All Saints is a marvelous resource for parents who want their children to be steeped in the lives and deeds of moral mentors from the past and present. Actually, anyone looking for people and deeds to emulate will find much to admire here.
Robert Ellsberg, Editor-in-Chief of Orbis Books, has gathered together 365 saints with commentary on their lives and insights into their legacies. He has included traditional saints such as Francis of Assisi, Therese of Lisieux, and Joan of Arc; lesser known saints such as Edith Stein, Juan Diego, and Elizabeth of Hungary; contemporary prophets including Dorothy Day, Oscar Romero, Gandhi, Raoul Wallenberg, Dietrich Bonhoeffer; and artists, poets, and scholars such as Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, G. K. Chesterton, Albert Camus, and E. F. Schumacher.
The biographies in All Saints are substantive and soul-stretching. This remarkable work expands and deepens our understanding of the communion of saints. Reading about the heroic martyrs of the past, the prophets of our time, and the visionaries who continue to open our hearts and to lift our spirits, we embrace them all as members of our spiritual family. They embolden us to believe that God is with us writing new pages in the ongoing, bright book of life.