Books in brief

Author: Sarah Miller

The Eighth American Saint, Katherine Burton (Acta Publications). Originally published in 1959 under the title Faith Is the Substance, the biography describes the work of recently canonized Mother Theodore Guerin, who founded the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

Ask the Bible Geek 2: More Answers to Questions from Catholic Teens, Mark Hart ’95 (Servant Books). A selection of Hart’s weekly columns, which answer Catholic teens’ queries about their faith, make up this paperback collection. Hart responds to questions such as “are you fearful of what following God might mean?” “why do we get ashes on our foreheads?” and “would Jesus play video games?"

Image and Word in the Theology of John Calvin, Randall C. Zachman (University of Notre Dame Press). The Notre Dame professor of theology explores the significance of both “living images of God” and the Word of God in Calvin’s theology.

A Page in History, Joe Kippley ’07. The author details his experience as a page in Washington, D.C., on September 11, 2001; gives insight into the reactions of senators and fellow pages; and describes the effects of 9/11 on his life. The book is available at

Doing More with Life: Connecting Christian Higher Education to a Call to Service, edited by Michael R. Miller ’88 (Baylor University Press). Expanding upon the idea that higher education instills a sense of vocation in students, Miller explains that vocation is not limited to ministry but is rather a calling to an occupation befitting of an individual’s unique talents.

Her Irish Warrior, Michelle Willingham ’95 (Harlequin Mills and Boon). This debut medieval romance describes one warrior’s journey to overcome the loss of his first wife and learn to love again.

A Boy Amidst the Rubble, George W. Porter-Young (Xlibris). Written by a Notre Dame employee, this novel describes the youthful protagonist’s experience of war during the air raids and rationing of the London Blitz during the Second World War.

Faith and the Historian: Catholic Perspectives, edited by Nick Salvatore (University of Illinois Press). The series of eight essays describing the interaction between personal faith and professional history begins with “Becoming (and Being) a Catholic Historian,” emeritus Notre Dame professor Philip Gleason’s account of his graduate study and career.

A Concise Guide to the Documents of Vatican II, Edward P. Hahnenberg ’95 ’97M.A., ’02Ph.D. (Saint Anthony Messenger Press). Hahnenberg explains the context, language, and significance of each of the sixteen documents of the Second Vatican Council.

Globalization, Spirituality, and Justice, Daniel G. Groody (Orbis Books). The author, who is director of the Institute for Latino Studies, assistant professor of theology and a Holy Cross priest, frames a discussion of Christian spirituality and social justice in the context of globalization.

The Option for the Poor in Christian Theology, edited by Daniel G. Groody (University of Notre Dame Press). The collection of essays explores the option for the poor in light of scripture, Christian discipleship, culture, and other major world religions in pursuit of an answer to the question: How can one live a Christian life in a world of destitution?

Elie Wiesel: Surviving the Holocaust, Speaking Out Against Genocide, Lisa Moore ’77 (Enslow Publishers). As part of the Holocaust Heroes and Nazi Criminals series, this biography introduces younger readers to Wiesel as an Austrian boy, survivor of the Holocaust, storyteller and activist.

Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy, Michael L. Coulter, Stephen M. Krason, Richard S. Myers ’80J.D., and Joseph A. Varacalli (The Scarecrow Press). The encyclopedia takes an interdisciplinary approach to the Catholic vision of society in addressing more than 800 topics. It combines theoretical work in multiple scholarly disciplines, perspectives gained from social science and policy issues.

The Last Blackrobe of Indiana and the Potawatomi Trail of Death, John William McMullen (Charles River Press). McMullen describes the life of missionary Father Benjamin Petit, who accompanied the Potawatomi tribes during the 1838 Indian removal in Indiana. Father Petit is buried at Notre Dame.