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Saints Preserved: An Encyclopedia of Relics based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
"Saints Preserved" was an interesting book, for sure. While calling itself an "encyclopedia" stretches the limits of credulity at best, it is a fun collection of some well-known as well as obscure saints. More than anything, the location of the relics of these saints is what makes this book useful. One could not lean on this book for any kind of research whatsoever, regardless of its references given. The best that one can hope for in this book is a quick guideline to further one's own personal research. While alphabetising by saint name is convenient for remembering one's page, this book would have been more ideally organised by grouping the locations of the relics. If one is planning a trip to revere (or even just check out) holy relics, it would be much easier to flip to a section containing all of the relics within an area, rather than having to flip through each page, re-reading each Saint's remains location. Even if one kept the book alphabetised by Saint, having a key or the like in the back of the book would have been more than slightly helpful. Regardless of the overall mediocrity of this book, "Saints Preserved" was entertaining enough to keep my interest peaked throughout the reading of it. Not only that, but I also plan on checking out his other books (namely "Saints Behaving Badly") from the library...should I really like any of them, I wouldn't mind forking out the money to purchase them.
Saints Preserved by Thomas J. Craughwell is an encyclopedic look at the relics of famous saints from history. Craughwell treats his subjects with a light, yet reverent touch. From Saint Afra to Saint Zita, through Jesus and Mary, it covers some of the most famous pieces of Catholic history in a way that even Protestants can enjoy. I've often tried to read about other saints, but there are so many of them it's easy to become quickly overwhelmed. Craughwell keeps his explanations succinct, offering a brief bio of each saint as well as a list of what relics are known and where they are located, sometimes with a history of how it got there. While some subjects get a few pages of description, most are just a paragraph or two, making the book an easy read. As a Protestant, I've always been intrigued by the idea of relics, and Craughwell's book is a great starting point for those unfamiliar with the concept, like I was, as well as a a good reference guide for those more familiar with the concept.
A provacative and inspiring read. Always follow what Craughwell's writing next. Love it!