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Angels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God's Holy Ones

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Angels and saints. Catholics tend to think of them as different from the rest of us. They’re cast in plaster or simpering on a holy card, performing miracles with superhero strength, or playing a harp in highest heaven.

Yet they are very near to us in every way. In this lively book, Scott Hahn dispels the false notions and urban legends people use to keep the saints at a s
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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Image (first published January 1st 2014)
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Leslie
Oct 27, 2015 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy reading Scott Hahn. His books are well researched, thoughtful and enlightening. In this book, he does a nice job of explaining what it means to be a saint, how the church defines sainthood, and how we are all called to this role.

I wish I could give a half star because I feel like I'd rather give 3.5 stars to this. I feel a bit low on this rating and it's probably just that his other books feel so much better to me. I keep thinking of things I wish he'd added.

On one hand, it felt
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Sarah
May 05, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-list
You know, I half expected to find this book annoying. I don't know if it's a general snarkiness in my mindset or a reluctance to read nonfiction of late, but I found myself delighted even more.

I was especially touched by how Hahn bares himself a bit in the beginning and then ties it all together at the end. This becomes, instead of a scholarly look at some of the more inaccessible saints I could name, rather a personal journey to meet some good friends of another good friend.

I did find myself po
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Barb
Jul 12, 2014 Barb rated it really liked it
Angels and Saints was planned to be a book about just that; Angels and Saints. But in the writing process, Scott Hahn, discovered it wasn’t quite that easy. He ended up with much more introductory information than a simple introduction should contain. In my opinion, it is very important information and I am glad he made it Part I of the book. He shares a personal incident from his life, tells the technical meaning of “saint” and other titles of honor, who are saints and what do they do, what our ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Feb 28, 2016 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it
I love Scott Hahn's books. I always buy them because I read them with a pen/pencil in hand and write in them, underline, draw arrows, exclamation marks, etc. He never fails to blow my mind, as a Catholic convert myself, I love the way he speaks and always tells me something new. I am a bit underwhelmed with this book, though. The first time I won't be giving Hahn a five star rating. I think the main downfall is the book's topic is just too broad compared to his other's that I've read. The first ...more
Patricia Mckenna
Oct 21, 2015 Patricia Mckenna rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book about the “Communion of Saints”. We are connected to the saints and angels in this large Christian family in heaven and on earth. Scott Hahn never disappoints in stories of his ongoing conversion. This book traces his recent family pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy. A near tragedy involving his son opens up a new spirituality to him. After some introductory chapters we get to know the saints better with a short biography of each followed by a quote from the saint in something they ...more
Jennifer Short
Dec 25, 2014 Jennifer Short rated it it was amazing
When I went through RCIA, the one topic that we didn’t get to cover well was saints. I was excited to find out that Scott Hahn has a book called Angels and Saints, A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God’s Holy Ones.

I am a big fan of Scott Hahn, and I highly recommend his books and this one is no exception. As someone who grew up Protestant, this was one of the more difficult teachings in Catholicism for me. As is true of all of Dr. Hahn’s work, he explains so well the teachings of the Church th
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Sheila
Oct 24, 2014 Sheila rated it it was amazing
Angels and Saints, by Scott Hahn, is a very engaging, personable, and readable book with a down-to-earth approach to heaven-on-earth. The author starts out by relating his own experience of that holy, catholic church, where angels and saints surround him in prayer as his child lies ill. But we are all saints, he says, in Christ, though we can’t be in ourselves. And this promise gives a uniquely promising flavor to the author’s look at church history and theology.

