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Gerhard LOHFINK, Is This All There Is? On Resurrection and Eternal Life. Translated by Linda M. Maloney. Collegeville, Min.: Liturgical Press, 2018. HC. 300 pp. $34.95. Reviewed by Peter C. PHAN, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

John W. O’MALLEY, Vatican I: The Council and the Making of the Ultramontane Church. Harvard University Press, 2018, 307 pp., ISBN: 978-0-674-97998-7, $24.95 (cloth). Reviewed by Patrick J. HAYES, Redemptorist Archives, Philadelphia, PA 19123.

Thomas P. GAUNT, SJ (ed). Pathways to Religious Life. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018. Pp. 192. $24.95 hb. ISBN 978-0-19-087815-3. Reviewed by Francis BERNA, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

Robert HUDSON, The Monk's Record Player: Thomas Merton, Bob Dylan, and the Perilous Summer of 1966. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2018, pp. 230. ISBN: 978-0-8028-7520-4. Reviewed by Robert P. MARKO, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.

Daniel K. FINN, editor. Empirical Foundations of the Common Good: What Theology Can Learn from Social Science. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017. 246 pp. $99 hb. ISBN 978-0-19-067005-4. Reviewed by Pablo M. ITURRIETA, Dominican University, Ottawa, ON K1R 7G3

Luis Antonio TAGLE. The Risk of Hope: How to Talk about God in the World Today. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018. pp. 137 $20.00 pb. ISBN 9781626982826. Reviewed by Richard SHIELDS, University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, ON.

Alcuin REID, editor. Liturgy in the Twenty-First Century: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives. New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016. pp. 365. $24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-5676-6809-7.
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Uwe Michael LANG, editor. Authentic Liturgical Renewal in Contemporary Perspective: Proceedings of the Sacra Liturgia Conference Held in London, 5-8 July 2016. New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017. pp. 197. $26.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-5676-7842-3.  Reviewed by Ryan MARR, The National Institute for Newman Studies, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.

Edwin E. OLSON. And God Created Wholeness: A Spirituality of Catholicity. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2018. Pp. 237. $28.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-268-0.$28.00. Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY 14618.

Anthony GODZIEBA. A Theology of the Presence and Absence of God. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018. Pp. viii, 331.$49.95 (Amazon).LCCN 2018010934/ISBN 9780814663585 Reviewed by Joseph A. BRACKEN, S.J., Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH 45207

Thomas MERTON, The Climate of Monastic Prayer. Collegeville, Minn: Liturgical Press, 2018. pp. 156. $19.95 pb. ISBN: 9780814663578. Reviewed by Walter N. SISTO, D’Youville, 320 Porter Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201

Juliet MOUSSEAU and Sarah KOHLES. In Our Own Words: Religious Life in a Changing World.  Collegeville, MN.: Liturgical Press, 2018. pp. 238, $17.50 pb. ISBN 978 080814645208 . Reviewed by Richard RYMARZ, BBI-TAITE Sydney, Australia

Robert J. NOGOSEK, C.S.C. Nine Portraits of Jesus: Discovering Jesus through the Enneagram. New York/Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2018. Pp 117, $11.91. ISBN 978-0-8091-5355-8 (paperback); 978-1-58768-721-1 (ebook). Reviewed by James ZEITZ, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas 48207.

Vincent J. MILLER, The Theological and Ecological Vision of LAUDATO SI': Everything is Connected. Bloomsbury T&T Clark, NY: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017. pp. 218. $32.00 pb. ISBN 978-0-67315-206-2. Reviewed by Marie CONN, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA 19118.

Abbot SUGER of Saint-Denis. Selected Works of Abbot Suger of Saint-Denis. Translated with Introduction and Notes by Richard Cusimano and Eric Whitmore. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2018. pp. 293. $65 hb. ISBN 9780813229973. Reviewed by Pablo M. ITURRIETA, Dominican University, Ottawa, ON K1R 7G3

Ilia DELIOA Hunger For Wholeness: Soul, Space, and Transcendence. New York: Paulist Press, 2018. pp. 124. $15.95. pb. ISBN 978-0-8091-5374-9. Reviewed by Andrew DEL ROSSI, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

Marie NOONAN SABIN. Evolving Humanity and Biblical Wisdom. Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2018. pp. 175. $24.95 pb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8452-8. Reviewed by Andrew DEL ROSSI, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

Klyne R. SNODGRASS, Who God Says You Are: A Christian Understanding of Identity. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018. 246 pp., $24.00 paper. ISBN: 978-0-8028-7518-1. Reviewed by Steve W. LEMKE, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA  70126.

