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September 18, 2016

Bishop Doherty’s reading list

Editor’s note: This is a list of Bishop Timothy L. Doherty’s longer readings in the past 12 months. The bishop does not necessarily share the viewpoints of the authors. Certain books/articles are chosen by him; others are suggested by others in order to expand the range of questions involved in our social and spiritual outlook. This is the third year that Bishop Doherty has shared his list with readers of The Catholic Moment.

• Malcolm Gladwell. “Thresholds of Violence: How School Shootings Catch On.” The New Yorker. (Oct. 19, 2015). pp. 30-38.

• Joyce Rupp. Fly While You Still Have Wings: And Other Lessons My Resilient Mother Taught Me. Notre Dame, IN: Sorin Books, 2015.

• Ferris Jabr. “Against the Grain.” (“Industrial production destroyed both the taste and the nutritional value of wheat.”) New York Times Magazine. (Nov. 1, 2015). pp. 66-72.

• Thomas F. Madden. The Concise History of the Crusades. Third Edition. Lanham, MD: Rowan & Littlefield, 2014.

• Marilynne Robinson. “Awakening: Whom God Loveth He Also Chastiseth.” Commonweal. (Oct. 23, 2015). pp. 10-17.


• John W. O’Malley. What Happened at Vatican II. Harvard University Press, 2008. Re-read Dec. 17, 2015, to Jan. 10, 2016.

• Hilary Mantel. Bring Up the Bodies. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2012.

• Father James Mallon. Divine Renovation: Bringing Your Parish from Maintenance to Mission. New London, CT: 23rd Publications, 2014.

• Pope Francis. Amoris Laetitia. The Joy of Love. Apostolic exhortation, dated March 19, 2016. Released April 8.

• Nelson DeMille. Radiant Angel. Grand Central Publishing 2016. A novel.

• Marcel Schwob. LA CROISADE DES ENFANTS (1896) [French Edition] Kindle, from Amazon.

Álvaro Enrigue says in the March 27, 2016, NY Times Books section: If you could require the American president to read one book, what would it be? The president of Mexico? Maybe Marcel Schwob’s The Children’s Crusade. “Of all the awful things happening today in the NAFTA territory, the cycle of migration/deportation of unaccompanied Central American and Mexican minors is the one that shows how heartless the world we live in is. Maybe if both presidents read that tremendously sad novel, we could find a better solution than turning our backs to these kids. We should all read Schwob’s novel; we should all be ashamed as a generation because we are letting this happen.”

• Sherry Turkle. Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age. Penguin Press, 2015.

• Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo. Working for a Better World. Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 2015.

• Cardinal Donald Wuerl. The Light Is On For You: The Life-Changing Power of Confession. Frederick, MD: The Word Among Us Press, 2014.

• Antoine Laurain. The President’s Hat (Le Chapeau de Mitterand). London: Gallic Books, 2013.

• Diane Rehm. On My Own. 2015. Reflections on “assisted death” following the long illness of her husband.

• Sherry A. Weddell. Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus. Huntington, IN: OSV, 2012.

• John Gehring. The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope’s Challenge to the American Church. Lanham MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.

• David Baldacci. The Hit. Grand Central Publishing, 2014.

• St. Benedict. The Rule of St. Benedict in English. Edited by Timothy Fry, OSB, et al. Collegeville MN: The Liturgical Press, 1982.

• Elizabeth A. Johnson. Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love. London: Bloomsbury, 2014.

• Luke Dittrich. Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets. New York: Random House, 2016.

• J.D. Vance. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. New York: Harper Collins, 2016.

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