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    Experience the rousing adventures of some of history’s greatest saints. Their lives, depicted here in spectacular graphics, demonstrate that living our true faith is never dull but demands heroic courage and tireless strength.

In these thrilling stories of saintly men and women you will meet:

• St. Willibrord, the bold and fearless missionary priest who converted the people of the Netherlands despite the murderous threats of a hostile pagan king;
• St. Margaret of Scotland, the young noblewoman forced to flee her own country, who found refuge in Scotland, where she became a wise queen devoted to service of the poor;
• St. Stanislaus, the beloved Polish bishop who publicly condemned the vicious actions of his king and was killed for his bold stand against evil;
• St. Rose of Lima, the young girl, admired for her striking beauty, who rejected her parents’ demand that she marry and dedicated herself instead to a life of prayer and service;
• St. Dominic, the brave priest who was staunchly committed to combating dangerous heresies and eventually founded one of the most influential religious orders within the Church.

The glorious examples of these extraordinary men and women offer hope and inspiration, reminding us that, even in the darkest of times, a bold spirit and unwavering faith in God are the main weapons we need to win the strenuous battles of life.

    Saints Chronicles Collection 4

    Sophia Institute Press

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    Experience the rousing adventures of some of history’s greatest saints. Their lives, depicted here in spectacular graphics, demonstrate that living our true faith is never dull but demands heroic courage and tireless strength. In these thrilling...
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    These gripping texts and dramatic images bring you the exciting stories of some of the Church’s greatest saints. Along with them, you’ll  embark upon the adventure of holiness, learning from their example how to embrace wholeheartedly God’s unique mission for your own life.

In this spectacular graphic novel you’ll meet:

• St. Antony of Padua, the brilliant young Franciscan friar whose deepest desire was to be a martyr for Christ.
• St. Ava, the young girl born blind, whose great faith in the Lord led Him to restore her vision.
• St. Samson, the humble monk who, legend claims, slew a fierce dragon, saving the people of Wales from     destruction.
• St. Bernadette, the fourteen-year-old girl whose 19th-century visions of the Blessed Mother in Lourdes, France, continue to inspire pilgrimages and devotions to this day.
• St. Charles Lwanga, the African courtier who, for the sake of the Faith, defied his wicked king, knowing it would cost him his life.

Join these remarkable saints as they boldly pursue lives of holiness. Let their profound faith and unwavering devotion to God’s will inspire and sustain you as you confront evils in our own day and time.

    Saints Chronicles Collection 3

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    These gripping texts and dramatic images bring you the exciting stories of some of the Church’s greatest saints. Along with them, you’ll  embark upon the adventure of holiness, learning from their example how to embrace wholeheartedly...
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    In this handsome graphic novel, you’ll join some of the world’s greatest saints in their inspiring – and often exciting and even dangerous – quests for holiness. These thrilling stories and stunning images found here will captivate you and fascinate readers of all ages.

Here you’ll meet:

• St. Nicholas, the orphaned boy who generously ministered to the sick and the poor, and eventually became the wise and just bishop of Myra.

• St. Francis of Assisi, the rough soldier who put down his weapons, renounced his possessions, and went on to establish two great religious orders.

• St. Brigid of Ireland, the young girl who fled from an impending, arranged marriage to become a nun, and devote her life completely to the Lord.

• St. Pachomius, the Roman soldier who became a Christian and ventured into the Egyptian desert to pray, establishing there numerous monasteries.

• St. Anne Line, the gentle Catholic convert in the Protestant England who was arrested and cruelly executed for hiding fellow Catholics from murderous anti-Catholic government agents.

Embark here on great adventures of the Christian Life! These gripping stories of Catholic heroes call on each of us to follow boldly God's unique plan for our lives, and, as did the saints, to reach the very heights of holiness.

    Saints Chronicles Collection 2

    Sophia Institute Press

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    In this handsome graphic novel, you’ll join some of the world’s greatest saints in their inspiring – and often exciting and even dangerous – quests for holiness. These thrilling stories and stunning images found here will...
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    The Saints Chronicles bring vividly to life the stories of courageous Christians from the earliest days of Christianity to modern times. All four volumes of this Graphic Novel Series are packed with engaging texts and dramatic images that captivate and inspire readers of all ages.

In this first volume, you’ll dive into the life of Christianity’s boldest heroes of the Faith, including:

    St. Patrick, a young boy captured by Irish pirates and made a slave, only to escape and later return to convert all of pagan Ireland to Christianity.
    St. Jerome Emiliani, the bold soldier who became a Christian while imprisoned in a dark dungeon, escaping to join the priesthood and lead a life in service to the poor and suffering.
    St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the wealthy New York widow who made vows of poverty and chastity, creating the very first Catholic schools in the United States and becoming America’s first saint.
    St. Henry Morse, the Catholic convert who became a priest and bravely spread the Faith in Protestant England, only to be arrested and martyred for being Catholic.
    St. Joan of Arc, the thirteen-year-old-girl who God called to rally a demoralized army and lead the Catholic French to an overwhelming defeat of the English.

