Posted by: Peadar Ban | June 20, 2012

Good Reading, Good Viewing, Good Times

Are saints still around? Go ahead and wonder. Ask yourself the questions. Saints as heroes or, even, super-heroes? Humorous saints? Great Catholic and Christian men and women who change history? Stories of Catholic saints for children? Movies and DVDs portraying Catholic and Christian saints and martyrs as having lived and died within our memory? Not so very long ago films about good Christian men, women, and children were box-office blockbusters. These days, though, summer brings techno-thrillers and space epics to the screen where once it brought the stories of great men and women of faith — Roman Catholic saints, Christian martyrs whose lives and stories are still worth seeing, still worth telling, seemingly ordinary people whose extraordinary personal decisions changed lives and hearts and sometimes history. Are films like this still available to show new generations of young adults, older generations still hungry for what is good and great in film viewing, and, most of all, our children, who need to feed their minds and souls on truth? The answer is yes. And another yes too! New movies of this kind are being produced, some even making it into a few theaters willing to chance their showing. The problem is finding them, finding DVDs of classic films about saints as well as these inspirational new ones.

Films and DVDs are a great means of learning about the lives and stories of men, women, and children who choose the “path less traveled” thus providing us all with inspiration and hope through their faithful example. New films about Catholic saints and other inspirational figures in history very quickly become available on DVD, enabling much wider audience involvement and satisfaction in these days of waning theater “taste” for the genre.

As an online bookstore specializing in Catholic and Christian books, cds and DVDs, The Christian Book Corner is devoted to finding and offering the best quality books, and  DVDs telling the timeless stories of the great saints and martyrs of the Christian and Catholic faith tradition, from the most ancient to the most recent. Do browse our daily growing selection of books and DVDs about great men and women of Christian faith, many of whom are recognized saints in the Catholic church.

One such book we carry is “Saint Francis”, by Nikos Kazantzakis, famous for his “Zorba the Greek.” In his novel, Kazantzakis shows us the saint’s heroic single-mindedness in the face of extreme physical and spiritual suffering. He portrays Saint Francis as a great lover and inspiring leader, who embraced radical poverty in the face of many obstacles and temptations.  Our growing selection of films on DVD includes first run films on many popular saints throughout history; heroes of the faith whose stories will inspire and enlighten the viewer.

Selected from only the best and most orthodox providers, everything available for purchase there has been “Chosen with care; chosen with Prayer” with you and your family in mind.  Stop by and browse.

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