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Mystics & Miracles: True Stories of Lives Touched by God [Paperback]

By Bert Ghezzi (Author)
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In 1435, St. Francis of Paola was busy overseeing the construction of his first monastery, when tragedy struck-a laborer was crushed to death. St. Francis knelt over the man's body, touching him with herbs. The man stood and returned to work unharmed. This miracle and many others are the focus of Mystics & Miracles. Through twenty-four intimate biographies, author Bert Ghezzi introduces us to the diverse personalities and extraordinary lives of the men and women known as mystics. Mystics are ordinary people who have been touched by God and introduced to the mysteries of Christ's death and resurrection. They are true wonder-workers who fulfill Jesus' prediction that his apostles would perform greater works than he. From visions and healings to prophesies and miracles, mystics are a direct connection between the human and the divine. Ghezzi's stories touch us by revealing this humanity and making the mystics real.

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Praise for "Mystics & Miracles"
"These wonderful stories . . . are fascinating reading. There is much to ponder here--and much to strengthen our faith."
--"Catholic Parent"
"Bert Ghezzi combines a wonderfully engaging style with real spiritual substance that feeds the soul."
--Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., archbishop of Denver
"Bert Ghezzi has rescued mysticism from the myth of trendy spiritualities. . . . If your prayer leaves you longing for more of God, read this book, slowly."
--Mike Aquilina, author, "The How-To Book of Catholic Devotions"
"Ghezzi . . . offers simple but engagingly written accounts of the lives of twenty-four saints of considerable variety. . . . Highly recommended."
--"Library Journal"
"Although many of the mystics examined will be familiar to many, Ghezzi does manage to offer some new and interesting insights into their lives and times."
--"Booklist"
"Mystics and Miracles" by Bert Ghezzi explores the lives and saintly miracles of twenty-four ordinary people chosen by God to do his extraordinary work. From visions and healing to prophecies and miracles, these mystics provide a direct connection between the human and the divine. Ghezzi's easy-to-understand writing style makes this collection of biographies ideal for anyone who wants to better understand the saints and the miracles they performed.



Awards and Recognitions
Mystics & Miracles: True Stories of Lives Touched by God by Bert Ghezzi has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • Independent Publisher Book Awards - 2003 Winner - Religion category
  • ForeWord Book of the Year Award - 2002 Second Place - Religion category


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Studio: Loyola Press
Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6.01" Height: 0.57"
Weight:   0.64 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 2, 2004
Publisher   Loyola Press
ISBN  082942041X  
ISBN13  9780829420418  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bert Ghezzi, who holds a PhD in history from the University of Notre Dame, is a popular speaker and author who has written nearly twenty books, including "Mystics and Miracles," "The Sign of the Cross," "Keeping Your Kids Catholic," and "Voices of the Saints." He is currently an acquisitions editor for Our Sunday Visitor. He and his wife reside in Winter Park, Florida.

Bert Ghezzi currently resides in Winter Park, in the state of Florida. Bert Ghezzi was born in 1941.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Mystics & Miracles: True Stories of Lives Touched by God?

