The Common Good
December 2009

New and Noteworthy

by Molly Marsh | December 2009

The Sant'Egidio Book of Prayer, by Angela Riccardi; Peaceful Heroes, by Jonah Winter; Bearing the Mystery: Twenty Years of Image, by Gregory Wolfe; Trails of Hope and Terror: Testimonies on ...

The Gospel in Community

Begun by Andrea Riccardi in 1968, the community of Sant’Egidio is a Rome-based lay association that now includes 60,000 people in 70 countries. The Sant’Egidio Book of Prayer contains scriptural reflections and prayers, based on the movement’s commitments to sharing the gospel, prayer, and solidarity with the poor. Ave Maria Press

Warriors for Peace

The colorful picture book Peaceful Heroes, written by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Sean Addy, introduces 14 people who have bravely worked for peace and nonviolence—including Paul Rusesabagina, Corrie ten Boom, Aung San Suu Kyi, and, of course, Jesus. For ages 9 to 12. Scholastic

Signs and Wonders

In Bearing the Mystery: Twenty Years of Image, 68 writers and 22 artists share poetry, visual arts, memoir, and short stories that capture their—and sometimes our—encounters with the divine. The collection, assembled by Image editor Gregory Wolfe, includes contributions by Annie Dillard, Ann Patchett, Wim Wenders, and Scott Cairns. Eerdmans

Crossing Borders

In Trails of Hope and Terror: Testimonies on Immigration, Christian ethics professor Miguel De La Torre—the son of an undocumented immigrant—gathers the stories of recent migrants and immigration activists. He focuses on Latin American immigrants to the U.S., looking at why people choose to immigrate and the effects of borders and economies, and concludes each chapter with a poem, prayer, or song. Orbis

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