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Brave students, trailblazing priest in turbulent times

March 5th, 2012 Posted in Books Tags: , ,

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“Fraternity” by Diane Brady. Random House (New York, 2012). 228 pp., $25.

In 1968, 20 young black men were recruited to attend the very white and oftentimes hostile College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. Many of the young men graduated to became successful men in their communities, among them Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, author Edward Jones, Wall Street CEO Stanley Grayson and trial lawyer Theodore Wells.

In her debut book, “Fraternity,” Bloomberg Businessweek writer Diane Brady describes in great detail the struggles and successes of these young men who survived collegiate life in part because of their persistent and trailblazing advocate, Jesuit Father John Brooks. In “Fraternity,” Brady not only has provided an account of a tumultuous time in American history, she has written an enjoyable story about brave young men who inspired permanent reform on their campus and in the nation.

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Book reviews: Heroic saints, saintly heroes still inspire

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“A Dangerous Dozen: 12 Christians Who Threatened the Status Quo but Taught Us to Live Like Jesus” by the Rev. C.K. Robertson. SkyLight Paths Publishing (Woodstock, Vt., 2011). 171 pp., $16.99.

“Ten African Heroes: The Sweep of Independence in Black Africa” by Thomas Melady and Margaret Melady. Orbis Books (Maryknoll, N.Y., 2011). 205 pp., $25.

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Motivation, solace for teachers in two new books

September 30th, 2011 Posted in Books

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“A Month of Mondays: Spiritual Lessons from the Catholic Classroom” by Karen Eifler. ACTA Publications (Chicago, 2011). 135 pp., $12.95. “Will There be Faith? A New Vision for Educating and Growing Disciples” by Thomas Groome. HarperCollins (New York, 2011). 348 pp., $15.99.

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After a long day of molding minds and grading papers, Catholic schoolteachers can find motivation and solace when reading two new books from Catholic educators Karen Eifler and Thomas Groome. While Eifler’s “Month of Mondays: Spiritual Lessons from the Catholic Classroom” is a quick, anecdotal read for tired teachers needing a literary boost, Groome’s “Will There be Faith? A New Vision for Education and Growing Disciples” is more for the scholarly type.
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