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My Life With the Saints [Hardcover]

By James Martin (Author)
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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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One of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of the Year
Winner of a Christopher Award
Winner of a Catholic Press Association Book Award
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 trouble-some, he seeks help from Thomas Merton, the monk and writer who struggled with egotism. In sickness he turns to Therese 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.
"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"

Awards and Recognitions
My Life With the Saints by James Martin has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • Christopher Awards - 2007 Winner - Books for Adults category

Citations And Professional Reviews
My Life With the Saints by James Martin has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 01/16/2006 page 61
  • Christian Retailing - 01/23/2006 page 47
  • Booklist - 02/01/2006 page 7
  • Library Journal - 04/01/2006 page 100
  • Christian Century - 11/14/2006 page 43
  • Commonweal - 01/26/2007 page 38
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2007 page 118
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2007 page 540
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 912
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2011 page 655

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Loyola Press
Pages   411
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.14" Width: 6.7" Height: 1.31"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2006
Publisher   Loyola Press
ISBN  0829420010  
ISBN13  9780829420012  

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More About James Martin

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

James Martin has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Loyola Classics

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Saints for Today  May 28, 2008
Father Martin has given us a personal look at his relationships with the saints included in this collection. For everyone who grew up with the idea that saints were holy-card perfect, this book provides a healthy alternative look at people whom we all might hope to imitate. His approach--to include those holy men and women (some not yet canonized) who play a personal role in his own life--is a helpful way to consider the communion of saints. Highest recommendation.
I'm a Saint in the Making  Mar 29, 2008
I love this book for two reasons:
1. It makes the saints acessible.
2. It makes religious life, like James Martin's, sound exciting and, dare I say, FUN!

1) It makes saints accessible. They are unique - each with their own faults (mostly the dudes). I feel like I can relate to them, just like Martin does in this book. He connects their struggles to his, their strengths to his.

2) James makes religious life sound so fun! It's not second rate to the married life, as Martin believed (and I). One instance he's at a retreat running, literally, with his buddies to the next contemplative service, laughing along the way; another time he talks about really good cheese at St. Merton's monastery in Kentucky. James is the kind of guy who's cool to grab a beer with and watch a movie.

I'm not done with the book yet. But I'm loving it! James, good work.

PS "I'm a Saint in the Making" is a song by Jacob and Matthew
My Life with the Saints  Feb 13, 2008
This author and book are absolutely fantastic. I have been recommending this book to every person I know. I thank God for James Martin, SJ and and for the Saints.
Saints light  Feb 9, 2008
James Martin gives us brief biographies of many saints (some canonized, some not) interspersed with his accounts of how these saints have been present in his own life. It's an excellent introduction to these saints. The bios are short, hitting the highlights of how they became saints, but well-written and still able to convey a full life. His own memoirs are spiritual and entertaining. It's nice to find a book that is light and easy to read that still has something more important to offer. This one is definitely worthwhile.

Amanda Hamm, author of Dear Jane Letters
holy books  Jan 7, 2008
This book was not for myself. I was asked to order it for a relation of mine who is a catholic priest. He was quite pleased with it.Its a nice pleasent read he says. If you are into reading the history of the church or the life of the saints this book is for you.

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