Saints Alive! The Gospel Witnessed

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Author: Curley, FSP, Marie Paul Year: 2013
Publisher: Pauline Books & Media Pages: 352
Binding: Paperback
Dimension: 5.25" x 8"

Combining the art of dramatic storytelling with biography, Church history, and Catholic teaching and belief, this collection of stories features saints from different eras, continents, and walks of life. Each brief story highlights a particular aspect of or challenge in the saint's life and connects it to a Gospel verse. Themes include: conversion, discipleship, bearing witness, ministering to Christ, love, suffering, union with God, living the Word, and faith.

Showing how real people lived the Gospel, their stories reveal the richness of the Christian life and offer inspirational models of the faith. This book's companion volume, Saints Alive! The Faith Proclaimed takes a similar approach, showing us how to live a Christian life through the example of holy-yet relatable-men and women who have lived the beatitudes and sacraments. Teachers and students of the faith and individuals who are simply looking for captivating stories to read will find that presenting components of the Catholic faith through the lives of the saints is both educational and enjoyable.

Along with their biographical portraits, each included saint features a prayer, a fact box, notes, lesser-known facts, and a quote from their writings. A "Reader's Guide" contains personal reflection and group discussion questions and directs you to relevant parts of the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This unique feature makes this volume ideal for RCIA teachers and participants, adult faith formation groups, parish book clubs, and independent study.

This volume contains stories of: 

·  Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys 

·  Satoko Kitahara 

·  Saint Patrick 

·  Saint Clare of Assisi 

·  Saint Benedict of Nursia 

·  Venerable Pierre Toussaint 

·  Saint Teresa of Avila 

·  Saint Katherine Drexel 

·  Blessed Franz Jagerstätter 

·  Saint Thomas More 

·  Saint Philip Neri 

·  Saint Peter Claver 

·  Saint John Vianney 

·  Venerable Matt Talbot 

·  Blessed Victoria Rasoamanarivo 

·  Saint Joseph Mukasa 

·  Saint Charles Lwanga 

·  Blessed Teresa of Calcutta 

·  Saint Rose of Lima 

·  Saint Hildegard of Bingen 

·  Saint Francis Xavier 

·  Blessed James Alberione 

·  Saint Joan of Arc 

·  Saint Anthony of Padua 

·  Saint Zita 

·  Saint Pio of Pietrelcina 

·  Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro 

·  Saint Edith Stein 

·  Blessed Manuel Lozano Garrido 

·  Blessed Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad 

·  Saint Mark the Evangelist

Features & Benefits: 

Authored by experienced screenwriters who employ a unique storytelling format

Paired with companion volume, Saints Alive! The Faith Proclaimed 

Highlights the connection between Christian belief and practice 

Presents content in a distinctive framework extending beyond biography

Features a diversified selection of saints and blesseds in a historical and global context

Incorporates adult catechesis and faith formation

Facilitates personal reflection and group discussion

Suited for teachers, book clubs, faith groups, and individual readers

About the Authors:

Marie Paul Curley, FSP 
As a child, the stories of the saints captured Sister Marie Paul Curley's imagination. Her early fascination continues today as a Daughter of St. Paul; in addition to co-authoring this book, she has produced children's storybooks for Catholic cable TV, as well as an English adaptation of an animated series on the saints. Sister Marie Paul continues to write for print and screen, including her book, See Yourself Through God's Eyes: 52 Meditations To Grow in Self-Esteem (Pauline Books & Media, 2009). For more resources on the saints in this book, or to contact Sister Marie Paul, visit:

Mary Lea Hill, FSP 
Sister Mary Lea Hill, a member of the Daughters of St. Paul since 1964, has enjoyed communicating the faith through a variety of apostolic assignments. Her skills as a story teller were honed as director of audiovisual productions when Pauline Books & Media first produced animated features in the early 80s. An editor and author for many years, Sister Mary Lea has written several books, including the best-selling Basic Catechism (co-authored with Sister Susan Helen Wallace). Sister Mary Lea can be found on Twitter as @crabbimystic.

What Are People Saying about this Title?

"I loved Saints Alive! A beautiful compendium of the amazing stories of the great heroes and heroines of our faith, combined with personal reflections and prayers (not to mention resources for group discussions and private meditation). It will serve a glorious introduction to those who have been raised to the "glories of the altar."" 
-James Martin, SJ, author of My Life with the Saints

"The holy men and women, whose lives are told throughout this book, witness to the fact that the word of God is alive and has the power to transform us. By discovering these saints, readers will learn how to embody Scripture, letting it enlarge their hearts and mold their lives into the image of Christ." 
-Stephen J. Binz, author of Threshold Bible Study, Lectio Divina Bible Study, and Conversing with God in Scripture

"Take a trip around the world with Saints Alive! The Gospel Witnessed (and its companion, Saints Alive! The Faith Proclaimed). This book is not just a true representation of the universality of the Church, but also a practical guide to living the Gospel. I always tell kids that the saints are good role models, that they are "Gospel Artists," but often it's not easy to see how their lives have to do with what's in Scripture. These exciting stories of real people show that living the Gospel is possible and that we too can be saints who witness the Gospel through our day-to-day living." 
-Deacon Pedro Guevara Mann, Producer, Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation