Essays, novels, biographies… Find the ranking of best-selling books from October 28 to November 3 in La Procure bookstores. A selection of inspiring readings from books published over the past four months.
1A FEW WORDS BEFORE THE REVELATION – READING THE GOSPEL IN TIMES OF CRISIS
Summary : by Adrien Candiard, Cerf, September 2022. We have never talked so much about disasters as today: climate, pandemic, war… Should we fear the end of time? But this is perhaps only a stage and then towards what? Fr. Candiard wanted to examine the texts of the New Testament which speak of all this. The apocalypse is for tomorrow and we feel helpless. However, the New Testament already evokes these disturbing signs… while providing keys to understand which are real reasons for hope: the Apocalypse of John, of course, but also the “little apocalypses” that we find in the gospels. Only, these texts, we rarely refer to them, as if we didn’t see them. Or else they have been historicized or spiritualized: in short, they have been made to lose their force. However, Jesus spoke well of “the end of time”. And when he mentions the “eschaton”, we must take him seriously. Not to look for correspondences for today, as if it were Nostradamus, but to dig into the meaning of the history that these texts deliver to us. Find it in bookstores.
2A LONG ROAD TO UNITE ME WITH FRENCH SINGING
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Summary : by François Cheng, Albin Michel, October 2022. “It was at the age of fifteen that singing awakened in me. I opened up to poetry and entered, as if by breaking and entering, into the path of creation…” Since his first essay on water and thirst – the only witness to his Chinese adolescence that he took to France and of which he today delivers the translation to us – passing through his encounters with Gide, Vercors, Lacan, Michaux, Emmanuel, Bonnefoy and so many others, François Cheng shares with us the long road that led him to become the exile who could not say “hello” or “thank you” when he arrived in Paris, a French poet. This road, despite the horrors of the war in China, the extreme material precariousness of the first decades in France, and cruel interior torments, but is always enlightened by the French poetry that he internalizes in the depths of his solitary night. Find it in bookstores.
3The Glory of the Good for Nothing
Summary : by Sylvain Detoc, Cerf, September 2022.Why does God reveal himself in preference to the illiterate? Because the poor are like him, despised and forgotten. It is this complicity that overturns all human prognoses that one of the great Dominican preachers of today explores here with an ardent pen. A book full of humor to reconcile us with our humanity. Find it in bookstores.
4Prayer for present times
Summary : by Olivier Leborgne, Seuil, October 2022. Olivier Leborgne was appointed bishop of Arras in the fall of 2020. It was then that he discovered the extent of the drama being played out around people exiled in Calais. In this work, a cry from the heart as much as a cry of warning, he invites each of us to come out of resignation. At a time when some are promoting a “society of the same”, the author invites on the contrary to seek otherness and not to shy away from the great challenges of our time. Find it in bookstores.
5COMPOSING A WORLD IN COMMON: A POLITICAL THEOLOGY OF THE ANTHROPOCENE
Summary : by Gaël Giraud, Seuil, October 2022. Based on a rereading of the Gospels and a theological dialogue with economic history, law and politics, the Jesuit and director of research at the CNRS demonstrates how Christianity can combat the current ecological crisis. Notably by deinstitutionalizing the scheme of private property and by proposing a deliberative political power based on the common good. Find it in bookstores
6THE HOLY SHROUD OF TURIN: WITNESS TO THE PASSION OF JESUS CHRIST
Summary : by Jean-Christian Petitfils, Tallandier, August 2022. In this complete synthesis, far from any polemical spirit, Jean-Christian Petitfils shows, in a clear and convincing way, that there is no longer any doubt today: the Holy Shroud of Turin is indeed authentic. Not only is the information it provides on the Passion of Christ exceptional, but the unique and puzzling characteristics of the image, which have never been reproduced identically despite all modern techniques – color inversion , three-dimensionality, orthogonal projection without lateral effect, absence of the slightest trace of decomposition of the body or tearing of blood clots – seem to introduce us to another mystery… Find it in bookstores.
724 TALES AROUND THE Nativity scene
Summary : by Blanche Collange and Sara Ugolotti, Mame, October 2022. 24 tales on the theme of Christmas featuring Etienne and his guardian angel, Léon the grumpy donkey or even Diego the little cherub. With, for each day, an element to detach to form a nativity scene. Find it in bookstores
8PASCAL AND THE CHRISTIAN PROPOSAL
Summary : by Pascal Manent, Grasset, October 2022. Based on the thought of Pascal, the author wonders about the question of the Christian faith in the 21st century, when religion is increasingly neglected in European life. He considers this question to be the highest and most urgent that a rational animal can ask. Find it in bookstores.
9Priests in pieces
Summary : Gérard Daucourt, Deer, November 2022.You are not born a priest. We become it. It is an arduous path, strewn with pitfalls. Vocation can become a dead end. The service, a weight. Priests are brothers like the others. A book to teach us to listen to them and help them. It also happens that a priest breaks. That he encounters difficulty, knows the rupture, has to face a disarray that undermines him from within and undermines one by one the relationships that found him: with his bishop, with his brothers in the priesthood, with his lay collaborators , with his friends. And with God himself. He then experiences himself as in pieces. How can he do to regain his unity, his integrity, his identity?
It took Bishop Gérard Daucourt to address and confront this unsaid that we usually prefer to keep in the shadows. It is as a pastor that he seizes here the metaphor of the equally broken mirror which, no longer able to reflect an entire image, seems struck with uselessness. Unless a fragment recovered, revived, replaced in the axis reveals new perspectives. A great book, filling many current uncertainties, which Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See, says expresses the concern “of a father who loves his sons, especially the most suffering, the most abandoned”. Find it in bookstores.
10investigation of angels
Summary : by Anne Bernet, Artège, November 2022. Talking about angels… That, one might say, is a strange idea or a vain ambition… Isn’t there a better way to do it? First of all, do they exist? Who still dares to admit to believing in it? Is not the future in the world delivered from the terror inspired by the devil and from the lovable legend that peopled the heavens with winged spirits? However, the angel, in Christianity, holds a fundamental place in the economy of salvation. It is necessary both for cosmic harmony and for humanity’s thirst for the absolute, towards which it assumes its triple vocation of guide, comforter and protector.
This, the Church has never ceased to teach, perhaps too discreetly since, in recent decades, Catholic angelology has given way to an esoteric literature inviting one to approach the angelic universe – an approach dangerous, because discerning the spirits of darkness from the spirits of light is difficult. Published twenty-five years ago and now a classic, this Inquiry into the Angels is based on the doctrine of the Church, the testimony of Holy Scripture and that of mystics. It is the first summary for all audiences on the subject and answers (almost) all the questions you have about those whom Pope Pius XII called “our companions in eternity”. Find it in bookstores.
11AHEAD OF CHRISTMAS 2022 WITH SAINT JOAN OF ARC
Summary : Collective, Artège, October 2022. An Advent calendar on the theme of Saint Joan of Arc. With a confession guide and a fun Christmas-themed activity every week. Find it in bookstores.
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