In this monthly series, we highlight books we think our readers may enjoy, written by authors affiliated with the Collegeville Institute.
Sacred Signposts: Words, Water, and Other Acts of Resistance
By Benjamin J. Dueholm, former workshop participant
In an increasingly secular world, do Christianity’s sacred practices still matter? To answer this question, Benjamin J. Dueholm explores the seven “holy possessions” of the church — the Word of God, Baptism, Eucharist, Confession and Forgiveness, Ministry, Worship, and the Cross — as signs of resistance. His book Sacred Signposts: Words, Water, and Other Acts of Resistance holds up these signs as “an expression of hope that none of our pinched and gloomy ideologies can explain, much less offer. And they do this because they are not other-worldly or even “spiritual” at all, but because they are brutally worldly and literal. They are not ideals, but real things that anyone can take hold of, and that can change anyone who does.”
Pilgrim River: A Spiritual Memoir
Angelico Press, 2018
By Kenneth Garcia, former workshop participant
Pilgrim River: A Spiritual Memoir is an honest, first-person account of a deeply flawed man who persistently seeks the Holy, because it has pursued him. Neither a guidebook for spiritual seekers, nor a confirmation of the cherished beliefs of conventional believers, Pilgrim River candidly narrates one wayward man’s sincere attempt to come to terms with the overpowering experience of God as he experienced it in the wilderness of Nevada and Utah, in his sojourns through the country of marriage, in academia, and in his lifelong quest to understand and articulate the implications of the summons present in the thunder and the whirlwind of an elusive God.
The Hour of Death: A Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mystery
Crooked Lane Books, forthcoming October 2018
By Jane Willan, former workshop participant
Jane Willan’s The Hour of Death is the second in the Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn mystery series and will be released next month. On the morning of the Parish Art Show, Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn find the body of Tiffany Reece. While Father Selwyn begins the prayers for the dying, she whips out her newest slimline gilt-edged notebook and begins to take notes. With no lack of suspects, Sister Agatha spends Advent cracking the case with the not-entirely-eager assistance of Father Selwyn. Read a review of Willan’s first mystery novel on Bearings Online »