NEW YORK — Several books about a variety of topics have been suggested as resources that may interest newsletter readers. HNP Today occasionally provides recommendations of publications that may be relevant to friars as well as to their friends and colleagues.
Below are brief descriptions of two books provided by various sources:
Getting a Life: How to Find Your True Vocation by Renée M. LaReau (Orbis Books, 2003) draws on the best of spiritual tradition. This book, recommended by the Franciscan Vocation Ministry of Holy Name Province, offers practical tips to help young adults — or seekers of any age — figure out life’s big questions about career, relationships and self.
Unlikely Spiritual Heroes by Brennan Hill (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2010) was recommended in the June 6 bulletin of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Midtown Manhattan. According to the bulletin, the book “profiles eight improbable candidates for the great things they did” including Thomas Merton, Helen Prejean, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, Pedro Arrupe, Jean Donovan, Dorothy Stang, Maximilian Kolbe and Carol Wojtyla. These unlikely heroes “saw great injustice, sorrow and violence in the world and, in their own ways — some small, some universal — sought and created love, justice peace and hope for our time.”
The HNP Communications Office welcomes e-mails from readers who would like to suggest a book or periodical and asks that a short description of the material. The themes of the recommendations are Franciscan theology and history as well as topics affiliated with Holy Name Province committees and directorates: evangelization, justice and peace, African-American and Hispanic ministries, communications, wellness and fraternal life.
Editor’s note: Recommendations of books and publications can be shared with HNP Today readers by e-emailing information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission deadlines for summer issues were listed in the June 9 newsletter.