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Jean TRUAX. Aelred the Peacemaker: The Public Life of a Cistercian Abbot. Cistercian Studies vol. 251. Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2017. Pp. xiv + 325. $34.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-87907-251-3. Reviewed by Patrick F. O’CONNELL, Gannon University, Erie, PA 16541.

Garrett GALVIN.  David’s Successors. Kingship in the Old Testament. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press (Michael Glazier Book), 2016. Pp 160, $24.95. pb. ISBN 9780814682517. Reviewed by James ZEITZ, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas 78207.

Edward FOLEY, editor. A Handbook for Catholic Preaching. Collegeville MN: Liturgical Press, 1965. pp. 318. ISBN 9780814663165. Reviewed by Pierre HEGY, Adelphi University NY 11530.

Megan SWEAS. Putting Education to Work: How Cristo Rey Schools are Transforming Urban Education.  New York: HarperOne, 2014. pp. 264, hardcover. ISBN 978 0 6228801 1. Reviewed by Richard RYMARZ, BBI-TAITE, Sydney, Australia.

Stefan PAAS. Church Planting in the Secular West: Learning from the European Experience.  Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2016. pp. 304, paperback. ISBN 978 0 8208 7348 4. Reviewed by Richard RYMARZ, BBI-TAITE, Sydney, Australia.

Maria C. MORROW. Sin in the Sixties. Catholics and Confession, 1955-1975. Washington , D.C. The Catholic University of America Press, 2016. pp. 264.  ISBN: 978-0-8132-2898-3. Reviewed by Péter TÖRÖK, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, Hungary 2120.

William P. LOEWE, Lex Crucis: Soteriology and the Stages of Meaning. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016. pp. 381. $79.00 hc. ISBN: 9781451472240. Reviewed by Paul LACHANCE, Independent Scholar.

Paul LAKELAND. The Wounded Angel: Fiction and the Religious Imagination. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2017. 215 pp. $24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-4622-9. Reviewed by Kathleen M. FISHER, Assumption College, Worcester, MA 01609.

Anselm C. HAGEDORN. Die Anderen im Spiegel: Israels Auseinandersetzung mit den Völkern in den Büchern Nahum, Zefanja, Obadja und Joel. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 414. Berlin: de Gruyter. 2011. Pp 379. ISBN 978-3110228564. Reviewed by Nicholas R. WERSE, Baylor University, Waco, Texas.

Diarmaid MacCULLOCH, All Things Made New: The Reformation and Its Legacy.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. 452 pp., $29.95 hardcover. ISBN: 978-0-19-061681-6. Reviewed by Steve W. LEMKE, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA  70126.

Wes MARKOFSKI. New Monasticism and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism. Oxford University Press, 2015. Pp. 364. ISBN 978-0-19-025801-6. Reviewed by Pierre HEGY, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY 11542.

Catholic Social Thought: Encyclicals and Documents from Pope Leo XIII to Pope Francis. David J. O’Brien and Thomas A. Shannon, eds. Third Revised Edition, Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. 687. $40.00. ISBN: 9781626981997. Reviewed by Walter SISTO.

Miguel DE LA TORREThe Politics of Jesús: A Hispanic Political Theology. Lanham-Boulder-New York-London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.  xv + 201 pages.  ISBN 978-1-4422-5036-9, paperback, $23.00; ISBN 978-1-4422-5036-6, eBook, $22.99.  Reviewed by John T. FORD, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

Declan MARMION, Salvador Ryan, and Gesa E. Thiessen, editors. Remembering the Reformation: Martin Luther and Catholic Theology. Minneapolis, Fortress Press, 2017. pp. 248. $79 hc. ISBN: 9781506423371. Reviewed by Paul LACHANCE, Independent Scholar

William E. SIMON Jr. Great Catholic Parishes: A Living Mosaic – How Four Essential Practices Make Them Thrive. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press. 2016. pp. 202. $17.95 pb. ISBN-13 978-1-59471-417-7. Reviewed by Jonathon L. WIGGINS, CARA at Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20007.

