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Saints: Ancient & Modern
Saints: Ancient & Modern
by Barbara Calamari
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $24.95
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly remarkable book, April 13, 2007
This is a beautiful book. The stories of the saints are some of the most amazing, fabulous stories imaginable. Saint Ursula had an army of eleven thousand virgins, and after she died, in Cologne, an army of eleven thousand angels chased the Huns out of the city. When a wanderer named Reprobus carried a little boy across the river and the child grew as heavy as lead, Reprobus said, "If I had the whole world on my back I could not have felt it a heavier burden!" The child said, "You were not only carrying the whole world, you had Him who created the world upon your shoulders! I am Christ your king." And so Reprobus became Saint Christopher. Most of these stories I had never heard before, and every one is fascinating.

And the pictures are just amazing. Look at that glorious angel on the cover. That is the archangel Michael, hurling Lucifer out of heaven, painted by Giordano in 1650. The book is full of gorgeous images like that, all just as lovingly presented. Looking at them, and reading Barbara Calamari's text, you come to realize that these saints contain all the variety and emotion of the whole panoply of faith. Whether you are deeply religious or just curious, whether more drawn to words or to art, you will find this book packed full of discoveries. It tells you all about more than twenty saints, from the pre-Christian Michael to Padre Pio, the Italian holy man who died in the 1960s and became a saint only five years ago. Every one is utterly worth learning about, and I can't conceive of a better way to do so.

As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as A Girl
As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as A Girl
by John Colapinto
Edition: Hardcover
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122 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book!, February 6, 2000
Wow. This book may change the way you see the world. It is captivating on several levels at once. First and most important, it is an engrossing real-life exploration of a basic question about our human natures, a question that has to be of fundamental interest to almost anyone: In our essential personalities and drives, are we the product of nature or nurture or some combination of them? The book goes a long way toward a definitive answer to that question in one central aspect of our beings (our sexual identity). Second, it is the utterly absorbing, painful, ultimately triumphant true story of a remarkable individual forced to grow up in a harrowing situation we can all barely imagine but have to wonder about. Third, it is a riveting suspense story, with genuine good guys and bad guys some of whom have had frightening power over people's lives. The book is fast-paced and beautifully written, with the kind of all-to-rare clarity and straightforwardness that can make the most complex matters seem simple by getting right to the heart of them with no nonsense. I read it in one sitting--something I never ever do. I'm going to read it again, there's so much in it.
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