The Book of Saints the Middle Era
By AI Truesdale
Beacon Hill Press
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Families are living stories. They tell us where we came from, guide us as we live our lives, and help us see who we could become. Especially priceless are the lives and words of those who came before us. Christ-followers from earliest times to the present enrich us with their insight and inspiring examples. In the face of political, social and theological challenges, these saints lived lives faithful to the gospel story. The Book of Saints II: The Middle Era is a devotional gateway to the thoughts and insights of church leaders, teachers, and spiritual mentors who lived between the early fourth and early fifteenth century. Living in a world of change, conflict, and controversy, these saintly persons have much to say to us today. Their words and life stories, along with prayers and Scripture selections, are brought together in this book to inspire and challenge us to a life of love and holiness, the great themes of our family story.
This book will satisfy both your curiosity on saints from Medieval times. It is a collection of brief writings from over 20 Christian Fathers that will give you a small taste without overwhelming you. As a devotional book it gives us insights into the thought process and worldview from this era. Things were viewed differently than today. The perceptions of time and space, the order of the universe, and religion and superstition are given thorough treatment. Clear, concise writing makes this devotional very readable, while the scholarship makes them valuable. While I don’t feel that it is set up to read in large chunks, I recommend to read it over a time period in short bursts. You will learn a lot!
~Reviewed by Dave H.