Recommended Reading

Rebecca Doel Features

HNP Today occasionally provides recommendations of publications that are relevant to friars and partners-in-ministry. Below are brief descriptions of the books, one written by an Assumption BVM Province friar and the other recommended by a Washington Theological Union staff member.

God, You Must Have Me Confused with Someone Else: Seeing What I was Missing by Fr. Bob Konopa, OFM (Tau Publishing, 2011) examines what we discover when we begin to “see” ourselves as God sees us. Fr. Bob, who celebrated his 25th anniversary as a Franciscan this year, said: “This new understanding and image of God becomes our new lens through which we see our world, interpret Scripture, understand our life with God, and find guidance of how to live as Christian people. In fact, our lives become increasingly simple, and we become more human, more humble as we model the qualities of God, especially mercy, compassion and love.” The book, which can be ordered from Tau Publishing’s website, is filled with true stories that make its message relevant and meaningful to a wide range of readers.

The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity by William P. Young (Windblown Media, 2007) is recommended by WTU communications director Kerry Turner. The self-published novel, which held a spot on The New York Times best sellers list from 2008 to 2010, wrestles with the timeless question: “Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?” “This book is an interesting compilation of thoughts that all Christians have had at one time or another,” said Turner, who is currently reading the book for a second time. “It helped me to think and pray about my own relationship with God and images of God.” She added: “The author provides an excellent example of the warmth of humanity and the depth of the love of God in a very complex, deeply disturbing situation. He dares to reach into a cold, dark place, seeing forgiveness and healing where others might find it impossible.” 

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, young adults, African-American and Hispanic ministries, communication and wellness.

— Compiled by Rebecca Doel