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My Life With the Saints

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

One of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of the Year

Winner of a Christopher Award

Winner of a Catholic Press Association Book Award

 

“In a cross between Holden Caulfield and Thomas Merton, James Martin has written one of the best spiritual memoirs in years.”

—Robert Ellsberg, author of All Saints

“It isn’t often that a new and noteworthy book comes along in this genre, but we have reason to celebrate My Life with the Saints. It is earmarked for longevity. It will endure as an important and uncommon contribution to religious writing.”

—Doris Donnelly, America

“An account . . . that is as delightful as it is instructive.”

—First Things

“In delightful prose Martin recounts incidents, both perilous and funny, that have prompted him to turn to the saints, and in doing so shows us a new way of living out a devotion that is as old and universal as the Church.”

—Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ, Fordham University

“An outstanding and often hilarious memoir.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Martin’s final word for us is as Jungian as it is Catholic: God does not want us to be like Mother Teresa or Dorothy Day. God wants us to be most fully ourselves.”

—The Washington Post Book World

One of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of the Year

Winner of a Christopher Award

Winner of a Catholic Press Association Book Award

“In a cross between Holden Caulfield and Thomas Merton, James Martin has written one of the best spiritual memoirs in years.”

—Robert Ellsberg, author of All Saints

“It isn’t often that a new and noteworthy book comes along in this genre, but we have reason to celebrate My Life with the Saints. It is earmarked for longevity. It will endure as an important and uncommon contribution to religious writing.”

—Doris Donnelly, America

“An account . . . that is as delightful as it is instructive.”

—First Things

“In delightful prose Martin recounts incidents, both perilous and funny, that have prompted him to turn to the saints, and in doing so shows us a new way of living out a devotion that is as old and universal as the Church.”

—Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ, Fordham University

“An outstanding and often hilarious memoir.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Martin’s final word for us is as Jungian as it is Catholic: God does not want us to be like Mother Teresa or Dorothy Day. God wants us to be most fully ourselves.”

—The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Martin, a Jesuit priest and associate editor of America magazine, takes a splendid idea and develops it masterfully by weaving stories from his life into those of his favorite saints. Leading off with St. Jude, whom he affectionately dubs 'the saint of the sock drawer' (where his statue of the saint of impossible causes took up residence after the author entered high school), Martin relates how he discovered various 'saints' and how each has affected his life. Thomas Merton, for example, influenced his decision to leave a corporate career for the priesthood, and John XXIII taught him how to live chastely as a member of a religious order. Both Merton and Jesuit Pedro Arrupe served as models for obedience to religious superiors even as Martin's own superiors instructed him to avoid certain controversial topics in writing this book. Martin's personal experiences of befriending saints provide convincing testimony as to their efficacy as role models. He draws a distinction, however, between the superstition that sometimes surrounds Catholics' reverence for the saints and true devotion to them. Despite a theme built on a particular facet of Catholic belief, Martin's animated style and wide-ranging experiences make this a book readers of diverse backgrounds will enjoy." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Be inspired by the Catholic saints like never before in My Life with the Saints by James Martin, SJ. This best-selling memoir of spiritual self-discovery is an homage to the Catholic saints who have accompanied Fr. Martin throughout his life. From a lukewarm childhood Catholicism, to the Wharton School of Business, to the executive fast track at General Electric, to the Jesuits, to a media career in Manhattan, Martin has relied on the Catholic saints to intervene in and guide his life. As Martin shares with us his many surprising encounters and journeys with the saints, he convincingly shows how we, too, can be close friends with the saints of the Catholic Church.

Winner of the Prestigious Christopher Award!

Synopsis:

James Martin has led a thoroughly modern life: from a lukewarm childhood Catholicism, to the Wharton School of Business, to the executive fast track at General Electric, to the Jesuits, to a media career in Manhatten.  But at every step along the way he has been accompanied by special friends--the saints of the Catholic Church.  These holy men and women are not just historical figures to him. Martin's attachment to them is real and personal. The saints have guided him.  He convincingly shows how the saints can be our friends too.

