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Book Marks: New releases on Lent and Easter, Francis, and the first American saint

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Looking for a new book to cuddle up with during the final stretch of this never-ending winter? Here are some new releases for March that you might want to pick up:

March 2014
Reclaiming Francis: How the Saint and the Pope Are Renewing the Church

By Charles M. Murphy

The correlation between St. Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis extends further than just their shared name. Monsignor Charles M. Murphy digs deeply into their connection in his book, Reclaiming Francis (Ave Maria Press, 2014). Both of these men, Murphy explains, are ideal models for evangelization and renewal of today’s church.

The Jesus Answer Book

By John MacArthur

Almost everyone has heard of Jesus of Nazareth before, but how many people actually know who he was or what he taught? In his Q&A book The Jesus Answer Book (Thomas Nelson, 2014), John MacArthur offers biblically based answers to the questions one might have about Jesus’ birth, life, ministry, death, resurrection, return, and deity.

The One-Minute Aquinas: The Doctor’s Quick Answers to Fundamental Questions

By Kevin Vost, Psy.D.

The One-Minute Aquinas (Sophia Institute Press, 2014) offers the wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas in brief explanations for the busy, everyday scholars who don’t have time to read St. Thomas’ complete works of more than 3,000 pages. Vost makes St. Thomas’ works easily accessible so that everyone can enjoy his fruitful wisdom.

Lent and Easter Wisdom from St. Augustine

By Agnes Cunningham, SSCM

Known for his countless pieces of wisdom on theology and for his humble acts as a bishop in northern Africa, St. Augustine of Hippo has a lot to offer on spirituality. In her book Lent and Easter Wisdom from St. Augustine (Liguori, 2013), Anne Cunningham dives into St. Augustine’s sermons and provides readers with reflections and spiritual experiences during the Lent and Easter season.

American Saint: The Life of Elizabeth Seton

By Joan Barthel


American Saint (Thomas Dunne Books, 2014), from author Joan Barthel, is a biography of Elizabeth Seton—the young New Yorker who, after a life of wealth and poverty, passion and sorrow, love and loss, became the first American saint. Barthel explores this remarkable 18th-century woman who established the first order of American nuns, challenged the male-dominated Catholic Church, and left a lasting impression on American history.


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