Margaret O’Gara. No Turning Back

  Margaret O’Gara. No Turning Back: The Future of Ecumenism.  Edit. By Michael Vertin.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014. (Kindle edition).   Those who are familiar with the ecumenical movement and the international dialogues sponsored by the Catholic Church’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity as well as the national bilateral dialogues in the United […]


Becoming Human: Jean Vanier

  Jean Vanier. Becoming Human. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2008. (Kindle) I was looking for a book that would introduce me to the author and explain how he got started on the Arche project. This work was just what I was looking for. In his introduction, Vanier tells us he was born on September 10, […]


111 Questions on Islam and the West

  111 Questions on Islam and the West. By Samir Khalil SAMIR, SJ.  A series of interviews conducted by Giorgio Paolucci and Camille Eid. Edited and Revised by Fr. Wafik NASRY, SJ. Co-translator: Claudia Castellani. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2008.     The terrorist attack on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in […]



Einstein: His Life and Universe

Einstein: His Life and Universe. By Walter Isaacson.   New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007.   Though many have been fascinated by the mention of Albert Einstein and believed his name was synonymous with “genius”, Walter Isaacson’s retelling of his story got rave reviews for his biography of Einstein received when it was published shortly after […]



Faith in the Public Square

Rowan Williams. Faith in the Public Square.  London/New York: Bloomsbury, 2012.   The Archbishop of Canterbury emeritus, Rowan Williams, is a scholar, a man of culture, a masterful teacher, a great thinker, leader and theologian who addresses the question of the role of faith in the marketplace of ideas and its relationship to people and […]


Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer

Rowan Williams. Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer.   Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014.  96p. (Kindle edition)   In his Introduction, the former Archbishop of Canterbury asks: “What are the essential elements of the Christian life?” He is not asking what makes individual Christians holy, but rather what are the simple recognizable things that make one […]


Sons of Abraham

Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali. Sons of Abraham: A candid conversation about the issues that divide and unite Jews and Muslims.  Forward by President Bill Clinton; introduction by Samuel G. Freedman.   Boston: Beacon Press, 2013.  Pp. xvi, 220.   In his forward, President Clinton gives us the global context for this work. The […]