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  • Books offer valuable guidance on growing in our prayer lives

    "Praying on Empty: A Guide to Rediscovering Your Prayerful Self" by Mary Kathleen Glavich, SND. Twenty-Third Publications (New London, Connecticut, 2017). 104 pp., $12.95. "The Transformed Heart: Spirituality, Religion and the Struggle for Integrity" by Tom Zanzig. Orbis Books (Maryknoll, New York, 2017). 228 pp., $25.

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  • Novel reflects author's broad knowledge of Christian-Jewish relations

    "Hear My Voice" by Marcia R. Rudin. ClearSpace Independent Publishing (North Charleston, South Carolina, 2017). 318 pp., $15.99. Marcia Rudin, who is Jewish, has long been involved in the dialogue in this country between Christians and Jews, and her knowledge of the Catholic and Protestant communities as well as her own Jewish tradition is quite deep. "Hear My Voice" is a well-written, readable novel.

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  • Beautifully written memoir recounts lives of Syrians, nation in peril

    "The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria" by Alia Malek. Nation Books (New York, 2017). 334 pp., $27.99. "The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria" is as much an account of Syria as it is a beautifully crafted narrative of a Syrian family and an independent first-generation Syrian-American woman.

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