Each month we invite a guest reviewer to suggest and review a book for us. The simple objective is that each book should encourage the reader in their walk with Christ.
Sr Isabel Smyth, Sister of Notre Dame, Catholic Bishops’ Secretary for Interreligious Dialogue
by Judy Cannato
Publisher: Sorin Books 2006
Radical Amazement does exactly what the subtitle suggests – it offers “Contemplative Lessons from Black Holes, Supernovas, and Other Wonders of the Universe”. It introduces us to scientific discoveries that change our understanding of the world in which we live. For many of us the ‘new science’ challenges the way we have traditionally looked at doctrines such as creation, salvation or eternity. However, ignoring or denying modern quantum physics or failing to take it seriously is in danger of making some of our theological language irrelevant and meaningless to many people. Judy Cannato, a spiritual director with a great interest in science, helps us appreciate the wonders of the universe with joy, gratitude and amazement at the magnificence and mystery of it all. But her primary aim does not stop here. What she wants to do is to tell the Christian story from the perspective of the new physics, to show us new ways of understanding our relationship with God, to help us realise our interconnectedness with all that lives and to embrace life in its fullness. Cannato does this very well. Radical Amazement is a book that will widen your horizons and give you a new perspective on yourself and our world. I would want everyone to read it . Cannato was diagnosed with cancer as she was completing her second book ‘Fields of Compassion’ and sadly died in 2011.
Our Reviewer says: I cannot recommend it highly enough
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