Book Reviews

Categories: Book Reviews,Year of Mercy Resources

By Ann Jonas
For The Visitor

Several books have recently been published to help us observe the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Here are three notable titles that can help make our participation in this holy year more meaningful.

• “The Holy Year of Mercy: A Faith-Sharing Guide, With Reflections by Pope Francis
by The Word Among Us Press; September 2015; 146 pp; $11.95

The editors of The Word Among Us Press have put together a nice faith-sharing guide that focuses on eight of Pope Francis’ sermons with the theme of experiencing and sharing God’s mercy. This book can be used by individuals for personal reflection or in small faith-sharing groups and contains eight sessions (chapters), along with an introduction and three appendices.

yom_book• “A Year of Mercy: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis” edited by Diane Houdek
Franciscan Media; November 2015; 176 pp; $15.99

Pope Francis often speaks on the subject of mercy, calling it “the Lord’s most powerful message.” This new book, compiled by Diane Houdek, is a collection of some of the pope’s most inspiring words on the subject. Arranged to accompany readers through the Year of Mercy; the chapters follow the liturgical year, beginning with Advent.

• “Crossing the Threshold of Mercy: A Spiritual Guide for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy” edited by Mark-David Janus, SSP, PhD
Paulist Press; November 2015; 181 pp; $14.95

Father Mark-David Janus, president of Paulist Press, has put together a new book that gives readers not only spiritual quotations on the theme of mercy, but the official calendar of events for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The title of the book is derived from the tradition of crossing the threshold of the Holy Doors at the four great basilicas in Rome when a pilgrimage is made. Short readings from Scripture, thoughtful comments by Pope Francis and spiritual reflections from others are included.

Ann Jonas is the general book buyer for the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University.