natural Law Tradition.  Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2014. Pp. 327.  $35.00 pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-6844-2.  Reviewed by James T. BRETZKE, S.J., Boston College School of Theology & Ministry, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Anselm K. MIN, editor.  The Task of Theology: Leading Theologians on the Most Compelling Questions for Today.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2014.  pp. 266.  $37.00.  ISBN 978-1-62698-105-8.  Reviewed by Ann MICHAUD, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458

Jacob RAMSAY. Mandarins and Martyrs. The Church and the Nguyen Dynasty in Early Nineteenth-Century Vietnam. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2008. xii-212 pp. Maps, notes, bibliography,  index.$ 50.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8047-5651-8. Reviewed by Peter C. PHAN, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

Gerald O’COLLINS. The Second Vatican Council: Message and Meaning. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014. pp. xiv + 225. $24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8311-8. Reviewed by Patrick F. O’CONNELL, Gannon University, Erie, PA 16541

Travis SCHOLL. Walking the Labyrinth: A Place to Pray and Seek God. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2014, pp. 237. $16.00 pb. ISBN 978-0830835836. Reviewed by Fran LEAP, Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA 15601

Matthew LEVERING, Mary’s Bodily Assumption, Notre Dame, University of Notre Dame Press, 2015, pp. 268. ISBN 978-0-268-03390-0. . Reviewed by Christopher RUPERT S.J., LaStorta Jesuit Residence, 2320 Liverpool Rd., Pickering, ON L1X 1V4.

Shai HELDAbraham Joshua Heschel, The Call of Transcendence. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2013. pp. 300. $39.00 hbk.  ISBN 978-0-253-01126-8.  Reviewed by Francis BERNA, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

Mary Beth Fraser CONNOLLY. Women of Faith: The Chicago Sisters of Mercy and the Evolution of a Religious Community. New York: Fordham University Press, 2014, pp. 372. $65 hc. ISBN: 9780823254736 (Also eBook). Reviewed by Meg Wilkes KARRAKER, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN 55105 .

Murphy PIZZAPaganistan: Contemporary Pagan Community in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. Farnham, England: Ashgate Publishing, 2015. Hbk. 150. £60.00 ISBN 978-1-40944-283-7.  Reviewed by Hans GUSTAFSON, Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University (MN) and the University of St. Thomas (MN)

Brett C. HOOVER. The Shared Parish: Latinos, Anglos, and the Future of U.S. Catholicism. New York / London: New York University Press, 2014. pp. 304. $49.00 cloth. ISBN: 9781479854394. Reviewed by William A. CLARK, SJ, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA 01610

Margaret O’GARA. No Turning Back: The Future of Ecumenism. Edited by Michael Vertin. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014. pp. 240. $29.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8313-2. Reviewed by Ella JOHNSON, St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, Rochester, NY 14618

Anne M. MARTINEZ. Catholic Borderlands: Mapping Catholicism onto American Empire, 1905 – 1935. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 2014. Pp. 293. $70.00 hb. ISBN 978-0-8032-4877-9. Reviewed by Ann SWANER, Barry University, Miami Shores FL 33161

Stephen BULLIVANTFaith and Unbelief.  New York/Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2014.  Pp. xx + 156.  $16.95 pb.  ISBN 978-0-8091-4865-3.  Reviewed by Benjamin J. BROWN, Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560

Raymond G. HELMICK, S.J. The Crisis of Confidence in the Catholic Church.  New York:  Bloomsbury, 2014.  pp. 293.  ISBN 978-0-567-46425-5.  Reviewed by Jeffrey KIRCH, C.PP.S., Saint Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, IN 47978

Austen IVEREIGH. The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope.  New York. Henry Holt and Company, 2014. Pp. 445,  ISBN 978-1-62779-157-1 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-62779-158-1 (electronic book).  Reviewed by Daniel H. LEVINE, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI 48109

