Book Review: Contemplative Prayer by Thomas Keating


Author: Thomas Keating Title: Contemplative Prayer Publication Info: [Louisville] : Sounds True, 1995 Summary/Review: Several years ago I attended a retreat where I learned about contemplative prayer.  I found this guide by one of the major proponents of contemplative prayer, Thomas Keating, narrated by Keating himself and decided to listen to is as a refresher.  Keating begins…

Book Review: Walking the Bible by Bruce Feiler


Author and Narrator: Bruce Feiler Title: Walking the Bible Publication Info: HarperAudio (2005) Summary/Review: So, I read and reviewed the book Where God Was Born without realizing that it was a sequel to a previous journey until the author responded to my review on Twitter (oops!).   This journey goes to the places of the five books…

Book Review: American heretics : Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and the history of religious intolerance by Peter Gottschalk


Author: Peter Gottschalk Title: American heretics : Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and the history of religious intolerance by Publication Info: New York: Palgrave McMillan (2013) ISBN: 9781137278296 Summary/Review: I received a free early reviewers copy of this book via the Library Thing Early Reviewers program. As Americans, we proudly proclaim our religious tolerance and maintain that our country was…

Book Review: Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan


Author: Reza Aslan Title: Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth Publication Info: Random House (2013) ASIN: B00BRUQ7ZY Summary/Review: I’ve not read a lot about the historical Jesus so this short summary of his life and times was engaging and enlightening.  “His times” is an important part of the title as few historical documents survive outside…

Book Review: When spiritual but not religious is not enough by Lillian Daniel


Author: Lillian Daniel Title: When spiritual but not religious is not enough : seeing god in surprising places, even the church Publication Info: New York, NY : Jericho Books, 2013. ISBN:  9781455523085 Summary/Review: A Christian minister writes several essays about contemporary religious life, challenging people to go beyond seeing God in sunsets and waterfalls and seeking out God…

Book Review: Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton


Author: Alain de Botton Title: Religion for Atheists Publication Info: New York : Pantheon Books, c2012. ISBN: 9780307379108 Summary/Review: An erudite atheist, de Botton makes a good case for religion.  Not for the belief in god or the supernatural, but the basic fact that humans invented religion and carried it down through the ages that it must serve some…

Book Review: As It Was in the Beginning by Robert McClory


Author: Robert McClory Title:  As It Was in the Beginning Publication Info: New York : Crossroad Pub., c2007. ISBN: 9780824524197 Books by the same author: Faithful Dissenters Summary/Review: McClory boldly declares that democratization is coming to the Catholic Church, and soon, something not readily evident by the Church hierarchy’s growing conservatism in the past 3…

Book Review: Poverty of Spirit by Johannes B. Metz


Author: Johannes B. Metz Title:  Poverty of Spirit Publication Info: Paulist Pr (1976) ISBN: 0809119242 Summary/Review: This is a short, but profound book reflecting on the humanity of Christ incarnated and our own human condition.  It’s one of those books that I really ought to reread and meditate upon to do it justice.  Nevertheless I…

Book Review: Ambassadors of reconciliation by Ched Myers & Elaine Enns


Author: Ched Myers & Elaine Enns Title: Ambassadors of reconciliation Publication Info: Maryknoll, N.Y. : Orbis Books, 2009 ISBN:  9781570758317 Summary/Review: This beautiful book explores the ideas of forgiveness and restorative justice based on the Gospel and Christian teaching.  As a modern example of the teaching of Christ the authors frequently cite the writings and…