NCR Book Club: Brendan Walsh and Scott Schaeffer-Duffy bring us literate and uplifting books that combine reportage, spirituality and heartfelt revelations.
NCR Book Club: Most people know the life story of Francis of Assisi, mystic, miracle worker, founder of the Franciscans and saint. At least, they think they know his story.
NCR Book Club: Recent confrontations between police and African-Americans in Northern cities may alert white liberals that racism is not bound by the Mason-Dixon Line.
LOADED: MONEY AND THE SPIRITUALITY OF ENOUGH
By Heather King
Published by Franciscan Media, 144 pages, $14.99
National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Oates lists 10 rules for good writing. The first is "Write your heart out." The tenth is "Write your heart out." She could have been thinking about Heather King.
WOMEN DEACONS?: ESSAYS WITH ANSWERS
Edited by Phyllis Zagano
Published by Liturgical Press, 270 pages, $24.95
LIVING WITH A DEAD LANGUAGE: MY ROMANCE WITH LATIN
By Ann Patty
Published by Viking, 256 pages, $25
Ann Patty was 58 years old when she lost her job. As she explains in her memoir, she wasn't ready to retire, so she chose what she believed to be the next best thing: Latin, a language that had interested her in the past.
THE CATHOLIC CATALOGUE: A FIELD GUIDE TO THE DAILY ACTS THAT MAKE UP A CATHOLIC LIFE
By Melissa Musick and Anna Keating
Published by Image, 432 pages, $25
BLACK GODS OF THE ASPHALT: RELIGION, HIP-HOP, AND STREET BASKETBALL
By Onajé X.O. Woodbine
Published by Columbia University Press, 224 pages, $30
FROM THE WAR ON POVERTY TO THE WAR ON CRIME: THE MAKING OF MASS INCARCERATION IN AMERICA
By Elizabeth Hinton
Published by Harvard University Press, 464 pages, $29.95
THE END OF WHITE CHRISTIAN AMERICA
By Robert P. Jones
Published by Simon & Schuster, 320 pages, $28