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  • Author disputes view that Galileo affair showed church as anti-science

    "Galileo Revisited: The Galileo Affair in Context" by Dom Paschal Scotti. Ignatius Press (San Francisco, 2017). 312 pp., $18.95. Author Father Paschal Scotti, a Benedictine priest, provides readers with a solid foundation to the cultural and intellectual background of famous mathematician, inventor and astronomer Galileo Galilei.

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  • Author brings Pilgrims' compelling, contradictory tale to life

    "They Came for Freedom: The Forgotten, Epic Adventure of the Pilgrims" by Jay Milbrandt. Thomas Nelson (Nashville, Tennessee, 2017). 285 pp., $24.99. This account of the Pilgrims' daring adventure at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts explores contradictions such as their passion for their own religious freedom -- yet persecution of those who did not share their beliefs.

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  • Extraordinary physician shows medicine as a spiritual vocation, not job

    "Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing" by Victoria Sweet, M.D. Riverhead Books (New York, 2017). 304 pp., $27. In her acclaimed 2012 book, "God's Hotel," Dr. Victoria Sweet wrote about the 20 years she practiced at San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital, the last public almshouse in America. During those years, she watched the transformation of medicine into health care, but she also discovered an antidote in the writings of St. Hildegard of Bingen, the 12th-century mystic, nun and doctor.

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  • Jesuit's Bible guide can benefit both individuals, study groups

    "Saved: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics" by Father Mitch Pacwa, SJ. Our Sunday Visitor (Huntington, Indiana, 2017). 176 pp., $9.95. In the 50-plus years since the publication of the Second Vatican Council's Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation ("Dei Verbum," Nov. 18, 1965), Scripture has become a more prominent part of Catholic life, and more Catholics pray with Scripture and participate in parish Bible study programs. But it's probably fair to say that there is still plenty of room for improvement in this regard.

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  • Book views Christian Zionism mostly from Protestant perspective

    "The New Christian Zionism: Fresh Perspectives on Israel and the Land," edited by Gerald R. McDermott. InterVarsity Press (Downers Grove, Illinois, 2016). 352 pp., $26. The central assertion of "The New Christian Zionism" is that the covenant between God and the Jewish people is "irrevocable," as St. Paul states in chapters 9 to 11 of his Letter to the Romans. A central part of this covenant is the giving of the promised land to the people of Israel.

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  • Small flaws mar book to help families in fight against pornography

    "Every Parent's Battle: A Family Guide to Resisting Pornography" by Dan S. Spencer III. Our Sunday Visitor Publishing (Huntington, Indiana, 2017). 175 pp., $14.95. Children today are exposed to pornography at an early age, and are able to see it effortlessly on every device connected to the internet. Once a problem that was generally ignored, porn has become such a risk that parents must now take aggressive steps to protect their children from it. That is the message behind Dan S. Spencer's informative and helpful new book, "Every Parent's Battle: A Family Guide to Resisting Pornography."

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