Books in Brief

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Author: Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Who Do You Say That I Am? Confessing the Mystery of Christ, edited by John Cavadini and Laura Holt ’92M.A., ’99Ph.D. (Notre Dame Press). Essays focusing on the identity and ministry of Jesus written by scholars of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Notre Dame contributors include Rabbi Michael Signer and theology professors Cavadini, David Burrell, CSC, ’54, and Lawrence Cunningham.

A God of Incredible Surprises: Jesus of Galilee, Virgilio P. Elizondo (Rowman & Littlefield). The ND theologian combines personal stories, theological observations and an analysis of the Gospel narratives in a reflection on the humanity of Jesus.

The Sword of the Lord: Military Chaplains from the First to the Twenty-First Century, edited by Doris L. Bergen (Notre Dame Press). Along with a history of military chaplaincy, contributors discuss what chaplains do and the dilemmas they face. Father Joseph F. O’Donnell, CSC, ’55, ’61M.A., writes about his service as a chaplain in Vietnam. The editor is a history professor at Notre Dame.

The Light of Conscience: How a Simple Act Can Change Your Life, Bill Shore (Random House). The author, founder of the Share Our Strength Foundation, serves up true stories about the extraordinary impact ordinary people can have on the world. Drew Buscareno ’91, ’96MSA, former director of the Center for the Homeless in South Bend, is one of those featured.

Parish School: American Catholic Parochial Education from Colonial Times to the Present, Timothy Walch ’70 (National Catholic Education Association). The story of one of the most ambitious social movements in U.S. history, now available in paperback as part of the NCEA’s centennial celebration.

Catholic Higher Education in Protestant America: The Jesuits and Harvard in the Age of the University, Kathleen A. Mahoney ’85M.A. (Johns Hopkins). A look at the challenges faced by Catholics as higher education, shaped by Protestant America, opened in the 20th century.

American Catholics and Civic Engagement: A Distinctive Voice, edited by Margaret O’Brien Steinfels (Sheed & Ward). Explorations of the contributions to civic life made by the U.S. Catholic community. Contributors include Donald Wycliffe ’69, Paul D. Mueller ’00M.A. and David Leege, ND professor emeritus of political science.

Stories of the Celtic Soul Friends: Their Meaning for Today, Edward C. Sellner ’78M.A., ’81Ph.D. (Paulist Press). Through stories of the four leaders of the early Celtic church —Saints Patrick, Brigit, Columcille and Colman of Land Ela— the author demonstrates how the tradition of the soul friend can reaffirm Christian faith.

Stem Cell Research: New Frontiers in Science and Ethics, edited by Nancy E. Snow ’88Ph.D. (Notre Dame Press). Covers the fundamental questions in the debate on stem cell research, followed by essays on the ethical issues involved in such research.

Your Own Mysteries: Praying Your Life Through the Rosary, Philip Armstrong, CSC (Ave Maria Press). Since Pope John Paul II added the luminous mysteries to the rosary, other forms of praying the rosary have arisen. Here Brother Armstrong presents ways to create new mysteries to deepen ones experience of prayer.

Psych ER: Psychiatric Patients Come to the Emergency Room, Rene J. Muller ’62 (The Analytic Press). The author uses his experience evaluating more than 2,000 ER patients to show how psychiatry and medicine often must work together to treat difficult cases.

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