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John Kane Review of Kathy Coffey’s new book: When the Saints Came Marching In

Editor’s note: Kathy Coffey’s latest book, When the Saints Came Marching In: Exploring the Frontiers of Grace in America was recently published.  Below is a review of the book by John F. Kane, Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Regis University.

When the Saints Come Marching In

“Kathy Coffey has given us a book of American Saints for the era of Pope Francis. Where her title metaphor focuses on the American penchant for exploring frontiers, the book’s saints—some canonized, others simply recognized—made me also think of Francis’ metaphor of going out to the streets of our world.  The saints Coffey covers, in brief readable chapters, are all ‘gutsy realits’—a memorable phrase used to describe Sr. Dorothy Stang. And all wonderfully human, warts and all. I learned about saints I’d never known, and learned more about others I thougth I knew. In the end the book made me think of all the saints among us in this country—so much good news to counter all the bad news that fills our headlines and our heads.”

Visit the Liturgical Press Website to preview the book and to find out more info about how to order it.

Vatican II Article by Kathy Coffey Wins First Place Award

Catholic Press Association recently announced its 2013 winners, and Kathy’s article received the following commendation:

BEST FEATURE ARTICLE – General interest newsletters

First Place

Catholic Update, Cincinnati, OH, “Catholic Update: The Universal Call to Holiness” by Kathy Coffey

The judges commented:

This article has great relevance to all people today because it explores how we can move closer towards God without expecting ourselves to be perfect. The author makes empowering points with eloquence and conviction.

The Best of Being Catholic Reviewed in Spirit & Life

Best of Being Catholic

By Blog Editor

Kathy Coffey’s latest book, The Best of Being Catholic, was recently reviewed by Spirit & Life Magazine  by Mary S. Sheridan.  She explains that while Catholics have heard much bad news over the past year, “Kathy Coffey tells the “light” and “hope,” through an eclectic mix of reflections, stories (her own and those of others), facts, and information—all positive—about the Catholic Church today.”

Sheridan concludes that given the book’s focus on Catholic culture, it would be appropriate for new or inquiring Catholics, “But its real value, in my opinion, is in reminding discouraged Catholics that there is more to the Church than problems.”

To read the full review, visit this link: Spirit & Life, Book Reviews, (March/April 2013)

To read other reviews of The Best of Being Catholic, visit:

Introduction and Review by Publisher’s Weekly

Review by National Federation of Priests’ Councils

Review in Hark Blog (Denver Post)