Virginia Barton

Bookery Nook: Recipes, role models and Rolheiser


Catholic Herald, 7 June 1991


booksA great deal of thought goes into the selection of new books for you to order. By now regular readers will know that we have some hardy perennials. The two titles by Ronald Rolheiser have kept their place on our list because there is always a demand for them.

Other titles come and go, but most are retained for a couple of months to give them a fair chance.

I think you’ll agree that this month there really is something for every taste. If you feel we are missing some vital subject, don’t hesitate to let us know and we’ll try and fill the gap.

There is even a recipe book this month, Cooking Apples. I particularly like the handy format as so many cookery books are downright awkward in a busy kitchen. Dame Felicitas Corrigan’s recommendation (see mini review below) prompts me to widen my reluctant winks and take a look at Women Models of Liberation. And it will be difficult to resist the biography of Padre Pio.

For little ones, The Story of St Francis of Assisi is an excellent buy at a time when the National Association of Headteachers is urging parents to help their children to read before they begin school. This delightful book costs less than two packets of cigarettes . . .


Lionel Fanthorpe, The Story of St Francis of Assisi (Bishopsgate Press, £2.95)
The life and times of one of the church’s best loved saints told in words and pictures for children. “Beautifully illustrated, super book” – Virginia Barton.

Rumer and Jon Godden, Two Under the Indian Sun (Pan MacMillan, £8.99)
After the popularity in the last two months’ Bookery Nook of the re-issues of this much loved Catholic author’s In This House of Brede and The River, a memoir of her childhood in the India of the Raj, written with her novelist sister, Jon.

Fr William Johnston SJ, Letters to Contemplatives (Collins Fount, £3.99)
Irish priest who has spent many years in Japan attempts in a series of letters written while on sabbatical to contemplatives to answer various questions about mysticism, Buddhism, St John of the Cross and death.

Marie Anne Mayeski, Women Models of Liberation (Collins Fount, £5.99)
The professor of theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles sketches a portrait gallery of eight women, differing in time and place, but sharing a fierce faith commitment. From Heloise and Julian of Norwich to lesser known figures like Sr Blandina Segale who spent her life with the poor and outcast of New Mexico. “This book is not, as its title might suggest, one more strident cry demanding women’s rights from across the Atlantic. It is much more valuable and positive: as far as I know there is nothing quite like it” – Dame Felicitas Corrigan OSB.

Daryl Olszewski, Everyday Theology fur Catholic Adults (Columba Press, £5.95)
Originally published in America, a straightforward question and answer approach about what it means to be a Catholic in today’s world.

Anthony Pandiscia, For God and Neighbour (St Paul’s, £7.95).
A biography of the Italian mystic Padre Pio by a journalist who visited him often, full of stories about the help and comfort this remarkable figure gave those who approached him.

Abbot David Parry, This Promise is For You (DLT Classics, £5.95)
To celebrate 30 years of their unique publishing house, Darton Longman and Todd are reissuing classic texts from the back-list. David Parry, who died in 1986, was abbot of St Augustine’s, Ramsgate, and provides an introduction to the charismatic renewal movement with a scheme for 50 days of meditation, prayer and spiritual renewal that can be used by individuals or groups.

Fr Ian Petit OSB, This is My Body (Darton, Longman and Todd, £3.95)
Retreat giver and well known figure in the charismatic renewal movement offers a clear explanation of the meaning of the mass.

Fr Ronald Rolheiser OMI, Forgotten Among the Lilies (Hodder and Stoughton, £5.99)
Collection of writings by popular Herald columnist.

Fr Ronald Rolheiser OMI, The Restless Heart (Hodder and Stoughton, £4.95)
Winner of the Winifred Mary Stanford Prize for religious books in 1990, an exploration of our loneliness.

Jean Vanier, Tears of Silence (DLT Classics, £4.95)
Another celebratory re-issue from 1968 offers the thoughts in prose of the founder of the worldwide L’Arche communities and Faith and Light communities for people with mental handicaps, plus a selection of black and white photographs.

Esther de Waal, A World Made Whole (Collins Fount, £5.99)
An introduction to the riches of the Celtic tradition, drawn from sources at all levels every day to early scholarly editions. It brings to life the Celtic way of living and worshipping for the twentieth century with prayers for formal and informal occasions.

Cooking Apples (Gracewing, £4.95)
Colourful recipes from the monks of Ampleforth Abbey, inspired by their culinary experiments with the bumper crops of their orchards.




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