Mother Teresa’s Prescription: Finding Happiness and Peace in Service, Paul A. Wright, M.D., ’72 (Ave Maria Press).When the author’s fulfilling personal and professional life still left him feeling empty, he sought out Mother Teresa, whom he considered an expert on living the Christian life. Here he tells the story of his five-year life-transforming friendship with the woman he knew as a living saint and shares the lessons he gleaned from her. The foreword is by Father Ted Hesburgh, CSC. All royalties from his book are being donated to the Missionaries of Charity.
On Having a Heart Attack: A Medical Memoir William O’Rourke (University of Notre Dame Press). At age 45, while heading to his seat at Notre Dame stadium for a USC game, the author suffered a heart attack. In this informative chronicle of the attack itself and of his subsequent hospitalization and recovery, the Notre Dame professor of English reveals the fear, hope and even humor of this frightening experience. Information about treatment and prevention, as well as a medical glossary and selected bibliography are included.
Aligned Thinking: Make Every Moment Count, Jim Steffen ’66 (Berrett-Koehler Publishers). The author presents a time-management system designed to balance both one’s personal and professional life. Based on interviews with more than 3,000 managers about their leadership effectiveness, Steffen devised the process he named aligned thinking, which offers tools to help define and reach workplace and lifetime goals. The foreword is by Ken Blanchard, author of The One Minute Manager.
The Chicken Soup Game, Paul Kostolansky ’89, illustrations by Greg Broyles (Brokaw Enterprises). This children’s book, appropriate for ages 5 through 11, tells the story of Notre Dame’s come-from-behind victory against the Houston Cougars in the 1979 Cotton Bowl. A “For Mom and Dad” page at the end offers a game summary and statistics.
Wisdom of the Celtic Saints: Revised & Expanded, Edward C. Sellner ’78M.A., ’81Ph.D. (Bog Walk Press). A history of the Celtic Church of the Middle Ages provides background for these stories and sayings of the Celtic saints who helped bring Christianity to Europe. Along with profiles of 28 saints from the sixth to ninth centuries, the author includes a map of the main Celtic monastic sites in Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and Brittany as well as recommended readings.
Books in Brief:
The Color of Law: A Novel, Mark Gimenez ’80J.D. (Doubleday). A legal thriller starring a hotshot Texas attorney who is assigned a case that may bankrupt his business but save his soul.
The Right to Be Wrong: Ending the Culture War Over Religion in America, Kevin Seamus Hasson ’79, ’82M.A., ’85J.D. (Encounter Books). A readable and witty legal, historical and cultural overview of religious intolerance, church-and-state issues, and fanaticism from an expert on religious freedom cases.
Between a River and a Mountain: The AFL-CIO and the Vietnam War, Edmund F. Wehrle ’89M.A. (University of Michigan Press). The author explores the complex relationship between American union leaders and the Vietnamese Confederation of Labor.
Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music, edited by W.K. McNeil (Routledge). Bob Marovich ‘85 is among the contributors to this reference book that is the first to cover all aspects of gospel music in the United States.
Finding God Today: One Catholic’s Way, E. Springs Steele ’72, ’78M.A., ’81Ph.D. (Paulist Press). A guide to spiritual growth, including a discussion of praying the Rosary.
Listening and Responding: Managerial Communication Series, Sandra D. Collins ‘97M.A., ’99Ph.D., edited by James S. O’Rourke IV ’68 (South-Western). A view of how successful companies use listening as a tool to resolve conflicts and build relationships with clients and employees.
Violence and Mental Health in Everyday Life: Prevention and Intervention Strategies for Children and Adolescents, Daniel J. Flannery ’84 (AltaMira Press). The author, a clinical psychologist, looks at how young people experience and respond to violence and how it affects their mental health.
Benedictine Daily Prayer: A Short Breviary, edited by Maxwell E. Johnson ’89M.A., ’92Ph.D. (Liturgical Press). This edition of the daily monastic offices also includes the monastic calendar, hymns and several other readings.