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What can we learn from the saints about adversity? How did they use their adversity as a means of growth rather than just as something to be endured? In this book, popular Catholic author Woodeene Koenig-Bricker offers an in-depth look at a host of saints and how they dealt with a particular type of suffering in their lives. From each saint we learn valuable lessons about the common trials that come with being human-for example, suffering from physical problems (St. Padre Pio), mental suffering (Blessed Mother Teresa), addictions (Venerable Matthew Talbot), physical disability (St. Alphonsus Liguori), marital discord (St. Rita of Cascia), divorce (St. Helena), prejudice (St. Joseph Bakhita), financial stress (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton), and old age (Blessed John Paul II).
• Each chapter ends with a prayer and a "For Consideration" section that helps readers view their own problems from a fresh perspective.
• An upbeat tone draws in the reader and helps them identify with the saints and their sufferings.
• Every story stands on its own and can be read in any order.
Woodeene Koenig-Bricker moves beyond platitudes and holy card images to give us a true, in-depth look at the spiritual wisdom of the saints. Whether you face struggles in your own life or seek to support a loved one who is suffering, Woodeene points you to the perfect spiritual companions to deal with a variety of challenges. I highly recommend this book for any spiritual seeker.
—Lisa M. Hendey, founder and editor of www.CatholicMom.com and author of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms
"In this beautiful new book, readers will learn lessons about dealing with almost every type of human difficulty. The saints faced human problems because they were human beings. Why not let them give you some human solutions to those problems, or share with you how they found God in the midst of their human lives?"
—James Martin, SJ, author of My Life with the Saints.
Woodeene Koenig-Bricker gives us a wise and eye-opening perspective on suffering with practical advice and examples from the saints. A very personal and readable book, Facing Adversity with Grace makes all suffering a bearable means to holiness and likeness to Christ.
—Bert Ghezzi, author of Voices of the Saints
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