Oh, Dearest Mother, Sweetest Virgin of Altagracia, our Patroness. You are our Advocate and to you we recommend our needs. You are our Teacher and like disciples we come to learn from the example of your holy life. You are our Mother, and like children, we come to offer you all of the love of our hearts. Receive, dearest Mother, our offerings and listen attentively to our supplications. Amen.



Active Topics || Favorites || Member List || Search || About Us || Help || Register || Login
Living Literature
 4Real Forums : Living Literature
Subject Topic: books on St George Post ReplyPost New Topic
Author
Message << Prev Topic | Next Topic >>
JodieLyn
Forum Moderator
Forum Moderator
Avatar

Joined: Sept 06 2006
Location: Oregon
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 12234
Posted: Oct 11 2010 at 11:27pm | IP Logged Quote JodieLyn

While looking at saints for my oldest son's confirmation this spring, we happened on St. George being the patron saint of the Boy Scouts. Even found an excerpt from Baden-Powell's book "Scouting for Boys" about it.

So now he's very interested in using St. George for his saint for confirmation. Not 100% but leaning that way.

What I did for my daughter is once she picked a saint she was pretty sure about. I hunted and found her a book or two with information about that saint for her.

I think I'm going to have the opposite problem with St. George. He's so popular that finding good stories rather than just the "slaying of the dragon" may be difficult.

At this patron saint site.. near the bottom is this

Quote:
Saint George was a man who abandoned one army for another: he gave up the rank of tribune to enlist as a soldier for Christ. Eager to encounter the enemy, he first stripped away his worldly wealth by giving all he had to he poor. Then, free and unencumbered, bearing the shield of faith, he plunged into the think of the battle, an ardent soldier for Christ. Clearly what he did serves to teach us a valuable lesson: if we are afraid to strip ourselves of out worldly possessions, then we are unfit to make a strong defense of the faith. Dear brothers, let us not only admire the courage of this fighter in heavenís army, but follow his example. Let us be inspired to strive for the reward of heavenly glory. We must now cleanse ourselves, as Saint Paul tells us, from all defilement of body and spirit, so that one day we too may deserve to enter that temple of blessedness to which we now aspire. - from a sermon by Saint Peter Damian, priest


I would love to find some things written about St. George that are more like this reading.

I probably won't be buying anything right away.. but I would like to start looking at my options so that if he does decide on St. George I'll have done my work for finding some good books.

__________________
Jodie, wife to Dave
G-18, B-17, G-15, G-14, B-13, B-11, G-9, B-7, B-5, B-4

All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.
-Sir Walter Scott
Back to Top View JodieLyn's Profile Search for other posts by JodieLyn
 
Anastasia
Forum Rookie
Forum Rookie
Avatar

Joined: Aug 21 2009
Location: Colorado
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 59
Posted: Oct 16 2010 at 11:06am | IP Logged Quote Anastasia

I don't know about any books that are non-dragon based. St George and the Dragon is one we really like, and it has lovely pictures!
http://www.amazon.com/Saint-George-Dragon-Margaret-Hodges/dp /0316367958
Back to Top View Anastasia's Profile Search for other posts by Anastasia Visit Anastasia's Homepage
 
DianaC
Forum Pro
Forum Pro
Avatar

Joined: March 27 2008
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 404
Posted: Oct 21 2010 at 11:41am | IP Logged Quote DianaC

My son is a long-time scout, an Eagle and also chose St. George as his patron saint. You're right that there is little written about him beyond the legends told about him slaying the dragon. However, meditating on the snippets like the excerpt you quoted can really resonate with a young boy on how to model his life and follow Christ.

My son was also interested in St. George because of our English relatives and St. George is the Patron of England (and many other countries and cities). England's flag is the flag of St. George: England's Flag

Also, when my son became an Eagle scout, we gave him and his friends these holy cards
Back to Top View DianaC's Profile Search for other posts by DianaC
 
JennGM
Forum Moderator
Forum Moderator
Avatar

Joined: Feb 07 2005
Location: Virginia
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 17702
Posted: Oct 21 2010 at 4:52pm | IP Logged Quote JennGM

I've been looking around, Jodie, and haven't had much luck. Since most of this life is based on legend, there aren't that many books.

Of course, there are two picture books. The Margaret Hodges version is one, but also there is one by Geraldine McCaughrean which I think I like even better. But still both just touch on his soldier and dragon legend, and not his life.

