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Book Review and Give Away: Scott Hahn's "Angels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God's Holy Ones"

alec vanderboom

Scott Hahn's new book, "Angels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God's Holy Ones" is a thrilling and brilliant read. This book is such a different experience from "Butler's Guide to the Saints." Hahn encourages us Catholics to not just learn a series of dry facts about well-known Angels and Saints. His focus is on  forming "friendships" with the Saints. Hahn teaches us intimate details that invite a reader to confidently pray to Saints for help. This is academia at its best. As a reader, I pictured Hahn throwing his arm around me and introducing me to all his favorite friends in heaven.

My favorite chapter in this book was Chapter 8--"Holy Moses." I thought I knew Moses well before I read Hahn's book. I love celebrating a Christian Seder with my kids every Spring. I could come close to reciting his sister's prayer by memory at Easter Vigil.

Hahn encouraged me to stop thinking about Moses as a great man of action, and instead see him as a man of intense prayer. Holiness is literally translated as being "set apart." Moses was a man who lived a busy, intense life. Yet Moses constantly found the ability to set aside time for God. It was the time Moses spent in prayer (face to face with God) that serves as the hidden engine behind all his dramatic leadership and radical social change.

Hahn reassures me that Moses is relevant to my modern life. Moses is a saint in heaven. (pg. 95 & 96). Since Moses is intensely real and alive, I can cultivate a friendship with him that is encouraging and real. In the Mystery of the Transfiguration, Jesus himself models an intense friendship with Moses. After reading Hahn's book, I'm excited to approach Moses in a more intimate manner this coming summer.

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