Thursday, July 18, 2019

Reviews New Zealand Catholic

Ukulele, one of music’s humblest but happiest sounds

by SAM HARRIS So, it’s Easter! I hope your heart is joyful and that you are “mak this day a living hymn of praise” as the Divine Office’s intercessions for...

Fullbrook’s latest is excellent barbecue time listening

by SAMUEL HARRIS Like any good New Zealander I spent a bit of time last month ensuring my barbecue was char-ready for Waitangi Day. What with one thing and another —...

Moving book that emphasises God’s loving mercy

THE NAME OF GOD IS MERCY by Pope Francis (McMillan Publishers NZ Ltd, 2016); $37.99. Reviewed by PAT LYTHE. This book is the result of a conversation Pope Francis had...

The Catholic Voices approach to defending the Faith

HOW TO DEFEND THE FAITH WITHOUT RAISING YOUR VOICE by Austen Ivereigh and Kathryn Jean Lopez (Our Sunday Visitor, 2015). 192pp. Reviewed by PAT McCARTHY. It’s a situation we’ve...

Worthwhile and sound, solid advice

LETTER TO MY BROTHERS — Words of Hope and Challenge for Priests by Stephen. J. Rossetti (Ave Maria Press, 2013, supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies); $32.50. Reviewed by Fr MICHAEL...

What to do with fading resolutions

“Raise your glass and we’ll have a cheer / My dear acquaintance, a happy new year,” sings Peggy Lee on her Winter Wonderland collection. In writing this piece I was surprised to discover so...

Fans of Jesuit author will find surprises in collection of...

JAMES MARTIN: Essential Writings, selected and with an introduction by James T. Keane. Orbis Books (Maryknoll, New York, 2017). 245 pp., US$22. Reviewed by MITCH FINLEY (CNS) No matter...

Leigh’s superb portrait of the artist

by NEVIL GIBSON Traditional Christmas fare has disappeared from cinemas and moved to television, where Sky TV for one is reprising many favourites of former years in “pop up” channels. Instead,...

Fuelled by the good music we love

“This music makes me sad: can you put something else on?” asked the sous chef.  Funny how the same piece of music can produce different responses in different people. I was head waiter in...

Business trip leads three astray

by NEVIL GIBSON A top 10 list of the best films about business is unlikely to have any from the past year or so. In fact, such a list of...

The feminist who made Versailles

by NEVIL GIBSON The Church undergoes its annual renewal during the lenten period and much the same is happening in moviegoing. The feast of Hollywood award winners is over and the...

Holocaust denial case revisited

Courtroom dramas demand a full quota of theatrics and two compelling sides of an argument. The defamation case brought in 1996 by British author David Irving against an American academic,...

There’s nothing like a live concert

The first live band my oldest child experienced was Avalanche City at Parachute Festival some years ago. She was fresh into the world and we stood in the back...

A journey through the theological life of the retired pope

Reviewed by BRIAN WELTER (CNS)  Peter Seewald’s interview of Pope Benedict, which follows from previous interviews and works including Salt of the Earth, offers readers a journey through the theological life of the retired pope. This...

A worthy gift from father to child

“Six top pop-rock songs for a top son": that was the working title for this piece (my wife detested it). It’s been kicking around in my head since my boy was born several weeks...

Story of Maori missionary is fascinating

HENARE WIREMU TARATOA — Noble Warrior by Patricia Brooks (Published by the author, available from 4 Briannell Valley Rd, Pyes Pa (patriciabrooks@xtra.co.nz)); $15 (including postage). Reviewed by GEMMA SINNOTT. is a...

Conversation gives a fuller picture of who the Pope is

Faith, Hope and the Church in a Time of Change with Antonio Spadaro (Bloomsbury Acad & Prof 2013 (Allen & Unwin Auckland (09) 377 3800)); $36.99. Reviewed by PETER...

Protecting children from pornography

EVERY PARENT’S BATTLE: A Family Guide to Resisting Pornography by Dan S. Spencer III. Our Sunday Visitor Publishing (Huntington, Indiana, 2017). 175 pp., $14.95. Reviewed by DANIEL MULHALL. Once...

Best year ever for Kiwi movies

by NEVIL GIBSON The New Zealand feature film industry can take a bow for its best year ever. Not just for the number released — at least 10 had decent cinema...

A work of extraordinary tenderness

THE GIFT OF GRIEF — One son’s story following the death of his father by Andrew Stringfellow (Redemptorist Publications, 2015, Supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies); $25.00; reviewed by DELIA...

Good things from the West Coast

GOD KNOWS WHERE THEY COME FROM! — Four Faith Stories from Hokitika (Craigs Design & Print Limited, Invercargill, 2014; www.craigprint.co.nz); $29.90. Reviewed by Bishop PATRICK DUNN. This is a fascinating...

Rawness of prose suits topics

ALWAYS A GRUNT by Mike Ledingham (BMS Books, 2014. Available from BMS Books, Rotorua: www.bms.co.nz, or inquire at booksellers); $29.95. Reviewed by PETER GRACE. This 150-page paperback consists of 14...

Allen lightens winter gloom

by NEVIL GIBSON The mid-winter international film festival is certainly the year’s highlight for serious filmgoers, but the fare can often be heavy going. So a new Woody Allen film comes...

Late priest has written well about 20 great mystics

AN INNER MUSIC — Living a life in God by Craig Larkin, SM (Fitzbeck Publishing, 2016; available from good bookshops, or the Society of Mary); $35. Reviewed by LYNDSAY FREER.  In this most...

A fitting tribute to school’s founders

ON THIS ROCK — 75 Years of St Peter’s College, Mountain Road by Matt Elliot, 2015 (Available from St Peter’s College, (09) 524-8108, admin@st-peters.school.nz); $35, plus postage (if required)....

American drug drama puts action above morality

by NEVIL GIBSON Like heaven and Earth or black and white, the borderlands between the United States and Mexico depict opposites — the contrast between the rule of law and the...

Helping our youth: a good place to start

STAND BY ME — Helping Your Teen Through Tough Times by John Kirwan, with Elliot Bell and Kirsty Louden-Bell (Penguin Books, 2014); $40. Reviewed by TIM O’SULLIVAN. John Kirwan,...

The complex truth about Hitchens’ faith explored

by NANCY ROBERTS When Christopher Hitchens died of esophageal cancer at the age of 62 in 2011, he was famous as a left-wing polemicist who argued passionately for atheism. Author...

Live a life lit up by love’s splendour

On our fridge sits a daily desk calendar with quotes from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Retired prayerfully and peacefully to a former convent in a corner of the Vatican with his books, piano and...

A realistic look at family life

by NEVIL GIBSON Life in the movies can’t be much more realistic than using the same cast over a dozen years playing their characters as they age. Documentary makers have used...