Review by Choice Review
Timely especially in light of the renewed interest in guardian angels, this work describes the history of sainthood and its evolution over time. The text is organized by subject, so readers can readily ascertain which saint is considered the patron saint of an occupation, an illness (for alleviation or prevention), or a location. Sandoval also includes animals and their patrons. In addition, social problems are noted, e.g., in the entries on unhappily married men or women. A brief biographical sketch accompanies each entry, which also includes the feast day of the saint. Saints known only through legend are noted. Appendixes list prayers from the saints, Roman Catholic feast days, baptismal names, emblems and symbols of the saints, and patron saints of countries and places; there is also a bibliography and an alphabetical index of saints. Written with general readers in mind, this work would be an excellent addition for public and undergraduate collections as well. G. A. Schultis Park College
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Review by Library Journal Review
Dictionaries of saints abound, but few offer access by area of patronage. Sandoval, whose interest in saints began in parochial school, offers a handy compilation of several hundred saints listed alphabetically by patron subject (places, conditions, and occupations). Her introduction gives a simple overview of the saint-making process today (though the required scholarly investigative volume is a positio, not postio). She includes modern saints in her listing, but the majority date from the early centuries to the Middle Ages; some patronage areas have more than one saint assigned. While the short biographies are quite readable, entries are not referenced, and there is no reverse list by saint names to patron subjects. Persons formally declared "Blessed"-a stage toward beatification, as with Margaret of Castello, invoked for the unborn-are not included. A shorter second section includes a Roman Catholic saints calendar, baptismal names, and a brief bibliography. Similar to Helen Roeder's older Saints and Their Attributes: With a Guide to Localities and Patronage (1956), this book is interesting to browse. Recommended for its convenience where there is a demand.-Anna M. Donnelly, St. John's Univ. Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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