101 Places to Pray Before You Die: A Roamin' Catholic's Guide

published by Franciscan Media | Trade Paperback | 256 pages
$ 18.99
Five million visitors crowd into St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York each year. Hundreds of thousands annually pay homage to the Blessed Virgin at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. But Catholic travelers don’t always realize that every state in the Union contains unique shrines, retreat houses, missions and other significant holy places. In 101 Places to Pray Before You Die, you’ll discover the unexpected, the somber, the whimsical and the inspiring spots that, at times, are hidden in plain sight. Conveniently organized by state, 101 Places to Pray Before You Die will enhance your travel experiences—whether it’s a day trip to explore a spot you’ve breezed past a hundred times, a quick detour on a business trip or a family vacation dedicated to more intensive spiritual searching. Each entry contains details about the location’s significance to American Catholics, along with the address, contact information and hours of operation (if applicable).

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K.M.
Excellent stories & cool places

I found this book to be full of incredible stories that I had never heard before, and unless you’re an expert on Catholic history in the United States, you’re probably going to be in the same boat. You'll journey through each of the 50 states alphabetically, and learn about several places in each state that seem well worth a visit. I can attest to this because I have been to several of them myself. After providing descriptions and stories associated with each place, author Thomas J. Craughwell goes a step further by providing you with contact information, hours of operation, and a heads up if there’s a major renovation or project going on that might interfere with drop-in style travel plans. This is a book about places, but you’ll learn about them through stories. The storytelling in this book is excellent. You’ll learn fascinating and true anecdotes about wars, saints, authors, incredible artwork, historical sites, churches, little known hard working nuns, courageous priests, shrines, retreat centers, and more. It can easily be read one state at a time to go along with your already made travel plans or if you’d like to make a quick retreat in your home state, but Craughwell does a great job of holding interest if you’d like to read it cover to cover as well.  And you may find after reading it cover to cover, that it may be worth creating a trip of your own to go and visit these amazing places. What amazing site might you be driving or flying right by on your next vacation?

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M.B.
Incentive

A delightful little book, filled with sites all over the U.S. My husband and I love to travel and since we're retired manage to do a lot of it. One of our favorite things to do wherever we are is to visit churches. This book opens up a new dimension to traveling, just last week I visited a chapel in Wisconsin that I had heard of but never visited. Looking forward to traveling to places we had never even considered before reading this book.

Thomas J. Craughwell has been self-employed as a writer for 24 years. He is the author of more than 40 books on history, religion, and popular culture, including Saints Behaving Badly (Doubleday), This Saint Will Save Your Life (Quirk Books), St. Peter’s Bones (Doubleday), and Stealing Lincoln’s Body (Harvard University Press), which the History Channel produced as a two-hour documentary. Tom served as the ghostwriter for Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer, the companion volume to Norris Chumley’s PBS documentary of the same name. Tom has written articles for The Wall Street Journal, The American Spectator, U.S. News and World Report, Emmy magazine, Inside the Vatican, National Catholic Register, The Catholic Herald (UK), Reality Magazine (Ireland), and Our Sunday Visitor. He has appeared as a guest on CNN, the BBC, FOX, EWTN, and the Discovery Channel. Tom writes from his home in Bethel, Connecticut.
 
 

Product Type:  Book

Item Number:  #B53086

ISBN:  9781632530868

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Imprint:  Franciscan Media

Trim Size:  139.7 mm X 215.9 mm X
(Approx. 5.5 in X 8.5 in X )

Pages:  256

List Price:  $ 18.99

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
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K.M.
Excellent stories & cool places

I found this book to be full of incredible stories that I had never heard before, and unless you’re an expert on Catholic history in the United States, you’re probably going to be in the same boat. You'll journey through each of the 50 states alphabetically, and learn about several places in each state that seem well worth a visit. I can attest to this because I have been to several of them myself. After providing descriptions and stories associated with each place, author Thomas J. Craughwell goes a step further by providing you with contact information, hours of operation, and a heads up if there’s a major renovation or project going on that might interfere with drop-in style travel plans. This is a book about places, but you’ll learn about them through stories. The storytelling in this book is excellent. You’ll learn fascinating and true anecdotes about wars, saints, authors, incredible artwork, historical sites, churches, little known hard working nuns, courageous priests, shrines, retreat centers, and more. It can easily be read one state at a time to go along with your already made travel plans or if you’d like to make a quick retreat in your home state, but Craughwell does a great job of holding interest if you’d like to read it cover to cover as well.  And you may find after reading it cover to cover, that it may be worth creating a trip of your own to go and visit these amazing places. What amazing site might you be driving or flying right by on your next vacation?

M
M.B.
Incentive

A delightful little book, filled with sites all over the U.S. My husband and I love to travel and since we're retired manage to do a lot of it. One of our favorite things to do wherever we are is to visit churches. This book opens up a new dimension to traveling, just last week I visited a chapel in Wisconsin that I had heard of but never visited. Looking forward to traveling to places we had never even considered before reading this book.