NEW AUDIOBOOKS: Volumes 2 and 4 of the HLP Christianity Series

Hope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of another two audiobooks: (1) Is Islam a Religion? and (2) Is the Death Penalty Just? The books are Volumes 2 and 4 respectively in HLP’s Christianity series and they have been narrated by Michael Goldsmith. Both audiobooks can be obtained from Audible, Amazon and iTunes. Samples of the books are provided below. The books are also available in ebook edition from the usual outlets and directly from the publishers.

 

 

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NEW AUDIOBOOKS: Volumes 2 and 4 of the HLP Christianity Series

NEW: Christianity Book Series from Hope and Life Press

Hope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of the first three ebooks in our new Christianity Series, which we are launching in response to several questions repeatedly received over this past year. Intended to educate and suitable for easy reference, these ebooks, shown below, provide summary overviews of hot topics in our current times and present the mind and teachings of the Church in a handy format with regard to the various subject matters addressed. The first three topics are (1) Can ‘Just War’ Exist?, (2) Is Islam a Religion?, and (3) Migrants and Refugees in Catholic Social Doctrine. The Hope and Life Press Christianity Series ebooks are available directly from the publishers and the usual book outlets including Amazon.

CAN 'JUST WAR' EXIST_Can ‘Just War’ Exist? (Vol. 1)

‘Just War’ doctrine has been a feature of Christianity since ancient times. But can a war ever be just? Addressing the ‘just war’ concept from its formulation in the writings of Saints Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, through Patristics, The Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, and the writings of modern Popes including Saint John XXIII and his landmark encyclical Pacem in Terris, this book outlines the slow, but steady, movement away that has taken place from the original concept as postulated by the Scholastics. It also presents the conclusions of postmodern Christian leaders on ‘just war’ including those of Pope Francis, the Patriarch Bartholomew I, and the 2017 Vatican first-ever conference on the subject.

Is Islam a Religion_Is Islam a Religion? (Vol. 2)

Islam has been mentioned for centuries in Christianity. But is Islam a religion or a sect? Addressing the way in which the Catholic Faith has viewed Islam from Vatican Council II onwards, this book outlines the teachings of the Catholic Church about Islam starting with Lumen Gentium, Ecclesiam Suam and Nostra Aetate, followed by the writings of various Popes on the subject including those of Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. It also presents the teachings found in The Catechism of the Catholic Church about the relationship between Catholics and Muslims, as well as the true meaning of the famous saying “Outside the Church There is No Salvation.”

Migrants and RefugeesMigrants and Refugees in Catholic Social Doctrine (Vol. 3)

Migrants and refugees have long been considered vulnerable populations within Christianity, but many, Christians included, remain to this day insufficiently knowledgeable about the specificity of the Church’s views on the matter. Addressing the way in which the Catholic Faith has regarded voluntary and forced migration from the time of Pope Pius XII onwards, this book provides the teachings of the Catholic Church about the fundamental human rights of migrants and refugees, commencing with Exsul Familia Nazarethana, Pacem in Terris, and Gaudium et Spes. These are followed by the writings and speeches of various Popes on the subject, including those of Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, in addition to the more structured teachings on as set forth in the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church.

NEW: Christianity Book Series from Hope and Life Press

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NEWS: More Hope & Life Press books at the National and Public Libraries of Malta

hlp-hires-logo-white-bkWe are pleased to announce that the following books releases of Hope and Life Press will start being available at the National and Public Libraries of the Maltese Islands from next month:

The devotional book of prayer Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply by the Reverend Andrew Highway, Anglican curate at the Diocese of Llandaff, the Church in Wales.

Who Are You? What is Your Faith? America’s 21st Century Alt-Right and Catholic Social Doctrine by HLP founder / Catholic author Marcelle Bartolo-Abela.

The urban fantasy novel Judging Angels by Illinois death penalty defender / Catholic author Timothy Capps, Esq.

NEWS: More Hope & Life Press books at the National and Public Libraries of Malta

5* reviews for Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply

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Fantastic book of powerful, relatable prayers organized into four ‘Pray Simply’ sections. A must-have book for everyday prayers.

