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April 2014:

Pilgrimage—A Sacred Art: Journey to the Center of the Heart

By Dr. Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook

Review: Unlike tourism, pilgrimages are not about the final destination, but rather the journey of life along the way. In her book Pilgrimages—The Sacred Art, Dr. Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook explores how they transform the mind, body, and soul, and break borders between religions, nationalities, and cultures.

This useful and inspiring guide—a life-changing journey in and of itself—uncovers the many reasons why pilgrims decide to venture forth in the first place: to find healing, for spiritual replenishment, simply out of curiosity, to discover their roots. With questions to reflection on before and after a pilgrimage, as well as travel tips to make the most out of the experience, this is a must-read for all seeking the center of their heart.

—Caitlyn Schmid, Editorial Assistant, U.S. Catholic

SkyLight Paths Publishing says: This fascinating look at pilgrimage explores the many dimensions of the pilgrimage experience and how it can lead you on a journey to a greater sense of peace and compassion.

Paperback: $16.99

Available at bookstores or from SkyLight Paths Publishing: 800-962-4544 or shop online at www.skylightpaths.com.

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March 2014:

The Other Side of Chaos: Breaking Through When Life Is Breaking Down

By Margaret Silf

Review: Thee only way out is through” seems a constant refrain in Margaret Silf’s The Other Side of Chaos. This short devotional book is more of an extended reflection on the inevitable transitions that we all face in the course of a life: the death of a loved one, the beginning of a new job, or the end of a marriage.

Throughout, Silf offers the continual reminder that those transitional moments, as disorienting as they can be, are also points of depth when we can reach out for God and then witness God reaching back. Through personal anecdotes and scriptural reflection, Silf takes us on a journey into chaos, and shows us the light of new life on the other side.

—Kira Dault, Assistant Editor, U.S. Catholic

Loyola Press says: The Other Side of Chaos gives us the courage to trust God when life is breaking down and to see that our messes can help us break through to a place where God makes all things new.

Paperback: $13.95

Available at bookstores or from Loyola Press: 800-621-1008 or shop online at www.loyolapress.com.

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February 2014:

Blasphemy: Sentenced to Death Over a Cup of Water

By Asia Bibi

Review: Asia Bibi, a poor Catholic mother of five, was sentenced to death for blasphemy after an argument with Muslim neighbors over a drink of water on a hot day in the fields. Already languishing in a Pakistani prison for four and a half years, her family has had to go into hiding and her most prominent public advocates have been assassinated.

In this moving memoir—the result of a clandestine collaboration with a French journalist—Bibi gets to tell her story in her own words. As the religious persecution of Christians and others is currently receiving greater public attention, her book gives an up-close account of the ugly effects of religious intolerance, vicious discrimination, and unjust blasphemy laws.  

—Meinrad Scherer-Emunds, Executive Editor, U.S. Catholic

Chicago Review Press says: Asia Bibi, who has become a symbol for everyone concerned with ending the violence committed in the name of religion, bravely tells her shocking and inspiring story and makes a last cry for help from her prison cell.

Paperback: $16.95

Available at bookstores or from Chicago Review Press: 800-888-4741 or shop online at www.chicagoreviewpress.com.

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January 2014:

The Case for the Psalms: Why They Are Essential

By N.T. Wright

Review: The Case for the Psalms is renowned scripture scholar N.T. Wright’s personal plea for a rediscovery of and appreciation for the great hymnbook at the heart of the Bible. Wright proposes that the regular praying and singing of the psalms is transformative—that these poems have the power to reshape our inmost selves in relation to the world, space, time, and, above all, God. 

His exposition of these themes in this short, very accessible book explain and communicate his own enthusiasm for the psalms, and his hope that those of us who have lost touch with the psalms or use them in a perfunctory or shallow way might rediscover their power. Wright’s conclusion is simple: all Christians need to read, pray, sing, and live the psalms.  

—Rev. John Molyneux, C.M.F., Editor, U.S. Catholic

HarperOne says: In The Case for the Psalms, world-renowned Bible scholar N.T. Wright urges all Christians to return the church’s original hymnbook to the center of our spirituality.

Paperback: $22.99

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The U.S. Catholic Book Club is a collaborative project of U.S. Catholic magazine and the Catholic Book Publishers Association. The titles featured in the U.S. Catholic Book Club are selected each month by the magazine’s editors from submissions by participating book publishers. The publisher provides a paid advertising in U.S. Catholic magazine for the featured book.