FILMS AND BOOKS

A few days before Christmas, the final installment of the screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit hit theaters. Not many people know that...

It’s Christmas time – Advent actually – so we Catholics need something “Christmas-y” and Scott Hahn’s new book, “Joy to the World: How Christ’s Coming Changed Everything (and Still Does),” cleverly fills that bill.

Mixed opinions have been generated by Jackson's transformation of a single, relatively slim volume into a trio of longish movies. But few will deny that this concluding screen chapter progresses at a steady clip and successfully engages viewers' interest.

The following books, including one by an Arizona author, are suitable for Christmas giving.

As earlier movie offerings from this year -- "Son of God" and "Noah" -- suggest, some in Tinseltown are apparently dusting off their copies of the Scriptures and taking a second look.

For those who have never been inside any of the Vatican Museums, seeing a documentary about them done with a 3-D effect on the big screen could be a real treat.

I received this book, R is for Rosary, by Barbara Gowan and immediately thought – as a Lay Dominican – a book about St. Dominic and the story of how the Virgin Mary gave him the rosary. Then, I discovered it was a children’s book.

Positive values, including altruism, are highlighted in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1."

The book "Three Moments of the Day: Praying with the Heart of Jesus” is one of those tests of Church unity.

There is a close relationship between charitable action and philanthropy on the part of religious organizations, according to Thomas J. Davis, editor of "Religion in Philanthropic Organizations: Family, Friend, Foe?" But the philanthropy his book focuses upon aims principally at alleviating society's ills and making the world a better place. This might be done through caring for the sick, feeding and educating the poor, disaster relief, counseling families that suffer or aid for immigrants.

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