Eileen MARKEY, A Radical Faith: The Assassination of Sister Maura. New York: Nation Books, 2016.  321 pages. $26.99 hardcover. ISBN 978-1-56858-573-4.  Reviewed by Arthur J. KUBICK, Providence, RI.

Charles E. CURRAN and Lisa A. FULLAM, eds. The Sensus Fidelium and Moral Theology. Readings in Moral Theology No. 18.New York: Paulist Press, 2017. pp. 300. $34.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-5315-2. Reviewed by Ryan MARR, Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Terry EAGLETON. Materialism. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2016. Pp. x+176.  ISBN 9780300218800. Reviewed by Craig A. Ford, Jr., Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Matteo NICOLINI-ZANI. Christian Monks on Chinese Soil: A History of Monastic Missions to China. Translated by Sophia Senyk and William Skudlarek, OSB. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2016. pp. 408. $39.95 ISBN 9780814646991(print), 9780814646007 (ebook). Reviewed by Liang ZHANG, Institute of Religious Studies, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, P. R. China.

Gianni VATTIMOOf Reality: The Purposes of Philosophy.  Trans. Robert T. Valgenti.  New York: Columbia University Press, 2016.  Pp. 248.  ISBN: 978-0-231-16696-6.  $35.00, hardcover.  Reviewed by John V. APCYNSKI, emeritus, St. Bonaventure University.

Daniel A. DOMBROWSKI, Whitehead’s Religious Thought: From Mechanism to Organism, from Force to Persuasion. (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2017): pp.xviii, 184. ISBN 9781438464299 (hardcover) $85.00. Reviewed by Joseph A. BRACKEN, S.J. , Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH 45207.

Thomas BANCHOFF and José CASANOVA, editors.  The Jesuits and Globalization: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Challenges.  Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2016, viii + 299 pp., ISBN: 978-1-62616-286-0, $32.95, paperback.  Reviewed by Patrick J. HAYES, Redemptorist Archives of the Baltimore Province, Philadelphia, PA.

Bishop Joseph OSEI-BONSU.Understanding the Mass: Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Liturgical Perspectives. New York: Paulist Press, 2017. 220  pp. $27.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-5302-2. Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY, 14618.

Anthony J. GITTINSThe Way of Discipleship, Women, Men, and Today’s Call to Mission.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016.  Pp. 160.  $19.95 pb.  ISBN 978-0-8146-4715-8.  Reviewed by Francis BERNA, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

L. Juliana M. CLASSENS. Claiming Her Dignity: Female Resistance in the Old Testament. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016. pp. xxvi + 165. $ 24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8419-1. Reviewed by Alice L. LAFFEY, Emerita, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA 01610.

Lesley HAZLETON. Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto. New York: Riverhead Books. 2016. Pp.212. ISBN 978-1-59463-413-0. Reviewed by Nicholas R. WERSE, Baylor University, Waco, Texas.

Charles E. ZECH, Mary L. GAUTIER, Mark M. GRAY, Jonathon L. WIGGINS, and Thomas P. GAUNT, S.J., S.J.  Catholic Parishes of the 21st Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2017. Pp. 164.  ISBN 978-0-19-064516-8.  Reviewed by Michael J. McCALLION, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan.

Diarmuid O’MURCHUReligious Life in the 21st Century. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016.  Pp. 272. $26.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-207-9.  Reviewed by Patricia WITTBERG, SC.  CARA at Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20007.

Clemens SEDMAK. A Church of the Poor: Pope Francis and the Transformation of Orthodoxy. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. pp.218. $32.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-206-2. Reviewed by Marie CONN, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA 19118.

Agbonkhianmeghe E. OROBATOR, editor. The Church We Want: African Catholics Look to Vatican III. Maryknoll, Orbis Books, 2016. pp. 256. $35 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-203-1. Reviewed by Randall WOODARD, Saint Leo University.

Georg HOLZHERR. The Rule of Benedict. An Invitation to the Christian Life. Translated by Mark Thamert. Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications , Liturgical Press, 2016. pp. 596. $59.95 ISBN 97808790172568 (print) 9780879077341 (ebook). Reviewed by Christine FLETCHER, Benedictine University, Lisle, IL 60532.

