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Ratzinger’s Faith

- The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI

by Tracey Rowland

In 1996, Cardinal Ratzinger described 'the constant of my life' as the 'impulse' 'to free up the authentic kernel of the faith from encrustations and to give this kernel strength and dynamism' (quoted, p. 11). The author is sympathetic to her subject, and she succeeds in her plan 'to present key themes in the thought of Ratzinger... with reference to the problems within the tradition of the Catholic Church and the cultures of modernity and post-modernity he is trying to resolve' (p.16). Rowland is especially concerned that we should understand how Benedict relates to and uses Aquinas, Augustine and Bonaventure. A 'Foreword' by Cardinal Pell is followed by an excellent ‘Introduction’, or theological biography. Seven chapters examine particular themes, such as 'Revelation, Scripture and Tradition', 'Modernity and the Politics of the West' and 'Liturgy since Vatican II'. A 'Conclusion' makes the point that 'though he is probably one of the most intellectual popes in history, for him Christianity is above all a matter of the heart' (p.150). The 'Subiaco Address', made as Cardinal in 2005, and 'The Regensburg Address' are appended. There are adequate 'Notes',a chapter by chapter 'Bibliography, with 'Secondary Sources', and 'Index'. While the material is necessarily complicated, Rowland's style is easy for the non-specialist. The price is unexpectedly low - one awaits a paperback. A recommended guide to the thought of Pope Benedict.

Review by J.Nicholas Latham  (22/05/08)
Price: £12.99
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Published: 30 December 1899
ISBN: 978-0-199-20740-4

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Rees Howells: Intercessor

by Norman P. Grubb

Told with simplicity, humanity and humour, this is the best-selling biography of the great Welsh preacher and founder of the Bible College of Wales.

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Price: £10.25
Publisher: Lutterworth Press from Gardners Books
Published: May 2003
ISBN: 978-0-718-83027-4

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Remembering Henri

by Gerald Twomey & Claude Pomerleau

This is a collection of essays on Henri Nouwen, the renowned and influential writer on spirituality. Less well-known in Britain as he is in America and Canada, he had a strong and lasting impact on many of his generation, Catholic and Protestant, ordained and lay. Himself a priest, he touched the lives of many, believers and non-believers, men and women, the advantaged and the deprived. He was a complex personality who suffered periods of doubt and depression and reached out to the weak and the broken, happiest when working with the handicapped at L’Arche Daybreak in Ontario. He was a prolific writer and lecturer and this book, written by men and women who knew and loved him, examines his life and work, making him known to us as the caring, loving, sensitive, spiritual man he was. Those who know little of Henri Nouwen will be encouraged by this book to seek out more about the man and his life.

Review by John Irvine  (04/01/07)
Price: £8.99
Publisher: Orbis Books from Alban Books
Published: August 2006
ISBN: 1-570-75668-6

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Remembering Inigo

- Glimpses of the Life of Saint Ignatius of Loyola Glimpses of the Life of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

The Memoriale of Luis Goncalve da Camera

Translated by Alexander Eaglestone and Joseph A. Munitz.
In 1555, Luis Goncalves da Camara spent several months in Rome living in the same community as Ignatius Loyola. Twenty years later, he added a commentary to his notes. They remained unpublished until 1904 - da Camara was critical of certain developments in the young Society, and his observations of Ignatius are not necessarily of the pious hagiographical variety (though Ignatius knew that he was being observed, and trusted da Camara with his autobiographical reminiscences). This is a fascinating read, with an excellent Index, Glossary, Bibliography and Notes to the text on the same page. The translators have not paraphrased the text (as others, apparently, have done) in order to avoid da Camara's style. Without knowing the original, it appears that they have kept the tone of the 'Memoriale'. Look up one reference in the Index, and one is liable to continue reading for many pages. Its history, biography, gossip and opinion all in one. Excellent!

Review by J.Nicholas Latham  (21/05/06)
Price: £12.99
Publisher: Gracewing
Published: 2005
ISBN: 0-852-44512-1

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Restoring the Woven Cord: Revised Edition

- Strands of Celtic Christianity

by Michael Mitton

With the study of insular hagiography reaching something of a zenith in academic circles in recent years, this work has been written for a more general readership wishing to dip their toes into the world of late antique Celtic Christianity. Originally published in 1995, Mitton covers such figures as the great missionary Patrick, the enigmatic voyager Brendan, and the miraculous healer John of Beverley. Each of the mini-biographies, which number fifteen in total, leaves the reader wanting more; indeed, if one were to make a slight criticism it would be the author has, if anything, tried to cover too much ground for such a limited compass. The gem of this publication lies in its fresh and innovative approach: through generous reflection upon the lives and works of these early Celtic Christians, Mitton shows how we can find inspiration for our own ministry as followers of Christ.

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Review by Dan McNamara  (27/08/10)
Price: £8.99
Publisher: BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship)
Published: 12 May 2010
ISBN: 978-1-841-01800-3

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Robber of the Cruel Streets

- The Prayerful Life of George Müller

by Clive Langmead

Why would a German national - who started life as a thief, cheat & a drunkard – be given a funeral akin to a state funeral in 1898? Robber of the Cruel Streets is a beautifully crafted biography of George Müller, the German-born preacher who founded the large orphanages that housed, educated and supported over 10,000 orphans during his lifetime in Bristol. During his truly inspirational ministry, Müller raised over £1.3 million, which today would equate to about £100 million, without making any fundraising appeals; this whole enterprise was accomplished by faith in the provision of God. This thought provoking and inspiring book is packed with contemporary photos as well as appropriate montages from the excellent DVD or Video that accompany this title. It also has the unusual foresight to include inspirational devotionals to encourage the reader’s emulation of this truly great man’s life. Robber of the Cruel Streets will grace anybodies shelves and the DVD or Video are of a high-quality documentary that will inspire any individual or church group.

Review by Tim Leffler  (23/08/06)
Price: £9.99
Publisher: CWR (Crusade for World Revival)
Published: September 2006
ISBN: 1-853-45395-1

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Rowan's Rule

- The Biography of the Archbishop (Fully Revised)

by Rupert Shortt

ISBN: 978-1-444-78743-6
Price: £12.99

Published: 17 July 2014
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The Road To Daybreak

- A Spiritual Journey

by Henri J. M. Nowen

ISBN: 978-0-232-53026-1
Price: £9.99

Published: November 2013
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The Roots of Endurance

- Invincible perseverance in the lives of John Newton, Charles Simeon and William Wilberforce

by John Piper

ISBN: 0-851-11289-7
Price: £7.99

Published: Spring 2003
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