Boston College alumna Catherine Chant blends time travel, romance, and rock n’ roll in her new novel, Nothing Stays the Same. It tells the story of 16-year-old Brennan Basford who goes back in time to try to alter the life of his late dad and one-time teen idol Ronnie Basford. But, Brennan’s attempts to save his father are inadvertently wreaking havoc with the present day. It’s up to Leah Reinard to stop the boy she loves from ruining both their futures. Chant is also the author of Wishing You Were Here, a finalist in the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Contest for excellence in young adult romance, and the non-fiction work, Grow a Book: Turning Your Story Idea Into a Workable Plot.
Professor of Theology Pheme Perkins takes a timely look at The World’s Oldest Church: Bible, Art, and Ritual at Dura-Europos, Syria by Michael Peppard in a review for America magazine. Peppard’s text offers a historical and theological reassessment of art and ritual in the oldest Christian building ever discovered, the house-church at Dura-Europos. Perkins is an author and scholar of the New Testament.
Theology Department doctoral student Nathaniel Peters reviews the award-winning book Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin (translation by Lisa C. Hayden) for Commonweal magazine. Laurus, which has won two major Russian book prizes, has been listed in the company of such works as The Name of the Rose, Kristin Lavransdatter, The Diary of a Country Priest and Brideshead Revisited. Read the review.