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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Press (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809145472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809145478
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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McDermott's book on St. Catherine is first of all a delight to read.
James F. Keating
McDermott's book allows the reader to better grasp how Catherine understood God, and in the process, manages to enrich our own understanding as well.
Paul Manuel
After reading this book on Kindle for PC, I had to purchase it in hard copy.
Mary Beth O.C.V,.O.P.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James F. Keating on January 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
Catherine of Siena: Spiritual Development in Her Life and Teaching

Fr.McDermott's book on St. Catherine is first of all a delight to read. Its prose and the author's generous use of Catherine's own words leads the reader into true contemplation and prayer. This book is a text book for students who want to learn about Catherine but it is also a spiritual book for one's own advancement in the love of prayer. Fr. McDermott lays out the teachings of Catherine on the meaning of the human person in relation to our struggle with sin and our desire for God. In other words, the book contains the drama of our human condition. One comes away from the text with a new respect for Catherine and admiration for the author of this well researched and written volume. Buy it and savor it.

James Keating, Ph.D
Creighton University
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul Manuel on April 16, 2010
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Father Thomas McDermott, O.P., has written a splendid book about the mystical thought and spiritual teachings of Saint Catherine of Siena (c. 1347-1380), Dominican saint, mystic, Doctor of the Church, and one of the most remarkable women of all times. Although much fine Catherinian scholarship has been produced over the years, her thought has occasionally been viewed as opaque, dense, and perhaps even too deeply mysterious for the layperson. Indeed, Catherine's profound images of the scaloni, the Christ-bridge and other metaphors can get rather confusing. McDermott's singular accomplishment is to make her thought and teachings available to all interested parties, the layperson and the scholar. In some sense, he comes across as a modern day Blessed Raymond of Capua,O.P., who was Catherine's confessor, biographer, and friend. McDermott clearly understands and appreciates the thought of his Dominican sister Catherine. He masterfully weaves together a variety of Catherine's complex theological notions into clear, concise and accessible concepts. McDermott's book allows the reader to better grasp how Catherine understood God, and in the process, manages to enrich our own understanding as well. One can only imagine how much joy this book would have brought to the 14th century followers of Catherine, whom they called "Mamma Caterina,' for the careful, respectful and intelligent way McDermott presents her spiritual teachings to a contemporary audience. For more information about St. Catherine of Siena, be sure to visit McDermott's very useful website at [...]

Paul Christopher Manuel, Ph.D.
Research Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 13, 2009
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Many thoughts from many people make up much of any type of belief today. "Catherine of Siena: Spiritual Development in Her Life and Teaching" examines the life of the woman, and the teachings of this lesser known but highly important spiritual leader of the fourteenth century. In a time where women were still not thought of much more than property and rarely had a voice in the church, she made her mind hold value. Enhanced with indexes, bibliography, and comprehensive notes, "Catherine of Siena" is solid and highly recommended reading for any religious scholar.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Beth O.C.V,.O.P. on September 6, 2012
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As a perpetual professed member of the Lay Fraternity of ST. Dominic, I have read and studied many works about her life and spirituality. After reading this book on Kindle for PC, I had to purchase it in hard copy. It is a scholarly and balanced
presentation of her life and teachings, and an excellent explanation of her "Dialogue"; it is a book to re-read, study and give as a gift.
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Thomas McDermott has knit together Catherine's different teachings in a way that is smooth and useful. His biography as well includes information from many other sources with reasoning why information fits or not. The extensive Notes are worth having to flip to the back to read.
I can't recommend it highly enough to anyone interested in Catherine herself or why she was chosen to be a Doctor of the Church.Those who have had any kind of spiritual experience will, I think, especially appreciate. I regularly go back to this book to meditate.
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