SAINTS ALIVE by Arnold Haskell
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Marvelous studies of six saints- Bernadette of Lourdes, Thomas More, Joan of Arc, Therese of Lisieux, Antony of Lisbon and Padua, and Le Cure d'Ars- we hope will be read by many young people who will glean, from their forthrightness and lack of sentimentality, the concept of heroic virtue through these perceptively told biographies. Haskell is known in England as a writer and ballet authority. But he is a teacher too and understands how to clarify problems in the teen-age mind. Beginning his book with a chapter on Saints in general, he outlines in simple, interesting terms the qualities of sanctity- practicality, mysticism, and a genius for heroic virtue- setting them against the primarily non-Christian aspects of the world today. The following profiles illustrate the qualities and, quite absorbingly, give the Saint his definite historical value. Roman Catholic but not primarily so in viewpoint, we'd recommend this to anyone interested and definitely to the young to whom religion has suddenly become fascinating.

Pub Date: Aug. 30th, 1954
Publisher: Roy