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The Birthday Book of Saints: Your Powerful Personal Patrons for Every Blessed Day of the Year Hardcover – October 23, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Villard; 1st edition (October 23, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375757767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375757761
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,899,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In traditional Catholic religious imagination, members of the community of the redeemed can rely on other members to assist them and to compensate for their shortcomings. This is at the heart of the doctrine of patron saints that forms the basis for this book. The authors provide an engaging if sophomoric romp through each day of the Catholic calendar, which commemorates a saint's "birthday" into heaven and thus assigns a saint's feast to virtually every day of the year. National Lampoon editor Kelly and Rogers, also coauthors of Saints Preserve Us! and Who in Hell , have constructed a book in which Animal House meets the Roman martyrology and in which readers are offered a loving, albeit often irreverently reductionist, hagiography. The book may prove to be wildly popular with many Catholics and their middle-aged clergy but will not be as accessible or attractive to those who have not been brought up within the practices of Catholicism. And it certainly is not a book that Catholic schoolteachers should use to inspire devotion to the saints among their young charges. Recommended for Catholic college libraries and for public libraries serving a Catholic clientele. David Fulton, Our Lady of Victories Church, Baptistown, NJ
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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That special date the most important day in all the year, your birthday just happens to be the authorized, worldwide, time-honored Feast of an honest-to-God Saintóor even a heavenly host of Saints!

Never mind astrology. Forget numerology. The true significance of your date of birth is obviously determined by the character of your Patron Saints those heroes and heroines of the Faith whose fabulous lives and miraculous deeds this blessed book reveals, in convenient calendar format!

But The Birthday Book of Saints is not merely a compulsively accurate, fanatically researched, up-to-date, day-by-day listing of their Feasts. It also religiously details each Saint's particular Patronage: his or her divinely assigned, eternal interest in such earthly matters as jobs, hobbies, crises, medical problems, neuroses, and lifestyles. (Everyone knows that Saint Patrick looks after the Irish, and Saint Valentine loves lovers--but wait till you meet Saint Germaine Cousine, Patron Saint of unattractive people, and Saint Eugene de Mazenod, the Patron of dysfunctional families.) And theyíre all out there just waiting to help you.

But wait. There's more!

The Birthday Book of Saints also reveals, at no additional cost, your Other Birthday the annual Feast of your Name Saint, on which you are entitled to throw yourself a huge party, during which the unpleasant subject of age never comes up!

Profusely illustrated with fine art, kitsch, icons, photographs, movie stills, and drawings, The Birthday Book of Saints arrives just in time to provide spiritual nourishment for the faithful and faithless in the new millennium.

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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This great book offers both entertainment and information.After finding your own birthday Saint and your own Saint's Day, you can curl up with this book and learn in a delightful way.
I never knew that Nathaniel Hawthorne's daughter devoted her life to incurable cancer patients, or that one could invoke Saint Eurosia against bad weather, or that Saint Margaret Clitherow was the patron of businesswomen!
This is a book for everybody.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Auntie Amy on June 27, 2012
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I like this book. I sure didn't feel like I wasted my money. If I had, I would have returned it. The only difference in what I expected was there were more saints listed than I expected. I haven't read it all. I plan to use it for a reference book, for future books I plan to write.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By book mom on May 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
this is the worst book of saints I've ever read (& as a Catholic "boomer" I've read quite a few).

At first glance it has an orthodox look (mostly due to the tradional, pious art) but it's deceptive. There's a snarky put-down on every page. Ha ha, so funny- not! Ugh. This book is categorized "reference/humor," but was marketed in the religion section of a big-box secular bookstore. It should have been filed away in the Humor section as it is nothing but a joke.... an unfunny one at that.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Harbourgrannicath on December 3, 2013
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Oh, my, gosh! We had so much fun looking up and reading about our patron saints. It was a perfect book for us. It was amazing how accurate some of the entries fit our birthdays.
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9 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kadee Della Donna on August 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The Birthday Book of Saints is NOT a Catholic book, although it has the appearance of such. To read this book is to jepardize your Faith, so I recommend that you do not read it. This book is filled with many, many examples of completely ludicrous information about the Saints in light of the Catholic Faith. Just to name a few examples of the total obsurdity of their claims: Jesus dated St. Margaret Mary and then exposed himself to her, (described as possibly sexual), Jesus had brothers and sisters (take a look at Matt 27:56 and John 19:25 to see that those mentioned as his 'brothers' are really cousins because they have different parents!), Dorothy Day is a Saint (she has not been canonized yet!), Jesus' foreskin is kept in a jar in Rome, and many more. This book appears to be for children, but the language and sexual details in the book make it wholly inappropriate for kids.
Take a heed from the front cover of the book. One of the authors is noted to be a practicing Ex-Catholic. He needs to stop practicing, he's really good at it now.
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