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  • Books on saints, secrets, Mary for your children's summer reading

    YARDLEY, Pa. (CNS) -- The following books are suitable for summer reading: "Saintly Rhymes for Modern Times" by Meghan Bausch. Our Sunday Visitor. (Huntington, Indiana, 2018). 28 pp., $16.95. Resist the temptation to wince at the possibility of yet another children's book on saints. This one is different and will be a special keepsake for little ones. "Saintly Rhymes for Modern Times" is a compilation of poems featuring 18 holy men and women. The poems are short, sweet and meaningful: They include all the information a child needs to know about that particular saint in a few short few rhyming lines. The saints are paired with beautifully unique illustrations made with overlaying photographs. Ages 2 and up.

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  • Social scientist addresses question of why people are religious

    "Why God? Explaining Religious Phenomena" by Rodney Stark. Templeton Press (Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, 2017). 293 pp., $24.95. "Most humans believe (and hope) that life has meaning." That affirmation appears in the list of basic propositions that form the core around which Rodney Stark, a widely known sociologist of religion, builds his new book, "Why God?"

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  • Priest's letters tell sad tale of oppressed Dominican sugar workers

    "Slaves in Paradise: A Priest Stands Up for Exploited Sugarcane Workers" by Jesus Garcia; translated by Richard Goodyear. Ignatius Press (San Francisco, 2017). 300 pp., $18.95. Father Christopher Hartley Sartorius is a Spanish priest (English father, Spanish mother) from a well-off family. He decided to become a priest at age 15 and was ordained by St. John Paul II.

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  • Book gives grisly narration of Nazi WWII Holocaust of Soviet Jews

    "In Broad Daylight: The Secret Procedures Behind the Holocaust by Bullets" by Father Patrick Desbois. Arcade Publishing (New York, 2018). 281 pp., $24.99. This book is chilling reading. One wishes it were a novel rather than a factual recounting of the Nazi World War II slaughter of Jews in what was then the Soviet Union.

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  • Discussion of words' origins best taken in small bites

    "Angels, Barbarians and Nincompoops: ... and a Lot of Other Words You Thought You Knew" by Anthony Esolen. Tan Books (Charlotte, North Carolina, 2017). 280 pp., $24.95. If you're the type of person to ever wonder why the word "disgruntled" is commonplace, but calling someone "gruntled" decidedly less so, "Angels, Barbarians and Nincompoops" offers a rollicking ride through the forgotten histories of everyday words.

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