From Library Journal
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.
From the Inside Flap
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.