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 Biographies/Writings: Saints & Notable Christians

For the lives of those we give the title Saint, and other historically noteworthy Christian men and women, written by their contemporaries, their own writings and stories about them painstakingly put together by modern day writers.

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A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life

- Includes Audio Excerpts CD

by William Law


William Law lived 1686-1761 and the title of his book is spot on. It is a Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life.
Although the Bible teaches us that we are saved by grace, the Bible also teaches us that the evidence that we are saved is the life we then live. As the apostle James says “faith without works is dead”. The book concentrates exclusively on this. First published in 1728 this edition has been carefully updated into modern English.
The author places a great deal of emphasis on our duties and responsibilities. He looks in detail at how we spend our time and money. There are specific chapters for the rich (which by his definition includes most of us), fathers, mothers, and on private devotions. One unusual feature is that he uses fictional people to illustrate what he is saying. This helps to apply his teaching to our own situations.
The book would be more rounded if there was more emphasis on the helps God gives us in our Christian walk such as the part the Holy Spirit plays in our sanctification.
John Wesley, George Whitefield and William Wilberforce all said that reading this book was a major turning point in their lives. That is quite a recommendation! Having read the book I can understand why. A classic.

Review by Alan Hill  (20/07/10)
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Publisher: Bridge-Logos from Trust Media Distribution
Published: 2008
ISBN: 978-0-882-70453-1

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Saint Augustine of Hippo

- An Intellectual Biography

by Miles Hollingsworth


Some idea of the scale of the task that Mr Hollingsworth set himself in this book, is to be gained from the useful tabulation of St Augustine's works which the author provides. Some 116 titles are listed: and a brief look at one of the volumes in a series that aims to provide accessible versions of the saint's works, reveals that his controversial works on Manichaeism and Donatism alone run to some six hundred, double columned pages! To try to impose one's own order and structure on such an out-put is well nigh impossible, but Mr Hollingsworth makes a very valiant and stimulating attempt to at least give an outline of the saint's thought. Whether Saint Augustine's intellectual development can ever be adequately traced, and in so doing, produce a 'biography' of his thinking, is a very tall order indeed. The author deserves the reader's thanks for trying.

Review by Ian Gibbs  (16/07/13)
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Published: 06 June 2013
ISBN: 978-1-441-17372-0

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Saint Clare of Assisi

- Her Legend and selected writings

by Christopher Stace


St Francis and St Clare are linked in the imagination, because it was to Francis and his order that Clare turned when she became convinced that she had to enter the religious life, which she did in about 1212. They were closely associated till Francis’ death in 1226 and she continued working hard for her Rule to be allowed by the Pope for the next twenty-seven years, only receiving confirmation of that Rule on her deathbed in 1253. Christopher Stace has given us a very readable translation of The Legend of St Clare, written shortly after her death, perhaps by Thomas of Celano who had composed The First Life of St Francis. Also The Form of Life of St Clare written for her community the Poor Ladies (later the Poor Clares) These and letters to her sister have helped modern scholars realise that she was a figure of historical importance in her own right. In this book we are privileged to share that understanding.

Review by Mary Bartholomew  (18/07/01)
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Publisher: Triangle imprint of SPCK
Published: Spring 2001
ISBN: 0-281-05294-8

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Saint Francis of Assisi



by G.K.Chesterton


Written soon after he became a Catholic, G.K.Chesterton's personal reflections on the life of St Francis remain an important contribution to Franciscan studies, despite the scholarship of the last eighty years. He is 'here addressing the ordinary modern man, sympathetic but skeptical...' (p. 3). His starting point is Francis' unconditional and absolute love of Christ, one that many, indeed favourable, commentators could not fully comprehend, since '...they will not believe that a heavenly love can be as real as an earthly love.' (p. 88). A publisher's note at the end of the book informs us that 'This edition...is gently edited and updated from the original [USA 1924] edition'. The reader will have already spotted one American spelling! Chesterton's prose style, long sentences and lengthy paragraphs do not get in the way of the book's content, though there are many allusions with which the contemporary reader may be unfamiliar. There is a brief, anonymous ‘Preface’, which is a sketchy biography of Chesterton. The opportunity could have been taken to include a Franciscan bibliography, or just an outline of principal dates and events in Francis' life.
This is a book which deserves its reputation, and gives us many insights into the character and ideas of Chesterton himself. Highly recommended!

