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Women saints : lives of faith and courage
Jones, Kathleen, 1922-2010.
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Maryknoll, N.Y. : Orbis Books, [1999]

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ix, 310 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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BX4656 .J66 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Inspiring stories of forty women expand our view of holiness and challenge us to live a more Christian life.

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Booklist Review

Recognizing the fact that holy women are glaringly underrepresented in Christian literature, Jones provides compelling biographical sketches of 40 all-but-forgotten female saints. Rather than restrict her research to the virgins and martyrs favored by most male theologians and historians, the author purposely sought out saints who led unique lives and had "varied careers and varied achievements." Classifying her subjects by their distinct contributions to the church, Jones devotes chapters to visionaries, martyrs, collaborators in scholarly works or in the foundation of religious organizations, wives and mothers, penitents, social outcasts, innovators, and missionaries. A decidedly unsentimental volume distinguished by refreshingly three-dimensional interpretations of saintly women. --Margaret Flanagan

Library Journal Review

In Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt recalls a day spent reading Butler's Lives of the Saints. For a lad of 13, the stories of martyrdom and torture were sufficiently gory to provide fascinating reading. Jones intends no such engagement here. Rather, she pieces together straightforward accounts of the conditions and influences that contributed to the achievements of 51 women (40 in the main text and 11 others in appendixes). Each of eight sectionsÄVisionaries, Martyrs, Collaborators, Wives and Mothers, Penitents, Outcasts, Innovators, and MissionariesÄincludes an introductory essay and short biographical entries. Because of the summary nature of the entries, Jones's tone is occasionally flat, and she makes some sweeping generalizations. In addition, American readers may find some of the language awkward. The entries are not footnoted, but a bibliography organized by entry is provided. Recommended for women's studies collections and public libraries where interest in religion is strong.ÄJan Blodgett, Davidson Coll. Lib., NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.