Last week, a package came to me from Sophia Institute, and Lotus ran down the driveway, yelling at the top of her lungs, “Your book! Mama, your book is here!” which resulted in everyone tearing open the package because no one’s seen the finished version of Pope Awesome yet, and we’re kind of anxious to.
Inside was not Pope Awesome, which would have been disappointing if the package had contained anything other than this:
You guys, I love this book. While Ms. Treece’s prose is sometimes clunky, the stories she selects more than make up for any deficiency in style.
The book takes a number of recent saints, blesseds and venerables, and tells the stories of the miracles associated with each one. From that launching point, the holy person in question is fleshed out, and somehow made more accessibly human, even in the face of such otherworldly events.
Each chapter had me declaring, “This is my new favorite saint! I’m going to badger him with all my prayer requests from now on!”, because the book does such a good job of sharing the saint’s joy and love of God.
I have a confession to make- I don’t generally read biographies, because I get bored. There’s something about the typical biographical narrative that reduces the scope of a life down to minutia and facts and cause and effect and completely strips away the story of a life. Not this book. It’s not deep, it’s not a penetrating biography on any of the people covered, but it stays compelling and interesting, so you think, “Hey, maybe I’ll pick up a biography on Mother Cabrini after this” (even though I probably won’t because I am lazy).
And the miracles! An embarrassment of miracles! A flood of miracles! We as a culture are so hungry for contact with the transcendent, we’re content to stuff ourselves at the junk food buffet of supernaturalism. Books like this, which unapologetically detail mystical, miraculous happenings, are so needed. We need to be reminded that there is a whole other world than this one, and that interaction between the two is not uncommon- but reminded of it in a way that protects us spiritually.
I recommend this one to anyone, middle school on up. It may be a bit dry in parts for younger readers, but anyone with a taste for the unexplained, the mystical, and the amazing should enjoy this.
Oh, and to the person who asked me on Instagram if Br. Andre Bessette is in it- he is!
Head over to Jessica’s for more.
EDIT: not 15 minutes after hitting “publish” on this post, look what showed up in the mail!