I have a lot of different types of dictionaries lying around in my house. However, a dictionary that I have found to be inspirational is, A Dictionary of Quotes from the Saints compiled by Paul Thigpen, published by TAN Books. I have also reviewed a title from TAN last year, Eucharistic Miracles and Eucharistic Phenomena in the Lives of the Saints for books on anything about the saints, I would run to TAN.
The review copy TAN sent me is the TAN Edition that has been re-typeset in 2016. The dictionary was originally published in 2001 by Servant Publications. I like how this edition is in hardcover with a dust jacket. I believe most reference books should be hardcover to withstand frequent use.
In a world where a quote can be searched up easily, why not just use the Google Search bar?
Br. Casey Cole of Breaking in the habit made a video back in October 2017, he talked about quotes attributed to St. Francis, and how even the Peace Prayer, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace…”, may have not been penned by him.
I noticed that the peace prayer was in the Dictionary. Acceptable I would say. I was relieved to find that none of the quotes mentioned by Br. Casey, such as “Start by doing what’s necessary then do what’s possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible,” did not appear in the dictionary. I am certain that much research went into the compiling of the quotes.
This Dictionary‘s quotes were not sorted according to the saint, but rather, by theme alphabetically, A-Z. The theme, Abandonment of self to God was first and the last theme was Zeal.
The book also contains a section, Saint Biographies at the end, containing quick facts (birth and death years, nationality, role in the Church and title e.g. Doctor of the Church) about the saints whose quotes are featured.
Talking about the physical aspect of the book, I was surprised at how thin the book was. At first, I thought the book would be thick, on bible paper. However, it was the complete opposite. This Dictionary is only 325 thick on regular, cream coloured paper. The book is hardcover, and comes with a dust jacket.
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A Dictionary of Quotes from the Saints is a very simple but inspirational book. It is not only a reference book in my opinion. It is food for the soul.
Due to its quality and amazing presentation, this would make a good gift, especially for this Confirmation and Graduation season.
Purchase a copy of A Dictionary of Quotes from the Saints HERE from TAN Books