Monday, June 17, 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...

Movies could help your marriage

by NEVIL GIBSON Recent university research in the United States has studied the use of Hollywood movies in marriage counselling. The University of Rochester study found that couples who watched and...

Dictionary good but has a hard road

A to Z — A Basic Catholic Dictionary by Daniel L. Lowery, Revised and Edited by Mary M. McGlone (Ligouri: Ligouri Missouri, 2012, supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies); $16.99. Reviewed...

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...

Italian films reflect social crisis

by NEVIL GIBSON The former glories of Italian cinema were on grand display in La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) earlier this year. Other glimpses are among the 18 features in this...

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...

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...

Broadway drama sizzles on screen

by NEVIL GIBSON The “golden years” of age seem no barrier to quality filmmaking. The number of directors working well past most people’s retirement is steadily growing. Just in the...

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,...

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...

Dozen of the best at yearly festival

by NEVIL GIBSON Whittling down this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival into a dozen picks, sight unseen, may seem foolhardy, given there’s a choice of more than 140 different offerings. Even the...

Irish priest tests life to the limit

by NEVIL GIBSON Like the New Zealand film industry, Ireland’s filmmakers operate in parallel to large budget international productions, with niche offerings that usually display the darker side of society. Although Jim...

Sink or swim in the murky waters of politics

by MICHAEL MORRISSEY Although America may be the world’s most powerful enforcer of “democracy”, both world policeman and world bully, it is the internal power institutions such as the FBI and the...

Helping youth to go even deeper into their faith

YOUCAT STUDY GUIDE by Jack Kersting, Paul George, Mark Brumley, Vivian W. Dudro (Ignatius Press 2013, supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies); $19.99. Reviewed by TERESA McNAMARA. Pilgrims who came home after...

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...