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A Book of Uncommon Prayer: 100 Celebrations of the Miracle & Muddle of the OrdinaryBrian DoyleSorin Books / 2014 / Trade Paperback$11.49 Retail:
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In A Book of Uncommon Prayer: 100 Celebrations of the Miracle & Muddle of the Ordinary, acclaimed essayist and novelist Brian Doyle presents one hundred new prayers that evoke his deep Catholic belief in the mystery and miracle of the ordinary (and the whimsical) in human life. Not the beautiful, formal, orthodox prayers of the Catholic tradition, Doyle's prayers include eye-opening hymns to shoes and faith and family. By focusing on experiences that may seem the most unprayerful (one prayer is titled "Prayer on Seeing Yet Another Egregious Parade of Muddy Paw Prints on the Floor"), he gives permission to discover the joys and treasures in what he often calls the muddle of everyday life.
In 40 Days, 40 Ways, author Marcellino D'Ambrosio encourages readers to take a fresh look at the Lenten season and try something more than just "giving something up." Try out one of these 40 new ideas designed to strengthen your spiritual life as you prepare for the celebration of Easter. Each idea includes a short reflection to help you incorporate the idea into your daily living.
Illuminating Unity: Four Perspectives on Dei Verbum's One Table of the Word of God and the Body of ChristRhodora E. BeatonMichael Glazier / 2014 / Trade Paperback$16.99 Retail:
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Fifty years ago, Dei Verum called Catholics to reflect on the inherent unity of the "one table of the word of God and the body of Christ." Drawing from a variety of ancient and modern insights, the author proposes a fresh view of word and sacrament as interrelated facets of God's one enduring revelation. Like a table with four sides, the unity of the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist can be seen from the viewpoints of prophecy, pneumatology, language, and sacramentality.
Grounded in Catholic systematic theology, the author extends the conversation to ecumenical reflection and implications for communities of faith.
Chastity Is for Lovers: Single, Happy, and (Still) a VirginArleen SpenceleyAve Maria Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback$10.49 Retail:
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In her debut book, seasoned journalist and self-professed "happy virgin" Arleen Spenceley offers a mature, funny, and relatable vision of Catholic teaching on chastity for young adults. Chastity Is for Lovers provides perspective on a variety of topics (the difference between chastity and abstinence, how virginity is an affirming and valuable life choice, how the word "purity" can be harmful in ministry settings, how to date well, and why sexual self-control is the best form of marriage preparation) and gives single adults the best possible chance to find true love. She carefully avoids using language that shames readers and instead presents a view of chastity that is joyful and positive.
This study analyzes Marian congregational song in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States from 1854 to 2010, focusing not only on the texts and music, but also on the contexts out of which these songs came. Marian devotion before 1854 is explored as well as pertinent developments in the Roman Catholic Church - particularly Vatican II - and other cultural developments. Through the quantitative and qualitative analysis of these songs, this work develops a broader understanding of how Marian congregational song developed, persisted, and changed as a mediator of Marian devotion.
Sorting Out Catholicism: A Brief History of the New Ecclesial MovementsMassimo FaggioliMichael Glazier / 2014 / Trade Paperback$15.49 Retail:
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Opus Dei, Focolare, Community of Sant'Egidio, Neocatechumenals, Legionaries of Christ, Communion and Liberation. These are but a few of the most recognizable names in the broader context of the so-called ecclesial movements. Their history goes back to the period following the First Vatican Council, crosses Vatican II, and develops throughout the twentieth century. It is a history that predates and prepares the movements' rise in the last three decades, from John Paul II to Benedict XVI. To learn more about this new face of Catholicism means to grasp the intersection of church, politics, and society as well as the potential development of Catholic evangelicalism in the church of the "New Evangelization."
Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II: Prayers, Reflections, and Activities for FamiliesDonna-Marie Cooper O'BoyleAve Maria Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback$2.39 Retail:
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Designed by Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle for families with young children, Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II offers a variety of prayers and practices for each day of Lent. This family guide to prayer and Lenten devotion is the perfect way to deepen a family's observance of Lent while also learning about St. John Paul II, beloved pope for more than thirty-five years (1978 –2005) and one of the Church's newest saints.
