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Product Details

  • Paperback: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Pr (October 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809144867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809144860
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Ficocelli is a best-selling, award-winning author of fifteen books for adults and children. Her adult books include Therese, Faustina, and Bernadette: Three Saints Who Challenged My Faith, Gave Me Hope, and Taught Me How to Love; Seven From Heaven: How Your Family Can Find Healing, Strength, and Protection in the Sacraments; Shower of Heavenly Roses: Stories of the Intercession of St. Therese of Lisieux; and Lourdes: Font of Faith, Hope & Charity.

For teenagers and young adults, Elizabeth has authored Bleeding Hands, Weeping Stone: True Stories of Divine Wonders, Miracles and Messages. For children, Elizabeth has authored a middle-grade chapter book entitled, The Imitation of Christ for Children. She has also written a series of books for younger children on the sacraments: Child's Guide to First Holy Communion, Child's Guide to Reconciliation, Child's Guide to the Seven Sacraments, and Child's Guide to the Rosary as well as a series on vocations: Where Do Priests Come From? Where Do Sisters Come From? and Where Do Deacons Come From?. She is also the author of Kid Tea (Marshall Cavendish), a secular children's book that teaches preschoolers colors and days of the week.

In addition to her books, Elizabeth is the author of numerous magazine articles for leading Catholic publications such as America, St. Anthony Messenger, Columbia Magazine, Catholic Parent, and Liguorian. She has appeared on the following EWTN television programs: Bookmark with Doug Keck, The Journey Home with Marcus Grodi, The Abundant Life with Johnnette Benkovic, and Sunday Night Live with Father Benedict Groeschel. She has also been a guest on numerous Catholic radio programs, including Kresta in the Afternoon with Al Kresta, Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo, The Son Rise Morning Show with Brian Patrick, The Catholic Channel with Gus Lloyd, Catholic Spirit Radio with Kris McGregor, and Morning Air with Sean Herriot. Elizabeth also hosts her own radio program, "Answering The Call", on St. Gabriel Catholic Radio AM 820.

Elizabeth is a popular presenter at Catholic Women's Conferences, catechetical conferences, Marian conferences, as well as at parishes, schools, retreats, and organizational meetings.

An enthusiastic convert to the Faith, Elizabeth and her husband reside in Columbus, Ohio, where they are raising four sons in the faith. For more information on Elizabeth's books, magazine articles, presentations, media appearances, radio program, or to bring her to your next event, please visit her website at: www.elizabethficocelli.com


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One thing I really liked about the book was that it was pitch perfect in its theological descriptions.
Jeffrey Miller
The first chapter of the book presents the story of the apparitions in a simple, straightforward manner.
Suzie Shermer
I highly recommend Elizabeth's books - Lourdes, Shower of Heavenly Roses and The Fruits of Medjugorje!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Miller VINE VOICE on March 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
This being the 150th anniversary of the apparition in Lourdes of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Bernadette, Paulist Press commissioned Elizabeth Ficocelli to do a book covering Lourdes - Lourdes: Font of Faith, Hope, and Charity. The author found that while there was a wealth of books on the saint and Lourdes in other languages, that there were not that many in English.

This book is not just another biography on Saint Bernadette, but goes much farther. The first three chapters do an excellent job of going over Bernadette Soubirous early life and the history and circumstances of the time along with a nicely detailed description of the apparition and the reaction by Bernadette and the towns people. You get easily drawn into the times and the reactions both positive and negative that occurred. Also covered is her life in the convent and just how accurate was the Virgin Mary telling her "I cannot promise you happiness in this life, only in the next."

A subsequent chapter covers the growing coverage on Lourdes and some of the battled between various authors documenting the events and the errors that cropped up. I found this chapter highly ironic for those covering the life of the saint were quite willing to expose the errors of other authors while never correcting there own.

The next two major sections of the book cover the start of the pilgrimages to Lourdes, Bernadette's canonization, miracles both physical and spiritual, and the reality of Lourdes today. One thing I really liked about the book was that it was pitch perfect in its theological descriptions. It contained one of the best descriptions of canonization and sainthood that I have read and even got the detail right that papal canonization are in fact infallible.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By betsy bobel on December 3, 2007
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Elizabeth Ficocelli has writen a wonderful blend of history and spiritual truth that has come out of the print and captured my heart. It is a incredibly balanced book on events that lead this believer to examine her own heart and how her own personnel healing came about.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Suzie Shermer on March 22, 2008
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This is a great resource on the historical and contemporary Lourdes. The first chapter of the book presents the story of the apparitions in a simple, straightforward manner. Some of the earliest accounts of Lourdes suffered from exaggeration and lack of full adherence to the facts. Elizabeth applies her journalistic skills to create an accurate and factual account of the historical Lourdes. She tells the inspiring story of Bernadette and the other visionaries and outlines how Lourdes grew from a sleepy little town to a place that attracts on a yearly basis an estimated 5 million people of all faiths. In addition, Elizabteh has created a great guide to the modern day Lourdes that will be an invaluable resource for anyone planning a pilgrimage to the site.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Martinelli on February 27, 2008
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I thoroughly enjoyed the author's approach to a beautiful story and her ability to demonstrate in a tangible way the message and meaning of Lourdes. This is a story told through the eyes of a person of great faith and insight.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dan Revetto on January 6, 2009
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My wife and I will forever be grateful to Ms. Ficocelli for her excellent work on Lourdes. After having read Font of Faith Hope and Charity during our Church's Book Club, we were inspired to take a Pilgrimage to Lourdes and even worked with the North American Volunteers to host a Virtual Pilgrimage for our Parish. This quick, informative, and moving book not only brought a couple from Los Angeles to Lourdes, it brought the Lourdes experience to more than 600 parishioners as well as hundreds of school children, elderly, sick and imprisoned people needing Our Blessed Mother's healing love and guidance to her Son. This is the very definition of a "good read"!

Dan Revetto
Northridge, California
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Edward Santos on April 14, 2008
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Excellent book to learn about the Lourdes and the message of the apparitions. The author is vivid and clear in her narration. Well written book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Samaniego on October 11, 2010
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Lourdes Font of Faith, Hope and Charity by Elizabeth Ficocelli is an amazing book. very detail which will help me with my trip to Lourdes. I got so excited about everything that has happen in Lourdes and can't wait to get there.

Thank You Elizabeth for a great book.
sandra
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