Useful for home groups or pastoral visits. A really accessible and refreshing approach to prayer. Useful for visits as a way to start discussing and praying about some difficult everyday issues.

Five stars! The prayers in this book offer inspirational thoughts and can be used for personal, meetings and worship groups.

(Source: Amazon UK).

5* reviews for Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply

Poetry and the Sacred readings at Oxford by Christopher Villiers

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Our British Catholic award-winning theologian and poet, Christopher Villiers, will be giving a readings presentation in July from his book Sonnets From the Spirit at the House of Saint Gregory and Saint Macrina, Oxford, United Kingdom. The presentation is titled Poetry and the Sacred and will be part of the event Sacred and Secular in Life and Art organized by the Ainos Cultural Society, the University of Winchester, and the Fellowship of Saint Alban and Saint Sergius. Participants include Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia, Aidan Hart, Rebecca White, and Andrew Louth.

Sonnets from the Spirit FRONT COVER

Sonnets From the Spirit, released late last year by Hope and Life Press, contains an anthology of 52 icons in poetry from major episodes in Scripture, written according to the ancient practice of midrash and illustrated by great works of sacred art. The book provides readers with a little feel for God working through, and sometimes despite, very human people whose strengths and weaknesses greatly resembled those of 21st century humankind. Sonnets From the Spirit is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon globally, directly from Hope and Life Press, and major booksellers.

Poetry and the Sacred readings at Oxford by Christopher Villiers

OUT SOON: The Jeweler’s Polish by Marie Ann Dean of Iowa

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NEW RELEASE: Sonnets From the Spirit

Sonnets from the Spirit FRONT COVERHope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of Sonnets From the Spirit, written by the award-winning British Catholic theologian and poet Christopher VilliersSonnets From the Spirit is a collection of 52 icons in poetry on major episodes from Sacred Scripture, written according to the ancient practice of midrash. The themes of the sonnets are illustrated by great works of sacred art. This book is intended to provide readers with a little feel for God working through, and sometimes despite, very human people whose strengths and weaknesses greatly resembled those of 21st century humankind. Sonnets From the Spirit is available in paperback and ebook editions directly from Hope and Life Press, Amazon globally, and other major booksellers.

Early Reviews

“The poems of Villiers continue the ancient practice of midrash, the breaking open of Scripture texts, by entering into the voices of its characters and illuminating new facets of the stories. As such they offer worthy meditations to accompany our sacred reading, inviting us to consider our own lived responses” – Christine Valters Paintner, Ph.D., online Abbess at Abbey of the Arts, Pantheos contributor, and author of eight books on monastic spirituality and creativity.

“In this series of sonnets, Villiers takes us from the birth of Eve to the Assumption of the Virgin, the Second Eve. The sonnets are like icons in poetry, each poem a meditation seeking to take us through the biblical text into the mystery of God” – Archpriest Andrew Louth, FBA, Professor Emeritus of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, Durham University.

“A new voice in poetry that helps us to find fresh insights into some of the classic passages of Holy Scripture, stimulating reflection and prayer” – Reverend Paul Richardson, Assistant Bishop (ret.) of Newcastle and Reviews Editor of the Church of England Newspaper.

“In Sonnets from the Spirit, the talented poet and theologian Christopher Villiers conveys Bible stories in verse. These rhythmic sonnets do not just tell a story. As you read, you become the central character of each poem, entering the viewpoint of Bible people and the events they encountered then, coming away with an ‘I’ ready to perceive and receive an ongoing relationship with God” – Mary Harwell Sayler, Christian poet and writer.

NEW RELEASE: Sonnets From the Spirit

Coming soon – Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters

HLP Web logo Trans bkHope and Life Press is pleased to announce the forthcoming release in 2015 of the book Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters by the Russian Orthodox scholar, Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D. Church Slavonic is the language of Saints Cyril and Methodius. It is also the Slavic liturgical language of the Orthodox Church. The book will be released in both the Russian language and the English language, and will be available worldwide in paperback and ebook editions.

Coming soon – Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters