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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co (March 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802832490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802832498
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #929,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Mornins' large-pocket-size guide to some 100 saints common in Western European and American museums and churches answers the questions they, and presumably other tourists, have had about the grandly represented holy personages they've encountered on their travels: Who exactly were these men and women? What did they do? Why are they accoutred as they are? The graceful notes about the selected figures also record the saints' statuses (whether historical or legendary) and some of what each patronizes. A color image of each saint, or sometimes of two together, accompanies each note; each picture-text pair occupies a two-page spread. Presentation is chronological, from the prehistoric archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael to the greater Holy Family and the original apostles and through the centuries to the most recent and recently canonized (2002), St. Pius of Pietrelcina (Francesco Forgione, 1887-1968), better known as Padre Pio. Instead of an index, a key for identifying saints from the physical traits, clothing, implements, and symbols associated with them concludes. A limited-scope, popular reference gem. Ray Olson
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This is the rare example of a book that comes along and you didn't know you had need of such a read until it arrived ... beautifully illustrated ... a fascinating book to dip in and out of Italy Magazine A practical, informative and visually attractive aid to Saint-spotting Good Book Guide --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TNH on March 29, 2010
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A very good reference book if you're unfamiliar with the standard representations of saints and want to know who's the guy with the gridiron (St. Lawrence) or the woman with the dragon on a leash (St. Margaret of Antioch). On the other hand, one hundred saints is a limited selection. It's like a pool with no deep end: you'll never find yourself unable to cope with the subject, but if you want to dive in wholeheartedly, you'll have to look elsewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann on May 17, 2007
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Enjoyed this book so much as the passenger on a ride to Cape Cod on Good Friday that I ordered 3 more copies for my children. Each saint has about a one page writeup with an accompanying illustration generally by some famous painter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Bellis Williams on January 9, 2007
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A nice little volume of many of the most influential saints and why they are important to us as examples for our lives. I'd like the volume to be a little bigger and have a different binding that allows it to open fully more easily so it's easier to see text and paintings that illustrate each saint.
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This beautiful little book took these Canadian authors on an international journey, photographing artistic works depicting dozens of saints. A short bio accompanies each saint, including those with doubtful, or downright "make believe" origin.
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