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The Big Book of Women Saints [Paperback]

By Sarah Gallick (Author)
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A collection of inspirational stories about extraordinary women of faith provides accounts of such beloved figures as Joan of Arc and Teresa of Avila, as well as the many new women saints, including dozens canonized or beatified by Pope John Paul II, drawing on the women's own writings, archives, memoirs, and other sources. Original. 20,000 first printing.

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Most books about the saints are thin on women, especially contemporary women. Even Butler's LIVES OF THE SAINTS, the 'bible' of this category, lists far more men than women. No book about the saints could ignore such beloved early martyrs as Agnes of Rome and Lucy of Syracuse but this new book will introduce readers to many new women who have been canonized or beatified by Pope John Paul II. Of the more than 377 women mentioned in the book, 159 have been canonized or beatified since 1979. Approximately 100 of them lived in the twentieth century.

This new book is also unique in that it uses the saint's own words wherever possible, taking advantage of newly discovered archives, memoirs and other primary sources. It will contain resources such as internet shrines and other websites, as well as little-known information on the canonization process.

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The Big Book of Women Saints by Sarah Gallick has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Library Journal - 04/01/2007 page 96

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperOne
Pages   467
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 5.4" Height: 1.3"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2007
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  006082512X  
ISBN13  9780060825126  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Sarah Gallick is the author of seven books and a founding member of Catholic Women at Work. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, as well as Vogue, Harper's, and Star magazines and online at She lives in New York City.

Sarah Gallick currently resides in Manhattan, in the state of New York.

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Inspiring biographies--sure to touch your heart  Nov 10, 2008
This is a book you are sure to want in your library. It's a thick paperback full of the lives of women saints. Every Catholic will want a copy of this, but the short, entertaining biographies are full of historical detail and would interest anyone.

It begins with Jan. 1st, and the Solemnity of Mary, and continues to name a different saint for every day of the calender year. The last one named in the book for Dec. 31st is St Fabiola of Rome, whom I had never heard of before. Each day gives the life history of the saint and offers a short reflection on their lives.

Many, many of the saints will be new to most readers. An example from July 19th is the three Carmelite martyrs of Guadalajara, now all blesseds. Communists were brutally hunting down priests and nuns during the Spanish civil war of the 1930's. "In July 21, 1936...riots left the Red militia in control of the city" (p 216) Even though the nuns were dressed in civilian clothes, "a woman shouted: 'Shoot them! They're nuns" (p 216) and the militia shot.

Just wonderful
Great for Lent  Feb 6, 2008
This excellent book came out about a year ago, but as today is Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent, I thought I'd post a review.

Ms. Gallick has done an exceptional job of writing a lucid, easily-accessible book on women saints. For each day of the year on the particular saint's feast day, the book contains biographical information about a woman saint, usually no longer than one page of text. The information about the saint is followed by short sentence or two supplied by Ms. Gallick explaining the "genius" of the saint.

(Example: For Saint Lucy Filippini on March 25, her genius is described as follows: "Lucy recognized that teaching is a vocation, a calling from God, and she lived the advice of her mentor, Cardinal Barbarigo: 'The Church of God is not a restful garden but a working vineyard.'")

I found Ms. Gallick's observations on each Saints' "genius" to be succinct and insightful. Each Saint's entry then ends with a "Reflection" from scripture that Ms. Gallick has selected; the scripture quote thematically relates to the Saint's life.

(Example: Blessed Barbe Acarie, a beautiful society girl, dedicated herself to bringing the Carmelites to France. The scriptural reflection provided by Ms. Gallick is from Proverbs: "Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting; The woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." Prov. 31:30.)

This book is a worthy addition to any Catholic's library, suitable as a daily devotional or a quick reference guide. (I hope that non-Catholics would find it interesting and inspiring, too!). As another reviewer mentioned, it would make a great gift (note the very handsome cover art), particularly perhaps for a teenage girl being confirmed, since the individual entries lend themselves to a quick read.

I give this book five stars.
Not only for Cathlics - these Saints are for ALL of us........  Jan 7, 2008
One of my favorite ongoing methods of personal growth is to study a different person in history every month. This month I am studying Teresa of Avila and from this study I am learning so much about so many other remarkable saints like in this phenomenal book I stumbled upon (thankfully!) at the library.

Part devotional, part study aid, part inspiration-for-women-of-all ages, this unique guide to more than 400 women saints across the ages it includes a years worth of daily readings which each include a brief bio of each woman (or group of women) along with a section called "The Genius of..." which synopsizes that particular saint's contribution and then a reflection section with a Bible passage.

The back matter of the book accentuates "the courageous Catholic saints" and what I would like to add is that this book is not solely for Catholics, it could speak to women of any faith, Christian and non-Christian alike.

The introductory section (before the daily readings) includes the definition of "Saint" and describes canonization, something which I, as a non-Catholic, found very helpful. I also enjoyed looking up the Saints featured on my birthday and each of my children's birthdays. (A quick aside is my birthday - January 29 - features Saint Bathildes, who went from being a Slave to being a Queen to being a Nun... she was known for her grace, generosity and compassion)

I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in women in religion and spirituality. I am planning on purchasing my own copy to use as a daily conversation guide with my ten-year-old and sixteen-year-old daughters who enjoy being inspired by other women in leadership.

I am grateful I kept my eyes scanning the shelves as I walked out with my Teresa of Avila books in hand!
Exploration of the Feminine Genius  Oct 27, 2007
The wonderful thing about learning about the saints is that there are so many of them, each person is bound to find someone she can relate to and look up to as a positive example. In "The Big Book of Women Saints," Sarah Gallick has done a tremendous job of bringing together information about 500 women saints. While all the famous women saints are included, there are also many who are relatively unknown. Gallick divides her book into a reading for each day (some days feature groups of saints such as the four martyrs of Wangla featured on June 28th). This set-up makes it very easy to read and reflect on a life of a saint every day.

In the "Introduction," Gallick describes the canonization process for Catholic saints, a process not formalized until the 10th century. Prior to this saints were "recognized by popular acclamation, which was later confirmed by the local bishops." Interestingly enough, the first woman officially canonized by the Vatican was Wiborada of Saint Gall in 1047. She is featured on May 2. Gallick goes on to state that each of the women profiled in this book "shared a unique quality that has been called the feminine genius." Indeed, on each day's profile, Gallick includes a description of that woman's particular genius, the example she offers to each of us as we travel along our spiritual journey. Another helpful portion of "The Big Book of Women Saints" is the "Annotated Sources and Web Sites" which lists each saint and offers sources for further study about that person. She also provides a general bibliography.

"The Big Book of Women Saints" is a fascinating book, unique for the number of women saints Gallick profiles. It would be a wonderful companion throughout the year to learn more about these women who, coming from a variety of circumstances, have all had a profound effect on the Church and their respective communities. Their stories also provide hope and inspiration for all of us trying to live holy lives.
Excellent and highly readable!  Jul 23, 2007
Sarah Gallick's THE BIG BOOK OF WOMEN SAINTS is an excellent resource on the lives of a wide variety of women saints, from the very famous to the more obscure. It's compelling, highly readable and obviously well-researched. I'll be giving it as a gift to family and friends.

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