Catholics will enjoy this book’s
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Kari
Jul 23, 2014 Kari rated it liked it
Scott Hahn delivers a scholarly and well-referenced look at sainthood—what it means, how it’s achieved and how the saints (along with the angels) are a very real part of our God-given family. He does an excellent job of building a case for why we should turn to our heavenly family, and does an even better job explaining many popular objections people struggle with when approaching the saints. Hahn’s gifts as a theologian shine through with clear, concise Biblical references and explanations thro ...more
P.e. lolo
Jul 15, 2014 P.e. lolo rated it it was amazing
This book opens up with Mr. Hahn traveling with his family and his son gets ill and is taken to a local hospital. It does not look like anything would see in the U.S. and though his son is in pain and discomfort there really is nothing they can do for him until the morning. For the rest of the night he prays and as a parent I know how that feels you want to take away the pain or discomfort from your child. The next day when the doctor comes in the pain is gone and so is the lump or bulge that he ...more
Stuart
May 27, 2014 Stuart rated it it was amazing
Scott Hahn is one of the greatest converts to Catholicism in modern history. His conversion story Rome Sweet Home alone has led many to the Faith and many more back to the Faith they left. This work alone would be enough to cement his legacy, but he has written a great many other notable works, including The Lamb's Supper and A Father Who Keeps His Promises, to further expound on the faith and teach converts, cradles, and reverts alike. Lately, Dr. Hahn has been publishing high theology works, w ...more
Adam Shields
Apr 17, 2014 Adam Shields rated it liked it
Short Review: This is a pretty short book. I read it in half of a morning, although there was definitely some skimming. I try to read books outside my Evangelical tradition pretty regularly to learn about other Christians and understand different perspectives on faith. And I have read several other books by Scott Hahn. So I was happy to pick up the book when I was offered it for review. I was expecting something similar to his Signs of Life book which looked at the biblical origins of 40 differe ...more
Lisa
May 27, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
Meet St Augustine who turned to heresy, took a mistress and made her pregnant and rebelled for years before becoming a true Christian. Meet St Thomas Aquinas who developed the theory of natural law, and St Jerome who also led an interesting life. These are just some of the saints whose stories are told in this deeply spiritual and helpful book. One of the most important people who you will meet is the Lady Mary, Jesus's mother, who is the mother of us all.

Scott Hahn shows us what 'the communion
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Brenda
Oct 26, 2014 Brenda rated it really liked it
Interesting and informative. I admit I was initially drawn to this book because I wanted to read more about Angels, but I honestly finished this book with a greater understanding of saints as well as angels and the role they often play. Written in a down to earth easy to understand manner with catchy chapter titles I found myself learning more than I anticipated while reading this book. The author introduces us to several saints but more than that he provides a glimpse at an unseen world where t ...more
David Holford
Apr 15, 2016 David Holford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lives up to the title

It both parts, the first being more about the topic of what the saints are and the second being more about who some off the saints are, Scott Hahn puts the whole topic within a biblical framework. It is not a book that will convince those with a thoroughly engrained Protestant paradigm of Scripture, because that is not the author's purpose (being originally trained as a Reformed theologian, the author is certainly up to that task). As with many of his books, Hahn's intended
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Kristin
Jun 03, 2014 Kristin rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
First, I will say that this book is extremely well-written. The author has obviously done his homework. This is not a book that was written haphazardly. For that, it earns 1 1/2 stars from me.
Second I will say I completely disagree with the theology presented in the book. From the synopsis: "Only saints will live in heaven. We need to be more like the saints if we want to live in heaven someday."
So, if the afterlife consists of hea
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Julie Davis
May 28, 2014 Julie Davis rated it really liked it
This is a solid, understandable book that explains the concept and theology of angels and saints. The last half of the book contains the stories of specific saints and angels, along with an excerpt from a writing about them (usually from a Church Father). It would definitely be a good book to give to someone wondering about the topic.

Angels and saints have been a special interest of mine since my conversion in 2000 so I've read a lot of books on the subject. Therefore, a lot of the information
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Fred Roldan
Jul 06, 2014 Fred Roldan rated it liked it
Este es el primer libro que leo sobre este autor, me puse demasiadas expectativas. Aunque esperaba otro tipo de lectura, el libro en si mismo es muy bueno. La primera parta nos habla sobre la relación de los Santos con la Iglesia en la tierra, para entender con claridad que es una misma Iglesia en el cielo y en la tierra, en la que juntos oramos y alabamos a Dios por las necesidades de la humanidad.

