The Common Good
June 2011

New and Noteworthy

by Julie Polter | June 2011

Julie Polter reviews current books and films.

In a Time of Change
In The Spirit of Vatican II: A History of Catholic Reform in America, historian Colleen McDannell gives an engaging account of the deliberations by the Second Vatican Council and the on-the-ground impact on Catholic women, using her mother’s experiences as a touchstone. Basic Books

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Discipling the Future
Greenhouses of Hope: Congregations Growing Young Leaders Who Will Change the World, edited by Dori Grinenko Baker, profiles six diverse churches that are creatively nurturing the theological, vocational, and spiritual development of their youth and young adult members. Alban

God's Freeing Mercy
Taking the gospel story of Jesus and the Gerasene demoniac as a launching point, Grateful Recovery: Spirituality and the Healing of Addictionis a hopeful, grace-filled meditation by pastor and writer Harry C. Kiely. Amazon.com

Trailblazers
Freedom Riders, by award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, documents the experiences of the black and white people in 1961 who risked their lives to travel together on buses and trains through the South to challenge Jim Crow laws. The film airs on PBS in May to mark the 50th anniversary of the first rides; the DVD is available for purchase. pbs.org/freedomriders.

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