Book Marks: New releases on business secrets from monks, daily homilies, and nuns in film
Here are some interesting new book releases for August:
American Catholics in Transition
By William V. D’Antonio, Michele Dillon, and Mary L. Gautier
The Catholic Church in the United States has had its fair share of setbacks which are covered extensively by the press. Through these challenges, American Catholics have continued to evolve the roots of the Catholic faith and have focused on creating a brighter future for the church. American Catholics in Transition (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2013)  invites readers to discuss challenging topics—such as the role of women and politics and the church—to understand the diverse church better.
Veiled Desires: Intimate Portrayals of Nuns in Postwar Anglo-American Film
By Maureen Sabine
Author Maureen Sabine, in her book Veiled Desires (Oxford University Press, 2013) , attempts to theologically and psychologically analyze the role of nuns in films. Although many have been portrayed as obedient women in habits, Sabine seeks to show off their desires and intimacies. This book explores films starring famous heroines like Ingrid Bergman, Audrey Hepburn, and Susan Sarandon, and the stereotypes that come with the idea of nuns.
Happy the People: When Love Becomes Justice
By Marie D. Hoff, Ph.D.
Catholic social teaching is a big part of the Catholic faith, however many Catholics are unfamiliar with it and aren’t exactly sure how it fits into their daily lives. Happy the People (Liguori, 2013)  strives to explain justice simply so that Catholics can enliven their faith and expand their right relationship with God. Marie Hoff shows the importance of working for the global community by connecting prayer, worship, scripture, and church teaching.
Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity
By August Turak
Sometimes success is not measured by profit alone. August Turak’s book Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks (Columbia Business School Publishing, 2013)  proves that fulfillment and service are just as important in business. Turak spent 17 years frequenting the Mepkin Abbey in South Carolina and saw how the monks' dedication and a 1,500-year-old economic model produced a form of capitalism that transcends ethical limitations and internal contradictions.
Fire Starters: Igniting the Holy in the Weekday Homily
By Richard J. Sklba
Bishop emeritus Richard J. Sklba invites readers—especially those who lead weekday Masses—to explore the daily readings. Through recaps and reflections of scripture passages, Fire Starters (Liturgical Press, 2013)  acts as a resource to find inspiration for preparing daily homilies. Sklba’s pastoral and preaching experience accompany his meaningful insights that spark an enriching spiritual journey.
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