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Jesuit books for Christmas

xmas_books_01A guide to the Gospel of Mark by Phil Fogarty SJ and just published by Columba Press, is the last in his very successful and  accessible ‘Navigating the Gospels’ series which would make a lovely Christmas gift. Indeed there are a number of books published by Jesuits this year that may take the headache out of Christmas shopping. Like Fr Browne’s Titanic Album by Eddie O’Donnell SJ, praised in the media and published by Messenger Publications. Gerry O’Hanlon SJ’s book on A New Vision for the Catholic Church (Columba) has been selling well and on a similar theme Jesuit historian John O’Malley’s bestseller What Happened at Vatican II was a big hit when he lectured here in the summer. The Jesuit Communciation Centre have some signed copies of it for sale for €20 (call 01 4987370) as well as CDs of his lecture.

The Sacred Space Prayer Book 2012 is also available in the Veritas shop, and Veritas are the publishers. Based on the world renowned prayersite  www.sacredspace.ie created by the Irish Jesuits and run from Leeson St. In Dublin, the book  sells thousands of copies around the world. Sacred Space editor Brian Grogan SJ says every space can be a sacred space, and in publishing this book they are inviting people to take ten minutes and make their own guided-prayer space.

Donal Neary SJ , parish priest of Gardiner St has often contributed to the Sacred Space website and this year he launched his own book of New Reflections on Advent, published by Columba Press and available in the Gardiner St Church shop and Veritas, along with many other of his publications.

Paul Campbell SJ is an Irish Jesuit and head of Loyola Press in Chicago. They just published a book of daily readings and reflections through the Christian year 2012 beginning with Advent, by the very popular spiritual writer Margaret Silf who in fact addressed a packed Gardiner St Church ealier this year. Her book is called 2012: A book of Grace-Filled days.

Two books of note in the academic world were published this year also by Jesuits. Michael O’Sullivan SJ is Head of Theological Studies at All Hallows Collge Dublin. His recently published book, How Roman Catholic Theology Can Transform Male Violence Against Women, has been described as “groundbreaking” in that it “brings a unique perspective to bear on the discussion of the sexist substrata of the Christian tradition”.

David Coghlan SJ, was recently appointed Head of the Business Studies School in TCD. Earlier this year he c0-authored a book with his  work colleague Paul Coughlan on network action and sustainability, entitled Collaborative Strategic Imporvement  through Network Action Learning: The Path to Sustainabililty. David is a prolific author and regarded as a leading authority internationally in the field of ‘action research’.