Category: Reviews

Books can shape life as later lived

by the Books Editor When they were in doubt about a book to give a child or young person, our parents, grandparents and great grandparents gave a classic and in doing so followed an important tradition. But it is one with for some people disconcerting results. The philosopher L.P. Jacks, the once eminent editor of…

Television and radio highlights

Christmas Crackers Keep Christ in Christmas, a Catholics Come Home special presentation EWTN Saturday December 18, 7pm also Thursday (night) December 23, 3.30am A tour behind the scenes of the making of Santa’s Priority, a Christmas evangomercial and discover what a small group of Catholics are doing to combat the secular war on Christmas and…

Books of the Year

As selected by some of our regular critics Thomas J. Morrisey In a secularised western world we are told that the existence of God has been disproved by science, religious faith is futile superstition, truth is relative, morality is the result of evolution, and there is no absolute right or wrong, that Jesus Christ did…

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It’s high time Albert Reynolds was given his due

Albert Reynolds: Risk Taker for Peace by Conor Lenihan (Merrion Press, €22.95/£19.99) Dr. Ciaran Casey With the deadline for my own book on the horizon, I was determined not to commit to any more work. But a request to review Conor Lenihan’s latest book was impossible to resist. His first biography, Haughey: Prince of Power was released…

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Recent books in brief

My Words will not Pass Away by Fr Martin Hogan (Messenger Publications, €19.95/£18.95) Fr Martin Hogan formerly lectured in New Testament studies at Mater Dei in Dublin, and had written some five previous books on reflections for the liturgical years. These commentaries allow readers to enjoy a period of reflection in their own time, recollections…

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