For adults I saw this one St. George: Knight, Martyr, Patron, Saint, and Dragonslayer but I haven't read it to know what angle. It looks to be a historical one.

__________________
Jennifer G. Miller
Wife to & ds1 '03 & ds2 '07
Family in Feast and Feria
Back to Top View JennGM's Profile Search for other posts by JennGM Visit JennGM's Homepage
 
CatholicMommy
Forum All-Star
Forum All-Star
Avatar

Joined: Feb 07 2007
Location: Indiana
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 1254
Posted: Dec 02 2010 at 12:14pm | IP Logged Quote CatholicMommy

Bumping this to see if anyone has any more thoughts or ideas to share.

The one thing my son has on his Christmas list (that is *not* Lego Kingdom Set related or Narnia related) is "more books about St. George" - he even voluntarily wrote out those words in cursive to get my attention.

I'll be getting both the books on Amazon.


Has anyone read the book JennGM mentions? Perhaps I could read it myself and adapt it down to a kid-version for him....

__________________
Garden of Francis
HS Elementary Montessori Training
Montessori Nuggets
Back to Top View CatholicMommy's Profile Search for other posts by CatholicMommy Visit CatholicMommy's Homepage
 
JodieLyn
Forum Moderator
Forum Moderator
Avatar

Joined: Sept 06 2006
Location: Oregon
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 12234
Posted: Dec 02 2010 at 3:01pm | IP Logged Quote JodieLyn

Thanks for the bump CatholicMommy..

how did I miss Jenn's adult book recommendation? it looks pretty good from reading the reviews. Even if I read/edit it outloud it might be a good book that gives more detail on St. George as a person vs just a legend.

__________________
Jodie, wife to Dave
G-18, B-17, G-15, G-14, B-13, B-11, G-9, B-7, B-5, B-4

All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.
-Sir Walter Scott
Back to Top View JodieLyn's Profile Search for other posts by JodieLyn
 
stellamaris
Forum All-Star
Forum All-Star


Joined: Feb 26 2009
Location: Virginia
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 2732
Posted: Dec 02 2010 at 7:17pm | IP Logged Quote stellamaris

Jodie, I think this article from the Catholic Encyclopedia at New Advent explains why there are so few books on St. George. Almost nothing is known about him except that he really existed and was a martyr. Nevertheless, as your quote so beautifully says, he is an example of courage and faithfulness whose friendship in heaven would be a great blessing to any young man!

__________________
In Christ,
Caroline
Wife to dh 30+ yrs,ds's 83,85,89,dd's 91,95,ds's 01,01,02,grammy to 4
Flowing Streams
Back to Top View stellamaris's Profile Search for other posts by stellamaris Visit stellamaris's Homepage
 
JennGM
Forum Moderator
Forum Moderator
Avatar

Joined: Feb 07 2005
Location: Virginia
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 17702
Posted: Dec 07 2011 at 2:42pm | IP Logged Quote JennGM

Just adding a book from this thread

JennGM wrote:
Our library was selling a book called Nikos and the Ikon by Terry Reid. It's out of print, 1969, middle reading age chapter book. It's an exciting story of a Greek shepherd boy Nikos. The church's revered icon of St. George is stolen, and he helps capture the thieves.

I think it would be a nice addition to this feast day reading.


__________________
Jennifer G. Miller
Wife to & ds1 '03 & ds2 '07
Family in Feast and Feria
Back to Top View JennGM's Profile Search for other posts by JennGM Visit JennGM's Homepage
 
JennGM
Forum Moderator
Forum Moderator
Avatar

Joined: Feb 07 2005
Location: Virginia
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 17702
Posted: Dec 07 2011 at 3:29pm | IP Logged Quote JennGM

I added a new picture book in the picture book thread. Sorry for any confusion, but I realized I tagged on to a thread in Living Literature, not picture books!

__________________
Jennifer G. Miller
Wife to & ds1 '03 & ds2 '07
Family in Feast and Feria
Back to Top View JennGM's Profile Search for other posts by JennGM Visit JennGM's Homepage
 

If you wish to post a reply to this topic you must first login
If you are not already registered you must first register

  [Add this topic to My Favorites] Post ReplyPost New Topic
Printable version Printable version

Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot create polls in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

Hosting and Support provided by theNetSmith.com