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Diana WALSH PASULKA. Heaven Can Wait: Purgatory in Catholic Devotional and Popular Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. pp. 207+x. $29.95 hb. ISBN 978-0-1953-8202-0. Reviewed by Ryan MARR, Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA 50309

Ann KESSLER. Benedictine Men and Women of Courage: Roots and History, rev. ed., edited by Neville Ann Kelly. Seattle: Lean Scholar Press: 2014. pp. 480. $26.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-9904497-0-6. Reviewed by Jakob Karl RINDERKNECHT, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 53201 (jakob.rinderknecht@marquette.edu)

John MILBANK. The Suspended Middle: Henri de Lubac and the Renewed Split in Modern Catholic Theology. Michigan / Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014. pp. 110. ISBN: 978-0-8028-7236-4. Reviewed by Cathal DOHERTY SJ, University of San Francisco, CA

Jared DEES. 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator. Indiana: Ave Maria Press, 2013. pp. 160. $8.95 pb. ISBN-13 978-1594713842. Reviewed by Jeffrey S. BURWELL SJ, St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba, MB, R3T 2N2

Scott CARL, editor. Verbum Domini and the Complementarity of Exegesis and Theology. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2015. pp. 192. $25.00 pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7148-0. Reviewed by JASON BERMENDER, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 53223

Hyo-Dong LEE. Spirit, Qi, and the Multitude: A Comparative Theology for the Democracy of Creation.  2014, pp. 362. $32.28 (paper).  ISBN: 978-0-8232-5502-3. Reviewed by Joseph A. BRACKEN, S.J., Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH 45207

Antonio SPADARO. Cybertheology: Thinking Christianity in the Era of the Internet. New York: Fordham University Press, 2014.pp 160. $24.00 pb. ISBN 978-0823257003. Reviewed by Peter BEISHEIM, Stonehill College, North Easton, MA 02357

Nathan R. KOLLAR, Muhammad SHAFIQ, editors. Sacred Texts & Human Contexts: A North American Response to “A Common Word between Us and You.” North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014. Pp. 453. $35.50 pb. ISBN 978-1500845407. Reviewed by Thomas DONLIN-SMITH, Nazareth College, Rochester, NY 14618

Cheryl C.D. HUGHES, Katharine Drexel: The Riches-To Rags Story of an American Saint. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014. VII + pp. 275. ISBN 978-0-8028-6992-0. Reviewed by Francis X. KLOSE, Cabrini College, 610 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087

Ricky MANALO. The Liturgy of Life: The Interrelationship of Sunday Eucharist and Everyday Worship Practices. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2014. pp. 205. $24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-6308-0. Reviewed by Stephen S. WILBRICHT, Stonehill College, Easton, MA 02356

Aimee Upjohn LIGHT, God at the Margins: Making Theological Sense of Religious Plurality. Winona, MI: Anselm Academic, 2014. Pp. 140. $ 16.95 pb. ISBN978-1-59982-188-7. Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR, St. John Fisher College, NY 14618

Franco GARELLI. Religion Italian Style: Continuities and Changes in a Catholic Country. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014. pp.230. $109.95 hc. ISBN 9781472436443. Reviewed by Brandon VAIDYANATHAN, Rice University, Houston, TX 77005

J. Matthew ASHLEY, Kevin F. BURKE, Rodolfo CARDENAL, editors. A Grammar of Justice: The Legacy of Ignacio Ellacuria.  Maryknoll: Orbis, 2014.  pp. 282.  $25.00 pb.  ISBN 978-1-62698-086-0.  Reviewed by Moni MCINTYRE, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA  15282

Lawrence J. McANDREWS. What They Wished For: American Catholics & American Presidents, 1960-2004. Univ. of Georgia Press. 503 pp. 2014 ISBN 978-0-8203-4683-0 503 PP. Reviewed by James R. KELLY, Sociology emeritus, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458

Jonathan Y. TAN. Christian Mission Among the Peoples of Asia. New York: Orbis Books, 2014. pp. 242. $40.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-104-1. Reviewed by Jayne L. WILCOX, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141