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Review by J.Nicholas Latham  (17/12/08)
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Publisher: Hendrickson from Alban Books
Published: October 2008
ISBN: 978-1-598-56282-8

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Saint Jeanne Jugan



by Éloi Leclerc


I came to know of Jeanne Jugan from previous DLT books, so was delighted to hear of her canonisation. This short book gives a précis of her life and how she started the work of The Little Sisters of the Poor that continues worldwide. Her banishment to oblivion so soon after her work began was turned by her into a blessing for all the Novices she was to spend the following years influencing. By her humility and love for them she ‘enabled the luminous work of God to be seen in her, in all its purity and radiance’ and the Novices carried that vision out into the world and their work. A lovely lady who I pray will become better known through this slim book.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (28/10/09)
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Publisher: DLT (Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd)
Published: October 2009
ISBN: 978-0-232-52778-0

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Saint Patrick



by Thomas O’Loughlin


“All that can really be known of Patrick comes from his authentic writings – the Confessio and the Epistola. Thomas O’Loughlin’s engaging yet scholarly reflections on these fifth-century texts lead us into a greater understanding of the mind of Patrick, the man, believer and missionary. Explanatory notes woven through the translations illuminate a very different world and time; it is not long before we realise, however, that Patrick’s theology is no less relevant to our own.” I had thought out what I wanted to say about this book, then found it written better than I could have done, on it’s back cover. If you thought you knew about Patrick, spend time reading this book. I enjoyed it so much.

Review by Mary Bartholomew  (11/03/01)
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Publisher: Triangle imprint of SPCK
ISBN: 0-281-05211-5

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Saint Wilfrid



by John Nankivell

ISBN: 0-281-05445-2
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Published: 19 July 2002
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Saints



by Scot Bower

ISBN: 978-0-745-95347-2
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Published: 2009
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Saints and Heroes

- Inspiring Politics

by Frank Field

ISBN: 978-0-281-06187-7
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Published: 18 March 2010
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Saints and Sinners of the Marches



by Michael Tavinor with illustrations by Sandy Elliott

ISBN: 978-1-906-66361-2
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Published: Spring 2012
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Samuel Ryder

- The Man Behind the Ryder Cup – Revised edition

by Peter Fry

ISBN: 978-0-953-90871-4

Published: August 2010
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Select Letters of John Newton



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ISBN: 978-1-848-71140-2
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Published: 2011
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Selections from Wise Counsel

- John Newton's Letters to John Ryland Jr

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Published: 2010
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Silhouettes And Skeletons

- Charles Simeon of Cambridge

by John Benton, Julia Cameron, Michael Rees

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Published: September 2013
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Something Beautiful for God



by Malcolm Muggeridge

ISBN: 978-0-745-95338-0
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Published: 20 February 2009
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Spiritual Masters for all Seasons



by Michael Ford

ISBN: 978-1-587-68055-7
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Published: 2009
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St Francis of Assisi



by G K Chesterton

ISBN: 0-826-48582-0
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Published: March 2005
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St George

- Patron Saint of England

by Christopher Stace

ISBN: 0-281-05415-0
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Published: 22 March 2002
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St Mary Magdalen in Provence

- The Coffin and the Cave

by Michael Donley

ISBN: 978-0-852-44177-0
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Published: 26 June 2008
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St Thomas of Hereford



by Gabriel Alington

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Published: 15 March 2001
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Stars in God’s Sky

- Short Biographies of ‘Extraordinary Ordinary Christians’

by Faith Cook

ISBN: 978-0-852-34696-9
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Published: Autumn 2009
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Studying the Life of St Francis of Assisi

- A Beginner’s Workbook (2nd Edition)

by William R. Hugo, O.F.M. Cap.

ISBN: 978-1-565-48397-2
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Published: 2011
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Swami Abishiktananda



by Shirley Du Boulay

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Published: May 2007
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The Select Practical Writings of John Knox



by John Knox

ISBN: 978-1-848-71102-0
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Published: July 2011
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The SPCK Introduction to Bonhoeffer



by Keith Clements

ISBN: 978-0-281-06086-3
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Published: 18 February 2009
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The SPCK Introduction to Karl Barth



by D.Densil Morgan

ISBN: 978-0-281-06045-0
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Published: 15 April 2010
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The SPCK Introduction to Kierkegaard



by Peter Vardy

ISBN: 978-0-281-05986-7
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Published: 18 September 2008
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The SPCK Introduction to Nietzsche



by Lucy Huskinson

ISBN: 978-0-281-06042-9
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Published: 17 September 2009
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