This installment of Riot Recommendation is sponsored by Unbridled Books and Afterlives of the Saints by Colin Dickey.
In Afterlives of the Saints, Colin Dickey— author of Cranioklepty—presents us with a history of faith as told through some of the strangest stories of the saints. These are saints who murder, saints who gouge out their own eyes and hold them out for inspection, saints who minister to the petty and the bizarre and the maligned. These are saints who, when visited in a contemporary context—as saints in the cities—actually enlarge our concept of faith….Colin Dickey retells their stories, not as a theologian, but as someone trying to understand the ways of the world.
On Monday, we asked you to recommend books about saints and the journey to sainthood. Here’s a collection of your suggestions from the comments, Facebook, and Twitter.
Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
Edmund Campion by Evelyn Waugh
Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II by George Weigel
Godric by Frederick Buechner
Brendan by Frederick Buechner
The Little Flowers of Saint Francis by Raphael Brown
Interior Castle by Saint Teresa of Avila
Souls on Fire by Elie Wiesel
Somewhere a Master: Hasidic Portraits and Legends by Elie Wiesel
Messengers of God: Biblical Portraits and Legends by Elie Wiesel
The Empty Chair by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
The Gentle Weapon by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
The Story of a Soul by St. Therese de Lisieux
St. Francis of Assisi by G.K. Chesterton
Do you have any to add? Holler back in the comments.
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