Wednesday 15 September 2021

Saint Thomas More Courage, Conscience, and the King - Susan Helen Wallace, Patricia Edward Jablonski and Dani Lachuk - Encounter the Saints Series Book 33

Saint Thomas More
Courage, Conscience, and the King
Encounter the Saints Series Book 33
Susan Helen Wallace
Patricia Edward Jablonski
Dani Lachuk (Illustrator)
Pauline Books and Media
ISBN 9780819890214
eISBN 9780819890221

I need to state clearly again that this series is amazing! Between my three children and I we have now read 29 of the books in this series. Either by myself, or with one or more child. My youngest 2 children ages 13, 10, still love these books. My son wants to have the complete set in his room, so he keeps asking to buy his own set, because he loves these books so much. My starting to read this one again, has inspired him to start reading them again. With each of the books we read we appreciate this series more. And we hope there will be even more books in the future. But now back to this specific book on Saint Thomas More. 

This book is a very moving read. I have read much the last few years on the English Martyrs and a few books about More. And yet even with those other books having been read I truly enjoyed this volume.

The chapters in this volume are:

1. Beginnings
2. The Scholar
3. Soul Searching
4. Jane
5. New Expectations
6. An Urgent Need
7. Winds of Change
8. God First
9. Golden Days
10. Keeping the Peace
11. One Courageous Voice
12. The Undoing of Wolsey
13. Dilemma
14. Lord Chancellor
15. England in Turmoil
16. Decisions
17. Paying the Price
18. Prisoner
19. Attempts to Persuade
20. On Trial
21. Waiting. . .
22. The Journey Home

The book follows like others in the series. It tells the story, contains several drawings, a glossary and a prayer. Often when I read about saints I am encouraged and challenged. At that was the case again with reading this volume on More. The description of this book is:

“Capturing a glimpse into the life of a Catholic torn between his faith and duty to his country, this 33rd volume in the Encounter the Saints series familiarizes children 9-12 with the life story of Saint Thomas More. He is a timely example for young people in the current culture that is often contrary to the teachings of the Church. With his assistance, children will be inspired and encouraged to stand up for their faith in all situations, regardless of the sacrifice.”

His example is one that is greatly needed today, For the children for whom the book is intended. For those who read it to or with them. Or for us older folks who have stumbled upon the book or series. It does an excellent job of showing the life of this man to young readers. 

This is one of the eight books in the series that is written by Susan Helen Wallace.It is one of three co-written by Patricia Edward Jablonski. As well it is one of two in the series illustrated by Dani Lachuk. There are 5 illustrations sprinkled throughout the book. They are all high detail full page drawings. Particularly powerful are the illustrations of his wife’s first visit to him in jail, or him on the scaffolding as he is about to be executed. 

Between 2017 and 2019 I read 28 of the 38 volumes in this series if you include The Saints Pray for Us And I reviewed many of them. I had planned on reading them all but they fell off my radar. This past year I reread one as it was the saint my son picked for his confirmation saint, Saint Ignatius of Loyola For the Greater Glory of God, it reminded me how good the series was and I committed to finishing reading and reviewing them.  

At this time when I read this I was both encouraged and challenged. I loved this book, and three of my children and I love this series! We have now read 29 of the books in the Encounter the Saints Series from Pauline Books and Media, some of them several times over. And everyone has been worth the read. Another wonderful read in an excellent series! I highly recommend the book and the series.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2021 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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