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USC Book Club: Grace Notes

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September 2012:

Grace Notes

By Brian Doyle

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Loyal U.S. Catholic readers need no introduction to Brian Doyle, whose musings, reflections, essays, short stories, and poems have truly graced our pages ever since 1979, when Brian worked here for a year as an associate editor.


Read: Same Call, Different Men

By Michael Cahill |
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By Mary L. Gautier et al.  (Liturgical Press, 2012)

Same Call, Different Men: The Evolution of the Priesthood Since Vatican II presents a comprehensive portrait of the Catholic priesthood in the United States today based on sociological data on 960 priests and interviews with 60 others, both collected in 2009.


Read: A Different Kind of Cell

By Mark Meade |
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By W. Paul Jones (Eerdmans, 2011)

“Everyone in prison is innocent, and every prisoner claims to be a new person.” This dismissive one-liner was told by a parole officer to Paul Jones and reflects a common sentiment of resignation in the face of our country’s rapidly expanding prison population. A Different Kind of Cell: The Story of a Murderer Who Became a Monk challenges many popular presumptions about the possibility of true reform and the value of every human life.


USC Book Club: Psalm-Shaped Prayerfulness

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August 2012:

Psalm-Shaped Prayerfulness: A Guide to the Christian Reception of the Psalms

By Margaret Daly-Denton

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Read: Lift Up Your Hearts by Douglas W. Kmiec

By Nicholas Cafardi |
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Douglas W. Kmiec, author of the new book Lift Up Your Hearts, is a famous constitutional scholar, former dean of the Catholic University law school, chaired professor at Pepperdine law school, and former U.S. ambassador to Malta.


USC Book Club: The Artist's Rule

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July 2012:

The Artist's Rule: Nurturing your creative soul with monastic wisdom

By Christine Valters Paintner

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Unlike other books promising to unlock your creativity, the practices in The Artist’s Rule are rooted in monastic spirituality, gently encouraging the reader not to achieve more creative output, but simply to be more present.


The Case of Galileo: A Closed Question? By Annibale Fantoli

By Kathleen Manning |
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The Case of Galileo: A Closed Question?
By Annibale Fantoli (Notre Dame Press, 2012)

Annibale Fantoli’s The Case of Galileo: A Closed Question? opens where most Galileo books end—with the aging, nearly blind astronomer kneeling before a panel of seven cardinals as they pronounce him “vehemently suspected of heresy, namely. . . that the sun is the center of the world.” Four centuries later, this scene seems absurd. Lay scholars and church hierarchy disagree about many things, but the earth revolving around the sun is not one of them.


Read: When We Were the Kennedys By Monica Wood

By Catherine O'Connell-Cahill |
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When We Were the Kennedys
By Monica Wood (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012)

Monica Wood writes that her book When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine “results from my having been an observant child living in a vibrant place and time.” Amen, especially to the word observant.


USC Book Club: The Way of Goodness and Holiness

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June 2012:

The Way of Goodness and Holiness: A Spirituality for Pastoral Ministers

By Richard M. Gula, S.S.

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Read: Mothers of the Church

By Kathleen Manning |
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Mothers of the Church
By Mike Aquilina & Christopher Bailey (OSV, 2012)

In elementary school I always looked forward to women’s history month each March. Unfortunately, by sixth grade the basic lesson—that in the past women were denied things like voting and jobs just because they were women—was growing a little stale. Things weren’t much better at religious education, where the lessons about women all focused on Mary.


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