A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

210: Saint Angela Merici: Leading People to God by Sister Maryellen Keefe

Saint Angela Merici: Leading People to God by Sister Maryellen Keefe. Illustrated by Augusta Curreli. English translation by Mary Cabrini Durkin, OSU & Patricia Edward Jablonski, FSP (US) - (Canada)
Along the Paths of the Gospel series

Pages: 71
Ages: 10+ (younger as a read-aloud)
Finished: Jul. 20, 2012
First Published: 2002
Publisher: Pauline Books and Media
Genre: Children, Biography, Christian, Saints, Catholic, History
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "In the little lakeside town of Desenzano in northern Italy, stands a huge castle that overlooks the surrounding valley."

Publisher's Summary: "When Angela Merici was a young girl, she loved fun and games. She also loved to read about the lives of the saints. God gave Angela a new kind of mission to carry out. Through her love and her work to lead others to God, Angela became a saint herself! Beautiful color illustrations on every page."

Acquired:  Purchased a new copy from a Catholic Homeschool Company.

Reason for Reading: Ds read aloud to me as his reader.

Beautiful book the size of a chapter book but presented in the format of a picture book with fully illustrated pages and chunks of text on each page.  This is the inspirational story of Angela Merici who became the founder of the Order of Ursulines.  A woman of the 16th century who devoted her life to God and helping the poor, especially girls and women who were homeless or without prospects.  Angela became a lay sister and did not marry but did not become a nun, preferring to stay and live amongst the people she was helping. The story is entertaining, the illustrations beautiful and the reading experience both a challenge and satisfying for my son.  He started off quite shaky with it but by the end of the book was quite confident though I did need to help him quite a bit.  I'm looking forward to the other books in this series.

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