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Three Books I Read for the Summer




I am currently on vacation and for the past few days I have been catching up on my reading. Normally, I finish a book and then afterwards I return to it for taking notes. That way, by the time I finished taking notes, I would have read the book twice. Below are the books I read after two weeks.

The Way of the Shepherd

Leman and Petak's The Way of the Shepherd is John 10 translated into seven principles of personnel management. This is one of the books where ideas lifted from the Scriptures are applied to the work place. We used it last week in our renewal activity as an occassion for reflecting on the way we deal with people both outside and inside the convent. Some of us work in schools in managerial capacities. The book, or -- for most of us who have not read it -- the ideas in the book, became a launch pad for evaluating our experiences in the office and talking about them.

Be Not Afraid


"Be not Afraid" is sub-titled "Pope John Paul II speaks out on his life, his beliefs and his inspiring vision for humanity." It is a series of interviews made by Andre Frossard with the now Blessed Pope John Paul II during the early years of his pontificate. (The French original is copyrighted 1984). I bought it in Booksale last year and somehow forgot about it. On the way to last week's renewal activity, I picked it up to read during the bus ride to Batangas. I just finished it now.

The book is divided into five parts: His Life, Faith, Morals, Church and World. Each part is subdivided into small chapters that are easy to follow. The pages are filled with long quotations from John Paul II with comments from Frossard, a former atheist. Here, one can find Blessed John Paul II sometimes reminiscing, sometimes talking like a theology professor, sometimes commenting on the Scriptures, but always sharing his faith.

Jesus of Nazareth vol. 2

Pope Benedict XVI's volume two for Jesus of Nazareth is now available here in the Philippines. I was surprised to find it in National Bookstore and despite the stiff price (695 PHP), I bought it. This second volume covers Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem until his ascension. I plan to use the book in my homily for the Solemnity of Ascension and for lesson plans I am preparing.


Pope Benedict XVI was a former professor, and it shows in the clarity with which he explains his materials. As in the first volume, however, he also writes as a pastor, combining serious exegesis with theology and spirituality. The book almost reads like a homily! Anyone who has read "Deus caritas est" and "Spe salvi" would see in this book a guide to the understanding of the figure of Christ as proclaimed by the Church. The book, together with the first volume is a must-have for any Catholic library.



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