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Pocket Guide to Sainthood: The Field Manual for the Super-Virtuous Life

ISBN: 978-0-470-37310-1
240 pages
August 2009, Jossey-Bass
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Description

"Boyett's witty, weird, and sometimes even wise Pocket Guides are proof that the best things do come in small packages." —Daniel Radosh, author, Rapture Ready!

We name our cities, hospitals, and churches after them. We flock to shrines bearing their remains. We ask for their help when we lose our keys. Who are these saints, what made them so holy, and what in the world are those birds doing on St. Francis's shoulder?

Jason Boyett's Pocket Guide to Sainthood takes an intriguing and unflinching look at the fascinating—and fascinatingly weird—lives of the saints. Whether you are a Catholic desperately needing a patron, or a Protestant trying to identify your cabbie's bobblehead, this may be as close as you ever come to true holiness. Make the most of it by learning

  • How St. Denis delivered his best sermon while holding his own decapitated head
  • Why both hair shirts and nakedness are mainstays of saintly fashion

  • Which saints are the patrons of bowel disorders, serial killers, and other useful categories

  • What is involved in the canonization process, should you get so lucky?or martyred

With Pocket Guide to Sainthood, virtue just got a whole lot more entertaining.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Chapter 1: There Should Have Been a St. Websters (A Glossary of Terms).

Chapter 2: Saints You Should Know (A-F).

Chapter 3: Saints You Should Know (G-Z).

Chapter 4: There's a Saint for That (Patron Saints and Their Causes).

Chapter 5: The Canonization Process (in 18 Simple Steps).

Chapter 6: Sts. Flotsom and Jetsam (An Assortment of Lists).

The Author.

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Author Information

Jason Boyett is not a professional theologian or historian but that hasn't stopped him from writing this book. His work has appeared in a variety of publications as well as on his blog (www.jasonboyett.com). He lives in Texas with his wife and children.

The Pocket Guide Series explains complex religious subjects with a lethal dose of educational hilarity, guided by the author's insatiable curiosity, humor, and gentle irreverence. The Pocket Guide series includes Pocket Guide to the Bible, Pocket Guide to the Afterlife, and this book. Discover more at www.pocketguidesite.com.

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Press Release

August 10, 2009
POCKET GUIDE TO SAINTHOOD: A Field Manual for the Super-Virtuous Life

Using his trademark humor, sarcasm, and slight dose of irreverence to entertain and educate readers on the complex issue of Sainthood, author Jason Boyett uncovers the fascinating and fascinatingly weird lives of saints in his newly released POCKET GUIDE TO SAINTHOOD: A Field Manual for the Super-Virtuous Life (Jossey-Bass, a Wiley imprint; August 2009; $12.95 / Paper; ISBN: 978-0-470-37310-1).

Designed to painlessly tackle complex religious topics in a succinct format, POCKET TO SAINTHOOD provides a brief and clever look into the plights, sermons, and causes that inspired the unusual histories of saints. Quirky content includes:

- How St. Anthony got his reputation for finding things
- Who’s the patron saint of alcoholics, business people, and skiers
- The canonization process step-by-step and the least likely candidate for it

Perfect for gifts, small group studies, or personal enjoyment, POCKET GUIDE TO SAINTHOOD, along with the other newly released titles in the series – Pocket Guide to the Afterlife and Pocket Guide to the Bible, is small in size, hip in design, and cleverly illustrated. Whether you are a Catholic desperately needing a patron, or a Protestant trying to identify your cabbie’s bobblehead, this book may be as close as you ever come to true holiness.

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