Carol BERRY, Vincent van Gogh: His Spiritual Vision in Life and Art. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015.  186 pages.  $22.00 paperback. ISBN 978-1-62698-152-2.  Reviewed by Arthur J. KUBICK, Providence, RI.

Stephen M. BARRThe Believing Scientist:  Essays on Science and Religion.  Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 2016.   Pp. 226.  $25.  ISBN 978-0-8028-7370-5.  Reviewed by Michael Horace BARNES, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH 45469.

Agnes DE DREUZYThe Holy See and the Emergence of the Modern Middle East: Benedict XV’s Diplomacy in Greater Syria (1914-1922).  Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2016.  xi + 303 pp., ISBN: 9-780813-228495, $69.95, hardcover.  Reviewed by Patrick J. HAYES, Redemptorist Archives, Philadelphia.

Kimberly VRUDNY. Beauty’s Vineyard: A Theological Aesthetic of Anguish and Anticipation. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016. pp. 264. $34.95 pb. ISBN: 978-0-8146-8407-8. Reviewed by Craig A. FORD, Jr., Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

Bernard COOKE with Bruce MORRILL. The Essential Writings of Bernard Cooke: A Narrative Theology of Church, Sacrament, and Ministry. Foreword by Elizabeth A. Johnson. New York/Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2016. pp. 239. $27.95 pb. ISBN 9780809149759; e-book 9781587685880. Reviewed by Jill RAITT, University of Missouri, Columbia, Columbia, MO 65201.

David CLOUTIER. The Vice of Luxury: Economic Excess in a Consumer Age. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2015, pp. 336, $32.95 pb, ISBN: 9781626162563. Reviewed by Maria C. MORROW.

Patricia C. BELLM and Robert A. KRIEGCardinal Walter Kasper: Spiritual Writings.  Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2016.  pp. xv + 173. pb. ISBN: 978-1-62698-191-1.  Reviewed by Moni MCINTYRE, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA  15282.

Mary Ellen KONIECZNY, Charles C. Camosy, and Tricia C. Bruce, eds. Polarization in the US Catholic Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016. pp. 196. $19.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-4665-6. Reviewed by Ryan MARR, Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Gerald O’COLLINS, SJ, Revelation: Towards a Christian interpretation of God’s Self-Revelation in Jesus Christ. New York: Oxford U. Press, 2016. Pp. 210.  $27.99. ISBN 978-0-19-878420-3. Reviewed by Nathan KOLLAR, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY 14618.

Katarina SCHUTHSEMINARY FORMATION: Recent History, Current Circumstances, New Directions. Collegeville MN: Liturgical Press, 2016.  pp. 187. $24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-4800-1.Reviewed by Anthony J. POGORELC, PSS.  The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

Jim FORESTThe Root of War Is Fear: Thomas Merton’s Advice to Peacemakers.  Maryknoll: Orbis, 2016.  pp. xiv + 223.  $25.00 pb.  ISBN: 978-1-62698-197-3.  Reviewed by Moni MCINTYRE, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA  15282.

David Vincent MECONI, editor.  On Earth as It Is in Heaven:  Cultivating a Contemporary Theology of Creation Grand Rapids, Michigan:  William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2016.  pp. 332.  $35.00 pb.  ISBN 978-0-8028-7350-7.  Reviewed by Stephen S. WILBRICHT, Stonehill College, Easton, MA  02357.

John C. WEI, Gratian the Theologian. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2016.  Pp., vi + 353.  ISBN: 978-0-8132-2803-7. $65.00, hardcover.  Reviewed by Patrick HAYES, Redemptorist Archives of the Baltimore Province, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123.

Jeana VISEL, Icons in the Western Church: Toward a More Sacramental Encounter, Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2016. Pp. 174. $19.95 pb. ISBN: 97808146601. Reviewed by Walter N. SISTO, D`Youville College, Buffalo NY.  

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