Long Island City, N.Y. :
- 1st ed
- Physical Description
- 128 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 18 cm
- Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
- Main Author
This pleasing and unusual book is a brief vade mecum of saints' lives, organized by theme (e.g., "Home & Family," "Work & Weariness") and illuminated by appealing folk art-like illustrations in liturgical purples. The saints range from the near-legendary (Blaise) to the recently canonized (Josephine Bakhita). For each saint, Muldoon includes a short ritual and a prayer; the volume indexes by feast day, saint's name, and occasion. VERDICT Aesthetically pleasing and spiritually satisfying, this handbook will appeal to Catholics, Anglicans, and artists of all persuasions. [Page 62]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.Review by PW Annex Reviews
Despite the proliferation of books about the saints, there always seems to be room for one more way of organizing and presenting the lives of these exalted beings. Muldoon, a Catholic theologian who teaches at Boston College, has written a welcome addition to the genre in this handy little anthology with brief descriptions of 100 saints accompanied by short prayers and rituals. As indicated by the title, the book is arranged according to the causes each saint is known for advocating. People seeking support for sea travel, for example, can apply to Brendan the Navigator, while those suffering from chronic pain can petition Lydwina of Schiedam. There's even a saint for home décor issues: Catherine of Bologna. Muldoon's collection embraces the familiar (Augustine, Francis of Assisi) and the obscure (Pharaildis, Roch), and includes a list giving a saint for every day of the year as well as Internet links for downloading images of favorite saints. Even devotees of the classic Butler's Lives of the Saints are sure to enjoy this fun, compact guide to some of Christianity's holiest people. (May) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
An invaluable reference describes each saint and his or her prayer, combined with devotions and powerful illustrations, inviting spiritual people to appreciate the stories, deeds and symbolism of saints. Original.