The Common Good
March 2007

New and Noteworthy

by The Editors | March 2007

More Peas, Please

More Peas, Please
Simply in Season Children's Cookbook, by Mark Beach and Julie Kauffman, is the kid-friendly version of the beloved Mennonite Central Committee cookbook. Segmented according to seasons, its sections include recipes—such as Corny Cornbread and Green Monster Soup—and tips on planting and growing fruits and vegetables, and it concludes with prayers to say around the table. It's a fun way to introduce kids, especially 6- to 12-year-olds, to food and cooking. Herald Press

Appreciating Lent
"The 40 days of Lent are an inversion of the spirit," begins Marty Bullis in The Passionate Journey. As the Northern world moves from winter to spring, he writes, the Christian moves into darkness—into the death of Jesus. The book includes 41 devotions; each contains scripture readings, short reflections from Bullis that focus on the gospel passage, bidding prayers, and space for journaling. The appendix contains a helpful Lenten liturgy for small groups. Regal Books

Rebuilding Lives
Choices: On the Way to Peace is a valuable resource for individuals or small groups who want to study forgiveness, healing, and peacebuilding. John Steward directs participants through the DVD's three sessions, which move from revenge to restoration, with first-person stories from survivors and perpetrators of the Rwandan massacre as guides. The level of pain involved is never downplayed; that forgiveness can occur in such brutal conditions is truly miraculous. www.rwandanstories.org

Prayers in a Pinch
When you need a prayer (and who doesn't?), Living God's Justice: Reflections and Prayers is a handy guide. Compiled by the Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social Action Directors, the texts cover a variety of individual or corporate needs—prayers for peace, discipleship, the dignity of work and the rights of workers, the preferential option for the poor, the care of God's creation, and holy days, holidays, and feast days. Authors include Dorothy Day, Oscar Romero, St. Francis, and others. St. Anthony Messenger Press

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