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Learning to Love with the Saints – Book Review

Learning to Love with the Saints -- front cover 231 x 346Learning to Love with the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir, by Jean M. Heimann, is a beautiful story of Jean’s life and love for Jesus. In this book, Jean artfully uses quotes from Saint Theresé of Lisieux, Saint John Paul II and Saint Teresa of Avila to help her tell her life’s story of pain and suffering, joy and sorrow, but most of all, her love for Christ.

We learn of Jean’s upbringing, in a small Illinois town in the late 1950’s, early 1960’s. We also learn about the trials and strength of Jean’s parents, as well as the trials of Jean’s own life along with her devotion to Christ. At the heart of all that Jean does, she knows that Jesus is by her side.

As I learned more about Jean’s life, I came to realize that what I thought was a “tough life” (looking at life though my own lens) was nothing in comparison to what Jean went through. I thought I had it bad growing up with clubbed feet. My trials pale in comparison to Jean’s and Jean’s parents. In reading her book, I am reminded of the phrase attributed to Jesus, “Judge not, because you do not know the struggles I have asked this person to go through.”

Jean Heimann pours out her heart and soul in this book to help the reader come to understand that with Christ, one always has hope. My wish for you is that this book offers you a clear perspective on your own life, and that when you have finished reading it, you will come to understand that you are loved and you are blessed.

Win Your Copy of Learning to Love with the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir Today!

If you live in the United States, and would like to try to win a copy of Jean’s new book, enter a comment in the comments section below. One lucky winner from my website will be chosen by selecting your name from a hat based upon all comments posted before 11:59 p.m. EST tonight.

Purchase Your Copy of Learning to Love with the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir Today!

If you would like to purchase your copy of Jean’s new book, click here.

It has been an honor to participate on Jean’s blog tour to promote Learning to Love with the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir. The blog tour ends tomorrow with Tony Agnesi giving his opinion of the book at Finding God’s Grace. So, don’t just listen to me, check out what Tony has to say too!

JEAN M. HEIMANN is a Catholic author and freelance writer with an M.A. in Theology, a parish minister and a diocesan speaker, a retired psychologist and educator, and an Oblate with the Community of St. John. In addition to her highly acclaimed first book, Seven Saints for Seven Virtues, Jean has had her work published in a variety of Catholic periodicals, some of which include: National Catholic Register, Catholic Exchange, Canticle Magazine, and St. Anthony Messenger/America. Visit Jean at her award-winning blog, Catholic Fire http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/

This post also appears on Association of Catholic Women Bloggers, and Top Catholic Blogs.

19 Responses to Learning to Love with the Saints – Book Review

  • Ginny, I am finally taking the time to congratulate you on the retreat I attended at St. Thomas Aquinas. I was never bored, not even for a minute, and I learned so much! You were truly inspiring! Oh, and thanks for The Virtues Guide, I will be using that at my bedside table.


    Laurie McBroom

    • Thanks Laurie! And now that you have commented on this post, consider yourself entered in the contest to win a copy of Jean Heimann’s new book! Winner will be notified tomorrow.

  • I’m looking forward to reading this book! If I’m not lucky enough to win it, I’ll definitely be purchasing it!

  • I would love to win.

  • Oh my, I am intrigued! The cover is fascinating with a dove (representing the Holy Spirit?), an image of the Sacred Heart, and a group of Carmelite sisters. I’m sure quotes by St. John Paul II will fit right in somewhere here, too, so one way or another, this will be something I read soon! That said, I’m finding much joy, comfort and encouragement as I delve into learning more about the Communion of Saints and how their living the virtues made all the difference.

  • This sounds like a wonderful book.

  • Since hearing your presentation on the virtues at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Monroe many months ago, I have referred to the Virtues Guide many times to help keep me always moving toward our Lord. As a fairly new Catholic, (two years) your blog has been thought provoking and helpful. Thanks so much and keep it coming. I haven’t delved too much into the Saints. This book looks interesting.

    • Kathy how good to hear from you! I was hoping to attend the presentation at your parish, on the Blessed Mother, given by Fr. Mariani this past Saturday, but my husband Nick was recovering from knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. He’s doing well today, but the surgery was Friday, and Saturday was too soon to leave him on his own. I hope the presentation on the Blessed Mother was well attended. I’m sure Fr. Mariani did a great job.

      Good luck in the contest to win the copy of Learning to Love with the Saints.

  • St. Therese and JPII are two of my favorite saints! Jean is so inspiring!

  • My thanks to all who entered the contest to win a copy of Jean M. Heimann’s new book, Learning to Love with the Saints. I am happy to announce that the lucky winner is Kathy Appenzeller. For all those who did not win, but entered the contest, I hope that you will purchase your copy today. On behalf of Jean and myself, thank you for your interest in my website and in her book.

  • Thanks for linking your post up, Ginny!

  • What an inspiring book ! I would love to win a copy . Nothing like modeling oneself to our Nuns to our Saints and Mother Mary and our Lord . I’m sure there are treasures of virtuous insight to help someone like me .
    Thank you for the opportunity ❤️

    • Hi Stacey: Thanks for following not only my website, but I also see that you are now following me on FB and Pinterest as well. Much appreciated! The giveaway for Learning to Love with the Saints was a one day giveaway back in May, when the review was first posted. I can say though, that if you purchase the book, you will come to love Jean Heimann, and appreciate the suffering she experienced in her life. I had the privilege to meet her “in person” this past week at the Catholic Writers Guild conference. – Peace, Virginia

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