The Lives of the Saints (Penguin 60s)

by omer englebert | Religion & Spirituality |
ISBN: 0146001060 Global Overview for this book
Registered by glade1 of McLeansville, North Carolina USA on 8/12/2014
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Journal Entry 1 by glade1 from McLeansville, North Carolina USA on Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Picked up this teensy book from the free shelf at the used book store the other day. I thought this would be a good reference to have on hand... Description from Amazon:

Concise and inspiring biographies of the most revered saints in history. Here are the interesting facts and colorful settings of the lives of the saints whom we speak about and to whom we pray, who have provided artists with the subject of their masterpieces, and whose names are borne by our cities, towns, and ourselves.

Journal Entry 2 by glade1 at McLeansville, North Carolina USA on Friday, September 3, 2021
This packed a lot of info into a small book! It goes through the saints alphabetically, giving a brief synopsis of each one's life. At the end, it includes a large list of other saints (I'm a bit confused about these, perhaps most of them are not "official"?) and tells what folks pray to them for.

I am Protestant so did not grow up with all these saints. It was interesting to think how different it might be to be brought up hearing about all the torture and death surrounding a lot of them. It was also interesting to me to learn that some of them had "sinful" or unsavory lives before becoming saint-like. I had thought one had to be 100% saintly!

The list at the back really gets humorous after a while. It reminds me of a pantheon of gods who should solve all your problems. And I suppose that's because I am Protestant and do not have anyone between God/Jesus and me.

An interesting and enlightening read!

Journal Entry 3 by glade1 at Greensboro, North Carolina USA on Monday, November 8, 2021

Released 3 wks ago (11/5/2021 UTC) at Greensboro, North Carolina USA


Mailed to GoryDetails, as she collects Penguin 60s books. It's a tiny one but packed with interesting info!

Journal Entry 4 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, November 9, 2021
The books arrived safely today - many thanks! I do love having these Penguin 60s on hand for geocache releases.

This one contains a subset of the more than 2000 saints listed in the original book, but does demonstrate the perils of martyrdom - and the sometimes odd-seeming fascination with the gruesome details of a particular saint's torment, to the point where the saint is commemorated by symbols of his or her own agonizing death. (Then again, the cross is also such a symbol...)

Some of the entries here were for saints - including the occasional archangel; seriously, doesn't "archangel" trump "saint" rank-wise? Why bother canonizing an angel? - whom I'd heard of before, read about in the Bible, or was otherwise familiar with, but many were for less well-known figures, and ranging from Biblical times to the 19th century. Their accomplishments range from early martyrdom to long lives of good works, translating or spreading the Gospel.

[Just for fun, there's a TV Tropes page on patron saints, with notes on canonization and on the ways in which various saints have been designated as "patron saints".]

Journal Entry 5 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, Edison St. in Quincy, Massachusetts USA on Saturday, November 20, 2021

Released 1 wk ago (11/20/2021 UTC) at Little Free Library, Edison St. in Quincy, Massachusetts USA


Guidelines for safely visiting and stocking Little Free Libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic, from the LFL site here.

I left this book in this new-to-me Little Free Library; hope someone enjoys it!

[See other recent releases in MA here.]

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