This is a book of stories. True stories. Stories about remarkable saints who want to be your friends in heaven. Here you will find a peace-loving Viking and a saint who was captured by pirates. You will meet a horse dealer who was really a priest and a queen who became a nun. You can even read about a young saint who had lots of pets and played games on his computer. Complete with beautiful illustrations and pages to colour in, A Little Book of British Saints is a book to treasure and enjoy.
AUTHOR: Written by Roy Peachey, Illustrated by Michelle Pitt
DETAILS: 112 pages, A4 size, paperback
5 Steps to Being a Saint
Carlo Acutis may have only been 15 when he died, but already he had learned how to live for Jesus. In this biography, discover the life of the computer geek who became the first millennial to be beatified by the Catholic Church. Throughout his life, Blessed Carlo Acutis used five simple practices to increase in holiness – practices which every Catholic can imitate in their own lives today. Unpack how this young man learned to live for God in this biography, which also features colour photos of Carlo and a selection of his most inspiring quotes.
AUTHOR: Mgr Anthony Figueiredo
DETAILS: 85 pages, paperback
First written in the mid-eighteenth century, Butler’s Lives of the Saints is now available in a four-volume set which was revised in 1956 to include 2,565 saints compared to the original 1,486. After the Bible, the Missal and The Imitation of Christ it is the most popular Catholic book. Each day of the year contains a reading for the saints of that day. Ideal for a daily meditation; each Saint’s life is followed by a “lesson” from the life to help us apply the virtues of the Saint to ourselves. Carefully edited by Herbert J. Thurston, S.J., and Donald Attwater to retain the charms of Butler’s original prose style, this work of devotion and scholarship offers truths central to Christianity and underlying themes of Christian love.
AUTHOR: Alban Butler
DETAILS: 2932 pages, hardcover
An introduction to one of the least known yet most influential apostles to the English. Famously, Blessed Dominic Barberi (1792–1849) received Saint John Henry Newman into the Catholic Church, yet even the most renowned Newman scholars hardly pause to consider the significance of the man at whose feet Newman knelt to make his confession on a stormy night in October 1845. Blessed Dominic had longed to minister in England for most of his adult life. He was a gifted theologian, though he may not have known what a prodigious author he was, or of his extraordinary spiritual gifts – his ecstasies and visions, his prophetic insight and ability to read souls – and almost constant experience of the ‘dark night’ of the soul, spiritual agonies constantly offered up for the conversion of England.
AUTHOR: Fr Gerard Skinner
DETAILS: 192 pages, paperback
Wild, Wonderful & Weird Stories of God’s Heroes
The saints are not myths or legends, they were people just like us who lived lives of epic virtue. If the saints have never made you laugh or drop your jaw, they will in this book. Best selling author Shaun McAfee and guest writers illustrate how the saints were not just stone-faced old men. Some of them had quirky habits, outrageous personalities, and did breathtaking deeds… but they all had epic faith. Their lives were filled with events that push our understanding of charity with intrepid virtue, but at certain points, they lacked common sense and were uproariously funny, too.
AUTHOR: Shaun McAfee
DETAILS: 220 pages, paperback
An Introduction to the First Christian Teachers
We hear the voices of the early Church Fathers even today. Their teachings, their guidance, their insights, and their sacrifice shaped the Catholic Church. They defined the canon of Scripture. They developed our creeds and forms of worship. They defined Christianity’s distinctive moral sense. But who were they? What can we learn from their ancient teachings? What can the Fathers teach the 21st century – about holiness, culture, faith, and the Gospel?
AUTHOR: Mike Aquilina
DETAILS: 352 pages, paperback
Saints who Renewed the Church
Joseph Pearce Heroes of the Catholic Reformation is a scholarly and cultured celebration of the saints who responded to the fierce oppositions of their time with courage and an authentic and lasting Catholic Reformation. Author Joseph Pearce invites us to look to these heroes for inspiration as we seek to live the fullness of Faith in our fallen world.
AUTHOR: Joseph Pearce
DETAILS: 176 pages, paperback
Women Saints Who Won the Battle for Souls
Christ wants you to join in His saving work. He has called you to be a holy handmaid, a royal princess, a daughter of the Most High: a fighter alongside your King on the spiritual battlefield for souls. Julie Onderko here brings you exciting tales about bold female warriors of the spirit, from heroic Old Testament women such as Judith, Deborah, and Esther, to more recent icons of the Faith, including St Clare, St Monica, and St Faustina. From their diverse circumstances and vocations, these women warriors will teach you the powerful spiritual tactics that they used in their battles against the devil – tactics that will help you grow holy even as you engage in the greatest endeavour of all: saving souls for Christ.
AUTHOR: Julie Onderko
DETAILS: 150 pages, paperback
Life-story of Little Nellie of Holy God
When the nuns of the Good Shepherd Convent in Cork, Ireland, welcomed the little three-year-old invalid Nellie Organ on May 11, 1907, little did they think that the great Pope Saint Pius X would say of her a few short years later: “She’s a little angel. Her patience was admirable, her resignation in suffering was so perfect. And then, she understood supernatural things in a superior manner”. Father Bernard des Ronces bases his account of Little Nellie’s life on the most reliable sources. The result is possibly the most complete biography of the child who was chosen by God to encourage Pope Pius X to allow little children to receive Holy Communion.
AUTHOR: Fr Bernard des Ronces
DETAILS: 288 pages, paperback
Stories and Memories of My Mentor and Friend
This colourful memoir offers a rare, up-close glimpse of the life and personality of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, the beloved Italian monk who was blessed with extraordinary gifts. The late Fr. Amorth – well-known as an exorcist – enjoyed over two decades of a close friendship with the holy Padre Pio, whom he considered his spiritual father. Adding his own personal experience to a foundation of biographical research, Amorth gives an entertaining and illuminating account of perhaps one of the best-known saints of the twentieth century.
AUTHOR: Fr Gabriele Amorth
DETAILS: 157 pages, paperback
Edited by Eileen Dunn Bertanzetti With beautiful illustrations and topics ranging from queries about the role of angels to the cry of a soul seeking to understand the meaning of suffering, these meditations use the words of this holy priest to answer your most intimate questions and reveal God’s own messages of encouragement, exhortation, inspiration, and blessing.
AUTHOR: Edited by Eileen Dunn Bertanzetti
DETAILS: 178 pages, paperback
With an Undivided Heart
Silas S Henderson Using the saint’s own letters and spiritual reflections, and other historical documents, this book offers unparalleled insights into Saint Aloysius Gonzaga’s life and personality. The author explains the history of the Society of Jesus and shows how Aloysius Gonzaga played an important part in developing the Jesuit’s educational apostolate.
AUTHOR: Silas S Henderson
DETAILS: 290 pages, paperback
Margaret Roberts Saint Catherine of Siena and Her Times tells the tale of Catherine, whose call to live a life of prayer and penance was trumped not only by the poverty and plagues of her day, but by the explicit orders of the Pope, who, hearing of her remarkable powers of reconciliation of enemies, called her out of obscurity to mediate between the warring parties, sometimes even at the risk to her life.
AUTHOR: Margaret Roberts
DETAILS: 308 pages, paperback
The Grace of the Word
Guy Bedouelle O.P. The focus of this biography is the way in which St Dominic embodies the role of Christ as preacher and the results that came from this grace. Bedouelle thus documents how St Dominic’s whole life and mission was one continuous proclamation of the power of the Gospel to transform individual lives and society.
AUTHOR: Guy Bedouelle O.P.
DETAILS: 296 pages, paperback