Gregory the Great: Moral Reflections on the Book of Job, Volume 1 (Introduction and Books 1-5)Brian Kerns, Mark DelCoglianoCistercian / 2014 / Hardcover$37.49 Retail:
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The most sustained commentary on the Book of Job before the modern era, Gregory the Great's homilies serve as a summa of Christian doctrine, from creation to the final judgment. Gregory sees Job as a figure of Christ who suffered innocently without reproach and was duly honored by God for his righteousness.
During Lent we are surrounded by visual reminders of Jesus' last hours. In Stations of the Cross, renowned author and spiritual master Timothy Radcliffe, OP, offers readers a thoughtful meditation on this powerful devotion. Through word and image Radcliffe offers a profound experience of reflecting on the Stations of the Cross that is both visually and spiritually inspiring. With each reflection, he draws from stunning art commissioned by award-winning liturgical artist Martin Erspamer, OSB.
Stations of the Cross is perfect Lenten reading by an author well regarded for his spiritual writings. It is a beautiful invitation to deeper meditation and richer contemplation of this solemn season of prayer and penance.
The Lives of Monastic Reformers 2: Abbot Vitalis of Savigny, Abbot Godfrey of Savigny, Peter of Avranches, and Blessed HamoHugh Feiss, Ronald Pepin, Maureen M. O'BrienCistercian / 2014 / Trade Paperback$19.95Availability: NewCBD Stock No: WW072308
This volume offers translations of the twelfth-century Latin vitae of four monks of the Monastery of Savigny: Abbot Vitalis, Abbot Godfrey, Peter of Avranches, and Blessed Hamo. Founded in 1113 by Vitalis of Mortain, an influential hermit-preacher, Savigny expanded to a congregation of thirty monasteries under his successor Godfrey (1122-1138). In 1147, the entire congregation joined the Cistercian Order. Around 1172, two monks of Savigny, Peter of Avranches and Hamo, friends but very different personalities, died. Their stories were told in two further vitae.
The vitae of these four men exemplify the variety of people and movements found in the monastic ferment of the twelfth century.
On the anniversary of the dedication of the monastery church at Clairvaux, Saint Bernard spoke to the community to explain the meaning of the feast: "What sanctity can these stones have that we should celebrate their festival? They do indeed have sanctity, but it is because of your bodies. . . . Your bodies are holy because of your souls, and this house is holy because of your bodies."
The thirty-eight sermons in this volume carry forth this theme, revealing the holiness of the monastic life as monks alternate through the rhythm of the day and the year between the opus Dei and manual labor, journeying faithfully through life to death and the transitus to glory.
Revelation: Catholic Commentary on Sacred ScripturePeter S. WilliamsonBaker Academic / 2014 / Trade Paperback$15.99 Retail:
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In this addition to the well-received Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (CCSS), seasoned New Testament scholar and popular speaker Peter Williamson interprets Revelation from within the living tradition of the Church for pastoral ministers, lay readers, and students alike. Drawn from the best of contemporary scholarship, series volumes are keyed to the liturgical year and include an index of pastoral subjects.
Coming in December
Catholicism has been a prominent Christian sect for more than 1,700 years, and is professed by more than 1.2 billion people worldwide. People outside the faith who seek to understand it sometimes have trouble comprehending its structure, values, traditions, and beliefs. Idiot's Guides: Catholicism holds the key to the mysteries of the Church.
St. Augustine (354-430), one of the most influential thinkers in the history of Christianity, was also a struggling North African pastor who had a flair for teaching and who meditated deeply on the mysteries of the human heart. This study examines a little-known side of his career: his work as a teacher of candidates for baptism. This reconstruction of Augustine's catechumenate provides fresh perspectives on the day-to-day life of the early church and on the vibrancy and eloquence of Augustine the preacher and teacher.
