Biography shines light on sometimes overlooked Catholic composer Playing Before the Lord: The Life and Work of Joseph Haydn by Calvin R. Stapert. Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing (Grand Rapids, Mich., 2014). 304 pp., $24.
Race with the Devil: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love by Joseph Pearce. Saint Benedict Press (Charlotte, North Carolina, 2013) 264 pp. $22.95.
It might come as a surprise that one of today’s most prolific Catholic authors, Joseph Pearce, spent the early years of his life writing articles and editing a magazine for the sole purpose of inciting a race war. It probably doesn’t come as surprise, however, that Pearce — author of 19 Catholic titles — is not the first sinner to find redemption through Jesus Christ and his Church.
Books recount how people opt for poor, following liberation theology The Preferential Option for the Poor Beyond Theology, edited by Daniel G. Groody and Gustavo Gutierrez. University of Notre Dame Press (Notre Dame, Ind., 2013). 246 pp. $30. In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Father Gustavo Gutierrez, edited by Michael Griffin and Jennie Weiss Block. Orbis Books (Maryknoll, N.Y., 2013) 206 pp. $24. What's So Blessed About Being Poor: Seeking the Gospel in the Slums of Kenya by L. Susan Slavin and Coralis Salvador. Orbis Books (Maryknoll, N.Y. 2013) 161 pp. $23.