Book Reviews:

Books on new pope each offer unique perspective; all worth a read

Books on new pope each offer unique perspective; all worth a read Pope Francis in His Own Words, edited by Julie Schwietert Collazo and Lisa Rogak. New World Library (Novato, Calif., 2013). 137 pp., $12.95. Pope Francis by Matthew E. Bunson. Our Sunday Visitor, (Huntington, Ind., 2013). 222 pp., $16.95. Pope Francis: The Pope from the End of the Earth by Thomas J. Craughwell (St. Benedict Press, 2013). 175 pp., $22.95. Pope Francis: From the End of the Earth to Rome by the staff of the Wall Street Journal. HarperCollins Publishers (New York, 2013). 185 pp., $6.99. A Call to Serve: Pope Francis and the Catholic Future by Stefan von Kempis and Philip F. Lawler. Crossroad Publishing (Chestnut Ridge, N.Y., 2013). 157 pp., $16.95. 


Jean-Marie Odin’s heroic travels laid the foundation for the Church in Texas

Foley-Button-2.jpgAny images you may hold of the life of a bishop will never be quite the same after you read Dr. Patrick Foley’s Missionary Bishop: Jean-Marie Odin in Galveston and New Orleans. The life of a missionary bishop, which Jean-Marie Odin was the very embodiment of — was a rough and tumble affair in the American frontier he came to from his native France in the 1830s, and where he served until his death as the Archbishop of New Orleans at the end of the 1860s.


Two books provide insights into suffering and joy from different angles

Two books provide insights into suffering and joy from different angles Recipe for Joy: A Stepmom's Story of Finding Faith, Following Love and Feeding a Family by Robin Davis. Loyola Press (Chicago, 2013). 147 pp., $13.95. Stations of the Heart: Parting with a Son by Richard Lischer. Alfred A. Knopf (New York, 2013). 247 pp., $25.