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.


My Room in the Trees

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My Room in the Trees
The Innocence Mission (Badman, 2010)

On the Innocence Mission's most straightforward folk album yet, Karen Peris sings of seasons, of weather (mostly rain), of Monday mornings, of driving, and of East Coast states in simple but profound poetry. There is the sound of deep heartache behind My Room in the Trees, but it's not presented without the characteristic hope that makes the Innocence Mission one of the most refreshing and soul nourishing bands to listen to--particularly on days when you feel like wallowing in self-pity.


Embraced by God: Facing Chemotherapy with Faith

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Embraced by God: Facing Chemotherapy with Faith by Steve Givens (Twenty-third Publications, 2010)

I have never physically met Steve Givens but we have been friends for the past eight years. I am always awakened by his daily reflections in Living Faith, so one day I sent him an e-mail and we have corresponded ever since.


The Bible's Best Love Stories

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The Bible's Best Love Stories by Allan F. Wright (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2010)

When it comes to love stories, I'd be willing to bet that the first thing that comes to mind is not the Bible but romantic movies or novels. Perhaps you might think of couples you knows whose love stands out in the crowd. Yet, God is the author of love, and the Bible, as the Word of God, is a wonderful place to look for examples of love and role models for our own relationships.


American Slang

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The Gaslight Anthem (Side One Dummy, 2010)


iPray: Smartphone apps for the faithful

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No need to lug volumes of spiritual readings around—God’s on your smartphone.

It took me months to save up the money to buy the four leather-bound volumes of the liturgy of the hours. As the 28-year-old primary breadwinner of a family of five, the $39.99 per volume set was not a high priority in our budget.

But after pinching every penny, I purchased all four volumes in a pristine white box. The next day I proudly showed off one volume, with its eight bookmark ribbons, to a friend.

"Isn't this great?" I asked.


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