Mods … please feel free to move this to the proper area. I’m STILL learning the CAF forums.
DH told me he wanted some books for Christmas, namely, books about saints. He has already read two books … the names escape me,of course, but one was apparently the foundation for the Mel Gibson movie. (once again, the name escapes me – sleep deprivation is cruel to the brain!)
In general, Ignatius Press is a good place to go to for books written about Saints, and TAN Books is a good place to go to for books written by Saints (though I do shy away from TAN’s books on the liturgy as they can tend towards the “Novus-Ordo-Mass-is-inferior-perhaps-invalid” side of things).
Ignatius Press has the Vision Series, which is a collection of 27 books on different saints. The books are each a biography of a particular saint. They are geared towards the youth, but I have found them enjoyable as well. I haven’t read all of them, but those I have read are quite readable. Nothing overly intellectual or overly spiritual, but solid nonetheless.
If you’re husband enjoyed “The Dolorous Passion”, he may enjoy The Life of St. Joseph by Sr. Maria Cecilia Baij. It is based on the inner locutions of this nun (as The Dolorous Passion" was based on the visions of St. Anne Catherine Emmerich). Of course, it is not Catholic doctrine and does not mean that this is exactly how St. Joseph’s life really went, but I think it is a very insightful look at what the life of St. Joseph may have been like (from his conception to his death, and everything in between). It was very moving for me and ranks as one of my favorite books on a saint (but then I’m biased towards St. Joseph as he is my namesake ;)). It is essential reading for men who wish to emulate the father of the Holy Family. Now that I think of it, this book would make an excellent Christmas gift.
Pope Benedict’s book Jesus of Nazareth (as well as his book The Apostles and The Fathers) are also wonderful books that give you greater insight into the life of Jesus and his first followers. How can you go wrong with the Pope?
I agree with KarenElissa. Father Martin’s My Life With the Saints is a fantastic book. I have already given it to 4 friends and they all loved it. It is not just an account of the usual saints (and some unusual) but it is also about Father Martin’s spiritual odyssey.