Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
101 Places to Pray Before You Die: A Roamin' Catholic's Guide Paperback – June 2, 2017
|New from||Used from|
See the Best Books of 2017
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for the best books of the year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
About the Author
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $0.99 (Save 90%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
In 101 Places to Pray Before You Die, you’ll journey through each of the 50 states alphabetically, and learn about several places in each state that seem well worth a visit.
When I was on a cross country RV trip with my family during my summer break after 6th grade, we made a special stop at the Corn Palace. It was supposed to be amazing. I remember my parents taking a picture of us in a photo op wooden board that made it look like our heads were connected to a giant ear of corn. Definitely not amazing.
Yet, the sites in this book do seem to actually be worth your while, and I can attest to this because I have been to several of them myself. After providing descriptions and stories associated with each place, author Thomas J. Craughwell goes a step further by providing you with contact information, hours of operation, and a heads up if there’s a major renovation or project going on that might interfere with drop-in style travel plans.
This is a book about places, but you’ll learn about them through stories. The storytelling in this book is excellent. You’ll learn fascinating and true anecdotes about wars, saints, authors, incredible artwork, historical sites, churches, little known hard working nuns, courageous priests, shrines, retreat centers, and more.
This book can easily be read one state at a time to go along with your already made travel plans or if you’d like to make a quick retreat in your home state, but Craughwell does a great job of holding interest if you’d like to read it cover to cover as well. And you may find after reading it cover to cover, that it may be worth creating a trip of your own to go and visit these amazing places.
It’s worth knowing these places exist! What amazing site might you be driving or flying right by on your next vacation?
I thought this was a very interesting book. Craughwell includes a variety of places from historic churches, to basilicas, to retreat centers, to museums. He provides both a description of the place and shares some interesting information about it. There are a number of things I enjoyed about this book. The descriptions were concise but engaging. He didn't shy away from some less-than-pleasant history. There are a variety of places to explore. He acknowledges that certain things aren't for everyone. Helpful travel tips are also given.
Though there are many good things about the book, I do see a few opportunities for improvement. There were some lines that seemed to be repetitive or typos (for example, it said eight when I think it was supposed to be eightieth). My other two points aren't so much criticisms as much as they are ways to make a really good book even better. I think there are some places he undersold; for example, the Basilica of Saint Louis in Missouri is absolutely stunning, but this was completely glossed over. The other thing that would've been nice would be pictures. Obviously, a picture for every location would be unrealistic, but it would be nice to see a few.
All things considered, I highly recommend this book. It is both helpful and interesting.