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The Forgotten Christmas Saint: Saint Anastasia (God's Forgotten Friends for Children) (Volume 3) Paperback – November 5, 2016
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About the Author
Catholic novelist Susan Peek is a wife, mother of eleven children, and a Third Order Franciscan. Her passion is writing novels of little-known saints and heroes, especially for teens and young adults (and anyone young at heart!). She is an active member of the Catholic Writers Guild, teaches creative writing in her spare time, and is currently continuing work on her series “God’s Forgotten Friends: Lives of Little-known Saints.” Susan Peek’s books include: “Saint Magnus, The Last Viking,” which became a #1 Seller on Amazon and was awarded the coveted Catholic Writers’ Guild Seal of Approval in 2015. “A Soldier Surrenders: The Conversion of St. Camillus de Lellis,” awarded the Catholic Writers' Guild Seal of Approval in 2016 and which has gone through four editions and been translated into Spanish. "Crusader King" which made it to the list of the Top 50 Most Popular Catholic Homeschooling Books in 2013. All of Susan Peek's books have been incorporated into Language Arts and Reading Programs in Catholic schools worldwide and continue to be a favorite with young adults and homeschooling families everywhere.
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Top Customer Reviews
Something I don't normally see in lives of saints is a treatment of spiritual friendship, but this book delves into Anastasia's spiritual friendship with Theodota. It's an interesting and important take on spiritual development (think about how important friendships are in the lives of children) and there's a subtle emphasis on the importance of choosing good friends (Theodata) as opposed to bad ones (Anastasia's lousy husband). Even more, the story shows how strong spiritual friendships even survive death.
I enjoyed this book, and I'm glad to have had the chance to get to know Saint Anastasia.
I was able to read a digital copy of this book before publication, and there was no expectation that I would leave a review.
Since her father had forbidden her to accept baptism, with her mother’s help Anastasia embraced Christianity in a cave. She associated that cave with the cave in which Jesus was born and frequently returned to it in her mind. It served as a focal point for her prayers and her connection to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.
Her compassion for imprisoned Christians earned her special powers for which she is still honored. She is a patron for those who suffer from food poisoning and other forms of poisoning. She also earned the distinction “Patron of Martyrs.” Susan Peek describes the events leading to both patronages.
After several failed attempts to martyr Anastasia, she eventually bore witness to her faith by accepting a painful death. She could have had the world, but she chose heaven, instead.