Lives of the Saints:

From Mary and St. Francis of Assisi to John XXIII and Mother Teresa

Richard P. McBrien, Harper SanFrancisco

Along with canonized saints, this book includes short biographies of Dorothy Day, Martin Luther, Stephen Biko and others celebrated for their spiritual wisdom. Father McBrien, a Notre Dame professor of theology, also analyzes the canonization process and contributions made by the saints .

Publisher’s Weekly noted that McBrien offers “the same lively, detailed historical and theological sketches of the saints that he did for the papacy in his earlier The Lives of the Popes.”

The book may be used as a reference or as a devotional or just as something enjoyable to read.