Publisher: Image (2012)
eARC (224 pages)
Reading Challenges: 2015 Alphabet Soup, 2015 What's In A Name?, Read 2015
In My Sisters the Saints, author Colleen Carroll Campbell blends her personal narrative of spiritual seeking, trials, stumbles, and breakthroughs with the stories of six women saints who profoundly changed her life: Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux, Faustina of Poland, Edith Stein of Germany, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Mary of Nazareth. Drawing upon the rich writings and examples of these extraordinary women, the author reveals Christianity's liberating power for women and the relevance of the saints to the lives of contemporary Christians.
Well, I can say this is the first book of 2015 to make me cry. As a note, I don’t cry very often when reading. Ever. With this book, I did. More than once.
Colleen Carroll Campbell has a way with words. In this book she talks of her spiritual journey by focusing on the saints she turned to at various points in her life. The saints she focuses on are Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux, Edith Stein, Maria Faustina Kowalska and Mother Teresa as well as the Blessed Mother. The focus on these saints is great. I loved the little review of their lives and spirituality (This really was all mainly review for me.) which helped to see how these saints were a great fit when Mrs Campbell needed heavenly guidance.
My absolute favorite part of this book was about Mrs Campbell’s struggle to decide whether to stay in Washington, DC or return to St Louis. What was said about Saint Faustina and the Divine Mercy Chaplet at this point really got to me. I have been in the middle of making a massive decision and this reminded me that I need to really trust God to help me to make the decision that is best for me.
I unreservedly recommend this book to everyone. When I saw this book on a shelf at Barnes and Noble this past weekend I had to restrain myself from purchasing it (I don’t have an unlimited book budget.) though I did point it out to my sister and encourage her to purchase it.
- You Read How Many Books? Reading Challenge
- Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge (M)
- What’s In A Name? Reading Challenge (A Familial Relation)
I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.