Which Saint Book Do You Want for Christmas? This One.

Leah Libresco asks, “So, where should a gal go to meet some saints?” I replied in her combox, but others might have the same question.  What you want, my brave and geeky friend, is the old 1956 edition of Butler’s Lives of Saints.  As I told Leah: You do not want the updated (sanitized) bazillion-volume paperback thing, which is desperately bland.

The 1956, in contrast, combines piety with deadpan academic wit in a way you just won’t find anywhere. Plus: Hundreds upon hundreds of obscure early-medieval saints with the coolest names. You’ll learn all kinds of history you never knew you didn’t know.

Butler's Lives of the Saints (4-Volume Set)

Open to any volume, any page. Best compilation ever.

 Image via Ave Maria Press, used for this book review.

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About Jennifer Fitz

Jennifer Fitz is the mother of four fantabulous children, and author of Classroom Management for Catechists. She writes online for Patheos and for the Catholic Conspiracy. When she isn't blogging, teaching, or complaining about something, she likes to play outside.