Michele DILLON. Postsecular Catholicism: Relevance and Renewal.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2018. pp. 214. $29.95 (hardcover).  ISBN 978-0-19-069300-8.  Reviewed by Sarah Louise MacMILLEN, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA 15282.

George KALANTZIS and Marc CORTEZ, editors. Come, Let Us Eat Together: Sacraments and Christian Unity.  Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2018. pp.250. $26.00 pb.  ISBN 978-0-8308-5317-5. Reviewed by Maureen Beyer MOSER, Eastchester, NY 10709.

Teresia Mbari HINGAAfrican, Christian, Feminist: The Enduring Search for What Matters.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017.  pp.  xxv + 244.  $45.00 pb.  ISBN: 978-1-62698-249-9.  Reviewed by Moni MCINTYRE, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA  15282.

Michael DOWNEY.  The Depth of God’s Reach: A Spirituality of Christ’s Descent.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2018.  Pp. xii + 131.  $ 22.00 pb.  ISBN 978-1-62698-261-1.  Reviewed by Benjamin J. BROWN, Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH 43560.

Vincent PIZZUTOContemplating Christ, The Gospels and the Interior Life.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018. Pp. 209. $24.95 pb.  ISBN 978-0-8146-4705-9.  Reviewed by Francis BERNA, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

Pope FRANCIS, Robert Ellsberg (editor).  The Courage to be Happy, The Pope Speaks to the Youth of the World.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018. Pp190.  $20.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-272-7. Reviewed by Francis BERNA, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19141.

David Vincent MECONI, SJ. The One Christ: St. Augustine’s Theology of Deification. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2013. pp. 280. $69.95 hc. ISBN 978-0-8132-2127-4. Reviewed by Ryan MARR, The National Institute for Newman Studies, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.

Oliver CRISP & Kyle STROBEL. Jonathan Edwards: An Introduction to His Thought. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2018. Pp. 232. $28 pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7269-2. Reviewed by Ann SWANER, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL 33161.

Kira SCHLESINGER. Pro-Choice and Christian. Reconciling Faith, Politics, and Justice. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2017. pp. 130. $14 pb. ISBN 978-0664-26292-1. Reviewed by Pablo M. ITURRIETA. Independent Researcher, ON, Canada.

Jim FOREST, At Play in the Lion’s Den: A Biography and Memoir of Daniel Berrigan.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. 336 pages. $28.00 paperback.  ISBN 978-1-62698-248-2.  Reviewed by Arthur J. KUBICK, Providence, RI.

Mary Jo IOZZIO and Patricia Beattie JUNG, eds. Sex and Gender: Christian Ethical Reflections. Washington, D.C. Georgetown University Press, 2017. Pp. 1-257. Reviewed by Craig A. FORD, Jr., Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467.

Yiu Sing LUCAS CHAN, James F. KEENAN, Ronaldo ZACHARIAS, eds. The Bible and Catholic Theological Ethics. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. 299. $45.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-218-5. Reviewed by Matthew R. PETRUSECK, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

Stanley HAUERWAS.  The Character of Virtue: Letters to a Godson.  With an Introduction by Samuel WELLS. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018. pp. 199.  $21.99 hb. ISBN: 978-0-8028-7579-2. Reviewed by James BRETZKE, S.J., Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

Michael J. KRUGER. Christianity at the Crossroads: How the Second Century shaped the Future of the Church.  Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2018. Pp. 256.  $23.40 pb. ISBN 978-0-8308-5203-1. Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY 14618.

Miguel DE LA TORRE, ed., Faith and Resistance in the Age of Trump. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017.  pp. xxxi + 240. $22.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-247-5. Reviewed by John SNIEGOCKI, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH 45207-4442.

Richard R. GAILLARDETZBy What Authority? Foundations for Understanding Authority in the Church.  Revised and Expanded Edition.  Liturgical Press Academic.  Collegeville, Minnesota.  246 pages.  ISBN: 978-0-8146-8788-8.  Reviewed by: Michael McCALLION, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan. 

