The Saga of Citeaux, Second Epoch: The Family That

The Saga of Citeaux, Second Epoch: The Family That This is the story of the family of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux France where all the members both parents as well as all seven siblings became saints The book is written in a style that s both friendly and intense, conveying the feeling that while aspiring and working to become a saint is no easy ride, God does not make it difficult, nor does he place a lot of obstacles You can feel that it is an interplay or interactive, as we say it in the modern language between you and God, wherein This is the story of the family of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux France where all the members both parents as well as all seven siblings became saints The book is written in a style that s both friendly and intense, conveying the feeling that while aspiring and working to become a saint is no easy ride, God does not make it difficult, nor does he place a lot of obstacles You can feel that it is an interplay or interactive, as we say it in the modern language between you and God, wherein theHe sees evidence of your intense desire to please Him and do His will, theHe keeps re arranging series of events in your life in order for you to make it to the finish line.Also, since English is not my native language, but have been exposed to it since I was young and have been a perennial student of it, I also take note of the literary writing style, at times poetic, yet always keen about historical accuracy I plan to adopt some of the phrases and expressions that I find in it Loved it Keeping it on the shelf in case my kids decide to pick it up when they get older and find not only an engaging story but a religious vocation Similar to the first on writing style This book follows St Bernard and each of his family members separately in their own chapters but yet still combined done really well I thought in the layout Because each chapter begins a new character it is easy to put it down for awhile in between Because this is a religious theme you can t expect to have the romance, suspense or intrigue of a regular fictional book and be reading at a furious pace to find out what happens But there is interest in read Similar to the first on writing style This book follows St Bernard and each of his family members separately in their own chapters but yet still combined done really well I thought in the layout Because each chapter begins a new character it is easy to put it down for awhile in between Because this is a religious theme you can t expect to have the romance, suspense or intrigue of a regular fictional book and be reading at a furious pace to find out what happens But there is interest in reading about real life people and how they lived out this reform so extraordinarily The fact that it is put into story form makes it muchenjoyable than just biographies Some characters are harder to understand or some arelikeable Overall I truly enjoyed the book and looking forward to the next This was a great book Not just Bernard, but the whole family is very holy It s amazing how Bernard could convince all those noble s and nights to come and join a small order in the middle of nowhere I don t even know where to start I just loved this book and think everyone should read it. One time through isn t enough to take in all this book has to offer So much great stuff to ponder I ll be starting it over again soon. Wow A must read This book is absolutely phenomenal For any family or anyone discerning religious life, this book will change your life May we all strive to overtake Christ Una gran novela hist rica, que te traslada profundamente a una poca d nde la santidad era habitual. The initial chapter of this book lays out a story in which a nun criticizes many of the books about saints for making them to bethan human The author then explains that he hopes to avoid this common mistake I personally believe that he did an excellent job and that this book shares both the human traits as well as the graces from God in the lives of Bernard of Clairvaux and his parents, brothers, and sister.I enjoyed the storytelling method of portraying the characters in this family Th The initial chapter of this book lays out a story in which a nun criticizes many of the books about saints for making them to bethan human The author then explains that he hopes to avoid this common mistake I personally believe that he did an excellent job and that this book shares both the human traits as well as the graces from God in the lives of Bernard of Clairvaux and his parents, brothers, and sister.I enjoyed the storytelling method of portraying the characters in this family The short stories often involved members of the family interacting naturally with each other at critical moments in their life, but it also included conversations of others about the families They not only explained the events that happened to and around these holy men and women, but also captured their saintly traits in doing so Each section about the different saints talked about the entire family so that you learn about each person throughout the book You cannot simply the one chapter about one of the members of the family and learn everything the author wants to convey.Additionally, many of the stories include moral lessons akin to a homily I wonder if these are messages conveyed originally by these holy people or if the author is attempting to convey the attraction and purpose of contemplative life Either way, it was inspiring and made me contemplate my life and how much I am willing to sacrifice for Christ.As a whole, I think that this style works well when trying to convey the essence of sainthood in people without ignoring the importance of historical events and relationships I do wonder how much of the encounters are based on fact and how much is dramatized or exaggerated, but I come away knowing much about Clairvaux and this wonderful family I really loved this book From the way it was written to the inspiring conversations that went on between these saints This is one of those books I have wanted to read for a long time, but kept putting it off I am so happy I have it, was able to read it and get so much from it Saint Bernard, Blessed Humbeline and Blessed Alice, the whole family Wonderful inspirations Some of the pages in this book light fires in the soul. The Family that Overtook Christ He was called the man of his age, the voice of his century His influence towered above that of his contemporaries, and his sanctity moved God Himself Men flocked to him some in wonder, others in curiosity, but all drawn by the magnetism of his spiritual gianthood Bernard of Clairvaux who or what fashioned him to be suitable for his role of counseling Popes, healing schisms, battling errors and filling the world with holy religious and profound spiritual doctrine Undoubtedly, Bernard is the product of God s grace But it is hard to say whether this grace is evident in Bernard himself or in the extraordinary family in which God chose to situate this dynamic personality This book is the fascinating account of a family that took seriously the challenge to follow Christ and to overtake Him With warmth and realism, Venerable Tescelin, Blesseds Alice, Guy, Gerard, Humbeline, Andrew, Bartholomew, Nivard and St Bernard step off these pages with the engaging naturalness that attracts imitation Here is a book that makes centuries disappear, as each member of this unique family becomes an inspiration in our own quest of overtaking Christ

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