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5.0 out of 5 stars Not only for Cathlics - these Saints are for ALL of us........, January 7, 2008
This review is from: The Big Book of Women Saints (Paperback)
One of my favorite ongoing methods of personal growth is to study a different person in history every month. This month I am studying Teresa of Avila and from this study I am learning so much about so many other remarkable saints like in this phenomenal book I stumbled upon (thankfully!) at the library.

Part devotional, part study aid, part inspiration-for-women-of-all ages, this unique guide to more than 400 women saints across the ages it includes a years worth of daily readings which each include a brief bio of each woman (or group of women) along with a section called "The Genius of..." which synopsizes that particular saint's contribution and then a reflection section with a Bible passage.

The back matter of the book accentuates "the courageous Catholic saints" and what I would like to add is that this book is not solely for Catholics, it could speak to women of any faith, Christian and non-Christian alike.

The introductory section (before the daily readings) includes the definition of "Saint" and describes canonization, something which I, as a non-Catholic, found very helpful. I also enjoyed looking up the Saints featured on my birthday and each of my children's birthdays. (A quick aside is my birthday - January 29 - features Saint Bathildes, who went from being a Slave to being a Queen to being a Nun... she was known for her grace, generosity and compassion)

I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in women in religion and spirituality. I am planning on purchasing my own copy to use as a daily conversation guide with my ten-year-old and sixteen-year-old daughters who enjoy being inspired by other women in leadership.

I am grateful I kept my eyes scanning the shelves as I walked out with my Teresa of Avila books in hand!
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