The stirring adventures of these brave Christian souls remind us that God has in mind for each of us a unique mission, worthy of all our imagination and all our daring.

Appealing to readers of all ages, these four Graphic Novels will enhance literacy and promote content retention while introducing Catholic saints in a form that can be enjoyed again and again.

    Saints Chronicles Collection 1

    Sophia Institute Press

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    The Saints Chronicles bring vividly to life the stories of courageous Christians from the earliest days of Christianity to modern times. All four volumes of this Graphic Novel Series are packed with engaging texts and dramatic images that captivate and...
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    All the makings of your favorite adventure story – drama, intrigue, promise, love, hope, and heartache spanning two thousand years...and YOU are a part of it!

Timeless: A History of the Catholic Church is a fresh retelling of the history of the Church.

In this easy-to-read, not-your-average history book, Steve Weidenkopf introduces you to the vivid, dynamic story of God’s work in the world since Pentecost. Along the way, you will meet the weird, wonderful, and always fascinating heroes and villains of the Catholic family tree.

Read Timeless and you’ll

    Learn the past in order to make sense of our world,
    know Christ better,
    be prepared to defend your Faith and the Church, and
    understand where you fit in the greatest story ever told.

    Timeless: A History of the Catholic Church

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    All the makings of your favorite adventure story – drama, intrigue, promise, love, hope, and heartache spanning two thousand years...and YOU are a part of it! Timeless: A History of the Catholic Church is a fresh retelling of the history of the...
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    Shocked to find corruption widespread in the ranks of their shepherds today, too many good Catholics are tempted to leave the Church, unaware that ever since the days when Jesus’ own treasurer, Judas Iscariot, had his hand in the till, the Good Shepherd and His faithful followers have regularly been betrayed by bad shepherds.  

In the eye-opening pages of Bad Shepherds, Church historian Rod Bennett introduces a number of those bad shepherds, including:

    Bishop Eusebius of Nicomedia, who regularly sold out the Church to the Roman emperor
    Pope Stephen VII, who so hated his late predecessor that he had him dug up, put on trial, and flung into the Tiber
    Benedict IX, who bought and sold the papacy (twice!)
    and Pope John XII, whose debauchery rivaled that of the corrupt emperor Caligula.

Those were very bad shepherds indeed, but while they did the Devil’s work, good Catholics not only survived — they thrived.

They outlasted their bad shepherds, preserved in their ranks the Faith of our fathers, and served in each instance as the foundation for a cleansing of the House of God and a vigorous renewal of the Faith.

These enlightening pages demonstrate that  it can happen again!

    Bad Shepherds

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    Shocked to find corruption widespread in the ranks of their shepherds today, too many good Catholics are tempted to leave the Church, unaware that ever since the days when Jesus’ own treasurer, Judas Iscariot, had his hand in the till, the Good...
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    A Texas oilman. A brilliant female archaeologist. An unknown world underneath the Vatican.

In 1939, a team of workers beneath the Vatican unearthed an early Christian grave. This surprising discovery launched a secret quest that would last decades — a quest to discover the long-lost burial place of the Apostle Peter.

From earliest times, Christian tradition held that Peter — a lowly fisherman from Galilee, whom Christ made leader of his Church — was executed in Rome by Emperor Nero and buried on Vatican Hill. But his tomb had been lost to history. Now, funded anonymously by a wealthy American, a small army of workers embarked on the dig of a lifetime.

The incredible, sometimes shocking, story of the 75-year search and its key players has never been fully told — until now. The quest would pit one of the 20th century’s most talented archaeologists — a woman — against top Vatican insiders. The Fisherman’s Tomb is a story of the triumph of faith and genius against all odds.

    The Fisherman's Tomb: The True Story of the Vatican's Secret Search

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    A Texas oilman. A brilliant female archaeologist. An unknown world underneath the Vatican. In 1939, a team of workers beneath the Vatican unearthed an early Christian grave. This surprising discovery launched a secret quest that would last decades...
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    Shunning comforts and risking their lives, the great prophets Elijah and Elisha stood fearlessly against pagan priests and kings who opposed the God of Israel.

The Israelites fell into gross idolatry with sensuous fertility cults. With fiery words and powerful miracles the prophets were the voice of God.

Join the adventure as Stephen Ray, best-selling author and popular Bible teacher takes you on an exciting journey in Elijah & Elisha: Conscience of the Kingdom through Jordan, Israel, Sinai and Egypt.

You'll witness God's power demonstrated through Elijah and Elisha, the conscience of the kingdom, as they confront the powers arrayed against them, preparing the way for Christ.

Join this sweeping saga, all in a fast-paced, entertaining biography, travel documentary, Bible study, apologetics course and Church history study rolled into one remarkable adventure!

    Elijah & Elisha: Conscience of the Kingdom

    Ignatius Press

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    Shunning comforts and risking their lives, the great prophets Elijah and Elisha stood fearlessly against pagan priests and kings who opposed the God of Israel. The Israelites fell into gross idolatry with sensuous fertility cults. With fiery words and...
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