To the Heights: A Novel Based on the Life of Blessed Pier

To the Heights: A Novel Based on the Life of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati I enjoyed reading the life of a potential saint who I knew next to nothing about I didn t know how it ended or what to expect Very readable, well written. Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati is a saint who has been receiving a lot of attention in the Catholic world as of late Perhaps, it was because he didn t live that long ago from 1901 to 1924 Maybe it was because he died at the very early age of 24 Or it could be that he was just an ordinary man, and not a member of the clergy, thus we see someone we can relate to and identify with No matter the reason, he is a special figure who we could all benefit to learnabout Brian Kennelly looks Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati is a saint who has been receiving a lot of attention in the Catholic world as of late Perhaps, it was because he didn t live that long ago from 1901 to 1924 Maybe it was because he died at the very early age of 24 Or it could be that he was just an ordinary man, and not a member of the clergy, thus we see someone we can relate to and identify with No matter the reason, he is a special figure who we could all benefit to learnabout Brian Kennelly looks to provide us this knowledge in his latest book To The Heights.To The Heights begins not with the birth of Pier Giorgio Frassati, but his death,specifically a funeral procession Two boys living at the Provincial Institute for Children are pretending to be sick However, they are not doing it just to get out of classes or to raise mischief Instead, they are pretending to be sick so they can sneak off to see their friend Their friend isn t some boy from another school, but Pier Giorgio Frassati He had passed away recently, and they wanted to attend the funeral procession of a man, a friend, who had stopped by to visit them many times and always made them feel important This theme of Pier s love for mankind presents itself many times over in this book.After this surprise opening, we are then taken back to the life of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati We see him first as a young boy born into a household of privilege A drunk man comes to his household looking for food How many of us have not experienced a very similar scenario before To Pier s dismay, his father turns the homeless man away empty handed Pier begs his parents to reconsider and the next day they take him a loaf of bread However, the man was drunk when they found him, so they didn t leave him the bread, and his father rubbed it into Pier that he was right.We see other touching stories about Pier visiting the sick or connecting with some of the outcasts of society However, we also see amazing stories that speak to the fire and passion of people in their 20s standing up for a cause they believe in, like when Pier fought against the Black Shirts The most amazing story of all in this book happened in the last chapter With Pier s death, thousands of people from all walks of life showed up to honor him His parents finally realized how special their son was, and what an impact he had on the world It took his death, but Pier finally accomplished his greatest challengebringing his family to Christ.Like the subtitle says, To The Heights is a novel based on the life of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati It is not a biography per se If you are looking for that, check out A Man of the Beatitudes by Blessed Pier s sister, Lucianna Frassati , but instead would fall into the category of historical fiction That means some minor details required creative liberties to be taken by the author, so that he could paint a captivating picture of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati I highly recommend this book to all Catholics, young and old Be sure to check out Brian Kennelly s other book Two Statues What an incredible look into the life of an incredible man Pier Giorgio Frassati is a somewhat newer saint, having lived in the early part of the 20th Century Because of this, there is a lot known and documented about this Saint I thought the writer did a good job of keeping to the facts but making it feellike a story than a dry biography The reader is able to get a wonderful sense of Pier Giorgio through this book, which at times almost felt like a collection of inspiring short storie What an incredible look into the life of an incredible man Pier Giorgio Frassati is a somewhat newer saint, having lived in the early part of the 20th Century Because of this, there is a lot known and documented about this Saint I thought the writer did a good job of keeping to the facts but making it feellike a story than a dry biography The reader is able to get a wonderful sense of Pier Giorgio through this book, which at times almost felt like a collection of inspiring short stories What a treasure for Catholic families Finishing a book in tears is a tell tale sign that this is a beautiful book We know so little of Pier Giorgio s life This book, while being a work of fiction, feels true His humility prevented documentation of his life, but it was such a good life I pray to live through his canonization Verso l alto. A wonderful life, beautifully told by a very sincere young man It has wonderful reviews, all four or five stars I feel ashamed giving only three There is a problem here The language is great in parts but embarrassingly bad in others It gets worse towards the end, although the content is always excellent It gave me the impression of a first draft having been rushed into print without being edited Certainly this writer s other books show no sign of this at all Somebody needs to edit this, A wonderful life, beautifully told by a very sincere young man It has wonderful reviews, all four or five stars I feel ashamed giving only three There is a problem here The language is great in parts but embarrassingly bad in others It gets worse towards the end, although the content is always excellent It gave me the impression of a first draft having been rushed into print without being edited Certainly this