John DEAR, They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace & Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018. pp.160. $20.00 pb. 978-1-62698-264-2. Reviewed by Marie CONN, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA 19118.

Timothy R. GABRIELLIOne in Christ:  Virgil Michel, Louis-Marie Chauvet, and Mystical Body Theology.  Collegeville:  The Liturgical Press, 2017.  Pp. 239 + xx.  $34.95 pb.  ISBN 978-0-8146-8397-2.  Reviewed by Stephen S. WILBRICHT, Stonehill College, Easton, MA  02357.

Robert R. BECK. Jesus and His Enemies: Narrative Conflict in the Four Gospels. Maryknoll: Orbis, 2017, pp. 237. $35.00 pb. Reviewed by Leo MADDEN, Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, OH 43219.

Alice L. LAFFEY and Mahri LEONARD-FLECKMAN. Ruth Wisdom Commentary, Volume 8, Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press (Michael Glazier Book), 2017. Pp 200, $30.96 pb. ISBN 978081461077 (hardcover); ISBN 97808146811329 (ebook). Reviewed by James ZEITZ, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas 48207.

Elizabeth A. JOHNSON. Creation and the Cross: The Mercy of God for a Planet in Peril. Maryknoll and New York: Orbis Books, 2018. pp. 238.  $28.00 hb. ISBN 9781626982666 (print), LCCN 2017048275 (ebook). Reviewed by Jill RAITT, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211.

James A. CORIDEN. The Holy Spirit and an Evolving Church. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. pp. 210. $28.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-6269-8263-5. Reviewed by Ryan MARR, The National Institute for Newman Studies, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.

Mary T. MALONEFour Women Doctors of the Church.  Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2015.  pp. 121.  $16.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-240-6.  Reviewed by Moni MCINTYRE, Duquesne University.  Pittsburgh, PA  15282.

Richard G. MALLOY, S.J.  Spiritual Direction, a Beginner’s GuideMaryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017.  Pp. 205.  $20.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-253-6. Reviewed by Francis BERNA, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19114.

Amy G. ODENRight Here Right Now, The Practice of Christian MindfulnessNashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2017.  Pp. 112.  $14.99 pb. ISBN 978-1-5018-3249-9.  Reviewed by Francis BERNA, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 19114.

Nicholas AUSTIN, Aquinas on Virtue: A Causal Reading, Moral Traditions series. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2017. 233 pp., $34.95 paper. ISBN: 978-1-62616-473-4. Reviewed by Steve W. LEMKE, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA  70126.

Anthony J. GITTINS, Courage & Conviction: Unpretentious Christianity. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018. pp 240. pb $24.95. ISBN 9780814644522. Reviewed by Jayne L. WILCOX, LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA 19144.

Gina Hens-Piazza. Lamentations: Wisdom Commentary, Volume 30, Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press (Michael Glazier Book), 2017. Pp 110, $23.21 pb. ISBN 9780814681794 (ebook)/ 9780814681541 (hardcover). Reviewed by James ZEITZ, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas 48207.

Unn FALKEID. The Avignon Papacy Contested: An Intellectual History from Dante to Catherine of Siena. Cambridge, MA; London, England: Harvard University Press, 2017. pp. 269. $49.95 hc. ISBN 9780674971844. Reviewed by Pablo M. ITURRIETA, Independent Researcher, ON L0M0S3.

Paul G. CROWLEY, SJ. The Unmoored God: Believing in a Time of Dislocation. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2017. pp. 128. $26.00 pb. ISBN: 978-1626982468. Reviewed by Daniel LLOYD, Saint Leo University, North Charleston, SC 29406.

Anne E. PATRICKOn Being Unfinished:  Collected Writings.   Ed. Susan Perry.  Maryknoll, NY:  Orbis Books, 2017.  pp. xxv + 309.  $32.00 pb.  ISBN 978-1-62698-255-0.  Reviewed by Paul MISNER, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881.

Elisabeth Schüssler FIORENZA. Ephesians. Wisdom Commentary 50. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017. Pp. 145+lxxxii. $39.95 hb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8174-9. Reviewed by Nicholas R. WERSE, Baylor University, Waco, TX.

