Book Review

Book Review: Out of the Depths: Women’s Experience of Evil and Salvation by Ivone Gebara

Gebara, Ivone. Out of the Depths: Women’s Experience of Evil and Salvation. Translated by Ann Patrick Ware. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2002. Pp. viii + 211. Paper. $20.00. ISBN: 0800634756

Reviewed by: María Teresa Dávila
Boston College

Ivone Gebara constructs a theology of suffering and salvation from the perspective of poor women. Using a feminist phenomenology Gebara describes the experiences of evil that women suffer, the evil that women do, and poor women’s experiences of salvation in their everyday lives. She uses the category of gender to explain how the cultural, religious, and social understandings of male and female are part of women’s understanding of suffering, evil, and salvation. Her central goal is to construct a theology of suffering and salvation that sustains a unified vision of human life where evil and salvation are present in interrelated ways. Sustaining this goal leads her to make statements about suffering and salvation that confront traditional notions of the suffering of Jesus Christ and the salvation present in the cross and resurrection.

Book Review: The Violence of Love: Oscar Romero. Compiled and translated by James R. Brockman, S.J.

Romero, Oscar A. The Violence of Love: Oscar Romero. Compiled and translated by James R. Brockman, S.J. With a foreword by Henri Nouwen. Maryknoll: Orbis, 2004. Pp. xvi + 214. Paper. $15.00. ISBN: 1570755353.

Reviewed by: Robert S. Pelton, C.S.C.
University of Notre Dame

This collection of Archbishop Oscar Romero’s homilies and other works is meant to facilitate knowing this man of faith and experiencing the power of his words. Published a few years before the twenty-fifth anniversary of his martyrdom, the book is a valuable and comprehensive contribution to a fuller appreciation of Archbishop Romero’s deep spirituality, revealing in Romero’s own words his commitment to Christ in the living body of his people.

Book Review: Renaming Ecstasy: Latino Writings on the Sacred, Orlando Ricardo Menes, ed.

Menes, Orlando Ricardo, ed. Renaming Ecstasy: Latino Writings on the Sacred. Edited Tempe: Bilingual Press, 2004. Pp. v + 157. Paper. $14.00. ISBN: 1931010153.

Reviewed by: Alberto López Pulido
University of San Diego

This anthology brings together the writings of Latina and Latino poets who explore spirituality and expressions of the sacred within the pan-Latino world. As suggested by the title, a major focus of the project is to highlight how works of poetry by Latinas and Latinos rename sacred and spiritual “ecstasies” for this community and, as a result, serve to redefine what constitutes our communion with the divine in a multicultural America.

Book Review: Ecumenismo, Sectas y Nuevos Movimientos Religiosos by José Luis Pérez Guadalupe

Reviewed by: Jeffrey Gros, F.S.C.
Memphis Theological Seminary

This important volume on Christianity in Peru includes four quite ambitious sections in one volume. The author, a lay theologian and sociologist, demonstrates both scientific clarity and a pastoral concern in the descriptions and analyses laid out here.

The first section of the book is a primer on Catholic ecumenism, one of the better kept secrets in the Latin American Catholic Church. He surveys the basic Catholic documents, the historic Eastern and Reformation churches with the factors responsible for the divisions, the institutions of the ecumenical movement, ending with a short section on the interreligious mission of the Church. This will be a helpful introduction, though unfortunately it does not treat of the forty years of Catholic dialogues with these churches and ecclesial communities since the Council.