Saints Behaving Badly: The Cutthroats, Crooks, Trollops, Con Men and Devil Worshippers Who Became Saints by Thomas J. Craughwell
Recommended by Haley Kwon
Library Technician, La Mesa Branch
In a culture fascinated with transformation in the before and afters, readers may find humor, selection and a starter in this book about the lives and roles of saints throughout Western Civilization. As the title would suggest, there are accounts of how the telling of the lives of saints need not be so sanitary to merit sanctity. For example, there is St. Vladimir, Fratricide, Rapist and Practitioner of Human Sacrifice (c 956-1015), Feast Day July 15. From page 91: “Vladimir was a man with few scruples. Yet on some level he felt that by raping his sister-in law he might have gone too far.” Each saint is named, described by sin(s) and their conversion because of their Christian beliefs within a few pages. The trajectory of each’s life is dramatic and filled with adventures and mystery where the spirit has made the personae anew. There is an extensive bibliography included.