Walking Together: Discovering the Catholic Tradition of Spiritual Friendship

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Tin Can Trust

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Los Lobos (Shout Factory!, 2010)

Former Secretary of Labor Linda Chavez, among others, has argued that current levels of immigration from Mexico are somehow dangerous to the integrity of American culture. Obviously she has not been hanging with Los Lobos. These guys from East L.A. are the most American band since The Band (most of whom were Canadian). They have perfected a blend of Mexican rhythms and flavors with the blues, country, and garage-band roots that feed the soul of these United States.


The Town

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The Town Directed by Ben Affleck (Warner Brothers, 2010)

During the Depression Warner Brothers earned much of its weekly paycheck with gangster movies in which Jimmy Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, and Edward G. Robinson played fast-talking, hard-drinking tough guys who liked to backtalk cops, punch out foes, slap girlfriends, and rob banks with machine guns and fast cars.


Blood Flowers

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Blood Flowers: A Novel
By Mary Judith Ress (iUniverse, 2010) 

In the late 1970s Mary Judith Ress was a young nun arriving in Latin America to do work among the “poor.” Like many coming from the United States, she soon found herself caught up in struggles for social justice for which she had been little prepared.


God in America

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God in America (American Experience and Frontline) on PBS

With recent news of American's lack of religious knowledge, God in America is an important program. Americans were correct about only half of questions on the Pew Forum on a Religion and Public Life questionnaire, though the greater amount of education an individual had, the better they did on the quiz.


The Most Dangerous Man in America

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Directed by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith (First Run Features, 2009)

Plato believed some stories need to be told over and over, fed to our children like mother's milk. The story of the whistleblower is one we must keep telling, for people in high places are forever trying to sell us a new set of emperor's clothes.


St. Francis

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Saint Francis by Robert West (Thomas Nelson, 2010)

St. Francis, who lived and preached in the 13th century, is one of Christianity's most beloved saints. Like many saints, however, time has served to separate him from the actual life he lived. In many minds, he is known only as the lover of animals. He is usually seen with birds, often as a statue in a garden. While St. Francis certainly had that side to him, he was much more than that.


Reading list

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We couldn't include everyone's responses in the Feedback section of October 2010's Reader Survey, "Used books," so here is a selection of responses that includes some of our readers' favorite books and recommendations.

My favorite contemporary book addressing issues related to the Catholic faith today is...

Elizabeth Johnson's Truly Our Sister: A theology of Mary in the Communion of Saints. It strengthens one's love for Mary and helps to make Mary relevant in the lives of today's women.


Radical Disciple: Father Pfleger, St. Sabina Church, and the Fight for Social Justice

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Radical Disciple: Father Pfleger, St. Sabina Church, and the Fight for Social Justice
By Robert McClory (Lawrence Hill Books, 2010)

Millions first saw Father Michael Pfleger in a grainy video as he mocked Hillary Clinton during a May 2008 sermon at Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. Longtime friend Barack Obama denounced his remarks. Pfleger apologized, and Chicago Cardinal Francis George asked him to take several weeks' leave from his parish, St. Sabina, where he has been pastor since 1981.


Not for Profit

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Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities
By Martha Nussbaum (Princeton University Press, 2010)

In an age of globalization, governments and corporations expect colleges and universities to train students for employment. But University of Chicago professor Martha Nussbaum believes students need more than a solid technical education, for colleges and universities are also in the business of forming global citizens who can participate in and strengthen democratic societies.


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