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Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati: Journey to the Summit (Encounter the Saints) Paperback – March 1, 2004

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9780819811653   Ana Maria Vazquez Jennings Dean Pier Giorgio Frassati, beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1990, lived only twenty-four years. But in that short time, he lived his life to the fullest. His student escapdes his athletic achievements, and his dedication to helping the poor all combined to make this amazing young man an "avalanche of life." Encounter the Saints Series Experience the adventures and challenges, heroism and holiness of some of the greatest friends of God! Offers intermediate readers a down-to-earth portrayal of the saints. Each distinct story vividly recreates for the intermediate reader the saint's place of origin, family life, and corresponding historical events. Every volume also features a prayer to the saint, as well as a brief glossary. This collection gives children new friends and role models.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Encounter the Saints
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Pauline Books & Media (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819811653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819811653
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Grandmother of 8 on March 13, 2005
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Parents of boys interested in sports and thinking manliness and Godliness don't mix, owe it to their sons to introduce them to the life of Pier Giorgio Frassati. Though a continent and a century removed, Pier Giorgio shared the same idealism, problems and interests as our own young people. His teenage years were interupted by World War I; his parents didn't understand him; he struggled with his studies. He loved to climb and ski and hike the mountains of Italy and sports were his passion. But his greater passions were the love of God as expressed in his daily attendance at Mass and all-night Adoration, and his special love of, and personal sacrifices for, the poor. At his death, at the age of 24, he was personally, finacially responsible for 120 poor families. No wonder, Pope John Paul II called him the "Man of the Beatitudes". His life is an incredible read for any young man.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By N. Porter on April 6, 2011
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This book fits a perfect bill of a love-hate relationship. There are things I absolutely LOVE about the book, and several things that I hated.

First off, the book, overall, has an excellent message which was thought provoking even to me as an adult: How we really ought to love more deeply and take care of those around us, especially the poor. Namely, to have charity as Christ would. So that is the great thing about the book that I absolutely love; you can rise to the book and come away from it inspired to do more. It had a great effect on me, and inspired me to look into the life of Frassati even more.

But the negative aspect of it I could have done without. My first pet peeve was when the book stated that the Frassati children were lonely BECAUSE they were taught at home and were not allowed to go to school. Okay, so as a homeschooler that really irritated me. It irritated me even further when I researched the saint and I couldn't find anything in regards to them not having friends at a young age because they were homeschooled... rather it was the parents that didn't want them having outside friends that was the problem. Minor thing, a little white out took care of that! LOL

But the whole middle section of the book seemed to pit Frassati against his parents, left and right. Now I know that his parents were well-known to be harsh and he grew up in a hard family. However, it seemed there should have been lots of things you could have focused on in a children's book... and this would be at the very bottom of my list to include, or at least highlight the obedience of Frassati to his parents rather than how wrong they constantly were. After all, especially in a Catholic book, children should be ENCOURAGED to be obedient...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Altman on June 30, 2010
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Loved this book. My son read this one out loud to us. We were edified by Pier Giorgio's life. Well written, easy to follow but yet so inspirational.
I recommend it and another read aloud book for the whole famly-Destination: Bethlehem. It's easily becoming a tradition to read during Advent and Christmas season.
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One of the great joys of homeschooling is learning right along with your children. This past quarter, we have been reading "Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati: Journey to the Summit" by Ana Maria Vazquez and Jennings Dean. Part of the Encounter the Saints Series published by Pauline Media, this particular book featured a saint I had never heard of. It is always a pleasure to be introduced to one of heaven's residents and this book was a true delight.

Pier Giorgio Frassati lived only twenty-four years, from 1901 - 1925, but he packed a lifetime of work and service into that short period on earth. Born into a wealthy Italian family, he was expected his father's footsteps as owner and editor of one of Italy's leading newspapers. Instead, he chose to forge his own path, and while excelling at sports and applying himself to his studies, focused on living a life of service to others. Even as a teen, he gave generously to the poor and chose to keep his good deeds secret. He became a third-order Dominican.

He died from polio and, much to his parents' surprise, hundreds of people they didn't know mourned his passing. Everyone seemed to have a story about Pier's generosity. He was beatified in 1990.

This book is designed for young people, but as an adult, I enjoyed it just as much as my children did. Blessed Pier Giorgio is an inspiring role model for teenage boys.
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