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Saints to Lean On: Spiritual Companions for Illness and Disability Paperback – August 30, 2006

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About the Author

JANICE MCGRANE, S.S.J., is a spiritual director, disability advocate and computer instructor in Flourtown, Pennsylvania. She earned her B.A. in English in 1972 and her M.A. in spiritual direction in 1998. She has lived with rheumatoid arthritis for many years.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 167 pages
  • Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press; First Edition edition (August 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867165952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867165951
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,145,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. M. Beckman on April 2, 2011
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SAINTS TO LEAN ON opened my eyes about goodness prevailing in the midst of unavoidable suffering. It illustrates the fountains of God's grace nourishing the soul to produce blessings of joy and peace in many circumstances of ill health. These individuals' spirits were in no way confined by physical disability but gave them a strengthening compassion that was miraculous in their lives and ones touched by their example. I recommend these stories for an uplifting change in attitude towards debilitating illness.
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I was pleased with the information that was in the book. Sometimes people who are struggling with an illness or just suffering in general find it helpful to know that others have somehow turned their pain and suffering into great holiness. I would like to have found more situations included.
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As a Catholic educator I have read and used many books on the saints, but this book was unlike any I have ever read. Its spiritual dimension is hard to articulate, but you know you have read a holy book when you are finished.
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By Tim Wheat on September 29, 2014
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Fantastic
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A wise, comforting and well-written book. The author presents enough biographical information to familiarize the reader with the "saints", but not so much that one becomes disinterested. But the real heart of the book is the spiritual wisdom, solace and strength given through the examples of the various lives portrayed.
At first I was disappointed that some of the people chosen were obscure, modern and unknown to me (as opposed to those who were more familiar such as Saint Ignatius and Julian of Norwich). But I found all them to be equally well-chosen; inspiring examples of living with faith, courage and closeness to God in spite of -- and even because of -- chronic illness and disability.
I'm not Catholic. Although the book is written by a Catholic and, presumably, primarily for Catholics, I found it accessible and spiritually uplifting. Ms. McGrane has done a much-needed service for those of us living with illness and disability. I related; I underlined; I wept. This is an excellent book, one that will itself become a spiritual companion for me on my journey.
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I got this book for my mom and she really liked it.
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