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Elizabeth A. JOHNSON, Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love. London: Bloomsbury Continuum, 2014. pp. 323. $32.95 hb. ISBN 978-1-4729-0373-0; $22.99 EPUB eBook (extent 256). ISBN 9781472903747. Reviewed by Jill RAITT, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65201

Gary A. ANDERSON, Charity: The Place of the Poor in the Biblical Tradition. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013. pp. 222. $22.23 hb. ISBN 978-0300181333. Reviewed by Jeffrey MORROW, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ 07079

Michael L. SATLOWHow the Bible Became Holy.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014.  pp. 320.  $35.00 hb. ISBN 978-0-300-17191-4.  Reviewed by Alice L. LAFFEY, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA 01610

Hans JOAS. (Alex Skinner, trans.) The Sacredness of the Person: A New Genealogy of Human Rights. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2013, pp. 232. $29.95 paperback ISBN 9781589019690.  E-book 9781589019706. Reviewed by Meg Wilkes KARRAKER, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN 55105

Scott W. BULLARD. Re-membering the Body: The Lord's Supper and Ecclesial Unity in the Free Church Traditions. Eugene: Cascade Books, 2013. pp. 188.  $22.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62032-017-4. Reviewed by Kyle M. NICHOLAS, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA. 98119

John MARENBONAbelard in Four Dimensions: A Twelfth-Century Philosopher in His Context and Ours.  Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013.  pp. 284. $34.00 pb. ISBN 10: 0-268-03530-X, ISBN 13: 978-0-268-03530-3.  Reviewed by Jill RAITT, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211

ROBERT BLAIR KAISER. Inside the Jesuits. How Pope Francis is Changing the Church and the World. Lanham, MD. Rowman and Littlefield.  2014, pp. 210. $31.99 Cloth    ISBN978-1-4422-2901-3. Reviewed by Daniel H. LEVINE, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MMI 48109-1045

Christiana Z. PEPPART. Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and the Global Water Crisis. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2014. Pp. 230. $28.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-056-3. Reviewed by David CLOUTIER, Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD, 21727

J. Abraham VÉLEZ de CEA, The Buddha and Religious Diversity. London: Routledge, 2013. pp 250. $135 hc. ISBN 978-0-415-63972-9. Reviewed by Peter C. PHAN. Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057

Leo D. LEFEBURE. True and Holy: Christian Scripture and Other Religions. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2014. pp. 274. $30.00 pb. ISBN: 978-1-62698-053-2. Reviewed by Daniel LLOYD, Saint Leo University, North Charleston, SC 29406

Todd HARTCH  The Rebirth of Latin American Christianity.   New York. Oxford University Press, 2014;  pp 278 Paper.  ISBN 978019984138. Reviewed by Daniel H. LEVINE, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI 48109-1045

John L. ALLEN, Jr.  The Catholic Church:  What Everyone Needs to Know. Updated Edition. NY, NY:  Oxford University Press, 2014.  290 pages.  $14.00. ISBN 978-0-19-937980-4. Reviewed by Karen Monique GREGG, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46808

Mark R. FRANCIS, Local Worship, Global Church. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014. pp.181. $19.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-1879-0. Reviewed by Marie CONN, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Linda HOGAN and Agbonkhianmeghe E. OROBATOR, editors, Feminist Catholic Theological Ethics. Conversations in the World Church. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2014. Pp. 300. $42.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-078-5. Reviewed by Grégoire CATTA, S.J., Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Chesnut Hill, MA 02467

Diarmuid O’MURCHU, MSC.  The Meaning and Practice of Faith.  Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2014. Pp. 130.  $16.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-081-5.
Thomas McDERMOTT, OP.  Filled With All the Fullness of God, an Introduction to Catholic Spirituality, 2013.  Pp. 110. NY: Bloomsbury T&T Clark.  $22.75pb.  ISBN 978-0-5673-4197-6.  Reviewed by Francis BERNA, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141

Mark MCENTIRE, Portraits of a Mature God: Choices in Old Testament Theology. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2013. Pp 251, $30.38 Hardcover. ISBN 978-0-8006-9941-3. Reviewed by James ZEITZ, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas 48207

Paul LAKELAND, A Council that Will Never End: Lumen Gentium and the Church Today.  Collegeville, MN: Michael Glazier-Liturgical Press, 2013. pp 158. $19.95. ISBN: Reviewed by Eric W. HENDRY, Plano, TX 75026

