Father, son, and an unholy war

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Imagine being a supporter of the Vietnam antiwar movement and the son of a lieutenant general who is the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Imagine your mental and spiritual development placing you in total opposition with the person you admire most. Imagine a faith that helps you through all of this. James Carroll, a best-selling author, does not have to imagine these things: he has lived them.


Get your faith off the shelf

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What have been the most influential books published in the Catholic world in the past generation? I expanded the scope of that question to include the three decades which have passed since the closing of the Second Vatican Council. I narrowed the question by thinking only of books available in English. As a second step, I proposed the same question to a number of my colleagues who gather for lunch each day in the faculty building here at the University of Notre Dame. I was a bit taken aback by the paucity of their suggestions.


Washington Square Serenade

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Steve Earle (New West, 2007)

Steve Earle is, without question, the most overtly political artist in American popular culture. For a long time his activism (and songwriting) focused on his opposition to the death penalty. But shortly after the invasion of Afghanistan, he wrote a sympathetic ballad about John Walker Lindh (the American Taliban), and he only got more pointed and confrontational from there.


Faith at the Edge

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Edited by Angelo Matera (Ave Maria Press, 2008)

If the essayists in a new Godspy.com book are living Faith at the Edge, as the book is named, the majority of young adult Catholics I know are falling off the cliff.


The Counterfeiters

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Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky (Sony Pictures Classics, 2007)

Holocaust films often present concentration camp inmates as if they were only victims, not complex characters with their own unique stories and choices. But Stefan Ruzowitzky's riveting tale about two very different prisoners struggling to find their own answer to an impossible moral dilemma presents us with protagonists who cannot be reduced to caricatures.


Stop-Loss

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Directed by Kimberly Peirce (Paramount, 2008)

Five years and more than 4,000 U.S. deaths after the president declared "mission accomplished," the American public is discouraged, distracted, and dispirited by the war in Iraq, eager to move on but unable to imagine an exit strategy.


Miles from the Sideline

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By Maura Weis (Sorin Books/Ave Maria Press, 2008)

Miles from the Sideline is an appropriate title for Maura Weis’ account of life with her daughter, Hannah, who has severe global developmental delays caused by a rare seizure disorder. The wife of Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis, Weis’ struggles as a mother and as a Christian are no less Herculean than those of the most committed athlete, but they occur in a more private realm.


Between the lines

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Alice McDermott is a writer who likes to get to the heart of things.

With her captivating prose and her ability to walk the fine line between nostalgia and the eternal call to "make it new," McDermott explores the impulses that lead us back again and again to family, to faith, to ourselves. Ultimately her stories offer an opportunity for hope.


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