Notes on peace and justice

Books help children learn about faith-based action Two new books with the goal of helping children connect with the idea of faith-based action have been developed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “Green Street Park” and “Drop by Drop” are new entries from the USCCB’s Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development and published…

Looking for a confirmation gift?

Ann Jonas, general book buyer for the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, has three recommendations to nurture the faith of young people “Dear Young People…Inspiration from Pope Francis for Everyone” by Michael O’Neill McGrath; World Library Publications; 2015; 63 pp; $20. In this new publication, Brother Mickey McGrath, an Oblate of Saint…

Love, war and a tale of two sisters

“The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah. St. Martin’s Press, Feb. 2015. 448 pp. $27.99. By Ann Jonas For The Visitor Author Kristin Hannah has written more than 20 novels, most of them contemporary women’s fiction. After hearing about and then researching the story of a young Belgian woman who created an escape route out of France…

Papal palates: Swiss Guard cookbook to hit shelves by summer

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A cookbook featuring favorite dishes of the three most-recent popes and their elite military corps will be available this summer in English. “Buon Appetito, Swiss Guard” was written by 24-year-old David Geisser, who had worked as a chef and published two popular cookbooks in his native Switzerland before joining the Swiss…

Do you want to get more out of Lent this year?

Books offer practical ideas, reflections to deepen your experience of the season By Ann Jonas For The Visitor Lent is a time for spiritual reflection and holy reading. Here are some book recommendations for spiritual growth and renewal. “Stations of the Cross” by Timothy Radcliffe, art by Martin Erspamer; Liturgical Press; November 2014; 72 pp;…

Biography offers highlights in interesting life of New York cardinal

“An American Cardinal: The Biography of Cardinal Timothy Dolan” by Christina Boyle. St. Martin’s Press (New York, 2014). 281 pp., $27.99. Among U.S. Catholic leaders, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan is probably, due to his role as archbishop of New York and to the attention he garnered in 2013 as a potential candidate for the papacy,…

A Pope Francis book for the Catholic new year

VATICAN CITY — For Catholics a new year begins Nov. 30, the first Sunday of Advent. Our new book, “Pope Francis: A Guide to God’s Time,” explains the church’s liturgical year using the pope’s homilies. The book is published by Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Libreria Editrice Vaticana (the Vatican publishing…

Books for Advent and Christmas seek to inspire faith, guide prayer

By Ann Jonas For The Visitor To help prepare spiritually for the Advent and Christmas seasons, some noteworthy books have recently been published. They offer some wonderful options to deepen our prayer life and make the seasons more meaningful. “Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem” by Adam Hamilton. Abingdon Press, September 2014….

Australian sisters’ lives intertwine in ‘Bittersweet’

By Ann Jonas For The Visitor “Bittersweet” by Colleen McCullough. Simon & Schuster, 2014. 376 pp. $26. Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose 1977 epic saga “The Thorn Birds” sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, has penned her first romantic saga since then, with her recent novel “Bittersweet.” This new book, which again takes place…