Thomas HALTON, Trans.  Theodoret of Cyrus: A Cure for Pagan Maladies.  Ancient Christian Writers series, no. 67.  New York/Mahwah, NJ: The Newman Press, 2013.  xv + 360 pages.  $49.95 hc.  ISBN 978-0-8091-0606-6.  Reviewed by Robert P. RUSSO, Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560

Kenneth GARCIA. Academic Freedom and the Telos of the Catholic University. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. pp. 216. $71.73 hardcover. ISBN 978-1-137-03191-4.
Cyril ORJI. The Catholic University and the Search for Truth. Winona, MN: Anselm Academic, 2013. pp. 265. $25.16 pb. ISBN 978-1-59982-277-8. Reviewed by Tim MULDOON, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Robert BARTLETT. Why Can the Dead Do Such Great Things?  Saints and Worshippers from the Martyrs to the Reformation. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2013. 787 pages.  ISBN 978-0-691-15913-3. Reviewed by Richard RYMARZ,  St Joseph’s College, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2J5

Gerard. A  ARBUCKLE, Catholic Identity or Identities?  Refounding Ministries in Chaotic Times. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2013. pp. 245, paperback. ISBN 978 0 8146 3567 4. Reviewed by Richard RYMARZ, St Joseph’s College, University of Alberta, Edmonton Alberta, T6G 2J5

Amy HEREFORD, CSJ, Religious Life at the Crossroads: A School for Mystics and Prophets. Maryknoll,New York: Orbis Books, 2013. pp.206. $20.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-048-8. Reviewed by Shannon SCHREIN, Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560

Paul LAURITZENThe Ethics of Interrogation: Professional Responsibility in an Age of Terror.  Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2013.  Pp. 227.  $26.95.  ISBN: 978-1-58901-972-0.  Reviewed by Moni MCINTYRE, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA  15282

Corrine L. CARVALHO (ed), Pastoral Essays in Honor of Lawrence Boadt, CSP.  Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Books, 2013. Pp. xii + 162. $18.95 pb. ISBN978-0-8091-4838-7. Reviewed by Francis X. KLOSE,  La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141

Celia M. DEUTSCH, Eugene J. FISHER, James  RUDIN (eds), Toward the Future: Essays on Catholic-Jewish Relations in Memory of Rabbi Leon Klenicki. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Books, 2013. Pp. 255 + index. $24.95 pb. ISBN978-0-8091-4841-7. Reviewed by Nathan KOLLAR, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY 14618

Michael E. CONNORS, Ed.  We Preach Christ Crucified.  Collegeville:  The Liturgical Press, 2014.  pp. 239.  $24.95 pb.  ISBN 978-0-8146-3823-1.  Reviewed by Stephen S. WILBRICHT, Stonehill College, Easton, MA  02357

Douglas J. DAVIES with Nathaniel A. WARNE (Editors).  Emotions and Religious Dynamics.  Surrey, England: Ashgate Publishing Limited, pp. xii, 220. 2013. ISBN 978-1-4724-1502-8 (-5025 ebk).   Reviewed by Christopher RUPERT S.J., LaStorta Jesuit Residence, 2320 Liverpool Rd., Pickering, ON L1X 1V4

Agnes HELLER, The Concept of the Beautiful, edited with an essay by Marcia Morgan.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012.  Pp. lv + 165.  $80.00 hardcover.  ISBN 978-0-7391-7047-2.  Reviewed by Stephen OKEY, Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, FL 33574.

Donald H. DUNSON and James A. DUNSON, Citizen of the World: Suffering and Solidarity in the 21st Century. Maryknoll, Orbis Books, 2013. pp. 162. $22 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-045-7. Reviewed by Randall WOODARD, Saint Leo University.

Tracy O’SULLIVAN. Been There All Along. Darien, IL: Carmelite Media, 2013. pp. 178. $16.99 pb. ISBN 978-1-936742-08-0. Reviewed by Keith J. EGAN, Saint Mary’s College and the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN 46637

Mary Ellen KONIECZNY  The Spirit’s Tether: Family, Work, and Religion among American Catholics.  New York: NY: Oxford University Press, 2013, 294 pp. $29.95 (Paperback). ISBN 978-0-19-996579-3.  Reviewed by James CAVENDISH, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620

