Angels and saints. Catholics tend to think of them as different from the rest of us. They're cast in plaster or simpering on a holy card, performing miracles with superhero strength, or playing a harp in highest heaven.
Yet they are very near to us in every way. In this lively audiobook, Scott Hahn dispels the false notions and urban legends people use to keep the saints at a safe distance. The truth is that Jesus Christ has united heaven and earth in a close communion. Drawing deeply from Scripture, Dr. Hahn shows that the hosts of heaven surround the earthly Church as a "great cloud of witnesses". The martyrs cry out from heaven's altar begging for justice on the earth. The prayers of the saints and angels rise to God, in the Book of Revelation, like the sweet aroma of incense.
Dr. Hahn tells the stories of several saints (and several angels too) in a way that's fresh and new. The saints are spiritual giants but with flesh-and-blood reality. They have strong, holy ambitions - and powerful temptations and opposition that must be overcome. Their stories are amazing and yet familiar enough to motivate us to live more beautiful lives. In this telling of their story, the saints are neither otherworldly nor this-worldly. They exemplify the integrated life that every Christian is called to live.
Still, their lives are as different from one another as human lives can be. Dr. Hahn shows the heavenly Church in all its kaleidoscopic diversity - from Moses to Mary, Augustine to Therese, and the first century to the last century.
Only saints will live in heaven. We need to be more like the saints if we want to live in heaven someday. Dr. Hahn shows us that our heavenly life can begin now.
©2014 Scott Hahn (P)2014 Random House
As a new Catholic I'm devouring all of Scott's books because they are both practical and theologically fulfilling. Some of his personal stories are sometimes rehashed as making points. iI prefer him reading his own books as he has a great speaking voice.
I'm not sure about changing the book. I just thought it would tell the stories of some of the Saints but it did not. Its not that kind of book.
It wasn't interesting to me.
No, but it wouldn't translate into a movie either.
I love the writings of Scott Hahn because they are like short courses in theology. This book answered many questions that, I think, a lot of Catholics have about how to have friendship/relationship with the saints and their guardian angels.
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