Recommended Reading

Jocelyn Thomas Features

NEW YORK — Several books about a variety of topics — both spiritual and practical — 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 their friends and colleagues.

Below are brief descriptions of several books from various sources:

A Taste of Heaven: a Guide to Food and Drink Made by Monks and Nunsby Madeline Scherb (Turcher/Penguin, 2009) was reviewed Jan. 20, 2010, by The New York Times, which reported: “Ms. Scherb tells you who makes what at two dozen religious retreats in Europe and the United States and includes recipes like an unusual pear clafoutis baked with caramels from our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey near Dubuque, Iowa, and a hearty bacon and potato salad with tripel, a bitter ale, from Westmalle Abbey, near Antwerp, Belgium.READING-r

Faith and the Media: Reflections by Christian Communicators edited by Dennis D. Cali (Mahwah, N.J.: Paulist Press, 2010) is one of 14 recently-published books offering reading options for Lent, according to Catholic News Service.

The Cross Was Their Book: Meditations on St. Francis’ Prayer Before a Crucifix by Andre Cirino, OFM, (Tau Publishing, 2009) is recommended by the Newsletter of the Immaculate Conception Province. The book of reflections on five themes is a way of Franciscan prayer that is a way of Franciscan living,” according to Fr. Murray Bodo, OFM, who was quoted in the March 2010 issue of the newsletter. Fr. Andre “opens up for us how to pray and live in the light of faith, hope and love so that we may come to know and live the will of God.”

Time Management: A Catholic Approach by Marshall J. Cook (Boston: Pauline books and Media, 2009) was reviewed recently by Peggy Weber of Catholic News Service, who said that “anyone who has resolved to manage their time better for the new year will rejoice” in Marshall Cook’s book and accompanying workbook. Cook, who taught for 30 years, asks his readers “to look to Jesus as a model of a man who knew what to do with his time.”

The 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 be provided. The themes of 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.