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Books

February 24, 2016
Author promotes 'radical' choices to thrive and live a joyful life
Author promotes 'radical' choices to thrive and live a joyful life

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The idea of being burned on 100 percent of one's body defies the imagination, let alone survival. But some 30 years ago, 9-year-old John O'Leary experienced just that -- 87 percent were third-degree burns -- and lived. He emerged from his ordeal with a passion to live fully and to inspire others to do the same.

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Reviewed by Nancy L. Roberts/CNS
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January 28, 2016
'Simple, not silly': Children's questions become book by Pope Francis
'Simple, not silly': Children's questions become book by Pope Francis

Children may say the darnedest things, but when it comes to questions about faith they can make even the most learned parents and priests pause.

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January 12, 2016
Comedian, cardinal, inmate present Pope Francis book on mercy
Comedian, cardinal, inmate present Pope Francis book on mercy

Arms flailing, the exuberant and perhaps hyperactive Italian actor and comedian Roberto Benigni described Pope Francis as a masterful minister of God's mercy, which is always active and always on the move.

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January 8, 2016
Author explores meaningful legacy of least-known Kennedy sibling
Author explores meaningful legacy of least-known Kennedy sibling

The story of young Rosemary Kennedy (1918-2005), the first daughter born to the celebrated Boston family, invites sad contemplation of what might have been.

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Reviewed by Nancy L. Roberts/CNS
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January 4, 2016
Book provides readable review of month that changed U.S. forever
Book provides readable review of month that changed U.S. forever

January of 1973 was a month, as Lady Bracknell says in The Importance of Being Earnest, "crowded with incident."

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Reviewed by Graham Yearley/CNS
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January 4, 2016
Prayer books for the Year of Mercy

A list of new books suitable for reading during the Year of Mercy.

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Reviewed by Nancy Frazier O'Brien/CNS
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December 31, 2015
History of religious-themed books a tough read but worth the effort

Several years ago, the "Left Behind" series of books, which described the fate of the earth and its inhabitants following the rapture, sold millions of books and made numerous best-seller lists. At the time, many commentators expressed amazement that religious-themed books would sell so well.

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Reviewed by Daniel S. Mulhall/CNS
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December 11, 2015
Book's academic style makes for a difficult but worthwhile read
Book's academic style makes for a difficult but worthwhile read
It appears from the preface, introduction and footnotes in "A Partisan Church" that Todd Scribner drew heavily from the dissertation -- "The 
Neoconservative Catholic Thought During the Reagan Era, 1980-1988" -- he wrote in earning a doctorate in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 2011.
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Reviewed by Brian T. Olszewski/CNS
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December 3, 2015
New children's books on saints, traditions make great Christmas gifts
New children's books on saints, traditions make great Christmas gifts

 The following books are suitable for Christmas giving:

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Reviewed by Regina Lordan/CNS
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November 25, 2015
Fordham professor's slim volume offers insights on Flannery O'Connor
Fordham professor's slim volume offers insights on Flannery O'Connor

When, in the late 1950s and early '60s, Flannery O'Connor's short stories and novels first began to attract the attention of Catholic readers, more than a few didn't understand what she was up to. Since then, too, many Catholics remain perplexed by her bizarre characters and themes.

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Reviewed by Mitch Finley/CNS
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