Patron Saints for Postmoderns: Ten from the Past Who Speak to Our Future


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About the Author

He has written over seventy articles as the former managing editor of Christian History & Biography magazine, and he is a contributing writer to Christianity Today, Leadership Journal, Christian History, and other publications. He blogs regularly at


"Taken together these 'patron saints' become a most valuable 'cloud of witnesses' for the many and varied circumstances of Christian believers in our own day. Careful reading of this well-crafted book will pay rich rewards."--Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
"Saints can be off-putting and unapproachable figures, trapped in pious pictures and stained-glass windows. The pleasure of Christopher Armstrong's attractively written book is in seeing the very human, quirky side of some of the greatest heroes and heroines of the Christian story."--Philip Jenkins, author of The Lost History of Christianity
"Lives have consequences, and Armstrong reminds us just how consequential our lives are. In ten crisply drawn portraits of saints whose lives resonate with our times, he challenges us to take our freedom with eternal seriousness."--David Neff, editor-in-chief, Christianity Today
Worth considering for any modern religious reader who wants to discuss the unsung heroes of Christianity.--James A. Cox, Library Bookwatch, November 2009
Armstrong profiles some oft-overlooked saints and reminds us in a postmodern-friendly fashion that all history is biography, and that the past is more unpredictable, complicated, and instructive than the way it is often presented.--Madison Trammel, Christianity Today, October 2009