Richard GRAY. Christianity, the Papacy, and Mission in Africa. Edited with an Introduction by Lamin Sanneh. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2012. pp. 197. $50.00. ISBN 978-1-57075-986-4. Reviewed by Peter C. PHAN, Georgetown University, D.C. 20057

Mary C. BOYS, Redeeming Our Sacred Story: The Death of Jesus and Relations between Jews and Christians.  Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2013.  pp 387.  $29.95.  ISBN: 9780809148172.  Reviewed by Eric W. HENDRY, Plano, TX 75026

Diarmuid O’MURCHU. God in the Midst of Change: Wisdom for Confusing Times. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2013. pp. 195. $20.00. ISBN: 978-1-62698-041-9. (pbk.) Reviewed by Jane RUSSELL, Belmont Abbey College, Belmont, NC 28012

Abbie REESE. Dedicated to God: an Oral History of Cloistered Nuns.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. pp. 250. $34.95 hardback. 978-0-19-994793-5.  Reviewed by Patricia WITTBERG, Sociology Department, IUPUI 425 University Blvd. Indianapolis, IN  46202

Paula M. KANE. Sister Thorn and Catholic Mysticism in Modern America. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2013.  pp314. $39.95 hardback.  ISBN 978-1-4696-0760-3. Reviewed by Patricia WITTBERG, Sociology Department, IUPUI 425 University Blvd. Indianapolis, IN  46202

Anne M. BUTLER.  Across God’s Frontiers: Catholic Sisters in the American West, 1950-1920.  Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 2012, pp. 424.  $45.00 cloth ISBN: 9780807845654.  Also available as E-book.  Reviewed by Meg Wilkes KARRAKER, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN 55105

Willis JENKINS. The Future of Ethics. Sustainability, Social Justice, and Religious Creativity. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2013. pp. 325.  $34.95 pb. ISBN: 978-1-6261-6017-0. Reviewed by Grégoire CATTA SJ, School of Theology and Ministry, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02167

Stanley HAUERWASApproaching the End: Eschatological Reflections on Church, Politics and Life. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2013. pp. 251. ISBN 978-0-8028-6959-3. Reviewed by Marc TUMEINSK, Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA 01612

Peter MCDONOUGH, The Catholic Labyrinth. Power, Apathy, and a Passion for Reform in the American Church.  New York. Oxford University Press, 2013 pp. 380 Paper.  ISBN 978-0-19-975118-1. Reviewed by Daniel H. LEVINE, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI 48109-1045

James L. MARSH and Anna J. BROWN, editors.  Faith, Resistance, and the Future: Daniel Berrigan’s Challenge to Catholic Social Thought.  New York, NY: Fordham University Press, 2012.  ix + 387 pages.  $70.00 hc.  ISBN 978-0-8232-3982-5.  Reviewed by Robert P. RUSSO, Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560.

Fran O’ROURKE, ed. What Happened in and to Moral Philosophy in the Twentieth Century? Philosophical Essays in honor of Alasdair MacIntyre. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013. Pp. 499. $70.00 hb. ISBN 978-0-268-03737-6. Reviewed by David CLOUTIER, Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD 21727.

Thomas M. KELLY, When the Gospel Grows Feet: An Ecclesiology in Context.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2013.  279 pages.  $29.95 paperback.  ISBN 978-0-8146-8077-3.  Reviewed by Arthur J. KUBICK, Providence, RI.

David John AYOTTE, SJ. Globalization and Multicultural Ministry: A Teilhardian Vision. New York/Manwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2012.  pp. 200. $29.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-4816-5. Reviewed by Ann SWANER, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL 33161.

R. Gabriel PIVARNIK. Toward a Trinitarian Theology of Liturgical Participation. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press Pueblo, 2012. pp. 259. Pb. $39.95 ISBN 978-0-8146-4. Reviewed by James DALLEN, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA 99258.

Teresa BERGER, ed. Liturgy in Migration: From Upper Room to Cyberspace. Collegeville, MN, Liturgical Press, 2012. pp. 280. $39.95 pb ISBN 978-0-8146-6275-5. Reviewed by James DALLEN, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA 99258.

Michael GRIFFIN and Jennie Weiss BLOCK (Editors),  In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2013. 206 pages. $24.00 paperback.  ISBN 978-1-62698-050-1.  Reviewed by Arthur J. KUBICK, Providence, RI.

Jay P. CORRIN, Catholic Progressives in England After Vatican II. Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013. pp. 523. Pb. ISBN 13:978-0-268-02310-2 and 10: 0-268-02310-7. Reviewed by Michael P. HORNSBY-SMITH, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, UK.

