Recommended Reading

HNP Communications Features

NEW YORK — Several books have been suggested as resources to newsletter readers. HNP Today provides recommendations of publications about a variety of topics — spiritual and historical — that may be relevant to friars and their friends and colleagues.

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 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.

Below are brief descriptions of four books:

Let Your Life Speak: Listening to the Voice of Vocation by Parker Palmeo (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000) is recommended by the Just Books group of St. Mary Parish in Pompton Lakes, N.J. Participants in the group discuss books with themes related to social justice issues.

Saints of the Bible: Exploring Scripture with Holy Men and Women by Theresa Doyle-Nelson, (Huntington, Ind.: Our Sunday Visitor, 2009) is recommended by Bonaventure magazine. The author, a 1981 SBU graduate, offers brief biographies of more than 48 people of the Bible who are recognized as saints by the Catholic Church, according to the Fall/Winter ‘09 issue.

The Saint and the Sultan by Paul Moses (New York: Doubleday, 2009) is recommended by several friars. The book, written by a journalist and released in September, has been excerpted in Commonweal magazine and is a selection of the U.S. Catholic Book Club. Roy Gasnick, OFM, Neil O’Connell, OFM, and Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, speak favorably of this book.

The Wonderful Works of God by Sr. Veronica Inez Rodriques, OSF, Sr. Geraldine Donovan, OSF, and Fr. Philip Bochanski, CO, a celebration of the sesquicentennial history of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, is also recommended by Bonaventure magazine. The book describes memories, celebrations, achievements, hardships and the challenges that were accomplished with deep-rooted prayer and commitment to the mission of living and witnessing to the goodness of the Gospel, according to the article titled “Off the Shelf.”

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