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Ablaze: Stories of Daring Teen Saints
     

Ablaze: Stories of Daring Teen Saints

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by Colleen Swaim
 

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Following Christ is not always easy, but takes courage, patience, and love. In Ablaze: Stories of Daring Teen Saints, Colleen Swaim examines the lives of eight young men and women who were set fire with the Spirit and set free to live lives of extraordinary virtue.

All became saints for the outgoing, against-the-current heroism of their teen years.

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Following Christ is not always easy, but takes courage, patience, and love. In Ablaze: Stories of Daring Teen Saints, Colleen Swaim examines the lives of eight young men and women who were set fire with the Spirit and set free to live lives of extraordinary virtue.

All became saints for the outgoing, against-the-current heroism of their teen years. Read how Chiara Luce, an Italian high school student, faced cancer joyfully, inspiring thousands to throng her funeral in song. Follow Kizito, a brand-new Christian, as his faith is challenged by a king and he is marched to his death for standing firm. From martyrdom to missionary life and from sickness to the silence of religious life, these teens show that we are all called to follow Christ in our own unique ways.

These stories come alive with vivid storytelling and saintly challenges designed to inspire reflection and enflame your heart. Through prayers, images, and maps, catch a glimpse of a saint's world that carries lessons for our own--and discover how you can set our world ablaze with love for the Lord!

Editorial Reviews

Catholic Post, the Diocese of Peoria, IL - Nancy Piccione
Young people and others will appreciate another book that matters, in both content and design: Ablaze: Stories of Daring Teen Saints, by Colleen Swaim. This book is a gem, plain and simple. Here are just three of the best elements:

*the book include several well-known saints, like St. Dominic Savio and St. Maria Goretti, but these bios aren’t the “same-old” facts. Swaim infuses the stories with a fresh, invigorating voice that shows these remarkable people as more 3-dimensional than the usual narratives.

*the bulk of the book is new-to-most saints, or saints most will only have a passing knowledge of, from St. Kitizio of Africa to Blessed Chiara of Italy, and many others. Their stories are told in a way that makes Ablaze a must-read. It truly inspires a sense of longing for holiness.

*each saint/chapter ends with “saintly challenges,” offering readers a chance to apply the lessons of the saint’s life to his or her own, through media, prayers and recipes. Think trying a homemade chai tea recipe to give as a gift after reading about St. Alphonsa from India, or being challenged to put into practice a daily schedule to emulate St. Stantislaus. There are movie suggestions, simple virtue development ideas, and tons of other great ideas and challenges.

Catholic New World, newspaper for the Archdiocese of Chicago - Delores Madlener
Let’s hear it for teens — Thanks to a five-year strategic pastoral plan, this year will be devoted to teens and young adults in the arch. The aim is a spiritual awakening for youth, so they’ll become wholehearted Catholics. How about role models who have already made the journey? Here’s a collection of stories about young heroes for inspiration: ""Ablaze: Stories of Daring Teen Saints," by Colleen Swaim“Ablaze: Stories of Daring Teen Saints” by high school teacher Colleen Swaim, is about eight teenagedsaints or “blesseds” recognized officially by the church. (Of course there are many more whose names we’ll never know.) Three of Swaim’s subjects were from Italy, and the other five from Chile, Uganda, Poland, India and Spain. The youngest is 11-year-old St. Maria Goretti. Swaim writes about some who were obvious saints from the get-go, like Dominic Savio who served Mass daily at age five. Or Stanislaus Kostka, a home-schooled kid in 1564 who levitated during Mass at age 14. Or young Kizito. He lived in Uganda and was a page in the court of an evil king who also happened to be a pedophile. Kizito, newly baptized at age 14, went singing to his martyrdom, along with 15 other boys and young men, St. Charles Lwanga and some adult Christians. But when Juanita Solar was a youngster, she was rich, spoiled and had temper tantrums. (Nothing too saintly there.) A typical student, she called her boarding school “a dungeon,” and hated to go back after summer break. People can change. Juanita entered a Carmelite convent at age 18 and while her life was brief, today she’s known as the “St. Teresa of the Andes.” The most recent addition to this select company is Chiara “Luce” Badano. Called “a saint of our times,” she’s been chosen by Pope Benedict as one of the patrons for World Youth Day 2011. Before she died of bone cancer at age 18, she “lived the Gospel” doing acts of love for others. She appeared average — hanging out in coffee shops with friends, playing tennis and swimming. She might even be called “the saint who flunked high school math.” She offered all her suffering to God, and 20 years after her death, in 2010, she was named Blessed Chiara. Swaim has arranged her appealing book with lots of extra tidbits from helpful definitions and photos to brief discussion-starters, saintly challenges and prayers. As the author says, “Be who you should be, and you will set the whole world ablaze!” It’s available for $12.99 + shipping from Liguori Publications, (800) 325-9521, or at amazon. com.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764820298
Publisher:
Liguori Publications
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
93,561
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Colleen Swaim is a teacher of religion and English in the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky, who encourages in young adults an understanding of the intense radicalism of sanctity and the dreary dullness of sin.

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Ablaze: Stories of Daring Teen Saints 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Pam_Brown More than 1 year ago
If you are a teen, or a mom--or even a teacher of teens, you will love this book. The stories of young people that author Collen Swaim tells--as well as the message to stand up for what you believe--even when it calls for sacrifice and defying authority--comes through loud and clear. The saintly teens (who were not always saintly) choose to do what they felt they were called to do--and what was right--empowering each one of us to stand up, to be brave in our own ways (whether it is shouted or in quiet defiance)encourages us to reflect on our personal beliefs, and equip ourselves with what we need to do in daily life--or for when we are called to take a public stand. Book includes pictures of saints, saintly challenges, questions for discussion, opportunity to journal, prayer,and quotes for inspiration. Highly recommended!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book of teen saints! Their stories encouraged me to grow in holines and now I want to follow in their footsteps! All teenagers and even adults should discover these eight saints, for the world needs more like them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book!!! Every Catholic teen should read it. This proves that teenage holiness is sooo possible!