John's Reviews > Thank You, St. Jude: Women's Devotion to the Patron Saint of Hopeless Causes

Thank You, St. Jude by Robert A. Orsi
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Oct 29, 2010

really liked it

This is fascinating, a look at how devotees of the cult of Saint Jude (mainly female devotees) used their devotion to the saint to navigate changes in American society from the Great Depression through the Vietnam War. A really good argument that in some cases, a larger social or cultural history that seems secular may actually have strong religious undercurrents guiding and affecting it. Orsi does a great job with a huge amount of primary source info: he appears to have analyzed about fifty years of letters written to the magazine published by the Shrine of Saint Jude. A lot of work, and it led to some really interesting insights.

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