Extraordinary lives of ordinary people  Aug 28, 2005
I loved this book. It told the lives of these saints in down to earth terms that you could really connect with. At the same time it also told about the miracles that God worked through these saints, explaining why or when God did these miracles and what the results were. I really learned how very practical God can be in working miracles through people to draw people closer to Himself. A WONDERFUL little book!
I can't resist adding what was on the back cover of this book.
"When one of the novices in his monastery decided to give up the religious life for one of wealth and luxury, Martin de Porres did everything -- including pass through locked doors -- to convince the young man of his true call.
When given the divine gift of healing, Lutgarde of Aywieres asked God, "Why did you give me such a grace, Lord? Take it away, please!" Then she impishly added, "But give me something getter!"
"'Bert Ghezzi has rescued mysticism from the midst of trendy spiritualities. In Mystics and Miracles, he shows us how God breaks suddenly and powerfully into the lives of ordinary people -- like you and me -- and changes then forever. If your prayer leaves you longing for more of God, read this book, slowly.' Mike Aquilina, editor, New Covenant"
"'Bert Ghezzi combines a wonderfully engaging style with real spiritual substance that feeds the soul. I highly recommend it.' Charles J Chaput, O.F.M., Cap. archbishop of Denver"
I can only say "Amen!" to the above paragraphs of these great books!
This book includes stories about the following saints in alphabetical order:
Anthony of Egypt, Anthony of Padua, Apphian, Catherine of Siena, Clare of Assissi, Dominic, Elizabeth of Hungary, Francis of Assissi, Francis of Paola, Francis Xavier, Gertrude the Great, Ignatius of Loyola, Joan of Arc, John Bosco, Lutgarde of Aywieres, Martin de Porres, Padre Pio (Blessed), Patrick, Perpetua, Sabas, Solanus Casey (Venerable), Teresa of Avila, Theresa Margaret, Vincent Ferrer
 
encouraging book for hard times  May 15, 2002
I came upon Ghezzi's book during a very difficult time in my life. I picked it up because I thought it would be interesting (which it was) but it was more than that. It was encouraging, consoling, amusing, fortifying and helped give me insight to deal with my own situation.

Ghezzi combines stories about the struggles and miracles of the saints with excerpts from their writings (and occasional quotes from others...I liked the remark of retreat master Martin Smith: "Do you really believe that God hides his will from us and expects us to search for it as though we are on a treasure hunt?").

I came away from Mystics and Miracles impressed not so much with the miracles as with the mystics themselves...their wholehearted reliance on God and his care for them. Ghezzi manaages to create a sense of solidarity on the part of the mystics with us ordinary humans. I had the sense, after reading it, that these men and women were my partners on the path of life and if they could make it through hard times, so could I.

 
Supernatural Sanctity on the Streets  May 2, 2002
What�s the difference between a magician and a mystic? The magician tricks you into seeing visible things that aren�t really there, and the mystic opens your eyes to invisible things that really are. What�s that got to do with Bert Ghezzi�s new book? Its mystics use all sorts of inexplicable marvels � visions, healings, prophecies, you name it � to help you see your way to the ultimate unseen reality: God.

The miracles are mind-blowing, no question about that. We�re talking otherworldly, occasionally bizarre incidents � phenomena that would seem like so much sleight of hand if not for the sanctity of the souls around whom the jaw-dropping oddities regularly occurred. St. Dominic raises the dead. Padre Pio receives the wounds of Christ and is physically present in two places at once. St. Theresa Margaret�s body refuses to decay, to this day, since her death in 1770. And so on.

But consider yourself forewarned: If it�s a sideshow you�re after, you�ll waste your time and money on this title. For Ghezzi�s only so interested in the signs and wonders that followed his subjects wherever they went. What he�s really after is the unfailingly generous way they answered God�s call to holiness � and what their example can teach us about answering that call ourselves.

Ghezzi excels at combining concise, fast-paced biographical sketches with carefully selected, illustrative anecdotes that show the mystics� faith in action. Yet it�s his personal, sometimes bracingly candid, reflections on the impact the mystics have made on his own life that, for me, set this volume apart from others of its kind.

I also like the way Ghezzi helps make sense of the mystical phenomena he cites by separating it into six categories � miracles of love; miraculous prayer; dreams, visions, and other wonders; miracles of conversion; miracles to awaken us; and miracles that changed the course of history.

About the only thing I would have liked to see more of, particularly when reading about some of the more eye-popping occurrences, is direct referencing to sources and eyewitness accounts. Alas, that�s probably the journalist in me. Or maybe it�s my inner Doubting Thomas. Either way, I don�t think I�m the only reader who will be tempted to ask, when reading about, for example, Jesus appearing to St. Gertrude and transporting her from her cell to a separate part of her convent: �Come on � did this really happen?�

And maybe my skepticism is a sign of how much I need a book like this. Not so much as a reference work, but as a guide to prayer and contemplation. Ghezzi was way ahead of me on that thought.

