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Monday, 2 June 2014

Saints Alive - Celtic Paths - Andrew M Seddon - News Stories of Old Saints Volume II

Saints Alive - Celtic Paths
News Stories of Old Saints Volume II
Andrew M. Seddon
Bezalel Books
ISBN 9781936453283
ASIN B00KMB8UKY


I was asked to write a few words about this book. I received it months before it was published and just a straight typeset. I was hooked from the first story and immediately purchased Volume I Saints of Empire and have devoured both book three times in as many months. It is an excellent read and I really hope there will be more books in the series.

As iconography is to images so hierography is to stories of the saints. Seddon has a mystical way with words; he brings you into the stories of the saints and paints such a powerful picture with his words that you find yourself there. This book was an incredible read that I know I will read again often and share with friends and family. So journey back to the 5th and 6th Century for stories of saints both famous and lesser known and maybe the stories will impact your life and your path. The chapters, the twelve stories in this volume are:

1 Sleeping Dragons (Sts Adamnan and Columba) c.690
2 The Sun on the Liffey (St. Brigid) c.500
3 Guardians (St. Senan) c.540
4 Autumn Wolves (St. Ailbe) c.500
5 Colman and the Disappearing Dinner (St. Colman) c.616
6 The Hermit King (St. Tewdrig) c.610
7 Ordeal of the Dog (St. Ruan) c.540
8 Gold of Mercury (St. Leonore) c.540
9 The Mice of Y Gaer (St. Cadoc) c.526
10 A Matter of Thrones (St. Monynna) 6th Century
11 Digits (St. Cainnech) mid 500's
12 Far Voyager (St. Brendan) early 500's

Stories built on legends but told to teach lessons. These stories will evoke powerful images and they will surprise, encourage, enlighten and challenge a reader open to the examples of the saints of old. Seddon masterfully tells these 12 stories. C.S. Lewis stated in Letters to Malcolm  "Though we cannot experience our life as an endless present, we are eternal in God's eyes; that is, in our deepest reality." These stories reflect that eternal to us in new and exciting ways.

I have 4 measures for what I consider outstanding books. First do I want to share it with my children as they grow? Second will I read it again? Third do I wish for e more books in the series? And finally I cannot stop talking about it. This book meets all three and I wish there was a way to give it more than 5 stars. I would love to see what Seddon would do with saints of other ages, Damien the Leper, Edith Stein, Pope John XXIII and more, if we are lucky maybe he will!


Books by Andrew M. Seddon:
Saints Alive Volume I - Saints of Empire
Saints Alive Volume II - Celtic Paths
Imperial Legions
Iron Scepter
Walking with the Celtic Saints (with Neil & Gerlinde Kennedy-Jones)
Ring of Time

Contributed to:
Sky Songs
Sky Songs II
Infinite Space Infinite God II
Fungi #20
The Tanist's Wife and other stories


Author Profile and interview with Andrew M Seddon.











2 comments:

Lisa Nicholas said...

I agree, I think Andrew Seddon has a great way of making saints seem like real and fascinating people -- a tough job when you are writing (as he is in the two Saints Alive! volumes) from scanty legends. I'm so glad he gave me a chance to preview the new book and write a blurb for the cover.

I like your suggestion that he should write about modern saints. Andrew, are you listening?

Lisa Nicholas said...

Anyone who would like a second opinion on this book can find my review here: http://acatholicreader.blogspot.com/2014/06/fact-legend-and-perils-of-modern.html