Angels and Saints - Scott Hahn

Angels and Saints

By Scott Hahn

  • Publication Date: 2014-05-27
  • Genre: Christianity
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 23 Ratings)

Book Overview

Angels and saints. Catholics tend to think of them as different from the rest of us. They’re cast in plaster or simpering on a holy card, performing miracles with superhero strength, or playing a harp in highest heaven.

Yet they are very near to us in every way. In this lively book, Scott Hahn dispels the false notions and urban legends people use to keep the saints at a safe distance. The truth is that Jesus Christ has united heaven and earth in a close communion. Drawing deeply from Scripture, Dr. Hahn shows that the hosts of heaven surround the earthly Church as a "great cloud of witnesses." The martyrs cry out from heaven’s altar begging for justice on the earth. The prayers of the saints and angels rise to God, in the Book of Revelation, like the sweet aroma of incense.

Dr. Hahn tells the stories of several saints (and several angels too) in a way that’s fresh and new. The saints are spiritual giants but with flesh-and-blood reality. They have strong, holy ambitions—and powerful temptations and opposition that must be overcome. Their stories are amazing and yet familiar enough to motivate us to live more beautiful lives. In this telling of their story, the saints are neither otherworldly nor this-worldly. They exemplify the integrated life that every Christian is called to live.

Still, their lives are as different from one another as human lives can be. Dr. Hahn shows the heavenly Church in all its kaleidoscopic diversity—from Moses to Mary, Augustine to Therese, and the first century to the last century.

Only saints will live in heaven. We need to be more like the saints if we want to live in heaven someday. Dr. Hahn shows us that our heavenly life can begin now.

It must.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Users Reviews

  • Hopeful

    5
    By ParmaTeach
    After my husband passed away I was in so much pain that it seemed unbearable. Reading this book gave me hope, and made me realize that all the angels and saints are praying for me and that I can ask them for their prayers to help me. God gave them to me (us here on Earth) to not only help, but to help us grow closer to Him. Thank you Dr. Hahn for so beautifully explaining how the we are ALL called to be saints and live in communion with each other for the glory of God.
  • Great book

    5
    By DonnieG3
    I have really enjoyed this book. Raised Baptist and recently converted to Catholicism, I wanted to better understand saints and their veneration. Also I don't know that many of the saints, and this book introduces some great saints and really gives an insightfully succinct look into their lives.