Excessive Saints by Rachel J. D. Smith

Excessive Saints: Gender, Narrative, and Theological Invention in Thomas of Cantimpré’s Mystical Hagiographies by Rachel J. D. Smith
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Overview: For thirteenth-century preacher, exorcist, and hagiographer Thomas of Cantimpré, the Southern Low Countries were a harbinger of the New Jerusalem. The Holy Spirit, he believed, was manifesting itself in the lives of lay and religious people alike. Thomas avidly sought out these new kinds of saints, writing accounts of their lives so that these models of sanctity might astound, teach, and trouble the convictions of his day.

In Excessive Saints, Rachel J. D. Smith combines historical, literary, and theological approaches to offer a new interpretation of Thomas’s hagiographies, showing how they employ vivid narrative portrayals of typically female bodies to perform theological work in a rhetorically specific way. Written in an era of great religious experimentation, Thomas’s texts think with and through the bodies of particular figures: the narrative of the holy person’s life becomes a site of theological invention in a variety of registers, particularly the devotional, the mystical, and the dogmatic. Smith examines how these texts represent the lives and bodies of holy women to render them desirable objects of devotion for readers and how Thomas passionately narrates these lives even as he works through his uncertainties about the opportunities and dangers that these emerging forms of holiness present.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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Vodou Saints by Arthur M. Fournier

Vodou Saints: Lessons on Life, Death and Resurrection from Haiti by Dr. Arthur M. Fournier
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Overview: Vodou Saints is an account of Dr. Arthur Fournier’s travels through the earthquake-ravaged nation of Haiti. He shares lessons of life and death, courage and resilience as he joins with Haitians dealing with the aftermath of the world’s largest natural disaster. The author recounts stories of the special care needed for patients with AIDs, and reveals a personal family tragedy that brings the story full circle. The work is arguably the most compelling series of insights on the human condition since Albert Camus’ The Plague.

All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Project Medishare for Haiti, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing its human and technical resources with its Haitian partners in the quest to achieve quality healthcare and development services for all.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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