Martin's saintly friends come from the whole of Christian history--from St. Paul to John XXIII--and they include Therese of Lisieux, Joan of Arc, Ignatius Loyola and other beloved figures.  They accompany the author on a pilgrimage that includes stops in a sunlit square of a French town, a quiet retreat house on a New England beach, the housing projects in inner-city Chicago, the sparwling slums of Nairobi, and a gorgeous Baroque church in Rome.  As James Martin's inspiring, witty, and surprising account unfolds, we see how saints can help us to find our way in the world.

 

 

Synopsis:

Meet some surprising

friends of God in this warm and wonderful memoir

James Martin has led an entirely modern life: from a lukewarm Catholic childhood, to an  education at the Wharton School of Business, to the executive fast track at General Electric, to ministry as a Jesuit priest, to a busy media career in Manhattan. But at every step he has been accompanied by some surprising friends—the saints of the Catholic Church. For many, these holy men and women remain just historical figures. For Martin, they are intimate companions. “They pray for me, offer me comfort, give me examples of discipleship, and help me along the way,” he writes.

The author is both engaging and specific about the help and companionship he has received. When his pride proves trouble­some, he seeks help from Thomas Merton, the monk and writer who struggled with egotism. In sickness he turns to Thérèse of Lisieux, who knew about the boredom and self-pity that come with illness. Joan of Arc shores up his flagging courage. Aloysius Gonzaga deepens his compassion. Pope John XXIII helps him to laugh and not take life too seriously.

Martin’s inspiring, witty, and always fascinating memoir encompasses saints from the whole of Christian history— from St. Peter to Dorothy Day. His saintly friends include Francis of Assisi, Ignatius of Loyola, Mother Teresa, and other beloved figures. They accompany the author on a lifelong pilgrimage that includes stops in a sunlit square of a French town, a quiet retreat house on a New England beach, the gritty housing projects of inner-city Chicago, the sprawling slums of Nairobi, and a gorgeous Baroque church in Rome. This rich, vibrant, stirring narrative shows how the saints can help all of us find our way in the world.

 

Synopsis:

At every step along the way in Martin's life, he has been accompanied by special friends--the saints of the Catholic Church. Martin's attachment to these holy men and women is real and personal, and he shows readers how to make friends with the saints.

About the Author

James Martin, SJ, is associate editor of America magazine. A prolific author, writer, and editor, his books include My Life with the Saints, A Jesuit Off-Broadway, Searching for God at Ground Zero and In Good Company. He is the editor of Awake My Soul and Celebrating Good Liturgy. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Tablet, and Commonweal. Fr. Martin resides in New York City.