Naim Stifan ATEEK. A Palestinian Theology of Liberation: The Bible, Justice, and the Palestine-Israel Conflict. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017, pp. 172. $20.00 pb. ISBN 978-1-62698-260-4. Reviewed by Marie CONN, Chestnut Hill College. Philadelphia, PA 19118.

Mark CHAVES.  American Religion: Contemporary Trends, 2/e.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2017, pp. 160. $14.95 paperback ISBN 978-0-6911-7756-4; $11.99 eBook ISBN 978-1-4008-8837-5. Reviewed by Meg Wilkes KARRAKER, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN 55105.

Stephen Joseph FICHTER. From Celibate Catholic Priest to Married Protestant Minister: Shepherding in Greener Pastures. Lexington Books, 2015. Pp. vii+195. Hardcover $84.76. Reviewed by James CAVENDISH, University of South Florida.

Patrick J. HAYES, editor. The Civil War Diary of Father James Sheeran, Confederate Chaplain and Redemptorist. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2016. pp. 596. $29.95 pb. ISBN 978-0813228822. Reviewed by Karen TEEL, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA 92110.

Johannes BEUTLER, SJ. A Commentary on the Gospel of John. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 2017. pp. 623. $90.00 ($65.68 Amazon) hb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7336-1. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE, Shaker Heights, OH 44122.

William A. CLARKE and Daniel GAST, editors. Collaborative Parish Leadership: Contexts, Models, Theology. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2017. pp. 220. $90.00 hardcover ISBN 978-1-4985-3368-3; $85.50 e-book ISBN 978-1-4985-3369-0. Reviewed by Richard SHIELDS, University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, ON M5S 1J4

Pierre HEGY, Lay Spirituality, From Traditional to Postmodern.  Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2017.  $29.00 Pb, 221 pgs.  ISBN 978-1-5326-3194-8.  Reviewed by Francis BERNA, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA.

Rafael LUCIANI, Pope Francis and the Theology of the People. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. 2017. pp. 199. $28.00 pb. ISNB 9781626982529. Reviewed by Pierre HEGY, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY 11530.

Frederick G. LAWRENCE, The Fragility of Consciousness: Faith, Reason, and the Human Good. Edited by Randall S. Rosenberg & Kevin M. Vander Schel. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017. pp. 424. $95.00 hc. ISBN 978-1-4875-0132-7. Reviewed by Paul LACHANCE, Independent Scholar.

William CAVANAUGH & James K.A. SMITH, eds., Evolution and the Fall.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017.  Pp. xxix + 231.  $26.00 pb.  ISBN 0-802873790.  Reviewed by Daniel L. SMITH-CHRISTOPHER, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA 90278

Colleen M. CONWAY. John and the Joannine Letters. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2017. pp. 188. $29.99 pb. ISBN-13: 978-1-4267-6639-8. Reviewed by Dolores L. CHRISTIE, Shaker Heights, OH 44122

Jame SCHAEFER, ed. Advancing Mariology: The Theotokos Lectures 2008–2017. Marquette Studies in Theology, no. 89. Milwaukee, WI: Marquette University Press, 2017. pp. 320. $20.00 hc. ISBN 978-1-6260-0716-1. Reviewed by Ryan MARR, National Institute for Newman Studies, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

Wilda C. M. GAFNEY. Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017. Pp. 224+xxxvii. $39.95 hb. ISBN 978-0-8146-8162-6. Reviewed by Nicholas R. WERSE, Baylor University, Waco, TX

Emmanuel KATONGOLE. The Journey of Reconciliation: Groaning for a New Creation in Africa. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2017. pp. 216. $30.00 pb. ISBN 9781626982505. Reviewed by Gladys GANIEL, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT7 1NN, UK

Nancy J. AZZARO, The Vision of Christ In St. Columba Church. Brooklyn CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017. pp. 174. $9.99 pb. $4.99 kindle. Reviewed by Christine CALABRESE. Huntington, NY.  

Albert GERHARDS, Benedikt KRANEMANN, tr. Linda M. MALONEY. Introduction to the Study of Liturgy. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2017. Pp. 400. Bibliography. Index. $44.95 pb. ISBN9780814663127. Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY. 14618 

Gerald O’COLLINS with John Wilkins.  Lost in Translation: The English Language and the Catholic Mass. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2017. Pp.122. Bibliography. Index. $17.95. ISBN 9780814644577.  Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY. 14618

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