...

No argument here. And here�s hoping my enjoyment of Ghezzi�s book is not the fascination of a bystander drawn to the believe-it-or-not hour, but rather a manifestation of rightly ordered mysticism, or some small semblance of it, at work in my own life.

...

 
Supernatural Sanctity on the Streets  Apr 29, 2002
What's the difference between a magician and a mystic? The magician tricks you into seeing visible things that aren't really there, and the mystic opens your eyes to invisible things that really are. What's that got to do with Bert Ghezzi's new book? Its mystics use all sorts of inexplicable marvels - visions, healings, prophecies, you name it - to help you see your way to the ultimate unseen reality: God.

The miracles are mind-blowing, no question about that. We're talking otherworldly, occasionally bizarre incidents - phenomena that would seem like so much sleight of hand if not for the sanctity of the souls around whom the jaw-dropping oddities regularly occurred. St. Dominic raises the dead. Padre Pio receives the wounds of Christ and is physically present in two places at once. St. Theresa Margaret's body refuses to decay, to this day, since her death in 1770. And so on.

But consider yourself forewarned: If it's a sideshow you're after, you'll waste your time and money on this title. For Ghezzi's only so interested in the signs and wonders that followed his subjects wherever they went. What he's really after is the unfailingly generous way they answered God's call to holiness - and what their example can teach us about answering that call ourselves.

Ghezzi excels at combining concise, fast-paced biographical sketches with carefully selected, illustrative anecdotes that show the mystics' faith in action. Yet it's his personal, sometimes bracingly candid, reflections on the impact the mystics have made on his own life that, for me, set this volume apart from others of its kind.

I also like the way Ghezzi helps make sense of the mystical phenomena he cites by separating it into six categories - miracles of love; miraculous prayer; dreams, visions, and other wonders; miracles of conversion; miracles to awaken us; and miracles that changed the course of history.

About the only thing I would have liked to see more of, particularly when reading about some of the more eye-popping occurrences, is direct referencing to sources and eyewitness accounts. Alas, that's probably the journalist in me. Or maybe it's my inner Doubting Thomas. Either way, I don't think I'm the only reader who will be tempted to ask, when reading about, for example, Jesus appearing to St. Gertrude and transporting her from her cell to a separate part of her convent: "Come on - did this really happen?"

And maybe my skepticism is a sign of how much I need a book like this. Not so much as a reference work, but as a guide to prayer and contemplation. Ghezzi was way ahead of me on that thought.

"Most of us will never experience mystical phenomena," he writes. "No raptures, ecstasies or other preternatural events will overtake us. I don't know about you, but I'm grateful for that, because mystical consolations come at a great personal cost that I am not sure I'm ready to pay. However, we can permit God to lift us up, embrace us, press us to his cheek, feed us, teach us to walk in his way, lead us with human ties of love, and listen to our prayers. Wouldn't you consider that to be miraculous? I would."

No argument here. And here's hoping my enjoyment of Ghezzi's book is not the fascination of a bystander drawn to the believe-it-or-not hour, but rather a manifestation of rightly ordered mysticism, or some small semblance of it, at work in my own life.

David Pearson is features editor of the National Catholic Register [URL].

 
A wondrously spiritual, uplifting, inspiring volume  Apr 12, 2002
Mystics & Miracles: True Stories Of Lives Touched By God by Bert Ghezzi Bert Ghezzi provides a scholarly focus upon the lives of twenty-four people of diverse personalities and backgrounds who have each known a special closeness to God through a greater wisdom in the mystery of the death and resurrection of Christ. Individual chapters recount the great miracles of male and female saints of history, from the healing touch of St. Martin de Porres (1579-1639) to the divine voices that made St. Joan of Arc (1412-31) change history. Mystics & Miracles is a wondrously spiritual, uplifting, inspiring volume, and enthusiastically recommended reading for students of Christianity and Christian history.
 

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