Saints As They Really Are: Voices of Holiness in Our Time

Saints As They Really Are: Voices of Holiness in Our Time

by Michael Plekon
     
 

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In his new book, Saints As They Really Are, priest and scholar Michael Plekon traces the spiritual journeys of several American Christians, using their memoirs and other writings. These “saints-in-the-making” show all their doubts and imperfections as they reflect on their search for God and their efforts to lead holy lives. They are gifted yet

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In his new book, Saints As They Really Are, priest and scholar Michael Plekon traces the spiritual journeys of several American Christians, using their memoirs and other writings. These “saints-in-the-making” show all their doubts and imperfections as they reflect on their search for God and their efforts to lead holy lives. They are gifted yet ordinary women and men trying to follow Christ within their flawed and broken humanity—“saints as they really are,” as Dorothy Day put it.

Saints As They Really Are is the third book in Plekon’s critically acclaimed series on saints and holiness in our time. He draws on the autobiographical work of Dorothy Day, Peter Berger, Thomas Merton, Kathleen Norris, and Barbara Brown Taylor, among others, as well as from his own experiences as a Carmelite seminarian and brother. Plekon shares the power of these individuals’ stories as they unfold. The book offers a strong argument that our failings and weaknesses are not disqualifications to holiness. Plekon further confronts the institutional church and its relationship to individuals seeking God, focusing on some of the challenges to this search—the destructive potential of religion and religious institutions, as well as our personal tendencies to extremism, overwork, pious obsessions, and legalism. But he also underscores the healing qualities of faith and the spiritual life. Plekon's insights will help readers better understand their own spiritual pilgrimages as they learn how others have dealt with the trials and joys of their path to everyday holiness.   “This is the third in a progression of books by Michael Plekon that have served to expand our understanding of saints and holiness. In this new book, he has taken yet a further step in relating holiness to ordinary or everyday life by showing the contours of grace, or the harmonics of holiness, revealed in the Christian journey of a number of contemporary Christian memoirists. He shows how the gospel story of death-resurrection is written in the journey of ordinary Christians.” —Robert Ellsberg, author of All Saints  

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Library Journal
This is a sequel of sorts to the author's previous two deservedly well-received books, Living Icons and Hidden Holiness, on saintliness in unusual contexts. Plekon (sociology, Baruch Coll., CUNY) now addresses the lives and writings of several modern American Catholics, including Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, as well as his own life as a Carmelite seminarian. He touches on both the personal and the institutional impediments to a faithful life and, paradoxically, its nearness to readers' own spiritual experiences. VERDICT A winning blend of the personal, the scholarly, and the spiritual, Plekon's book, like its predecessors, makes the holy modern and accessible. For academic and seminary libraries and the individual reader, Christian or not.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780268089825
Publisher:
University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date:
05/15/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
454,914
File size:
4 MB

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