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As a human family that transcends time and place, the saints impart to you the strength to cope with every earthbound struggle and care. They add depth and significance to every challenge you face, even as their profound words lift your spirit ever closer to the sublime ecstasy of eternal life.
This unique anthology presents hundreds of aphoristic sayings from the writings and recorded literary statements of both famous and obscure saints.
Posted September 12, 2004
I LOVE this book! I return to it again and again and always find what I am seeking, be it comfort, reassurance, insight, enlightenment, or simply comic relief and a fresh perspective on things. It is inspiring to read the actual words spoken by the saints throughout the ages, and to be able to perceive their humanity, as well as their holiness and wisdom. The broad range encompassed in this collection is awesome, and it's topical organization makes it a snap to find what you're looking for. This book should be in the library of any thinking person who seeks and values the eternal truths regarding the human condition, and life both here and hereafter.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 3, 2004
I have worn my old hardcover edition (from Oxford University Press) to shreds, and given away several paperback copies to friends, so I was thrilled to find that Barnes and Noble have reissued a fine hardcover edition of this classic at a great (little) price. I believe this is a very important time for us to read and reread books like THE WISDOM OF THE SAINTS as the Church struggles with scandals and the world writhes under spiritual as well as terrorist attacks that threaten faith. The saints remind us that times are always perilous and struggle perpetual. Many of the saints presented in WISDOM have been embroiled in conflict within the church and with the world as desperate and apparantly discouraging as anything we face today. Having their voices at hand, addressing topics that are always pertinent and new, is a quick fix against the whispering voices of despair and discouragement. We have a serious need for eternal wisdom and the examples of wit, sanity, and heroic virtue that the saints have given us. These are hard times for the faithful, but aren't they always? Thank God for the saints!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.