What We're Reading - June 2013

In every issue of Staying Connected we feature reviews of books that tie in themes of service, social justice, and faith. This month, staff of the Catholic Apostolate Center share about what good books they are currently reading.

 
The Other Side of Chaos by Margaret Silf
Recommended by Pam Tremblay, current ECHO apprentice and CAC Blog Editor
 
Whether you are transitioning from service site to a job, from college to back home, or from one location and job to another, this thought provoking and easy read will challenge you to embrace the messiness of transition as a way to encounter God. Through the lens of scripture, stories, and anecdotes, you will learn to deal with choas boldly. With the guidance of the author, I was able to understand and develop a “spirituality of transition”, helping me to find God in all places and to encounter Choas rather than run from it.
 
 
My Life with the Saints by Fr. James Martin, S.J.
Recommended by David Burkey, Communications Coordinator
 
Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin, a well known author, speaker and frequent contributor to national news programs, recounts the saints that have inspired him in his vocation, in this part autobiographical and part biographical memoir. In each chapter he focuses on one particular saint, describing how he came to know about him or her, the historical background on the saint's life and how he was inspired by their holy lives. Often this inspiration came to him when he faced difficulties while away from home and serving in mission territories, when he reached pitfalls in his faith life and even doubted his vocational call. From St. Peter to Dorothy Day, he discusses how these holy men and women can inspire us too!
 
 
No Greater Love by Mother Teresa
Recommended by George Jin, Collaborator
 
This book is about Mother Theresa and personal excerpts from her life of "immense compassion and openness." She expresses her way of living through chapters themed in Love, prayer, giving and works & service. It is a great book for anyone who would like to grow spiritually and develop a more intimate relationship with God. “It is difficult to pray if you don’t know how to pray, but we must help ourselves to pray. The first means to use is silence. We cannot put ourselves directly in the presence of God if we do not practice internal and external silence.”

 

What good books have you read lately? Send a message to Katie Mulembe at kmulembe@catholicvolunteernetwork.org to share your book recommendations.