Item description for They Bore the Wounds of Christ: The Mystery of the Sacred Stigmata by Michael Freze...
Overview The Mystery of the Sacred Stigmata. A look at the lives and faith of 25 stigmatists, as well as Church teaching on this amazing phenomenon.
Publishers Description One of the most mysterious phenomena in Christian history is the appearance of the "stigmata" -- wounds exactly where Christ was wounded -- on the bodies of otherwise healthy believers. Here are the amazing stories of great Catholics who bore those wounds.
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Studio: Our Sunday Visitor
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.16" Height: 0.7" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Jun 24, 2004
Publisher Our Sunday Visitor
ISBN 0879734221 ISBN13 9780879734220
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More About Michael Freze
I have had 8 nationally-published print books to my credit: "Questions And Answers: The Gospel of Matthew," "Questions And Answers: The Gospel of Mark," "Questions And Answers: The Gospel of Luke," and "Questions And Answers: The Gospel of John" (all published with Baker Book House of Grand Rapids, MI). On the more scholarly side, I have written the following works: "They Bore The Wounds Of Christ: The Mystery Of The Sacred Stigmata," "The Making Of Saints," "Voices, Visions, & Apparitions," and "Patron Saints" (all published with Our Sunday Visitor of Huntington, IN). One of my recent eBooks now in print with Amazon Kindle ("The Complete Guide To Demonology & The Spirits of Darkness") received the Imprimatur after a prior review by the former Bishop Elden Curtiss of the Diocese of Helena, Montana. Released in December 2015, it is 450 pages long. I also have numerous other eBooks published with Amazon Kindle, audio books with Audible.com, and paperback books with Amazon. Education Background: A Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education from the University of Montana, Missoula, Montana (1984). My major is English with minors in Religious Studies & History. Television Appearances as a guest interviewee for my works: "The History Channel," "The Phil Donahue Show," "The Leeza Show," and "EWTN: Mother Angelica Live! (3 Times as a guest).
Reviews - What do customers think about They Bore the Wounds of Christ: The Mystery of the Sacred Stigmata?
Enjoyable Sep 21, 2006
Like everyone else here, I enjoyed the book. But one must question its accuracy when the writer consistantly refers to "the five wounds of christ" as hands, feet and side. That's three wounds. The five wounds of Christ are hands, feet, side, crown of thorns and scourging. One does not count each hand. To do so would indicate that one having a mark on one hand may have stigmata. Not true. One must have the mark on both hands to have what is considered one wound of Christ.
WAS SO FAR SO GOOD Jun 2, 2005
AS I FIRST BEGAN READING THIS BOOK I WAS GREATLY IMPRESSED BY THE AUTHORS PASSION, CLARITY, AND HIS THOROUGH AND ENLIGHTENING APPROACH. THEN ALL OF SUDDEN HE BEGAN PRAISING VATICAN 2 AND "HOW BRILLIANT IT WAS". WHERE EVERY OTHER PARAGRAPH REVERTED TO VATICAN 2 DOCUMENTS. I TOTALLY LOST INTEREST, I DON'T THINK I'LL EVER FINISH IT... PERHAPS BECAUSE VATICAN 2 DISGUSTS ME, I DON'T KNOW...
Mini-Encyclopedia on Stigmata Apr 18, 2005
For a detailed and well-research account on the mystery of sacred stigmata, check out Michael Freze's "They Bore the Wounds of Christ", a book where the screenwriters of Stigmata the movie probably drew myriad ideas from.
The author's work was meticulous as he covered the A-Z of sacred stigmata, from the pre-requisites/qualifications to the pain/suffering to the physical manifestation to every nitty-gritty that pertained to what defined stigmatists, in a tightly written 300+ page-turner. The author, a Roman Catholic of the Franciscan Order (followers of St. Francis di Assisi), wrote with great devotion of his faith in God's work through the saints being called to this particular act/gift of trial and tribulation. His depth of knowledge of the Bible as well as the documents produced by the Vatican were well punctuated throughout the book to afford readers independent cross-referencing. Personally, I find the discussion on 'The Holy Shroud of Turin' (the ancient cloth alleged to be the burial shroud of Jesus) and the biographies of stigmatists, not least the appendix on interviews with priests who served or personally knew modern-day stigmatics thought-provoking.
Buyers beware: for readers who are squeamish, photographs depicting modern-day stigmatists in this book are certainly not for the faint-hearted. Non-religious readers may find the text a bit off-putting as the author may come across to some as being too "pious". While I refrain from drawing any conclusions on the author's interpretation of the phenomenon (to largely afflict laypersons/women/Italian by origin) based on purely anecdotal and perhaps speculative evidence, the book's greatest merit is the author's fervent desire to serve and promote what he believed was the way to further God's Kingdom and be absolutely right with Him. Whether readers find sacred stigamta authentic or not is besides the point: this devotional material presents a timely wake-up call for a renewal of faith for self-professed God-believers, not least being an interesting read in its own right that satiates our curiosity/quest for spiritual edification and intellectual stimulation.
An In Depth Investigation Into A Sacred Mystery Jul 7, 2004
Upon reading this in depth, and graphic account of the mysteries of the stigmata, I was inspired to investigate the phenomenon in a far more focused, and intelligent manner.
I'll be the first to admit that in the past I viewed the stigmata as little more than a medical condition on the lesser scale, and horrid act of self-mutilation on the higher.
Upon reading this book however I began to see the sacred stigmata for what it was, a miraculous, and painful test of human faith in the man known to the world as the Christ, Jesus of Nazareth. This book (set out in almost a textbook fashion) details the visions, and stimatas of a number of already well-known, and documented stigmatists such as Anne Catherine Emmerich, Padre Pio, and Saint Theresa.
This book gives a detailed account of a lot of their "afflictions", etc. and is a definite must read for anyone interested in the sacred stigmata, and it's meaning for the world as a whole.
Excellent book on stigmata. Jun 10, 2003
I've read this book a while back and am strongly considering reading it again. It is that good and it has pictures of the modern day stigmatists (when I say modern I mean 20th century). Some of these pictures were very eye popping. It makes you really understand how much Jesus loved humanity to go through the pain and suffering he went through. The book is very informative and well researched. I even saw the author on a television special where they were speaking about the stigmata and they spoke about his book there. Some people wonder if stigmata is real or if it is self inflicted. I think this book shows the difference between the real mystical stigmata and wounds that are self inflicted. I also found out while reading this book that people can be deceived b/c the devil can also plant the marks on people. Research is always done to every case before the stigmata is considered authentic. I recommend this book to anyone who would like to learn more about the stigmata. Like I said before, the book is very well written and researched. I only wish there were more books on this subject available.