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  • Can religion and politics get us beyond the culture wars?

    "Religion and Politics Beyond the Culture Wars: New Directions in a Divided America," edited by Darren Dochuk. University of Notre Dame Press. (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2021). 359 pp. $55. Mixing religion, politics, the culture wars and division in America can make for an explosive cocktail in a country where many people see issues -- and often the people espousing them -- in black and white.

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  • Bishop's reflections prod readers' spiritual lives in practical way

    "Love Never Fails: Living the Catholic Faith in Our Daily Lives" by Bishop Donald Hying. Ignatius Press (San Francisco, 2021). 187 pp, $16.95. Sometimes when reading reflections, one can almost hear what the author is saying. When they are published, it's as though the printed word is transformed into an audiobook. That is what the reader will experience with Bishop Donald Hying's "Love Never Fails."

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  • Two books aim to guide married couples on journey to holiness

    "30 Days with Married Saints: A Catholic Couples' Devotional" by Kent and Caitlin Lasnoski. Pauline Books and Media (Boston, 2021). 256 pp., $18.95. "Holy Together: Reflections on Married Spirituality" by Kathleen Finley. Resource Publications (Searcy, Arkansas, 2020). 122 pp., $17.

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  • Novel offers daring speculation on Christ's middle years on earth

    "Driving Jesus to Little Rock" by Roland Merullo. PFP Publishing (Byfield, Massachusetts, 2021). 261 pp., $28. Massachusetts-based writer Roland Merullo has a long-standing curiosity about the information gap in the life of Christ between his early years and the time of his passion, crucifixion and death.

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