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  • Author explores virtues with deep dives into great books

    "On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life Through Great Books" by Karen Swallow Prior. Brazos Press (Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2018). 267 pp., $19.99. In our present political age when blaming and counter-blaming is all government seems able to do and public discussion is focused on finding fault, it is refreshing to have a new book that focuses on humanity's good behaviors.

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  • Author's journey can help readers confront their own privilege

    "White Picket Fences: Turning Toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege" by Amy Julia Becker. NavPress (Carol Stream, Illinois, 2018). 217 pp., $15.99. It can be a shock to realize the advantages a person enjoys simply because of the socioeconomic and racial background from which she comes. While some people in today's volatile political climate hesitate to discuss these issues even with friends and family, this book invites readers to dare to examine the privileges they enjoy and to talk about them.

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  • Latin American saint championed social justice in troubled times

    "The Scandal of Redemption: When God Liberates the Poor, Saves Sinners and Heals Nations" by Oscar Romero. Plough Publishing House (Walden, New York, 2018). 139 pp., $8. "Oscar Romero's Theological Vision: Liberation and the Transformation of the Poor" by Edgardo Colon-Emeric. University of Notre Dame Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2018). 418 pp., $39.

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  • New book claims homosexuality, hypocrisy rampant in Vatican

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A new book accused the Vatican of hypocrisy, claiming that the majority of prelates working within its walls live active homosexual lifestyles. The book, titled "In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy," by French author and journalist Frederic Martel, was scheduled for publication in eight languages Feb. 21, the same day leaders of the world's bishops' conference convened in Rome to reflect on the abuse crisis that has rocked the Catholic Church.

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  • Books give guidance, inspiration on ministry to those with disabilities

    "Salt and Light: Church, Disability and the Blessing of Welcome for All" by Maureen Pratt. Twenty Third Publications (New London, Connecticut, 2018). 114 pp, $16.95. "A Cry Is Heard: My Path to Peace" by Jean Vanier with Francois-Xavier Maigre. Twenty Third Publications (New London, Connecticut, 2018). 144 pp, $16.95.

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