Two books take different approaches to lead people to Jesus Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin, SJ. HarperCollins (San Francisco, 2014). 510 pp., $27.99. Under the Influence of Jesus: The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ by Joe Paprocki. Loyola Press (Chicago, 2014). 178 pp., $15.95.
Dutch priest Father Roderick Vonhögen, a world-renowned expert in digital media and founder of the Star Quest Production Network, a Catholic new media company, shares his own story of engaging in these new media in his recently-released book, GeekPriest: Confessions of a new media pioneer. Fr. Vonhögen’s GeekPriest is not quite an autobiography. There are certainly autobiographical elements to the book, but he does more than simply write about his life. Each chapter follows the same format: He begins with an anecdote from his life, a tie to some aspect of popular culture, and then lessons he learned and tips he offers to his readers to overcome any related obstacles. There is a certain relatablility to the book, with Fr. Vonhögen not focusing too heavily on theology, but rather embracing not only new media, but other aspects of nerd culture as well.
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.