Books: Divine Intervention
12/04/2015 08:16AM ● Published by Aimee Cormier
By Ray Saadi—Book Editor
THE ABBEY By James Martin, SJ, Harper One $24.99
My favorite spiritual writer, Father Martin, who’s given us “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything,” “Between Heaven and Mirth” and “Jesus, a Pilgrimage,” has now written, of all things, a novel. He says this story came to him fully formed in a dream. And although the plot is simple, the emotional impact on the lives of the three main characters, is powerful Father Paul, the Abbot of the nearby Abbey, who often questions his vocation; Mark, an out of work architect, who has become the all around handyman of the Monastery and Anne, Mark’s landlady, a divorced single mom overwhelmed with grief over the accidental death of her young son. When the three somehow come together wonderfully inscrutable things begin to happen.
JESUS CALLING Morning & Evening By Sarah Young, Thomas Nelson $22.99
“Jesus Calling” has been on the best selling lists for years and this new version is certain to follow. Keeping the original text on one side and on the facing page, Ms. Young has added new “powerful and poignant excerpts from her bestselling books, as well as written-out Scripture verses.” There’s also a guided thought to focus on just before you turn out the light. Beautifully and solidly bound, it’s a perfect gift.