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  • Catholic history of Civil War era blends scholarship, storytelling

    "Faith and Fury: The Rise of Catholicism During the Civil War" by Father Charles P. Connor. EWTN Publishing (Irondale, Alabama, 2019). 258 pp., $19.95. "Faith and Fury" aptly describes the atmosphere that 19th-century American Catholics must have experienced. Then, waves of Irish and German Catholic immigrants invigorated the church and also encountered nativist rage and violence from the Protestant majority.

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  • Cardinal's reflections provide much food for spiritual thought

    "Who Do You Say I Am?: Daily Reflections on the Bible, the Saints and the Answer That Is Christ" by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan. Image (New York, 2019). 369 pp, $26. Anyone who has ever heard Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan -- in personal conversation, interviewed on TV, giving a homily or addressing a conference -- knows the archbishop of New York is not at a loss for words.

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  • Guide to fasting offers helpful information for Lenten discipline

    "Eat, Fast, Feast: Heal Your Body While Feeding Your Soul -- A Christian Guide to Fasting" by Jay W. Richards. HarperOne (San Francisco, 2020). 352 pp., $19.99. As recorded in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, Satan's first temptation of Christ in the desert, after 40 days of fasting, involved carbohydrates.

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  • Authors explore where faith and science meet

    "In the Beginning: A Catholic Scientist Explains How God Made Earth Our Home" by Gerard Verschuuren. Sophia Institute Press (Manchester, New Hampshire, 2019). 192 pp., $18.95. "Faith and Science at Notre Dame: John Zahm, Evolution and the Catholic Church" by John P. Slattery. University of Notre Dame Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2019). 296 pp., $27.

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  • Former Catholic's Canterbury-Rome 'pilgrimage' not exactly as billed

    "A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith" by Timothy Egan. Viking (New York, 2019). 367 pp., $28. Timothy Egan, author of "A Pilgrimage to Eternity," writes a biweekly opinion column for The New York Times. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and the winner of a National Book Award for nonfiction. He also grew up in a large Catholic family in the Pacific Northwest where he graduated from a Jesuit high school.

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