In this new edition, both the text and notes have been revised from top to bottom to better reflect the state of contemporary scholarship on Augustine, on liturgical studies, and on the catechumenate, both ancient and modern. This edition also includes new findings from some of the recently discovered sermons of Augustine and incorporates new perspectives from recent research on early Christian biblical interpretation, debates on the Trinity, the evolution of the liturgy, and much more.
Make the Words Your Own: Praying Through the Psalter with St. Athanasius of AlexandriaBenjamin WaymanParaclete Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback$13.99 Retail:
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God wants friends, not minions. God wants honest conversation partners. We misunderstand the kind of friendship God wants with us if we think we should always be singing praises to him. How can we sing praises when we are in bondage to addiction? or mourning the loss of a parent? or devastated by the doctor’s report of terminal illness? We can’t. That’s why the psalms represents the full range of human emotion and faith. The Psalter was the essential prayer book of the early church and Athanasius one of the church’s most prominent pastors. Ben Wayman introduces contemporary Christians to this ancient, classic guide for praying the Psalms – the earliest we possess. Readers are invited to pray along with Athanasius and make the words their own.
Joyful Witness: How to Be an Extraordinary CatholicRandy HainServant Books / 2014 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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We want others to know the joy we've discovered as Catholics and have an impact for good in the lives of others. But can busy, ordinary men and women of faith do something that really makes a difference? Author Randy Hain shares creative ways Catholics can live their faith and pass it on to others - often with extraordinary results.
Flunking Sainthood Every Day: A Devotional for the Rest of UsJana RiessParaclete Press / 2014 / Hardcover$14.99 Retail:
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In her memoir, Flunking Sainthood, Riess failed twelve different spiritual practices over the course of a year but discovered to her surprise that even the ones she failed most spectacularly taught her something important. In this beautiful daily devotional, readers who want to go deeper into the twelve spiritual practices will find 365 days of guidance, arranged according to monthly practices such as gratitude, generosity, prayer, Sabbath-keeping, and hospitality.
Each day includes a short scripture verse, an inspirational reading from a contemporary or classic spiritual thinker, and a brief prayer, reflection, or follow-up action related to the day’s theme. These daily devotions help readers understand that spiritual growth is a lifelong journey without a fixed destination - and that there is great compassion for all of us who are flunking sainthood.
Postmodernity and Univocity: A Critical Account of Radical Orthodoxy and John Duns ScotusDaniel P. HoranFortress Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback$21.99 Retail:
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Nearly twenty-five years ago, John Milbank inaugurated Radical Orthodoxy, one of the most significant and influential theological movements of the last two decades. In Milbank's Theology and Social Theory, he constructed a sweeping theological genealogy of the origins of modernity and the emergence of the secular, counterposed by a robust retrieval of traditional orthodoxy as the critical philosophical and theological mode of being in the postmodern world. That genealogy turns upon a critical point-the work of John Duns Scotus as the starting point of modernity and progenitor of a raft of philosophical and theological ills that have prevailed since. Milbank's account has been disseminated proliferously through Radical Orthodoxy and even beyond and is largely uncontested in contemporary theology.
The present volume conducts a comprehensive examination and critical analysis of Radical Orthodoxy's use and interpretation of John Duns Scotus. Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M. offers a substantial challenge to the narrative of Radical Orthodoxy's idiosyncratic take on Scotus and his role in ushering in the philosophical age of the modern. This volume not only corrects the received account of Scotus but opens a constructive way forward toward a positive assessment and appropriation of Scotus's work for contemporary theology.
Bodies of Peace: Ecclesiology, Nonviolence, and WitnessMyles WerntzFortress Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback$29.99 Retail:
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This book argues that Christian nonviolence is both formed by and forms ecclesial life, creating an inextricable relationship between church commitment and resistance to war. Examining the work of John Howard Yoder, Dorothy Day, William Stringfellow, and Robert McAfee Brown, this book explores how each thinker's advocacy for nonviolent resistance depends deeply upon the ecclesiology out of which it comes. These forms comprise four strands of a comprehensive Christian approach to a nonviolent witness rooted in ecclesial life.
