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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Setting the World on Fire by Shelley Emling

The story of Catherine and her role in the Catholic church is not one with universal appeal - even amongst Catholics. The author has however set down an accurate perception of Catherine as a person and as someone who was saintly in a way very easy to understand by a lay reader.

Being Catholic it was easy to read and I gained more insight into the life and times of Catherine. The period in which she was born was turbulent politically for both her state and her country and Catherine loved both very much and did everything possible to make sure that both were safe. Her evangelization was not merely for souls  amongst the common people but extended to the highest in the land and she did not mince her words even when speaking to Kings, Queens or the Pope. How a girl who was could not read or write, was one of 25 children still manage to reach the position she did was a marvel in itself.

Lots of detail about her life and family added interest to the story.

The book was sent to me by Netgalley courtesy of St. Martin's Press. 

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