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December 20, 2009

Take Them Home for Christmas

      Once in a while someone will ask me if I have any ideas or recommendations for good spiritual or religious books.  I can usually come up with some but Christmas is a special time so the occasion invites us to dig a little deeper in our reserve for information.  To help us along Patricia A. Kossmann, literary editor of America (Dec. 7, 2009) has given us the following.

A Classic Christmas:  Spiritual Reflections, Timeless Literature and Treasured Verse & Scripture, assembled by the publisher.  With its gilded edges, satin ribbon marker and two-color design with illustrations throughout (drawings and period pencil sketches),  it is a book that will be cherished year after year.  Organized around seven sections (Hope, Love, Peace, Journey, Giving, Joy and The Gift) contain poetry, spiritual reflection, literary narrative, folk tales, theological insights and wisdom of the saints, it lives up to the “classic” in its title.  It is well suited not only to private meditative reading, but to sharing and reading from at family gatherings.  (Hard cover $14.99)

Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI The distinguished art publisher Rizzoli International has just released a deluxe illustrated edition of the Pope’s book.  It contains over 120 full-color plates, reproductions of classical depictions of Jesus by a host of famous artists, including Caravaggio, Gaugin and Matisse.  In a glowing review for America of the original text-only edition, Gerald O’Collins, S.J. pointed out that “some sections read like beautifully crafted biblical homilies” and declared that the book “excellently achieves its central purpose.”  This new, lavishly illustrated and over-sized version, in a lay-flat binding on glassy stock, will sit well on anyone coffee table this Christmas season, inviting family and visitors to peruse it spectacular pages.  (Hardcover, $ 60.00)

Home for Christmas by Andrew Greeley is now available for the sentimentally inclined, especially fans of “It’s A Wonderful Life.”   It would not be fair to readers to lay out the plot line.  I shall say only that the story is about love and redemption in the life of its protagonist, an Iraq war hero, his near-death experience and “second chance” at love with his lifelong sweetheart.  The characters are memorable, as are the lessons imparted by the popular and talented Greeley.

Almost First Dog:  the Secret (Rejected) Portuguese Water Dog Application, with text by Spencer Starr and photographs by Sharon Montrose.  This book is a little on the lighter side but a great book for the whole family, especially animal lovers.  Bo, the first Family’s pet, contributes a brief foreword, acknowledging his luck as being chosen over some formidable “competition.”  These range from puppies to senior dogs – all strains and colorations of the breed-touting their unique qualities and what would make them the best White House resident.  A humorous, clever and witty book, I assure you.  Stuff it in someone’ stocking.  (Hardcover, $16.95)

The Trail of Glory  by John J. Gerhard, S.J.  Themes and passages from the Gospel of John, selected by Gerhard, a Johannine scholar, accompanied by dozens of original oil paintings by Helen Owen, a self-taught artist.  This is an oblong spiral-bound soft-cover book.  It is a pictorial history of Jesus’ public ministry.  It will be appreciated by many as an aid to meditating on the journey of Jesus. ($24.95)