Cornwell, a former seminarian turned agnostic, took a year's leave from his job as a journalist in order to investigate contemporary paranormal religious occurrence, mostly within a Catholic context. He explores the authenticity of phenomena reported in Yugoslavia, Spain, Canada, Italy, and even the Bronx, New York. An Irish nun with a healing ministry appears several times in the book, as do several Jesuit priests, which helps convey the more-or-less official church views. Cornwell writes with color and strong personal bias and often employs severe characterization. However, healthy skepticism plays an important role in seeking evidence to justify faith. Does divinity hide within weeping statues, stigmatics, or shrouds? Cornwell suggests the answers lie within the seeking heart, and in discarding false idols through a skeptical approach. For general collections.-- Anna Donnelly, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, N.Y.