Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

James Martin Jesus

Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin
(2014, HarperCollins Publishers)

Jesus was published in 2014 by the well-known Jesuit author, James Martin, who is well recognized for his scholarly works, his spiritual insights, and his interesting and engaging style. The reader is invited to join in a life changing pilgrimage, “designed for people of deep faith or no faith, who want to know about Jesus.” P. 15. In Jesus we learn who Jesus is through Martin’s prayerful experiences during his spiritual pilgrimage to the Holy Land. In two weeks he visited “almost every spot Jesus had visited.”

Each chapter includes some travel narrative, some study of the text, and some spiritual reflection. His style is a conversational sharing with the reader of his emotions and observations. Martin brings an education that grounds him in theology and spirituality. Footnotes and a bibliography offer the reader further information and quotes from respected sources relating to the information shared.

Martin shares himself personally with the reader. In the honest sharing of his thoughts and emotions during the two-week pilgrimage, Martin includes us as companions. He describes each place and he offers opportunities for our own growth in knowledge and love of Jesus. He becomes our spiritual director.

This book is an inspiring and worthwhile read. I eagerly recommend it.

Joanne McCauley

Reviewed by Joanne McCauley, OP

God Among Us: The Gospel Proclaimed by Edward Schillebeeckx, OP
(1983, Crossroad Pub. Co)

Although preaching is usually best received by hearing, in God Among Us: the Gospel Proclaimed, a treat awaits those readers who would like to experience Dominican preaching at its best. This collection of homilies, features and articles is the work of Edward Schillebeeckx, among the most renowned Dominican theologians of the Vatican II era.

The content of the collection is comprised of three categories: God as the Way to Freedom, Confessing Jesus, and Spirituality and Life Style.

Among the entries is a topic often sought after by Dominicans – a carefully nuanced description of Dominican Spirituality, which neither boasts nor apologizes for the tradition, but humbly and realistically celebrates its gift to the church.

According to Schillebeeckx, Dominican Spirituality is characterized by:

Belief in the absolute priority of God’s grace in any human action: the theological direction of the Dominican life and its program in relation to ethics, the world, society and the betterment of people. No cramped self-concern, but trust in God: I can trust God more than myself. Therefore a tranquil and happy spirituality. (p.241)

Johannes-Carol

Reviewed by Carol Johannes, OP

Feminist Theology from the Third World; a Reader, edited by Ursula King
(1994, Orbis Books)

Most of us have read some works on “feminist spirituality” in recent years. These works have no doubt been enriching and have stretched us in our thinking and in our spirituality. But how many of us have moved beyond the United States or even the western world and opened ourselves up to the theology and spirituality of women from those parts of the world we used to call “Third World”? Perhaps these women have something to teach us and could help us deepen our own relationship with the divine.

One such work is this book. This Reader will acquaint you with the writings of Mercy Amba Oduyoye (Ghana), Ivona Gebara (Brazil), Kwok Pui-lan (Hong Kong), and Marianne Katoppo (Indonesia). In addition you will be stretched by encountering the theology of Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz (Hispanic Mujerista Theology), Delores Williams (Black Womanist Theology) and Chung Hyun Kyung (Asian Women’s Theology). If you have never been stretched by women such as these, you’re in for a treat!

(This book is available on loan from the Dominican Center.)

Anneliese Sinnott

Reviewed by Anneliese Sinnott, OP