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Butler's Lives of the Saints: Concise Edition, Revised and Updated Paperback – July 5, 1991
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Consider another book. Despite "Butler's" being in the title, it seems to bear no relation to the Butler's Lives of the Saints published in the 1950s and 1800s.
1. There is no index or alphabetical list of saints. If you want to look up a saint by name, you have to scan the list of 366 saints in the table of contents, which is six pages long. An index would have provided quick access.
2. Saints are not listed under their actual commemoration day. Why? Because the saints did not "die on conveniently spaced dates" (page xi). Nothing in the description of the saint alerts you to the date being wrong. To determine the correct day, you have to closely read a paragraph at the beginning of the month.
3. The book does not bear an imprimatur from a bishop or "nihil obstat" showing that it's free from error. To illustrate why this is a problem, one-third of the entry for St. Maria Goretti is not about her; it's a critique of her sainthood and of the Church. Example: in "feminist circles ... Maria has been seen more as a martyr to patriarchal society" (p. 310).
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We read this almost every day. It has each day of the year and a saint to match. There is loads of church history in this book.Published 24 months ago by Shawn S.
Wonderful reading as what the saints when thru to become saints. It's not an easy road to walk but well worth the rewards in heaven.Published on March 5, 2014 by Stephen J. Brownell
good reference book, interesting reading. but refenrnce style. so kind of dry,, well i glanced it over and was not inspired to read the bios,,,maybe somedayPublished on February 12, 2013 by Myloanking
GREAT BOOK ON THE SAINTS / BUTLER DID A FINE JOB ,
ON THE SAINTS OF THE PAST AND FOR TODAY.
A starting point in studying the lives of the saints but lacks a lot of depth that the full set has.Published on December 7, 2012 by Robert E. Puhalla
A compilation and condensation of the full work of Butler and his lives of the saints of the Catholic Church. This is a good reference book with the major saints covered. Read morePublished on December 2, 2012 by Michael Checkley
Thank you for selling Butlers Lives of Saints. True stories of real people whose freedom is found in the only Truth there is, Jesus.Published on August 6, 2012 by Cutey-pie
As a "daily devotional" this book is clear, concise and very informative. Following the lives of the lesser-known saints is every bit as revealing as reading about the major ones.Published on February 1, 2012 by Celia Ford