Category: Books

An Ordinary Life In An Extraordinary Time

A DARKER SHADE OF PALE, by Beryl Crosher-Segers. Torchflame Books, Durham NC, 2018. 243pp Reviewed by Günther Simmermacher The rich body of literature on the subject of apartheid has rather neglected the experience of...

Priest shines light on suffering

KEEP IT LIGHT: Praying through Suffering into Joy, by Larry Kaufmann CSsR (Redemptorist Pastoral Publication, Merrivale). 2017. 84pp. R70 Reviewed by Fr Kevin Reynolds The sub-title of this 84-page book by the well-known South...

How Martin Luther was the ‘first media star’

SHORT LIFE OF MARTIN LUTHER, by Thomas Kaufmann. (William B Eerdmans, Michigan) 2017. 146 pp Reviewed by Paddy Kearney On October 31 it will be the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing the famous...

A rich mine for reflection

SILENCE AND SOLIDARITY: Celebrating 30 years of the Centre for Christian Spirituality. Barnabas Publishers (Wellington, SA). 2017. Reviewed by Elsabe O’Leary This is a most extraordinary anthology, dedicated to Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu....

How a gangster found redemption

THE INNOCENCE OF GUILT: A True South African Story, by Reggie Karam. Reach Publishers, 2016. 137pp. R200 Reviewed by Günther Simmermacher A member of a prominent family in Johannesburg’s Lebanese community, Reggie Karam pulls...

Poetry collection offers comfort

THE WAY HOME: Poems for the Human Spirit, by Augustine Shutte. Kirkwood Press, 2017. 101pp. R120 Reviewed by Margaret Blackie The South African theologian Augustine Shutte died just over a year ago. This short...

To be friends with God this Lent

DEEPENING FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD: Daily Reflections for Lent, by Anthony Egan SJ, Trevor Hudson & Russell Pollitt SJ. Jesuit Institute SA, Johannesburg (2017). 129pp Reviewed by Günther Simmermacher More Stories: Finding St Francis in...

A Christian life to savour, sip by sip

A VOICE WITHIN CHURCH AND SOCIETY: A Personal Anthology, by Michael Nuttall. Cluster Publications, Pietermaritzburg,  2015. 262 pp. Reviewed by Fr Kevin Reynolds More Stories: Finding St Francis in SA today How Jansen turned around...

How Jansen turned around a university

LEADING FOR CHANGE: Race, Intimacy and Leadership on Divided University Campuses, by Jonathan Jansen. Routledge, 2016. 227pp Reviewed by Paddy Kearney More Stories: Finding St Francis in SA today How God’s Spirit is with us...

Finding St Francis in SA today

ST FRANCIS UNCENSORED, by Patrick Noonan OFM. Choice Publishing, Ireland. 2016. 197pp Reviewed by Günther Simmermacher Seconds after Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, the Jesuit archbishop of Buenos Aires, was elected pope in March 2013, his...

How God’s Spirit is with us all the time

SANCTIFYING THE SPIRIT, by Julia Beacroft. Sancio Books, UK. 2016. 390pp Reviewed by Günther Simmermacher Regular readers of The Southern Cross will have read Julia Beacroft’s occasional columns which tie feast days of the...