Holy Terrors and Gentle Souls

Stories About the Saints 

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By Stephanie Weller Hanson


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The short stories in Holy Terrors and Gentle Souls bring to life the real struggles of 10 beloved saints and Christian heroes, inviting readers to reflect on how, throughout Church history, the Holy Spirit has called people to become more than they ever thought they could be.

  • A princess and a Christian, Elizabeth freely shares her husband's wealth with the poor, earning their favor—and a promise of revenge from her husband's jealous brother.
  • When Teresa boldly starts a new convent to reform the Carmelite order, it causes an uproar in Ávila. She's confident that she is following God's will, but her sister isn't so sure.
  • Archbishop Oscar Romero expects to be assassinated by the military any day for speaking out on behalf of El Salvador's poor. As he prepares to make the ultimate sacrifice, he is gripped by fear and doubt.

A companion leader's guide is also available, which includes suggestions for using the stories with groups.

Product Details

Copyright: Jan. 1, 2001

Format: Paperback

Size: 4.125 x 7.125

Length: 160 pages

Item number: 1313

ISBN: 978-0-88489-630-2

ISBN-10: 0-88489-630-7

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By Heidi Borton, VOYA

Believable characters, smooth narrative, and hopeful endings characterize each story. . . . The author avoids pat answers to complex questions and situations while portraying authentic Christianity. Characters struggle with issues of faith, pray, see God at work in their lives, and grow in understanding in a way recognizable to believers. God is portrayed as loving, faithful, and intimately involved in the lives of his children. With a talent for details recognizable to all readers, Daoust uses simple and humorous language to describe truth.
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Leader's Guide for Holy Terrors and Gentle Souls: Stories About the Saints