Tuesday 10 July 2018

Blessed James Alberione Media Apostle - Anne Eileen Heffernan and Charlie Craig - Encounter the Saints Series Book 32

Blessed James Alberione: 
Media Apostle
Encounter the Saints Series Book 32
Anne Eileen Heffernan, FSP
Charlie Craig (Illustrator)
Pauline Books and Media
ISBN 9780819812131
eISBN 9780819812148

This book is an excellent edition to the Encounter the Saints Series from Pauline Books and Media, and in fact is about the founder of the Daughters of Saint Paul. My children and I have been working our way through this complete series. And many of them have been read more than once. Sometimes I read ahead and then reread the books with one or more child. Currently I am rereading this one with my son. After reading almost 30 books in this series, I am impressed with the staying power. And even after reading some of them upwards of 4 times. This is an incredible book about an amazing saint, that in al reality is the reason we have such an excellent series and so many incredible books from Pauline Books and Media.

The chapters in this book are:
1. Farm Boy 
2. "That's Who I Want to Be!" 
3. "Mary Will Help Me" 
4. Surprises 
5. Slippery Slope 
6. What Next? 
7. A Mysterious Invitation 
8. The Hand at the Plow 
9. "This Must Be a Mistake!" 
10. God Is the Light 
11. Beginning from Bethlehem 
12. The Second Step 
13. Slowly but Steadily 
14. A Grain of Wheat 
15. Challenges 
16. Riding Out the Storm 
17. "Where Am I Leading Them?" 
18. A Dream 
19. Branching Out 
20. More Steps 
21. To the Ends of the Earth 
22. It Was the Right Road 

This book follows the format of others in the series. We have the biography of Blessed James Alberione, followed by a prayer and a glossary. There are also five illustrations in the book by Charlie Craig, whom I believe illustrated the volume, Saint John Paul II Be Not Afraid, as Charles Craig.

James Alberione knew from a very young age that he wanted to be a priest. In fact, he was only 6 when he first said he wanted to be a priest. But he had a hard road ahead of his as a farm boy. He had to work to overcome early opposition in his own family. And even had to learn to conquer himself. His road was not a straight path to the priesthood. He was asked to leave the first seminary he attended because he had slacked off his studies so much. But once he knew where his passion truly laid he stopped at nothing from pursuing that, which he believed was God's will. 

The prayer in this book is:
"Blessed James, like St. Paul, you had one Love-Jesus Christ-and one burning desire: to bring him to everyone. Help me to love the Lord Jesus as you loved him. Teach me how to show my love for him by the way I live. I do not yet know what my vocation in life will be, but pray for me, that I may be open to using my gifts so that others may know Jesus better. Help me to always trust God and his plan for me. I look forward to someday meeting you and all the saints in the joy of the Blessed Trinity. Amen."
This is an incredible story. And I pray I live to see the canonization of James Alberione. James worked as a teacher, spiritual director, editor, and he did it all with vigor. He pushed himself so hard that more than once he was ordered to take a break and ended up coming back and taking on even more than before. Reading this book helped me understand why as a family we love the books from pauline so much. My children love this series. This volume is in my opinion a pivotal book in the Encounter the Saints Series; from Pauline Books and Media. As a family we can recommend this book and the whole series for readers of all ages.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2018 Catholic Reading Plan!

Encounter the Saints Series from Pauline Books and Media:
Blessed James Alberione Media Apostle
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati Journey to the Summit
Journeys with Mary Apparitions of Our Lady
Saint André Bessette Miracles in Montreal
Saint Anthony of Padua Fire and Light
Saint Bakhita of Sudan Forever Free
Saint Bernadette Soubirous And Our Lady of Lourdes
Saint Catherine Labouré And Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Saint Clare of Assisi A Light for the World
Saint Damien of Molokai Hero of Hawaii
Saint Edith Stein Blessed by the Cross

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Daughter of America
Saint Faustina Kowalska Messenger of Mercy
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Cecchina's Dream
Saint Francis of Assisi Gentle Revolutionary
Saint Gianna Beretta Molla The Gift of Life
Saint Ignatius of Loyola For the Greater Glory of God
Saint Isaac Jogues With Burning Heart
Saint Joan of Arc God's Soldier
Saint John Bosco Champion for the Young
Saint John Neumann Missionary to Immigrants
Saint John Paul II Be Not Afraid
Saint John Vianney A Priest for All People
Saint Juan Diego And Our Lady of Guadalupe
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha: Courageous Faith
Saint Katharine Drexel The Total Gift
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque And the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Saint Martin de Porres Humble Healer
Saint Maximilian Kolbe Mary's Knight
Saint Paul The Thirteenth Apostle
Saint Pio of Pietrelcina Rich in Love
Saint Teresa of Avila Joyful in the Lord
Saint Teresa of Calcutta Missionary of Charity
Saint Teresa of Kalkota Missionary of Charity

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