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SPRING BOOKS Partaking of God Trinity, Evolution, and Ecology

Denis Edwards 978-0-8146-8252-4 Paperback, 184 pp., $19.95 978-0-8146-8277-7 eBook, $17.99 B8252 Paperback & eBook Bundle, $24.49

“[This] book is a gift, a beautiful theology of the world centered on the energizing presence of the triune God.” Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ

Local Worship, Global Church Popular Religion and the Liturgy

Mark R. Francis 978-0-8146-1879-0 Paperback, 200 pp., $19.95 978-0-8146-3762-3 eBook, $17.99 B1879 Paperback & eBook Bundle, $24.49

Mark Francis explores the history of the liturgy from “the bottom up” rather than from “the top down” and comes to conclusions that complement our understanding of the history of the liturgy and its relationship to faithful Christians from the first century CE to our own time.

Seventy-Four Tools for Good Living Reflections on the Fourth Chapter of Benedict’s Rule

Michael Casey 978-0-8146-3720-3 Paperback, 296 pp., $19.95 978-0-8146-3745-6 eBook, $17.99 B3720 Paperback & eBook Bundle, $24.49

“Michael Casey manages to marry faith commitment to pastoral common sense in such a manner that monks and laity as well can find answers to that request made to the old desert dwellers: Give me a good word. Casey, in fact, gives us many good words.” Lawrence S. Cunningham

The Sacred Gaze Contemplation and the Healing of the Self

Susan R. Pitchford Foreword by Alan Jones 978-0-8146-3568-1 Paperback, 176 pp, $17.95 978-0-8146-3593-3 eBook, $15.99 B3569 Paperback & eBook Bundle, $22.49

“The Sacred Gaze invites readers on a personal contemplative journey to look into the mirror who is Christ and to discover their own Christic identity.”      Dr. Janet Ruffing, RSM

The Song That I Am On the Mystery of Music

Upward Faith, Church, and the Ascension of Christ

Anthony J. Kelly 978-0-8146-8267-8 Paperback, 184 pp., $19.95 978-0-8146-8292-0 eBook, $17.99 B8267 Paperback & eBook Bundle, $24.49

The ascension of Christ reminds us that the mission of evangelization is unconfined, always moving beyond, upward, outward, in the vitality of the risen Christ who already occupies every dimension of time and space. This book is written with the conviction that there are further riches to be discovered.

Élisabeth-Paule Labat MW040P, 978-0-87907-060-1 Paperback, 160 pp., $19.95 MW040E, 978-0-87907-680-1 eBook, $17.99 BMW040P Paperback & eBook Bundle, $24.49

“A breathtaking surge of inspired (and learned) exploration, triggered by the sound of a violin playing Mozart during an evening walk in wartime—pithy, challenging, and quite fascinating, carrying us, through music, towards ‘not something, but Someone.’” Jennifer Smith Professor at the Royal College of Music London

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Commonweal may 2, 2014  •  volume 141  •  Number 8

interview 11

‘Being Prepared for Joy’

An interview with Christian Wiman Anthony Domestico

short take 8

Abe’s Second Chance

Letter from Japan Charles De Wolf

articles 17

Writing a Life

What should literary biography do? Robert K. Landers


The Bloody Details

Who was to blame for World War I? James J. Sheehan

upfront 4



editorial Voting Rights & Wrongs

columnist 6

Room at the Font Rita Ferrone

Film 23

Noah Richard Alleva

Spring Books 25

Writing from Left to Right by Michael Novak Peter Steinfels


The Dark Box by John Cornwell Leslie Woodcock Tentler

31 The Twilight of the American Enlightenment by George M. Marsden Andrew J. Bacevich 33

Our Mathematical Universe by Max Tegmark

The Accidental Universe by Alan Lightman John F. Haught


A Land Without Sin by Paula Huston Valerie Sayers

paramount pictures


Jennifer Connelly & Russell Crowe in Noah


Witness Christian Wiman


The Devil’s Delusion Mary Karr

last word


Living Witness Colleen Gibson


Commonweal Magazine - May 2nd, 2014