writer s other books show no sign of this at all Somebody needs to edit this, so that it can be the excellent book that it has the potential to be The only reason I bought this book was because of the words Mussolini s thugs Besides Susan Peek sSaint Magnus the Last Viking , I m not really a reader of saints biographies They re lifeless and dull I feel like I m the one who died and was canonizedTo The Heightsis a keeper I was drawn in with Pier Giorgio Frassati failing Latin, and was hooked with his admiration for Laura Hidalgo, his obsessive love for the poor, and eventually his rapid decline from view spoiler polio hid The only reason I bought this book was because of the words Mussolini s thugs Besides Susan Peek sSaint Magnus the Last Viking , I m not really a reader of saints biographies They re lifeless and dull I feel like I m the one who died and was canonizedTo The Heightsis a keeper I was drawn in with Pier Giorgio Frassati failing Latin, and was hooked with his admiration for Laura Hidalgo, his obsessive love for the poor, and eventually his rapid decline from view spoiler polio hide spoiler Pier was always doing something, from mountain climbing, going to college, praying, or punching Fascists in the face I stayed up too late reading to get to the end I can t even explain why I just liked it I do have a few complaints, though When Pier Giorgio offered to view spoiler sneak Anthony out of the leper colony, hide spoiler I was livid Pier Giorgio was jeopardizing public health There could have been a leprosy outbreak and Pier Giorgio would have been responsible for so many deaths, but that is simply overlooked, as well as when view spoiler Teresa snuck Anthony out to Pier Giorgio s funeral hide spoiler PEOPLE ARE YOU TRYING TO KILL ALL OF TURIN YOU WON T HAVE FASCISTS TO PUNCH IF YOU KILL EVERYONE OFF I understand that the poor kids is trapped in the leper colony, but doing that without proper procedure is dangerous and irresponsible, considering that so many people could ve been infected and eventually killed There I had to get that off my chest.I adored the familial relationship between Pier Giorgio and Luciana They were best friends, and it was sweet to see siblings that weren t setting each other on fire Plus, we might not have even known of Pier Giorgio s existence if it weren t for Luciana, so that sibling bond is one of the most important attributes of the biography I shed a single tear at the end that formed into a formidable blob that stuck onto my glasses It really was touching and sentimental There are some very good things going on in the world, and this is one of them See It even made me say something positive That never happens Some miracles do happen I can t remember the last time I cried over a character s death, but this book did an excellent job telling the story of this young man s incredible life Pier Giorgio lived a life of faith, defending it from the evils of Fascism, and never gave up helping the poor until his death Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, pray for us Verso l alto A story so masterfully told that, in the end, conjures a feeling of heartbreak as if one was part of the life of Pier Giorgio, himself. This was a spectacular rendering of the life of a young man graced by God to pursue Him in an ordinary life I was truly inspired by the life of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati and believe that every Christian could find inspiration in his story.Sometimes when I turn to lives of saints I find the information delivered in a dry way The approach that Brian Kennelly has taken is to be upheld as a great model for telling the stories of the saints.This was a gripping story centered in Italy during the This was a spectacular rendering of the life of a young man graced by God to pursue Him in an ordinary life I was truly inspired by the life of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati and believe that every Christian could find inspiration in his story.Sometimes when I turn to lives of saints I find the information delivered in a dry way The approach that Brian Kennelly has taken is to be upheld as a great model for telling the stories of the saints.This was a gripping story centered in Italy during the time of Mussolini Descriptions of Pier Giorgio s relationships with friends, family, and those in need are very rich in the telling and it really draws you into the story of his life.Highly recommended for everyone Especially recommended for young men coming of age To live life without faith, without a patrimony to defend, without a struggle for truth, that is not living, but existingPier Giorgio Frassati Enter the heart of a passionate young man, who in his brief life reached the heights of adventure, friendship and sanctity Born to a wealthy family in Turin at the dawn of the th century, Pier Giorgio Frassati was good looking, popular and athletic He spent much of his youth climbing the rugged Italian Alps, disappearing into the clouds for days at a time He was quick with a joke or a prank and enjoyed a good time It seemed he was blessed with everything a young man could ask for But he hungered for Despite coming from a family of such prestige, Pier Giorgio spent most days in the slums of Turin, visiting the poor and serving the sick His love for Christ burned within him and brushed off on everyone he came into contact with from lepers and orphans to college friends and political diplomats He shared his Faith with kindness and charity, and defended it passionately against the evils of Fascism, even coming to blows with Mussolini s thugs on numerous occasions Pier Giorgio touched the lives of thousands, yet his high society parents remained unmoved by the life he led as they frowned upon his religious practices and charitable work Reaching them would be his last challenge, his final mountain to climb To the Heights is an unforgettable novel about Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati Dig deeper than the biographical facts and discover the heart of a charismatic young man whose soul blazes brightly and uniquely among the host of heaven


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