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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 14 April 1999
This book is excellent. As others suggest that the dead may be found in similar condition, it ought be mentioned that these saints' bodies had no preservatives and in some cases, should have decomposed even more quickly based on where they were buried. The book is loaded with information and great pictures. This whole process of exhuming a body and placing it in a crystal coffin has been in place for years in Europe....only Americans would find this gross. Mrs. Cruz is commended for thorough research and the photographs. I use the book so often in my research that I have gone through several copies and recently had most last edition hard bounded. Highly recommend this and her many other books. It must be something in that New Orleans air!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 4 September 2004
This is the second time I've bought this book, my original copy having been mislaid.
Joan Carol Cruz has produced an extremely helpful discussion on this little-known subject, dispelling misunderstandings about this phenomenon along the way.
Hardened sceptics may not be convinced by the miraculous nature of this manifestation, but Mrs Cruz is sufficiently clear on her own belief in the Divine cause of these preservations as to enable the reader to form their own judgement.
The photographs of those saints whose remains are still preserved in their incorrupt state are fascinating and one could only ask that there were more available in the book.
Hopefully, one day a revised edition could be provided, and would benefit from providing more specific addresses of where the relics of these Saints and Beati are enshrined, and whether there are any specific requirements for visiting the churches where the these holy people repose.
I would recommend this work to anyone who wishes to gain a greater understanding of incorruption.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2007
This book gives a good precis of the lives of the incorruptibles. I was astonised at the sheer number of such saints. It has made me want to learn more about some of them and futhermore has filled me with a desire to see, where possible, their earthly remains. I would like to see this book updated to reflect current scientific understanding of decomposition. An introduction section on the normal process of decomposition would have been useful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 April 1999
This book is excellent. As others suggest that the dead may be found in similar condition, it ought be mentioned that these saints' bodies had no preservatives and in some cases, should have decomposed even more quickly based on where they were buried. The book is loaded with information and great pictures. This whole process of exhuming a body and placing it in a crystal coffin has been in place for years in Europe....only Americans would find this gross. Mrs. Cruz is commended for thorough research and the photographs. I use the book so often in my research that I have gone through several copies and recently had most last edition hard bounded. Highly recommend this and her many other books. It must be something in that New Orleans air!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2013
On a beautiful subject, it has just enough depth to it and information and is a perfect first read on this subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 May 2013
Interesting points and facts but unfortunately more focus could have been placed on better known Saints to encourage interest in this wonderful wonder of grace.
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on 17 July 2014
I would give this book 5 stars I'm sure if it was updated, with better photographs. Nevertheless it is an intriguing read, not just because of the 'incorruptibility' factor, but also because it offers 'lives of the saints' in short chapters which makes it a great bedside table book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2010
This book is very informative about the incorrupt bodies of saints. I already knew about St. Bernadette but was amazed to discover the existence of so many such bodies. Many more people should read this book and discover the miracaculous intervention of God's power on behalf of his friends the saints. A person who reads this book with an OPEN mind will eventually end up embracing the catholic faith.
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on 28 November 2013
Great book, if you like this kind of reading then this is the book for you! Good story as well, as a great author!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Others have reviewed this book, I could only add unnecessary repetition.
I shan't lie; it was many years ago that my brother showed me a book on this subject; I glanced at it, believed, but paid it the scant attention of youth.
Now, I should just like to say, please, please believe, try hard to resist whatever is your own, particular, besetting temptation, and please, please pray for me.
Thank you.
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