Recommended Reading

HNP Communications Features

HNP Today occasionally provides suggestions of publications that may be of interest to friars and their partners-in-ministry. Below are descriptions of three books provided by various sources.

 Rediscovering Catholicism (Beacon Publishing, 2nd edition 2010) by Michael Kelly was recommended by St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Triangle, Va. While not a new book, it has positive reviews and is in its second printing. The message is still pertinent in a day when faith is being questioned. “At a time when many Catholics are disillusioned, questioning their faith, and filled with doubts about the relevance of Catholicism in the modern world, the voice of one man cries out to the world’s largest faith community with a clarity that is rare and inspiring,” according to the book’s description.

 The Boom Boom Book: Practical Tips to Make Sure your Career Doesn’t Go Bust (Ryan Media, 2013) by Michael Ryan. The 1977 graduate of St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y., provides tips for formulating a career, telling readers that a career is like building a house, so take time to put in a solid foundation. The award-winning journalist details the road to success, including how to take care of oneself and to take control, and what managers should avoid. Ryan, who operates a website for the book, was interviewed recently on MSNBC-TV.

 Yes And … Daily Meditations (Franciscan Media, 2013) by Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, was suggested by the Franciscan Action Network, which gives a signed copy as a thank you gift to donors. This paperback book features daily meditations excerpted from the New Mexico Province friar’s written and recorded works. The meditations are arranged around seven themes: methodology, foundation, frame, ecumenical, transformation, process and goal. The book’s description states that it is “an excellent daily prayer resource for fans of Fr. Richard’s work, and those who are looking for an alternate way to live out their faith — a way centered in the open-minded search for spiritual relevance of a transforming nature.”

The HNP Communications Office welcomes emails from readers who would like to suggest a book or periodical. Themes that are relevant to friars and partners-in-ministry — in addition to spirituality and news of the Catholic Church — include topics affiliated with Holy Name Province committees and directorates: evangelization, vocations, justice and peace, wellness, African-American and Hispanic ministries, and young adults.

 Compiled by Wendy Healy