Because each of these figures' ecclesiology implicates a different mode of resistance to war and a different relation between ecclesiology and resistance to war, the volume argues that any account of an ecclesially-informed resistance to war must be open to a multitude of approaches, not as pragmatic concessions, but as a foretaste of ecumenical unity. Insofar as the pursuit of peace in the world can be seen as a church bearing out the work of the Spirit, the approach of other ecclesial traditions can be seen not as competitors but as common works of the Spirit, which other traditions may learn from and be challenged by.
At the Heart of the Liturgy: Conversations with Nathan D. Mitchell's Amen Corners, 1991-2012Pueblo Books / 2014 / Trade Paperback$32.99 Retail:
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From 1991 to 2012, Nathan D. Mitchell was the author of the "Amen Corner" that appeared at the end of each issue of Worship. Readers of Worship grew accustomed to Nathan's columns as invitations to rethink the practice of Christian worship through a liturgical theology that was interdisciplinary, aesthetic, and attentive to history. With the soul of a poet, Nathan was always on the lookout for the turn of phrase, the image, stanza, or metaphor from other classic wordsmiths that could capture the liturgical insight he wanted to explore.
For the first time, this volume assembles some of the most important of these columns around the themes of body, Word, Spirit, beauty, justice, and unity. In addition, Nathan's former students offer substantive commentary through essays that invite the reader to consider how the themes raised by Nathan might develop in the coming years.
This collection is a must-read both for those who admired Nathan's contribution to liturgical studies and for a newer generation of scholars seeking to discern the frontiers of liturgical theology.
Imagining Abundance: Fundraising, Philanthropy, and a Spiritual Call to ServiceKerry A. RobinsonLiturgical Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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Fundraising is ministry - a transformative ministry that challenges all people to realize their own gifts and how they can be used for the benefit of the church. In Imagining Abundance, Kerry Robinson focuses on reasons why each of us are called to be stewards. We act because we're excited about what it is that we do for the church and where we're called by God to be, we want others to be just as excited about what that is, and we want people to be partners with us in that ministry.
In Imagining Abundance, Kerry Robinson offers an inspirational and practical guide to effective fundraising that is ideal for anyone invested in a faith community. Bishops, provincials, pastors, ministers, executive and development directors and trustees of faith-based organizations will benefit from this healthy approach to the activity of fundraising that situates successful development in the context of ministry and mission.
The Liturgy of Life: Interpreting the Interrelationship between Sunday Eucharist and Practices of Everyday WorshipRicky Manalo Ph.D.Pueblo Books / 2014 / Trade Paperback$23.49 Retail:
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Everyday worship practices - from praying the rosary to moments of recognizing the beauty of God's creation, from being moved by the power of music to praying Vespers on an iPad - not only take place at different locations and during different days of the week but also dynamically interact with one another. The Liturgy of Life examines the interrelationship between the practice of Sunday Eucharist and the many nonofficial worship practices that mark the everyday lives of Christians who continually negotiate the boundaries of official teaching on liturgy.
Drawing on the writings of theologians and sociologists of lived religion and data from an ethnographic research project, this timely work stretches the contextual horizon of liturgical scholarship and presents a provocative and dynamic paradigm of Christian worship for the twenty-first century.
A Daily Catholic Moment: Ten Minutes a Day Alone With GodPeter CelanoParaclete Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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Deepen your spiritual life in 2015 using this simple devotional, filled with short readings of classic Catholic wisdom and spiritual practice. This book includes a daily reflection, phrases from Holy Scripture, and brief prayers.
Coming in January
The Princess Guide: Faith Lessons from Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping BeautyJenessa Terraccino, Teresa TomeoServant Books / 2015 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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Using familiar princess stories as backdrops, Jessica Terraccino shows young women how to be a true princess in the kingdom of God. Offering lessons in strong, feminine character, The Princess Guide provides women with lasting values that make them beautiful inside and out so they can experience God's approval and stop seeking approval from the outside world.
Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval for Theology and Biblical InterpretationMichael Allen, Scott R. SwainBaker Academic / 2015 / Trade Paperback$14.99 Retail:
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Can Christians and churches be both catholic and Reformed? In this volume, two accomplished young theologians argue that to be Reformed means to go deeper into true catholicity rather than away from it. Their manifesto for a catholic and Reformed approach to dogmatics seeks theological renewal through retrieval of the rich resources of the historic Christian tradition. The book provides a survey of recent approaches toward theological retrieval and offers a renewed exploration of the doctrine of sola scriptura. It includes a substantive afterword by J. Todd Billings.
Coming in February
The Spirit of St. Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope FrancisJorge Mario BergoglioFranciscan Media / 2015 / Hardcover$13.99 Retail:
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Published in cooperation with the Vatican, this original collection brings the life and legacy of Saint Francis of Assisi to life through the pope's uplifting and challenging words.By taking the name of one of the most venerated figures in Christendom, Pope Francis set a high bar for his papacy. Saint Francis renounced wealth and honor in order to proclaim the Gospel message to a lost generation. His exuberant love for God and radical example of Christian life awakened hope in countless followers and renewed the Church.
What Teens Want You to Know (Learning the Secret Language of Teens)Roy PetitfilsFranciscan Media / 2015 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:
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From nearly two decades listening to young people tell him things they were not telling their parents and anyone else, Roy Petitfils learned that often what teens think and feel most deeply are not what most of society assumes about them. What Teens Want You to Know gives voice to ten things young people want adults to know but for a myriad of reasons won't tell us. Petitfils discusses such issues as the adults role in a relationship with a teen, acceptance of teen behavior, teens desire to serve, and much more. If you are a parent, godparent, coach, teacher, mentor, neighbor, employer, pastor, or youth minister, you will want and need to read What Teens Want You to Know (But Wont Tell You).
Inspired: The Powerful Presence of the Holy SpiritFather Gary CasterServant Books / 2015 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:
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While the Holy Spirit has been the focal point of the Charismatic Renewal movement since the 1960s, for many Christians the Third Person of the Trinity is an impenetrable mystery. Inspired explains the role of the Spirit in each Christian's life. Fr. Caster shows readers how the Spirit’s action brings God’s power and perspective to every area of life.
Coming in March
Our lives are lived in virtue and vice and, most often, in the ordinary space between. We stumble and rise back up, ready to take on another challenge, another day. Heather King highlights these ups and downs of our lives, noting that while all of us have places of suffering and pain, those who believe in the goodness of God find a particular blessing in the workings of our lives.
When You Suffer: Biblical Keys for Hope and UnderstandingJeff Cavins, Scott HahnServant Books / 2015 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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When You Suffer is a refreshing look at the mystery of pain and suffering and how to find meaning and even joy in the midst of it. Jeff Cavins discusses why we suffer and how our suffering can draw us closer to God. He explains that suffering is the greatest opportunity to love as Christ loves and how, by "offering up" our suffering, we join in the Christ’s mission to redeem the world.
Coming in April
Highlighting legends such as Mary Astor, John Wayne, Alfred Hitchcock, Spencer Tracy, Lana Turner, Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Betty Hutton, and Bob Hope, Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends uncovers stories of recovery and conversion - intimate portraits that often contrast with the more common profiles of these all-too-human stars. Many were touched by infidelity, alcoholism, unbridled ambition, or other moral failings that often seem to characterize life in Hollywood. Some had deathbed conversions, others underwent a gradual process of conversion; each found solace in embracing the Catholic faith.
Scapulars, candles, holy water, rosaries, relics, medals—these sacramentals are a profound grace to many, but still a mystery to some. In Amazing Graces, author Julie Dortch Cragon takes a look at the most popular sacramentals, explaining what a sacramental is, their history in the Church, the difference between a sacrament and a sacramental, and why sacramentals are still important channels of grace for you today. Using personal stories, Cragon shows you how sacramentals can increase your faith and provide tangible help and special blessings in times of difficulty.