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  • Decades-long friendship with author flavors bio of activist priest

    "At Play in the Lions' Den: A Biography and Memoir of Daniel Berrigan" by Jim Forest. Orbis Books (Maryknoll, New York, 2017). 352 pp., $28. Jim Forest has given us an extraordinary biography and memoir of Father Dan Berrigan (1921-2016), the Jesuit priest, poet and peace activist who sometimes went to jail for his convictions.

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  • Compendium of monastic wisdom can aid in anyone's spiritual journey

    "Spirituality: An Art of Living: A Monk's Alphabet of Spiritual Practices" by Benoit Standaert, OSB. Liturgical Press (Collegeville, Minnesota, 2018). 409 pp., $39.95. If you've ever wanted to sit down and pick the mind of a monk -- a man or woman steeped in the church's monastic tradition stretching back to the desert fathers and mothers -- then this is the book for you.

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  • Fascinating tale of Vatican search for Peter's tomb rivals a novel

    "The Fisherman's Tomb: The True Story of the Vatican's Secret Search" by John O'Neill. Our Sunday Visitor (Huntington, Indiana, 2018). 205 pp., $21.95. This book tells one of the most remarkable, and astonishing, true stories ever to come out of the Vatican. There are other books on the topic of the search for the relics of St. Peter, but this may well be the most complete and accurate one so far.

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  • Forceful arguments characterize author's rebuttal of atheism's claims

    "Inside the Atheist Mind: Unmasking the Religion of Those Who Say There Is No God" by Anthony DeStefano. Nelson Books (Nashville, Tennessee, 2018). 222 pp., $24.99. Readers of "Inside the Atheist Mind" expecting a tame rebuttal to atheists such as Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins are in for surprise.

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