La segunda parte son pequeñas biografias de santos, muchos de los datos, ya los conocía por alguna
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Suzanne
Dec 28, 2015 Suzanne rated it liked it
It wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't what I was expecting. I was expecting a theological treatise on the Communion Saints or a discussion on angelic theology. I got a little bit of that in the first part. But mostly it's personal meditation on the biographies of great saints: St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. Irenaeus, St. Jerome, St. Augustine, St. Therese, St. Josemaria Escriva, etc. So what you're mostly getting with this book is a collection of a lives of the saints, with a quote from their writin ...more
Sarah Anne Carter
This short book by Catholic theologian Scott Hahn was an interesting read about the concept of an active spiritual world. If Christians believe that the soul lives on after death, it only makes sense that those souls could possibly hear us and communicate with us. The church is a whole thing, not separated by those living and those who have died, so we are all saints – just at different places on the path.
I first came across Scott Hahn when I was studying Catholicism in 2005 and read his book Ro
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Don Weidinger
Jun 18, 2014 Don Weidinger rated it it was amazing
Assisi what are you, afraid of so as to formulate answers, get past fear to grace, the science of the saints miracles, sainthood is contagious, hell the not choice of God, nothing unclean enters heaven, work of God Opus Dei, confronted Christians of laziness & despair, live as other Christ made to be Saints, heard reached thru actions, Saints saved and saved Saints never give up, grace is new law.
J.T. Therrien
May 28, 2016 J.T. Therrien rated it it was ok
Like many of Scott Hahn's books, this one, too reads like a convert's guide for other converts to the Catholic Church. this one happens to focus on the Magisterium's historical teaching on angels and saints. As a cradle Catholic I wasn't particularly enlightened nor enthused by the odd choice of saints that make up the better part of this small book.

The Catholic Church has been around for over 2000 years, and we probably celebrate a dozen or so saints every day of the year so, other than out of
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Strubabe
Jan 04, 2015 Strubabe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always learn so much.

I would recommend this book to anyone having questions about their Christian faith. Scott Hahn has such a handle of the subject and although he speaks to the everyman he doesn't dumb down the language and still brings the reader to the truth.
John Prejean
Aug 30, 2014 John Prejean rated it it was amazing
An excellent book that gives us glimpses into the lives of Saints and stories of the angels. This is a great way to explain our faith to others in regards to the saints and angels and a great way to engage someone in conversation about the saints. By reading this book it has made me want to find out more about some of the saints in here such as St. Josemaria Escriva and St. Maximilian Kolbe.
Anne
Jan 28, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it
"To be in God's family: that is the deepest meaning of sainthood, and it's the deepest meaning of salvation. " In part 1 Hahn explains what Catholics believe about saints. In part 2 he introduces some of them. Particular emphasis on our nature to live in relationship and what that means as a family in faith.
Donna
Oct 05, 2014 Donna rated it it was amazing
I'll buy extras for gifts. Impressed by the Biblical references. Learned more about angels than I have anywhere else. Hahn explains Communion of Saints. I was impressed with the saints he chose to share details about. Hahn says that for St. Ignatius of Antioch knowing about St. Mary was necessary for proper understanding of Jesus Christ.
Zacaro Caro
Mar 21, 2015 Zacaro Caro rated it liked it
This is a really good book, just not what I was looking for, and honestly very vague. It's not a "my life with the saints" or a walk with saint specifically, just a reminder that we are called to be saints and the relationship the church has with Angels and saints.
Nrtashi
Aug 22, 2014 Nrtashi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dropped
This isn't theology of Catholic Church.

The author is, to say it plainly, a complete idiot. Reading of this book was a huge waste of my time.
Brace1737
Feb 16, 2015 Brace1737 rated it really liked it
Scott Hahn is a greater teacher of Catholic customs and beliefs. His books are wriitten for the average person in the pew each Sunday. I always learn something from his books. There is more to Catholic teaching about the angels and saints than I thought.
Marcia
Jun 30, 2014 Marcia rated it it was amazing
This is much more than just an erudite discussion of angels and saints. Hahn points out Old & New Testament passages that describe the function of the angels and saints. He then gives a brief biography of a few saints, but most importantly he adds a passage from the saints' own writings where possible. Hahn reiterates the Catholic position that we are all together in the struggle for sainthood with those living, those who have died, and those who are in the presence of God.
Jonathan Drnjevic
Sep 10, 2015 Jonathan Drnjevic rated it it was amazing
Clear and concise lives of many key saints.
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Dr. Scott Hahn was born in 1957, and has been married to Kimberly since 1979. He and Kimberly have six children and are expecting their twelfth grandchild. An exceptionally popular speaker and teacher, Dr. Hahn has delivered numerous talks nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith. Hundreds of these talks have been produced on audio and ...more
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“If the end of human law is the promotion of the common good among men, the divine law has for its purpose nothing less than our friendship with God.” 0 likes
“Thus, for Aquinas, the New Law goes beyond the Sermon on the Mount and the other teachings of Jesus. It is nothing less than divine grace—divine life and power. Grace is the New Law that enables us to keep the commandments in a way that we as children of Adam couldn’t on our own.” 0 likes
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