Stories of the saints Bold and inspiring tales of adventure, grace, and courage

Carey Wallace

Book - 2020

From Augustine to Mother Teresa, officially canonized as St. Teresa of Calcutta, discover seventy of the best-known and best-loved saints and read their riveting stories. Meet Joan of Arc, whose transcendent faith compelled her to lead an army when the king's courage failed. Francis of Assisi, whose gentleness tamed a man-eating wolf. Valentine, a bishop in the time of ancient Rome, who spoke so often of Christ's love that his saint's day, February 12, has been associated with cou...rtly love since the Middle Ages. St. Thomas Aquinas, the great teacher. Peter Claver, who cared for hundreds of thousands of people on slave ships after their voyage as captives. And Bernadette, whose vision of Mary instructed her to dig the spring that became the healing waters of Lourdes. Each saint is illustrated in a dramatic and stylized full-color portrait, and included in every entry are the saint's dates, location, emblems, feast days, and patronage. Taken together, these stories create a rich, inspiring, and entertaining history of faith and courage.

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Subjects
Genres
Biographies
Illustrated works
Published
New York : Workman Publishing [2020]
Language
English
Physical Description
ix, 221 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 32 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9780761193272
0761193278
Main Author
Carey Wallace (author)
Other Authors
Nick Thornborrow (illustrator)
  • Introduction
  • Polycarp
  • Perpetua and Felicity
  • Cecilia
  • Lawrence
  • Sebastian
  • Valentine
  • Christopher
  • Nicholas
  • Barbara
  • George
  • Lucy
  • Catherine of Alexandria
  • Blaise
  • Helena
  • Anthony the Great
  • Pachomius
  • Martin of Tours
  • Moses the Strong
  • Basil
  • Monica
  • Ambrose
  • Augustine
  • Mary of Egypt
  • John Chrysostom
  • Patrick
  • Jerome
  • Simeon Stylites
  • Genevieve
  • Bridget of Ireland
  • Benedict
  • Gregory the Great
  • Cyril and Methodius
  • Wenceslaus
  • Stanislaus
  • Margaret of Scotland
  • Isidore the Farmer
  • Hildegard of Bingen
  • Thomas Becket
  • Dominic
  • Francis
  • Clare
  • Anthony of Padua
  • Elizabeth of Hungary
  • Celestine V
  • Bonaventure
  • Thomas Aquinas
  • John Nepomucene
  • Catherine of Siena
  • Fra Angelico
  • Joan of Arc
  • Angela Merici
  • Ignatius of Loyola
  • Teresa of Avila
  • Philip Neri
  • John of the Cross
  • Camillus de Lellis
  • Aloysius Gonzaga
  • Martin de Porres
  • Peter Claver
  • Vincent de Paul
  • Joseph of Cupertino
  • Jean Baptiste Marie Vianney
  • John Bosco
  • Dominic Savio
  • Bernadette
  • Francis Xavier Cabrini
  • Josephine Bakhita
  • Thérèse of Lisieux
  • Maximilian Kolbe
  • Teresa of Calcutta
  • The Roman Empire and the Ancient World
  • Further Reading.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this entertaining collection of profiles of saints, novelist Wallace (The Blind Contessa's New Machine) introduces Christian martyrs, each with a spiritual idiosyncrasy that earns its particular patronage. While the vignettes reveal the brutality Christians suffered for their faith, Wallace's prose is evocative and reverent. She opens with 2nd-century CE Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, and weaves chronologically to end with Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa). Each biographical sketch begins with the date, location where the saint lived or is known, emblem, patronage, and feast day, culminating in legends about the saints amplified by Thornborrow's luminous ink illustrations. Wallace neatly highlights moments when the spiritual heroes, often at odds with Roman authority, are put to the test: Lawrence (the patron saint of comedians, chefs, and firefighters) said, while being roasted on an iron grill over hot coals, "This side is roasted. Turn me over"; Mud made from Christopher's blood following his beheading miraculously repaired the eye of the king who sentenced him to death; Catherine of Siena debated philosophers while Francis of Assisi healed animals of every kind. Wallace's accounts of the lives of saints will appeal any Christian, particularly those who read graphic novels. (Mar.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this entertaining collection of profiles of saints, novelist Wallace (The Blind Contessa's New Machine) introduces Christian martyrs, each with a spiritual idiosyncrasy that earns its particular patronage. While the vignettes reveal the brutality Christians suffered for their faith, Wallace's prose is evocative and reverent. She opens with 2nd-century CE Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, and weaves chronologically to end with Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa). Each biographical sketch begins with the date, location where the saint lived or is known, emblem, patronage, and feast day, culminating in legends about the saints amplified by Thornborrow's luminous ink illustrations. Wallace neatly highlights moments when the spiritual heroes, often at odds with Roman authority, are put to the test: Lawrence (the patron saint of comedians, chefs, and firefighters) said, while being roasted on an iron grill over hot coals, "This side is roasted. Turn me over"; Mud made from Christopher's blood following his beheading miraculously repaired the eye of the king who sentenced him to death; Catherine of Siena debated philosophers while Francis of Assisi healed animals of every kind. Wallace's accounts of the lives of saints will appeal any Christian, particularly those who read graphic novels. (Mar.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Profiles seventy saints, including Joan of Arc, Francis of Assisi, and St. Thomas Aquinas, each entry offers a portrait, the saint's dates, location, emblems, feast days, and patronage.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A chronologically organized collection of stories about the Christian saints places their unexpectedly adventurous experiences against a backdrop of history, in a volume that includes biographical introductions to Francis of Assisi, Joan of Arc and Mother Teresa. 20,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From Augustine to Mother Teresa, officially canonized as St. Teresa of Calcutta, discover seventy of the best-known and best-loved saints and read their riveting stories. Meet Joan of Arc, whose transcendent faith compelled her to lead an army when the king's courage failed. Francis of Assisi, whose gentleness tamed a man-eating wolf. Valentine, a bishop in the time of ancient Rome, who spoke so often of Christ's love that his saint's day, February 12, has been associated with courtly love since the Middle Ages. St. Thomas Aquinas, the great teacher. Peter Claver, who cared for hundreds of thousands of people on slave ships after their voyage as captives. And Bernadette, whose vision of Mary instructed her to dig the spring that became the healing watersof Lourdes. Each saint is illustrated in a dramatic and stylized full-color portrait, and included in every entry are the saint's dates, location, emblems, feast days, and patronage. Taken together, these stories create a rich, inspiring, and entertaining history of faith and courage.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Performing Miracles. Facing Wild Lions. Confronting Demons. Transforming the World. From Augustine to Mother Teresa, officially canonized as St. Teresa of Calcutta, discover seventy of the best-known and best-loved saints and read their riveting stories. Meet Joan of Arc, whose transcendent faith compelled her to lead an army when the king’s courage failed. Francis of Assisi, whose gentleness tamed a man-eating wolf. Valentine, a bishop in the time of ancient Rome, who spoke so often of Christ’s love that his saint’s day, February 12, has been associated with courtly love since the Middle Ages. St. Thomas Aquinas, the great teacher. Peter Claver, who cared for hundreds of thousands of people on slave ships after their voyage as captives. And Bernadette, whose vision of Mary instructed her to dig the spring that became the healing waters of Lourdes. Each saint is illustrated in a dramatic and stylized full-color portrait, and included in every entry are the saint’s dates, location, emblems, feast days, and patronage. Taken together, these stories create a rich, inspiring, and entertaining history of faith and courage. For kids age 10 and up. A perfect gift for Confirmation.  