Robert MAGLIOLA. Facing up to Real Doctrinal Difference: How Some Thought-Motifs from Derrida Can Nourish the Catholic-Buddhist Encounter. Kettering, OH: Angelico Press, 2014. Pp. 206. $16.95 pb. ISBN: 978-1-62138-079-5 Reviewed by John V. APCZYNSKI,, Professor emeritus, St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY 14778-0012

John BERKMAN and William C. MATTISON, III, eds. Searching for a University Ethic: Multidisciplinary, Ecumenical, and Interfaith Responses to the Catholic Natural Law Tradition. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2014. Pp. 327. $35.00 pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-6844-2. Reviewed by James T. BRETZKE, S.J., Boston College School of Theology & Ministry, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Anselm K. MIN, editor. The Task of Theology: Leading Theologians on the Most Compelling Questions for Today. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2014. pp. 266. $37.00. ISBN 978-1-62698-105-8. Reviewed by Ann MICHAUD, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458

Jacob RAMSAY. Mandarins and Martyrs. The Church and the Nguyen Dynasty in Early Nineteenth-Century Vietnam. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2008. xii-212 pp. Maps, notes, bibliography, index.$ 50.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8047-5651-8. Reviewed by Peter C. PHAN, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

Gerald O’COLLINS. The Second Vatican Council: Message and Meaning. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014. pp. xiv + 225. $24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8311-8. Reviewed by Patrick F. O’CONNELL, Gannon University, Erie, PA 16541

Travis SCHOLL. Walking the Labyrinth: A Place to Pray and Seek God. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2014, pp. 237. $16.00 pb. ISBN 978-0830835836. Reviewed by Fran LEAP, Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA 15601

Matthew LEVERING, Mary’s Bodily Assumption, Notre Dame, University of Notre Dame Press, 2015, pp. 268. ISBN 978-0-268-03390-0. . Reviewed by Christopher RUPERT S.J., LaStorta Jesuit Residence, 2320 Liverpool Rd., Pickering, ON L1X 1V4.

Shai HELD. Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Call of Transcendence. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2013. pp. 300. $39.00 hbk. ISBN 978-0-253-01126-8. Reviewed by Francis BERNA, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

Mary Beth Fraser CONNOLLY. Women of Faith: The Chicago Sisters of Mercy and the Evolution of a Religious Community. New York: Fordham University Press, 2014, pp. 372. $65 hc. ISBN: 9780823254736 (Also eBook). Reviewed by Meg Wilkes KARRAKER, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN 55105 .

Murphy PIZZAPaganistan: Contemporary Pagan Community in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. Farnham, England: Ashgate Publishing, 2015. Hbk. 150. 60.00 ISBN 978-1-40944-283-7.  Reviewed by Hans GUSTAFSON, Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University (MN) and the University of St. Thomas (MN)

Brett C. HOOVER. The Shared Parish: Latinos, Anglos, and the Future of U.S. Catholicism. New York / London: New York University Press, 2014. pp. 304. $49.00 cloth. ISBN: 9781479854394. Reviewed by William A. CLARK, SJ, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA 01610

Margaret O’GARA. No Turning Back: The Future of Ecumenism. Edited by Michael Vertin. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014. pp. 240. $29.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8313-2. Reviewed by Ella JOHNSON, St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, Rochester, NY 14618

Anne M. MARTINEZ. Catholic Borderlands: Mapping Catholicism onto American Empire, 1905 1935. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 2014. Pp. 293. $70.00 hb. ISBN 978-0-8032-4877-9. Reviewed by Ann SWANER, Barry University, Miami Shores FL 33161

Stephen BULLIVANT. Faith and Unbelief. New York/Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2014. Pp. xx + 156. $16.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-4865-3. Reviewed by Benjamin J. BROWN, Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560

Raymond G. HELMICK, S.J. The Crisis of Confidence in the Catholic Church. New York: Bloomsbury, 2014. pp. 293. ISBN 978-0-567-46425-5. Reviewed by Jeffrey KIRCH, C.PP.S., Saint Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, IN 47978

Austen IVEREIGH. The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope. New York. Henry Holt and Company, 2014. Pp. 445, ISBN 978-1-62779-157-1 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-62779-158-1 (electronic book). Reviewed by Daniel H. LEVINE, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI 48109

