For the past several years, my parish has given out a book by Matthew Kelly as a gift to parishioners at Christmas. This year's offering was Rediscover the Saints.
There are many books about saints. What makes this one different? It doesn't offer biographies about the profiled saints. Kelly includes a few details about each saint, but that is not his primary focus. Instead, he shares a lesson we can learn from that saint's life and example. He encourages those who are attracted to a particular saint to seek out additional information.
The subtitle of Rediscover the Saints is "Twenty-Five Questions that Will Change Your Life." Kelly doesn't want readers to simply read about these saints and then continue on with their lives. Kelly wants readers to engage in some serious self-reflection and make the changes that they need to in their lives to grow closer to God.
For example, for his reflection on St. Benedict, Kelly asks, "Do your daily routines reinvigorate you?" For St. Francis of Assisi, "What are you dissatisfied with at this time in your life?" For St. John Vianney, "Are you open to the possibilities that only God can see for you?"
As with all of Matthew Kelly's books, there is much to ponder in these pages. The chapters are brief, which makes it a great book to pull out whenever you have a few minutes to do some spiritual reading. Rediscover the Saints will give you much food for thought; even if only one of the questions spark you to make a change in your life and progress on your journey towards God, reading it will be worth it.