Review by Publisher Summary 5

As exciting as any Greek myth, as inspiring as any story about knights of the round table, these stories of the Christian saints are filled with history, adventure, and inspiration. Here, the lives of 70 Christian saints are organized chronologically (from 2nd century bishop St. Polycarp to Mother Teresa) and richly illustrated for kids ages 8-12.

Review by Publisher Summary 6

Performing Miracles. Facing Wild Lions. Confronting Demons. Transforming the World. From Augustine to Mother Teresa, officially canonized as St. Teresa of Calcutta, discover seventy of the best-known and best-loved saints and read their riveting stories. Meet Joan of Arc, whose transcendent faith compelled her to lead an army when the king's courage failed. Francis of Assisi, whose gentleness tamed a man-eating wolf. Valentine, a bishop in the time of ancient Rome, who spoke so often of Christ's love that his saint's day, February 12, has been associated with courtly love since the Middle Ages. St. Thomas Aquinas, the great teacher. Peter Claver, who cared for hundreds of thousands of people on slave ships after their voyage as captives. And Bernadette, whose vision of Mary instructed her to dig the spring that became the healing waters of Lourdes. Each saint is illustrated in a dramatic and stylized full-color portrait, and included in every entry are the saint's dates, location, emblems, feast days, and patronage. Taken together, these stories create a rich, inspiring, and entertaining history of faith and courage. For kids age 10 and up. A perfect gift for Confirmation.