Table of Contents

 Contents•

 1. The Saint of the Sock Drawer 1

  An Introduction

 2. Child of God 11

  Joan of Arc

 3. Inward Drama 27

  Thérèse of Lisieux

 4. The True Self 43

  Thomas Merton

 5. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam 73

  Ignatius of Loyola

 6. More Than Ever 103

  Pedro Arrupe

 7. In the Grotto of Massabieille 127

  Bernadette Soubirous

 8. Share This Joy with All You Meet 153

  Mother Teresa

 9. Vicar of Christ 179

  Pope John XXIII

 10. Living in Her World 209

  Dorothy Day

 11. For I Am a Sinful Man 229

  Peter

 12. Fides Quaerens Intellectum 253

  Thomas Aquinas

 13. Fools for Christ 271

  Francis of Assisi

 14. Hidden Lives 297

  Joseph

 15. Who Trusts in God 313

  The Ugandan Martyrs

 16. The Most Precious Thing I Possess 331

  Aloysius Gonzaga

 17. Full of Grace 345

  Mary

 18. Holy in a Different Way 373

  A Conclusion

  For Further Reading 393

  Acknowledgments 407

  About the Author 411

  A Guide for Reading Groups 412

Product Details

ISBN:
9780829420012
Author:
Martin, James
Publisher:
Loyola Press
Author:
Martin, James, Sj
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Christian saints
Subject:
Christianity - Catholicism
Subject:
Martin, James
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Christianity - Catholic
Subject:
Biography-Religious
Subject:
Catholic Saints
Subject:
My Life with the Saints
Subject:
James Martin, SJ
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover w/Dust Jacket
Publication Date:
20060331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.94 in 1.28 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Martin, a Jesuit priest and associate editor of America magazine, takes a splendid idea and develops it masterfully by weaving stories from his life into those of his favorite saints. Leading off with St. Jude, whom he affectionately dubs 'the saint of the sock drawer' (where his statue of the saint of impossible causes took up residence after the author entered high school), Martin relates how he discovered various 'saints' and how each has affected his life. Thomas Merton, for example, influenced his decision to leave a corporate career for the priesthood, and John XXIII taught him how to live chastely as a member of a religious order. Both Merton and Jesuit Pedro Arrupe served as models for obedience to religious superiors even as Martin's own superiors instructed him to avoid certain controversial topics in writing this book. Martin's personal experiences of befriending saints provide convincing testimony as to their efficacy as role models. He draws a distinction, however, between the superstition that sometimes surrounds Catholics' reverence for the saints and true devotion to them. Despite a theme built on a particular facet of Catholic belief, Martin's animated style and wide-ranging experiences make this a book readers of diverse backgrounds will enjoy." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Be inspired by the Catholic saints like never before in My Life with the Saints by James Martin, SJ. This best-selling memoir of spiritual self-discovery is an homage to the Catholic saints who have accompanied Fr. Martin throughout his life. From a lukewarm childhood Catholicism, to the Wharton School of Business, to the executive fast track at General Electric, to the Jesuits, to a media career in Manhattan, Martin has relied on the Catholic saints to intervene in and guide his life. As Martin shares with us his many surprising encounters and journeys with the saints, he convincingly shows how we, too, can be close friends with the saints of the Catholic Church.

Winner of the Prestigious Christopher Award!

"Synopsis" by ,

James Martin has led a thoroughly modern life: from a lukewarm childhood Catholicism, to the Wharton School of Business, to the executive fast track at General Electric, to the Jesuits, to a media career in Manhatten.  But at every step along the way he has been accompanied by special friends--the saints of the Catholic Church.  These holy men and women are not just historical figures to him. Martin's attachment to them is real and personal. The saints have guided him.  He convincingly shows how the saints can be our friends too.

Martin's saintly friends come from the whole of Christian history--from St. Paul to John XXIII--and they include Therese of Lisieux, Joan of Arc, Ignatius Loyola and other beloved figures.  They accompany the author on a pilgrimage that includes stops in a sunlit square of a French town, a quiet retreat house on a New England beach, the housing projects in inner-city Chicago, the sparwling slums of Nairobi, and a gorgeous Baroque church in Rome.  As James Martin's inspiring, witty, and surprising account unfolds, we see how saints can help us to find our way in the world.

 

 

"Synopsis" by ,

Meet some surprising

friends of God in this warm and wonderful memoir

James Martin has led an entirely modern life: from a lukewarm Catholic childhood, to an  education at the Wharton School of Business, to the executive fast track at General Electric, to ministry as a Jesuit priest, to a busy media career in Manhattan. But at every step he has been accompanied by some surprising friends—the saints of the Catholic Church. For many, these holy men and women remain just historical figures. For Martin, they are intimate companions. “They pray for me, offer me comfort, give me examples of discipleship, and help me along the way,” he writes.

The author is both engaging and specific about the help and companionship he has received. When his pride proves trouble­some, he seeks help from Thomas Merton, the monk and writer who struggled with egotism. In sickness he turns to Thérèse of Lisieux, who knew about the boredom and self-pity that come with illness. Joan of Arc shores up his flagging courage. Aloysius Gonzaga deepens his compassion. Pope John XXIII helps him to laugh and not take life too seriously.

Martin’s inspiring, witty, and always fascinating memoir encompasses saints from the whole of Christian history— from St. Peter to Dorothy Day. His saintly friends include Francis of Assisi, Ignatius of Loyola, Mother Teresa, and other beloved figures. They accompany the author on a lifelong pilgrimage that includes stops in a sunlit square of a French town, a quiet retreat house on a New England beach, the gritty housing projects of inner-city Chicago, the sprawling slums of Nairobi, and a gorgeous Baroque church in Rome. This rich, vibrant, stirring narrative shows how the saints can help all of us find our way in the world.

 

"Synopsis" by , At every step along the way in Martin's life, he has been accompanied by special friends--the saints of the Catholic Church. Martin's attachment to these holy men and women is real and personal, and he shows readers how to make friends with the saints.
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