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Angels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God's Holy Ones Hardcover – May 27, 2014
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"Angels and saints abound in heaven even if we cannot see them. In this masterful book, Scott Hahn pulls back the curtain on this realm of spiritual reality in a new and utterly engaging manner. Dr. Hahn has a spiritual gift that lets us experience angels and saints in a way that they no longer appear to be far beyond us. His book is a passport into the spiritual realm of these special friends of God."
—His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington
"As an author, Scott Hahn is the master of two very different skills: expert scholarship and an easy, engaging style. This book is the proof. These pages are a wonderful explanation of what Catholics believe about angels and saints, and why—made even more absorbing by Hahn’s vivid portraits of individual women and men whom the Church now calls saints."
—Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia
"The Christian spiritual life is not an endeavor marked by isolation, but is an invitation to a relationship situated within a great communion of saints and angels, all of whom support and sustain us in our relationship with God in Christ. In this regard, Dr. Scott Hahn has created not only a brilliant introduction but a masterful treatise on how the Church understands the angels and the saints as our friends and as God-given routes of access to life in Christ."
—Very Reverend Robert Barron, Rector, Mundelein Seminary, and Founder, Word on Fire Catholic Ministries
"Why are there angels everywhere in the Bible? Are they real? And why do Christians pay so much attention to the saints? Who are they, and do they really matter? In this fascinating new book, Scott Hahn takes you on a biblical tour of the holy citizens of heaven and earth, showing that it’s true—we are not alone. If you’ve ever wondered what Scripture really says about the angels and saints in heaven and on earth, then this book is for you."
—Brant Pitre, author of Jesus the Bridegroom
About the Author
SCOTT HAHN holds the Fr. Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990, and he is the founder and president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. In 2005, he was appointed as the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Dr. Hahn is also the bestselling author of numerous books, including The Lamb’s Supper, Reasons to Believe, and Rome Sweet Home (coauthored with his wife, Kimberly), and is editor of the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible and Letter & Spirit: A Journal of Catholic Biblical Theology. Some of his most recent books are Many Are Called, Consuming the Word, The Catholic Bible Dictionary, and Signs of Life. He lives in Steubenville, Ohio.
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I agree with the reviewer Stuart Dunn who says of Dr. Scott Hahn, this "is a return to his way of writing that helped so many of us grow in the faith so many years ago." There is something very new and fresh in the way Dr. Hahn presents and teaches this subject. He is engaging. In past lectures and courses, he unusually describes the saints as "our older brothers and sisters in Christ." In this book, he seems to have chosen to reinvent his description of the Communion of Saints, the City of God, and the Church we do not see. He seems to be very excited about describing these. We might understand the human aspect to the Church, but he says that's only the "human minority." It is composed of angels as well and he describes how "there are many more angels than there are people" in this world invisible to the human eye, but as real as anything else that we know exists.
It's definitely worth the trip to enter and discover this whole aspect of the Church that is hidden from view. Follow Dr. Hahn as he takes you through a biblical understanding of this and what it means to us. This world may be invisible, but it is not out of reach. No, there are persons who can make a real difference in our lives.
We begin to grasp this in Part II of the book where he describes a number of the saints, beginning with Saint Michael and the angels, Moses, and then to saints of the Early Church. Some of these we call the Church Fathers. Yes, he is selective and does not touch on many of them. But, in the chronological way that Dr. Hahn presents these, we get an insight into the growth of the Church and the continuity that exists in its life and its teaching, something we too are a part of. After finishing with Saint Augustine (who many might consider the last of the Church Fathers), he moves to Saint Thomas Aquinas and then quickly to a few modern day saints. He treats each of these in a rich and novel way.
The book is well worth it. I was surprised at how well, because it began with a personal anecdote, concerning his son and his own individual encounter with angels and saints, and then developed into a scholarly treatise on the matter. It became engaging very fast. It will certainly be worth a re-read.
Besides bringing awareness of angels and saints to us, Mr. Hahn also brings new insights of Scripture in his writing. One example is in the story of Lazarus and the rich man and after they die. If you think the rich man went to hell, you are wrong. Mr. Hahn knows Holy Scripture and his explanation is enlightening. There is a Purgatory!
This is an easy read with easy humor along the way.
In the " Communion of Saints" we ALL belong; we on earth, and all those in Heaven that have gone before us. Too many to count! Thanks be to God for all the angels and for Mr. Scott Hahn.
That being said, the book could be beneficial to Protestants who have not understood the biblical framework within Catholicism for the intercession and veneration of the departed saints, and who seek greater ecumenical understanding and dialogue.
This book has given me strength to believe without doubt in this merciful experience.