Thursday, March 21, 2019

Reviews New Zealand Catholic

A fascinating read of the early Church

STORIES OF EARLY CHRISTIANITY — Creative Retellings of Faith and History by van Thanh Nguyen, SVD (Liguori Publications, 2013, supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies); $25.50. Reviewed by ANNA-MARIE BARRETT. Stories of...

Ethics crash as camera hits gutter

by NEVIL GIBSON The salacious side of the news media has long been fodder for the film industry. Since the 1930s, with the emergence of radio broadcasting and, later, television,...

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,...

Bill Murray dishes up seasonal cheer

by NEVIL GIBSON The absence of feel good films for Christmas has been previously noted in this column. It seems Hollywood now has to treat anything to do with religion...

A readable sign of hope for fairness

BUT IS IT FAIR? — Faith Communities and Social Justice ed. Neil Darragh (Accent Publications, 2014, avail- able from www.accentpublication.co.nz); $30. Reviewed by KEVIN McBRIDE. It was perhaps opportune that...

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...

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...

Another treat from a well-loved author

GOULASH, GARAGE SALES AND GOD by Bernadette McCarver Snyder (Liguori Publications, 2013, supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies); $19.99. Reviewed by ANNA-MARIE BARRETT Goulash, Garage Sales and God is yet another...

Jean Aunty has spent herself for children

by PETER GRACE New Zealand author Jean Watson was in her 50s when she started a life in India, helping orphans. She and New Zealand author Joy Cowley travelled together to India...

Timely reflections on NZ’s early Christian missionaries

Reviewed by PAT LYTHE. TE RONGOPAI 1814, TAKOTO TE PAI — Bicentenary Reflections on Christian Beginnings and Developments in Aotearoa New Zealand edited by Allan Davidson, Stuart Lange, Peter Lineham,...

A book to help us mature in faith

AS FAITH MATURES — Beyond the Sunday God by Mary Beth Werdel, PhD (Ligouri: Ligouri Missouri, 2012, supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies); $25.50. Reviewed by DANIEL J. STOLLENWERK. century poet...

Unearthing the secret weapon of the Somme

by MICHAEL MORRISSEY If the atomic bomb was the most terrible weapon of World War II, then probably heavy artillery or the machine gun were the worst weapons of World...

Prayer book useful for leaders and young people

ENGLISH YOUTH PRAYER BOOK, ed. Fr Georg von Lengerke and Dorte Schromges, translated by (Ignatius Press, 2011, supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies); $34.99. Reviewed by TERESA McNAMARA. As a youth...

An enlightening and inspiring focus on prayer

by Delia Ruane I found this book by Richard Leonard, a Jesuit priest, the director of the Australian Catholic Film Office, consultant to the Australian Bishop’s Media Committee, film critic and international...

Featured News

After attacks, NZ bishops tell Muslims: ‘We hold you in prayer’.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (CNS) -- New Zealand's Catholic bishops have expressed horror and distress at a terrorist attack in two mosques in Christchurch that saw 49 people killed. The shootings...