This excellent illustrated biography and contextual theological commentary may serve as perfect portal for those first coming to know this great saint and martyr of the Americas, of the Roman Catholic Church, and for those of us as well who have long studied carefully, even tearfully, his exemplary life and prophetic words and even visited his tomb and his chapel of martyrdom, as I have, within years of his killing by a US bullet during the Offertory of the Mass.
Shockingly this book carries photographs of his body soon after the shooting, taken by his personal photographer the Franciscan Octavio Duran, whose images illuminate helpfully this great life throughout the text, supplemented by otherly sourced images, including Religious News Services.
I cannot possibly make a summary here of this summary of his life; there is so much to say. I can merely urge you, suggest you read this book quickly, carefully, repeatedly, prayerfully, as we have just now passed the thirtieth anniversary last month of his martyrdom.
There are several very useful compilations of his sermons and diaries which need be read, and reflections by his colleagues, and this illustrated biography serves as very useful starting point and comprehensive convergence point.
Good for every history classroom, for each refectory, for all Catholics, for all Americans to read.
A wonderful biography of a great martyr of our time. What I liked best about this book was that the chapters were short averaging about 4 pages. This allowed each chapter to be laser focused on a brief period of his life. Each chapter contained multiple quotes from the archbishop's writings and sermons along with pictures from his personal photographer. I used the book for spiritual reading where I would reflect upon the quotes and how I could apply them to my life today.