Catholic Books >  E-books >  Fire of Love





Fire of Love - A Historical Novel about St. John of the Cross

Item Number: 92689
This item carries the Aquinas and More Good Faith Guarantee. This is a digital download. As a Tiber River blogger you could get this gift for free.

Fire of Love

Discuss Catholic books.
Purchase Information


Your Price:
  $16.10 $16.95 (5% discount)

Format:      Kindle Digital Book  Digital information



Immediate download after purchase.
More Options

Add To My:








Bookmark and Share

 Our Description

Born into an upper class family in Castile, Spain, Gonzalo de Yepes had good prospects - that is, until his father was ruined in a speculative venture. After his father died a pauper, Gonzalo was welcomed into the home of a rich uncle, who intended him to marry one of his younger daughters. The young man would have been set up for life, but he fell in love with Catalina Alvarez, the ward of a poor weaver, and insisted on marrying her despite his uncle's threats to cut him off from the family fortune.

Thus, Gonzalo and Catalina were wed in simplicity, and their union produced three sons, the youngest of whom came to be known as Saint John of the Cross.

Stories of saints do not often begin with their parents' courtship. But in this historical novel, love is at the very center of the drama, for Saint John of the Cross became one of the Church's foremost experts on intimacy with God. His mystical poems on divine love are considered some of the greatest verses ever written in the Spanish language.

Richly drawn against the backdrop of Spain's Golden Age, the novel follows the joys and hardships experienced by the family of young Juan de Yepes Alvarez. His attraction to doing good for others, his call to the priesthood and his entrance into the Carmelites all unfold with captivating style. Testing Saint John to the utmost were his efforts, along with those of Saint Teresa of Avila, to reform the Carmelite Order. His Brothers in religion harshly resisted him, locking him in a cell where he was frequently beaten and nearly starved to death. In spite of all, this ardent and fascinating man would write: "Where there is no love, put love and you will gain love."

"This historical novel paints a striking portrait of one of the most revered saints in history, in a landscape that makes the life and times of John of the Cross relevant to our own age. Here is an extraordinary adventure that explores the thorny challenges that every soul must face: avoiding the trappings of this world that lead to darkness, and embracing the radiance of the fire of Divine Love. Having performed the life of this great saint as an actor, I found Jose Luis Olaizola's portrayal very true to the passion and dramatic intensity of this great mystic. Fire of Love rekindled in me the fire ignited by Saint John of the Cross in his poetic plea, 'Love Him intensely, as He deserves to be loved.'  May all who read this literary work examine their own souls profoundly, in order to have the greatest of all adventures - finding God Himself."
- Leonardo Defilippis, Film Actor & Director, John of the Cross

Jose Luis Olaizola, an award-winning Spanish writer, is known for his acclaimed works on great historical figures such as El Cid, Hernan Cortes, Bartolome de las Casas, and Patricio Escobar.


Product Details

Author: 
ISBN: 
ISBN-13: 
Pages: 
Manufacturer: 
Date: 

1586174061
9781586174064
225
More Ignatius Press Gifts (About Ignatius Press)
2011

Note

Digital items are available for download from your account as soon as your order is processed. Digital items are not returnable.

Review Provided By TiberRiver.com - THE Catholic Book Review Site A Tiber River reviewer hasn't written a review for this book yet.
Sign up as a Tiber River reviewer and see your review here!
(Apart from fame, you can also can get free stuff and gift certificates.)

Discuss Catholic books.

   

St. John of the Cross

St. John of the Cross Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 12/14
Tridentine Calendar - 11/24


Patron Of: Contemplative Life, Mystical Theology, Mystics, Spanish Poets

Also known as
    Doctor of Mystical Theology


Memorial
    14 December
    formerly 24 November

Profile
    Born in poverty. Cared for the poor in the hospital in Medina. Lay Carmelite brother in 1563 at age 21, though he lived stricter than their Rule. Studied at Salamanca. Carmelite priest, ordained in 1567 at age 25. Persuaded by Saint Teresa of Avila to begin the Discalced or barefoot reform within the Carmelite Order, he took the name John of the Cross. Master of novices. Spiritual director and confessor at Saint Teresa's convent. His reforms did not set well with some of his brothers, and he was ordered to return to Medina. He refused, and was imprisoned at Toledo, Spain, escaping after nine months. Vicar-general of Andalusia. His reforms revitalized the Order. Great contemplative and spiritual writer. Proclaimed Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XI on 24 August 1926.

Born
    24 June 1542 at Fontiveros, Spain

Died
    14 December 1591 at Ubeda, Andalusia, Spain; relics at Segovia

Name Meaning
    God is gracious; gift of God

Beatified
    25 January 1675 by Pope Clement X

Canonized
    27 December 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

 Browse For Similar Items In

Related Articles

1. Catholic Digital Downloads for Sale 06/28/2010

2. About Muriel Spark 04/22/2009

3. The Ignatius Critical Editions 11/25/2008

 
Information
Nextag Seller


By using our site you agree to our terms of use.
All content copyright 2014.
Special Features
 
Close

Save 15% and learn more about Catholicism
In our newsletter

/ ( mm / dd )