Leonardo BOFF, Francis of Rome. Francis of Assisi. A New Springtime For The Church. Maryknoll/New York, Orbis Books, 2014, pp. 160. Pb ISBN 978-1-62698-083-9. Reviewed by Solange LEFEBVRE, Universit de Montr al, C.P. 6128 succursale centre-ville, Montr al Qu bec Canada H3C 3J7

Robert LASSALLE-KLEIN, Blood and Ink: Ignacio Ellacur a, Jon Sobrino, and the Jesuit Martyrs of the University of Central America, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2014. pp. 376. $34.00 pb: ISBN 978-1-62698-063-1. Reviewed by Arthur J. KUBICK, Providence, Rhode Island

Joshtrom KUREETHADAM, Creation in Crisis: Science, Ethics, Theology. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2014. pp. 188. $50.00. ISBN: 978-1-62698-100-3 (pbk.). Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE, John Carroll University, University Heights , OH 44118

Steven P. MILLER, The Age of Evangelicalism: America’s Born-Again Years. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. pp. 221. ISBN 978 0 19 077795-2 . Reviewed by Richard RYMARZ, St Joseph’s College, University of Alberta, Edmonton Alberta, T6G 2J5

Brenda E. NOVACK, A Double-Edged Sword. Jehanne d’Arc and Claims to Divine Sanction in Acts of War (Eugene, OR: Pickwick | Wipf and Stock, 2014), xvi + 358 pp., ISBN 13:978-1-62564-238-7, paperback, $41.00. Reviewed by Guy C. CARTER, Saint Peter’s University, Jersey City, NJ

Brendan BYRNE. Life Abounding: A Reading of John’s Gospel. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2014. Pp.376. $39.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-3574-2. Reviewed by Shannon SCHREIN, Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560

Nancy Tatom AMMERMAN. Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes. Finding Religion in Everyday Life. Oxford University Press, 2014. 376 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-991736-5 also eBook. . Reviewed by Ana Lourdes SUAREZ, Catholic University of Argentina, Buenos Aires

James T. BRETZKE, Handbook of Roman Catholic Moral Terms. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2013, pp 260. $24.95 pb. ISBN-978-1626160033. Reviewed by Robert MARKO, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Ilia DELIO, ed. From Teilhard to Omega: Co-creating an Unfinished Universe. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2014. pp. 263. $30.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-069-3. Reviewed by Calvin MERCER, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858

Garry WILLS Bare Ruined Choirs. Doubt, Prophecy, and Radical Religion [First published in 1972- Paulist Press. Reissued 2014. Pp 300 ISBN 978-0-8091-4819-6. Reviewed by Daniel H. LEVINE, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI 48109-1045

Robert Blair KAISER. Inside the Jesuits: How Pope Francis Is Changing the Church and the World. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. Pp. 224. $32.00 hb; $31.99 ebook. ISBN 978-1-4422-2901-3. Reviewed by James T. BRETZKE, S.J., Boston College School of Theology & Ministry, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Laura SWAN. The Wisdom of the Beguines: The Forgotten Story of a Medieval Women’s Movement. Katanoh, New York: BlueBridge, 2014. pp. 208. $13.56 hc. ISBN 1933346973. Reviewed by Ann SWANER, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL  33161

Bernard V. BRADY. Be Good & Do Good: Thinking through Moral Theology. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2014. pp.197. $30.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-099-0. Reviewed by Marie CONN, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Judith SCHUBERT. 100 Questions & Answers on Women in the New Testament. New York, NY: Paulist Press, 2014. pp.115. $16.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-4845-5. Reviewed by Marie CONN, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Kristin M. COLBERG and Robert A. KRIEG, Eds. The Theology of Cardinal Walter Kasper: Speaking Truth in Love. Collegeville, MN: Michael Glazier Liturgical Press, 2014. pp 308. $29.95. ISBN: 9780814683156. Reviewed by Eric W. HENDRY, Plano, TX 75026

Paul CROWLEY, S.J. (Editor). From Vatican II to Pope Francis, Charting a Catholic Future. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2014. pp. 180. $28.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-089-1. Reviewed by Francis BERNA, La Salle University, 1900 W. Olney Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19141

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