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These are the covers of "The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra" by Adam C. English, "Italian Christmas Eve: The Feast of Seven Fishes: A Reminiscence with Recipes" by Linda and Rocco Maniscalco and "Holy Days: Meditations on the Feasts, Fasts and Other Solemnities of the ChurchÓ by Pope Benedict XVI. These books are among several recommended for the Advent and Christmas seasons. (CNS)

These are the covers of "The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra" by Adam C. English, "Italian Christmas Eve: The Feast of Seven Fishes: A Reminiscence with Recipes" by Linda and Rocco Maniscalco and "Holy Days: Meditations on the Feasts, Fasts and Other Solemnities of the ChurchÓ by Pope Benedict XVI. These books are among several recommended for the Advent and Christmas seasons. (CNS)

Posted in Culture, on December 6th, 2012

New books offer wealth of options for spiritual reading during Advent

By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Here is a selection of recent releases that might be suitable for your spiritual reading during Advent and the Christmas season:

– “Exploring Advent With Luke: Four Questions for Spiritual Growth” by Timothy Clayton. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Ind., 2012). 149 pp., $13.95.

– “A Catholic Family Advent: Prayers and Activities” by Susan Hines-Brigger. Franciscan Media (Cincinnati, 2012). 50 pp., $7.99.

– “Advent and Christmas Wisdom from St. Vincent de Paul” by John E. Rybolt, CM. Liguori Publications (Liguori, Mo., 2012). 128 pp., $10.99.

– “Preparing for Christmas: Daily Meditations for Advent” by Richard Rohr. Franciscan Media (Cincinnati, 2012). 93 pp., $8.99.

– “Catholic Spiritual Practices: A Treasury of Old & New,” edited by Colleen M. Griffith and Thomas H. Groome. Paraclete Press (Orleans, Mass., 2012). 166 pp., $18.95.

– “The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra” by Adam C. English. Baylor University Press (Waco, Texas, 2012). 230 pp., $24.95.

– “Italian Christmas Eve: The Feast of Seven Fishes: A Reminiscence with Recipes” by Linda and Rocco Maniscalco. StataBuon.com (2010). 77 pp., $12.95.

– “The Christmas Plains” by Joseph Bottum. Image Books (New York, 2012). 212 pp., $14.99.

– “Holy Days: Meditations on the Feasts, Fasts and Other Solemnities of the Church” by Pope Benedict XVI. Wm. B. Eerdmans (Grand Rapids, Mich., 2012). 94 pp., $12.

– “A Mary Christmas” by Kathleen M. Carroll. Franciscan Media (Cincinnati, 2012). 94 pp., $12.99.

– “Holy Family Prayer Book: Prayers for Every Family” by Missionaries of the Holy Family. Liguori Publications (Liguori, Mo., 2012). 111 pp., $8.99.

– “O Radiant Dawn: 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath” by Lisa M. Hendey. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Ind., 2012). 32 pp., $1.25.



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