Leonardo BOFF, Francis of Rome. Francis of Assisi. A New Springtime For The Church. Maryknoll/New York, Orbis Books, 2014, pp. 160.  Pb ISBN 978-1-62698-083-9. Reviewed by Solange LEFEBVRE, Université de Montréal, C.P. 6128 succursale centre-ville, Montréal Québec Canada H3C 3J7

Robert LASSALLE-KLEIN, Blood and Ink: Ignacio Ellacuría, Jon Sobrino, and the Jesuit Martyrs of the University of Central America, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2014.  pp. 376.  $34.00 pb: ISBN 978-1-62698-063-1.  Reviewed by Arthur J. KUBICK, Providence, Rhode Island

Joshtrom KUREETHADAM, Creation in Crisis: Science, Ethics, Theology. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2014. pp. 188. $50.00. ISBN: 978-1-62698-100-3 (pbk.). Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE, University Heights HEIGHTS, OH 44118

Steven P. MILLER, The Age of Evangelicalism: America’s Born-Again Years.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. pp. 221. ISBN 978 0 19 077795-2 . Reviewed by Richard RYMARZ, St Joseph’s College, University of Alberta, Edmonton Alberta, T6G 2J5

Brenda E. NOVACK,  A Double-Edged Sword.  Jehanne d’Arc and Claims to Divine Sanction in Acts of War (Eugene, OR: Pickwick | Wipf and Stock, 2014), xvi + 358 pp., ISBN 13:978-1-62564-238-7, paperback, $41.00. Reviewed by Guy C. CARTER, Saint Peter’s University, Jersey City, NJ

Brendan BYRNE. Life Abounding: A Reading of John’s Gospel. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2014. Pp.376. $39.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-3574-2. Reviewed by Shannon SCHREIN, Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560

Nancy Tatom AMMERMAN. Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes. Finding Religion in Everyday Life. Oxford University Press, 2014. 376 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-991736-5 also eBook. . Reviewed by Ana Lourdes SUAREZ, Catholic University of Argentina, Buenos Aires

James T. BRETZKE,  Handbook of Roman Catholic Moral Terms.  Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2013, pp 260.  $24.95 pb. ISBN-978-1626160033.  Reviewed by Robert MARKO, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Ilia DELIO, ed. From Teilhard to Omega: Co-creating an Unfinished Universe. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2014. pp. 263. $30.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-069-3. Reviewed by Calvin MERCER, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858

Garry WILLS  Bare Ruined Choirs. Doubt, Prophecy, and Radical Religion [First published in 1972- Paulist Press. Reissued 2014.  Pp 300   ISBN 978-0-8091-4819-6.  Reviewed by Daniel H. LEVINE,  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI 48109-1045

Robert Blair KAISERInside the Jesuits: How Pope Francis Is Changing the Church and the World.  Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.  Pp. 224.  $32.00 hb; $31.99 ebook.  ISBN 978-1-4422-2901-3.  Reviewed by James T. BRETZKE, S.J., Boston College School of Theology & Ministry, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Laura SWAN. The Wisdom of the Beguines: The Forgotten Story of a Medieval Women’s Movement. Katanoh, New York: BlueBridge, 2014. pp. 208. $13.56 hc. ISBN 1933346973. Reviewed by Ann SWANER, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL  33161

Bernard V. BRADY. Be Good & Do Good: Thinking through Moral Theology. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2014. pp.197. $30.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-099-0. Reviewed by Marie CONN, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Judith SCHUBERT. 100 Questions & Answers on Women in the New Testament. New York, NY: Paulist Press, 2014. pp.115. $16.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-4845-5. Reviewed by Marie CONN, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Kristin M. COLBERG and Robert A. KRIEG, Eds. The Theology of Cardinal Walter Kasper: Speaking Truth in Love. Collegeville, MN: Michael Glazier Liturgical Press, 2014. pp 308. $29.95. ISBN: 9780814683156. Reviewed by Eric W. HENDRY, Plano, TX 75026

Paul CROWLEY, S.J. (Editor). From Vatican II to Pope Francis, Charting a Catholic Future. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2014. pp. 180. $28.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-089-1. Reviewed by Francis BERNA, La Salle University, 1900 W. Olney Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19141

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