Page 10, 25th March 1977

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Page 10, 25th March 1977 — A Pocket Book of Prayers for Everyday by Rosa George
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A Pocket Book of Prayers for Everyday by Rosa George

(Mayhew-McCrimmon 25p) I Believe hi Youth by Mary K. Richardson (Kevin Mayhew 80p) Sailing the Course by Mary K. Richardson (Kevin Mayhew 80p) The Man in the Swamp by Mary K. Richardson (Kevin Mayhew 95p) A Thoroughly Modern Martha by Mary Endersbee (Hodder & Stoughton 90p) Just in Time by Derek C. James (Inter-Varsity Press 75p)

Mayhew-McCrimmon are to be congratulated on their ing number or booklets containing prayers which will help us as we kneel before God. Rosa George dedicates this second little Pocket Book of Prayers to Fr Michael Hollings, to whom she, like so many of us, owes so much.

His booklets of prayers, with the co-operation of Etta Gullick and others, will give us an idea of what we shall find in these from Rosa George.

With unobtrusive illustrative sketches, the 32-page truly pocket-size booklet offers short prayers tor practical situations: when aired, for tolerance, a "Laundrette Prayer", for as we grow older, when inclined to argue, when fussing and worrying, and many more; 31 prayers in all. Delightful and helpful.

The new publishing company with the imprint "Kevin Mayhew, Limited" has issued these three biographical paperbacks by Mary K. Richardson. I read the first on my journey from London to King's Lynn and the second on the way back.

There is a curious parallel in them. Both deal with the life of a boy from a poor background who became a high-ranking prelate.

Joseph Cardijn wished to be always identified with and dedicated to the poor. He was still of that mind when he had

become the friend of Popes and royalty. He once .went into the Vatican and escaped detection until he found himself in the Pope's own study.

Pius XI, instead of ordering him out, patiently listened to him, and from then on the success story of the Young Christian Workers begins to unfold. It is unforgettable, true, yet light reading. Mary K. Richardson has a gripping style, suitable to the novelist rather than the biographer. The man who was "sailing the course" was an obstinate, far from pious, youth who rose from cabin boy to archbishop."

The story of his early days, of his becoming a monk with a greater knowledge of the world he had sailed than the masters who taught him later at Downside, and of his arrival before he was 30, as Vicar General in Australia; of his long life as the last of the Vicars Apostolic in England and as the first Bishop of Birmingham, and his final years in Oscott as Archbishop, is absorbing. Like Cardinal Cardijn, he had spent time in prison; the former as a prisoner of war, the latter in England as a bishop in a debtor's prison. It is difficult to put these books down.

How topical the third book is! On page nine it says: "His Excellency Idi Amin Dada, President of Uganda, was in process of expelling his best friends" in this case, a 77 year-old doctor, the subject of this gripping biography.

This is one to encourage us. Dr Aileen "Madge" Williams was a holy, wholly human, being. "It's difficult to love saints unless they are dead," quotes the author; And Dr Williams was very much alive.

Her life in Africa, in Kenya during the Mau Mau trouble and in Uganda, can be summed up in the words of the Prologue: "It is far more inspiring to see the Grace of God at work in people who, like us, laugh at jokes, make mistakes, are fierytempered . . whose courage plods in from day to day." I hope Mary K. Richardson will add many more to these three booklets in the Kevin Mayhew "Great Christian Lives." I also hope he will afford better paper, though the print is excellent in its clarity, and the cover designs very attractive.

If you want an examination of conscience which is humorous and good-humoured on "What sort of a Christian Am I?" please read "Just in Time." You will enjoy reading it and benefit from it.

Most of us admire the Salvation Army. The Life of Brigadier Martha Field is a down-to-earth, inspiring account which will touch our hearts. Every one of these inexpensive paperbacks is worth reading.

Fr Leo Smith, SDS




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