William LOADER.  Making Sense of Sex:  Attitudes towards Sexuality in Early Jewish and Christian Literature.  Grand Rapids, MI:  William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2013.  176 pages.  $24.00.  ISBN 978-0-8028-7095-7.  Reviewed by Karen Monique GREGG, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46808. 

Mark CANNISTER. Teenagers Matter: Making Student Ministry a Priority in the Church. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013. pp. 254. ISBN 978-0-8010-4852-4. Reviewed by Richard SHIELDS, University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, ON M5S 1J4.

Naomi Schaefer RILEY.  ‘Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage Is Transforming America.  Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 234.  $24.94 cloth ISBN: 9780199873746.  Also available as E-book.  Reviewed by Meg Wilkes KARRAKER, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN 55105.

Mary Christine ATHANS, BVM. In Quest of the Jewish Mary: The Mother of Jesus in History, Theology, and Spirituality. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2013. pp. 210. $19.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-004-4. Reviewed by Mary Joan LEITH, Stonehill College, Easton, MA 02357

Molly WORTHEN. Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.pp. 352. $27.95 hb. ISBN: 978-0-19-989646-2. Reviewed by Philip E. THOMPSON, Sioux Falls Seminary, Sioux Falls, SD 57105

D. C. SCHINDLER, The Catholicity of Reason. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013. pp. 333. $30.00 pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-6933-3. Reviewed by Derek HATCH, Howard Payne University, Brownwood, TX 76801

James H. KROEGER, ed. The Gift of Mission: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. The Maryknoll Centennial Symposium. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2013.  pp. 268. $48.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-012-9. Reviewed by Robert E. WRIGHT, Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, TX 78216.

Veronica Mary ROLF. Julian’s Gospel: Illuminating the Life & Revelations of Julian of Norwich. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2013. pp. xi + 660. $38.00 cloth. ISBN 978-1-62698-036-5. Reviewed by Patrick F. O’CONNELL, Gannon University, Erie, PA 16541

Vern BENGSTON, Norella PUTNEY and Susan HARRIS, Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down Across the Generations, New York: Oxford University Press, 2013, pp 272.  ISBN 978-0199948659 Reviewed by Richard RYMARZ, St Joseph’s College, University of Alberta, Edmonton Alberta, T6G 2J5

Patrick F. O’CONNELL, editor with introduction.  Thomas Merton: Selected Essays.  Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2013.  pp. 493.  $50.00 hb.  ISBN 978-1-62698-023-5.  Reviewed by Calvin MERCER, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858

Raymond F. PALOUTZIAN and Crystal L. PARK, eds.  Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 2nd ed.  New York: Guilford Press, 2013.  pp. 698.  Np.  ISBN 978-1-4625-1006-1.  Reviewed by Calvin MERCER, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858

Ruben L. F. HABITO, Zen and the Spiritual Exercises: Paths of Awakening and Transformation. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2013. pp 237. $25.00. ISBN: 9781626980464. Reviewed by Eric W. HENDRY, Plano, TX 75026

David V. MECONI, S.J. The One Christ: St. Augustine’s Theology of Deification. Washington D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2013. pp. xx + 280. $64.95 hb. ISBN 978-o-8132-2127-4. Reviewed by Jill RAITT, Professor Emerita, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65201

Stanley E. PORTER, How We Got the New Testament: Text, Transmission, Translation. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013. pp. 222.  $21.99 paperback. ISBN: 978-0-8010-4871-5. Reviewed by Wilburn T. STANCIL, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO 64110

Timothy MATOVINA. Latino Catholicism: Transformation in America’s Largest Church. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2012. Pp. 328. $29.95 cloth. ISBN: 9780691139791. Reviewed by Elfriede WEDAM, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL 60660

THE LETTER TO THE ROMANS: The Bible in Medieval Tradition. Ian Levy, Philip Krey, Thomas Ryan, translators and editors.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013.  pp. 339.  $34.00  pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-0976-6.  Reviewed by Maureen Beyer MOSER, 12 Woodlot Rd., Eastchester, NY 10709.

Andrew Michael FLESCHER  Moral Evil.  Moral Traditions Series.  Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2013. pp. 280. $32.95 pb/ebook. ISBN 978-1-62616-010-1.  Reviewed by James T. BRETZKE, S.J., Boston College School of Theology & Ministry, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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