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The Lure of Saints: A Protestant Experience of Catholic Tradition
 
 
Author
Jon M. Sweeney.
Publisher Paraclete  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9 x 6 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9781557255068
Pages/Publication Date 237/2006
Daedalus Item Code 30915
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Full of colorful characters, insights, and profound appreciation for faith, this book considers how exemplary if sometimes highly unusual men and women have impacted both the Catholic Church and the world. Jon Sweeney, a former Baptist and the editor of The Road to Assisi, explores the richness of the Catholic imagination and the meaning of saints in history and today.

"Sweeney, who grew up in a fundamentalist Christian church believing that Catholic and Orthodox Christians were in need of salvation, honestly admits that his own discovery of the spirituality of the saints is not without serious doubts: 'I am still a profound skeptic, only a partial convert.' He writes that he's drawn to the saints so 'I might learn to see differently,' and build a deeper relationship with God.... There is a satisfying blend of the concrete (prayers, a list of feast days, 10 steps to living like a saint) with Sweeney's personal observations and historical information. He doesn't sidestep some of the troubling aspects of saints, including their images on trinkets and kitsch, and their seeming 'weirdness' (e.g. Angela of Foligno partaking of lepers' sores). While Protestant readers may remain unconvinced about the place of saints in their faith, they will also come away with a deeper understanding of, and sympathy for, why saints play an important role in the lives of Catholic and Orthodox Christians."Publishers Weekly

 
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