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Overview The preeminent resource guide for more than 20 years, this one-of-a-kind book has been updated to include those recently canonized and beatified.
Publishers Description The preeminent resource guide for more than twenty years, this one-of-a-kind book, now available in paperback, has been updated to include those recently canonized and beatified. Since its original publication in 1980, John J. Delaney's "Dictionary of Saints" (more than 200,000 copies sold) has become the leading reference book for the scholar and general reader alike. With more than five thousand biographies of the saints--from the well known to the obscure--this new edition brings to life the inspiring accomplishments of these men and women of God. The martyrs and the monks, the mystics and the virgins, the doctors and the peasants are all contained in this essential volume. To know the saints, how they thrived in their achievements, how they lived in destitution, is to meet a fascinating company of people whose actions have influenced and enriched the history of the world. Reset in an easy-to use-format, it contains substantial listings for the more popular saints, and thumbnail sketches for those less well known. From Aaron to Zosimus, this modern dictionary has been updated with the entries for the newly canonized, including Italian mystic Padre Pio, Mexican Nahuatl Juan Diego, Polish Franciscan Maximilian Kolbe, and Americans Katharine Drexel and Rose Philippine Duchesne. It also contains a complete listing of feast days, an index of patron saints, and several other useful appendixes.
Citations And Professional Reviews Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Ingram Advance - 04/01/2005 page 122
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.4" Height: 1.7" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Mar 15, 2005
ISBN 0385515200 ISBN13 9780385515207
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More About John J. Delaney
John J. Delaney was the former director of Doubleday Religious Publishing and founder of Image Books. He has lectured in various parts of the United States, has appeared on national television and radio programs, and has had articles published in leading Catholic magazines. He is also originator and general editor of the Catholic Viewpoint Series. In 1958 he was the recipient of the Catholic Press Association--Catholic Digest Award for "distinguished service to Christian journalism and publishing."
Reviews - What do customers think about Dictionary of Saints?
Interesting Saint Facts Oct 24, 2005
Funny how sometimes a book comes along and everything is easily explained. I was curious about Saint Christopher after seeing the movie: Crash.
I am a Southern Baptist and have no clue when it comes to Catholic practices. I had no idea that people actually carry statues of saints to give them comfort.
So after seeing the movie: Crash, I wondered just who Saint Christopher was. And this book gave me a detailed description of the kind and generous acts Christopher performed.
If you ever wondered why St. Patrick is so popular or which Saint is the basis for Santa Clause this book will enlighten you. Learn and Enjoy! ~J.R. Fitzgerald
Good Reference Book Aug 22, 2005
Like a dictionary or encyclopedia, has a short paragraph about each of the Saints recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. Also contains a calendar listing of the saint's day. Very basic descriptions
Dictionary of Saints Oct 18, 2004
This book has a solid listing of all the saints, most of whom I've never heard of. There are several saints with the same name which is confusing to the novice, but the details are informative and help keep things in order. Obviously a lot of effort went into researching this book and for that the author is to be commended.
A rush job?? Oct 4, 2004
In many ways, this is a very good dictionary. Lots and lots of saints, with average entries of c. 20-25 lines per saint. This dictionary doesn't have more errors than the average saints' guide, and less than some. (Farmer's Oxford Dictionary of Saints has the most scholarly and thorough coverage, but fewest saints; the Benedictines of Ramsgate's The Book of Saints has an enormous number of saints but with very brief entries AND NO INDEX LISTING SAINTS BY THEIR FEAST DAY.) What is truly annoying about Delaney's volume is the listing of saints by feast day---which is really the shoddiest thing I've seen in ages. There are dozens and dozens of errors, ranging from wrong date to listing the saint by a variant of name that doesn't actually appear in the text. It's very frustrating to use.