Saints for Sinners

Nine Desolate Souls Made Strong by God

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These pages remind us that God's grace can conquer every human flaw . . .

Christ came not to call saints but to make them — often out of weak, stupid, and sinful men. That’s why the saints are not only models of holiness for us to imitate; they’re reminders that God’s grace can outshine every human flaw.

As Alban Goodier’s classic Saints for Sinners shows us, even the greatest saints had to battle the same stubborn vices, temptations of the flesh, and bouts of spiritual dryness that afflict you and me today. In these pages, with a style that perfectly blends hagiographical detail, spiritual meditation, and a skilled storyteller’s touch, Archbishop Goodier brings us the tales of:

  • The mercenary fighting man and itinerant gambler who left behind his rough soldier's habits and founded a religious order to care for the sick
  • The backward, sickly teenager, disowned by his family and dogged by the Inquisition,who became a miraculous healer and paragon of humble simplicity
  • The willful Tuscan beauty with a bad reputation who forsook vanity and lust to answer God's call to live in poverty and penitence
  • The brilliant, brooding Spanish nobleman who gave up everything to be a missionary — only to see most of his efforts fail
  • The royal chaplain and daring Counter-Reformer who escaped the gallows but had to endure a lifelong interior martyrdom of doubt and discouragement
  • The hedonistic heretic and womanizer who traded worldly pleasure for divine happiness, and became one of the Church's greatest theologians
  • And other inspiring tales of imperfect souls "made perfect in infirmity"

Read these stories and find in them delight and encouragement, as well as hope. You'll come to see that there is no one so sinful, weak, or desolate that God has not already raised another like him to the heights of glory.

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  • Pages: 176
  • Format(s): Sale-priced ppbk, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-933184-28-9
  • Product Code: 280
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Wonderful stories
This book has insight into some of the lesser-known saints, and did an excellent job. I was sad when the book ended because I wanted to read more.
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Highly Recommend as a starter saint book!
For not having read much about the saints, this book is a great start. It is a very easy read and the story telling style keeps you interested in the stories. Also, the saints themselves are quite colorful and everyone should be able to relate to one if not more. They are people who struggled with the same problems that we do today. Highly Recommend as a starter saint book!
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Fantastic!
This a very reassuring book. As Catholics we are all called to be holy, to be saints. Previously, in reading about various lives of the saints, lots of information about the personal battles they had to go through had been minimized or avoided. Here I found much material with which I could relate. It was comforting to know that many struggled with the same demons I face. Although as I continue on my spiritual path, I am not expecting to achieve their level of sanctity, it does help to know that they were/are people just like me.
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Ordinary people who led extraordinary lives.
This is a collection of some interesting people whose lives were an inspiration to those who knew them. It is well researched and not just a dry telling of peoples' lives. It is so interesting to come to understand very common people who led somewhat ordinary lives making a lasting imprint in the history of mankind.
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Even low down dirty rascals can become Saints
This inspirational overview of the lives of several saints gives the reader a snapshot of their less-than-saintly lives and their transformations toward holiness. While the writing style is that of an early 20th century author, the Most Rev. Alban Goodier, one time Archbishop of Bombay, India, presents a splendid summary of people who began life in misguided ways and ended up on the straight and narrow to Heaven. It's worth your time.
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