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All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Time Paperback – September 1, 1997
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The profiles are presented one per day, often on their official feast days, if this applies. At the end of each entry, Ellsberg provides one or two well-chosen suggestions for further reading. An index makes the book a useful reference, in addition to it being rich spiritual reading.
The merits of `All Saints' were well captured by Henri Nouwen when he commented on a draft version of the book prior to his death (Nouwen himself receives an entry in the finished book): `This book is a great treasure. Though not pious it is spiritually evocative; though untraditional, it is consistent with the larger Catholic tradition. While broadening the traditional vision of sanctity it calls us to explore our own ways of becoming a saint. I consider Robert Ellsberg to be one of the most significant spiritual writers in the United States, and this book puts him right into the center of contemporary spiritual literature.'
Ellsberg is editor-in-chief of Orbis Books and has written and edited a number of award-winning books, including works on Dorothy Day and Mahatma Gandhi. In `All Saints' he has produced a compendium of holy lives that will truly speak to and inspire today's women and men. [A Selection of the John Garratt Catholic Book Club.]
The book IS a collection of brief biographies of inspirational and prophetic persons throughout the ages, presented in a "saint of the day" format. (As another reviewer has pointed out, many of the persons presented are done so on their "official" feast day.)
The book is NOT an exclusive collection of Catholic (or Orthodox or Anglican) saints; nor is it limited even to Christians. The buyer needs to be aware of this fact prior to purchase, as this will undoubtedly turn off some potential readers -- and, most likely, pique the interest of others. If a buyer is looking for a "Lives of the Saints" in the strict, ecclesial sense of the word, this is not what you are looking for.
Some readers may also be put off by the rather obvious left-wing bias of the author evident both in some of the individuals chosen for mention -- and, frankly, in a certain amount of historical revisionism. (I read the entry for "Heloise" today, and as a professional historian, absolutely cringed.)
This is not to say, however, that the book is without value. Indeed, it is an eye-opening read, especially for those unfamiliar with some of the great spiritual and philosophical minds outside the realm of Christianity. There's a great deal of brilliance out there!
Just know what you're purchasing.
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My paperback version of this classic is well worn from several years of use. Mr. Ellsberg's book has been a part of my daily morning devotions for many years,and I am very happy... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael E. Gilbertson
My brother showed me his copy and I thought it would an encouraging daily read for me. Though it is a bit more Catholic than anything I've ever read in the past, it is nevertheless... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book has been a wonderful spiritual companion to me since I discovered it in 2001.
It's wonderful to have a kindle edition but I am disappointed that you can't jump... Read more
Beautiful collection of inspiring lives. My husband and I take turns reading aloud to the other each day's biography.Published 7 months ago by Julia Pearson
Great reflections on many different people. Some I've never heard of, but they are people to know about.Published 10 months ago by Marilyn C. S.
The best devotional on saints I've come across. It's tremendously inspirational. We love it.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic. I adored this book with the first page I read. So inspirational and insightful.Published 12 months ago by Teresa Kathcart