The Colgate Scene
November 2003

Mark Sullivan '83
(Askashic Books)

Jonah Sees Ghosts is a shocking, touching, and humorous debut novel that blends magical realism with a figurative study of the ways alcohol abuse shapes the personalities within a family. Resembling a stylish blend of S.E. Hinton, Stephen King, and Tom McGuane, Jonah Sees Ghosts tells the story of 15-year-old Jonah Hart, a boy with a problem he's afraid to share: not only does he see ghosts, but when he dreams at night, he leaves his body and travels in the ether -- a compellingly addictive form of retreat.

As the ghosts that plague him become more and more aggressive, Jonah withdraws into his dream world; when things there turn dangerous as well, the boy is forced to make a stand from the full depths of abandonment and isolation in a last stab at redemption. At its heart, Jonah Sees Ghosts is a story of love within dysfunction and the adaptability of the human spirit.

Mark Littleton '72
(Storey Books)

"Is it ever okay to be angry with God and let him know that -- have a face-off with him?" asks Mark Littleton. "Can we experience genuine doubts and then have the audacity to reveal them to God, the very one we doubt?"

Littleton confesses to asking these questions of Divine Providence many times, and in Getting Honest with God he encourages and guides readers through their own struggles with God regarding anger, discouragement, doubt, and lack of faith. Each chapter looks at how biblical figures such as Esther, Jonah, Elijah, John the Baptist, the apostles Andrew and Thomas, and others "leveled with God and saw him revolutionize their lives."

Littleton is a speaker and author living in the Kansas City metro area with his wife and three children. He is the author of more than 70 books, including Jesus: Everything You Need to Know to Figure Him Out.
Qamar-ul Huda '90

Striving for Divine Union examines the theological, philosophical, and Islamic mystical dimensions of the celebrated Suhrawardi sufi order from the 13th to 15th centuries. The Suhrawardis were a legally grounded and intellectually vibrant sufi order whose mystical path was based on exchanges and debates on the Qur'an and on the prophet [Muhammad's] customs. This created a unique self understanding,

which developed specific sufi spiritual exercises. This book analyzes their interpretation of sacred texts -- the Qur'an, hadiths, sunna, and malfuza, and discusses important new ways of thinking about the sufi hermeneutics of the Qur'an and its contribution to Islamic intellectual and spiritual life.

Qamar-ul Huda '90 is assistant professor of Islamic studies and comparative theology at Boston College.
Also of interest:
The Big Bang: Nerve's Guide to the New Sexual Universe
by Emma Taylor and Lorelei Sharkey '94
The Two Roads to Divorce
by Lenard Marlow '54
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