Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

The Book of All Saints

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

The Book of All Saints

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THE BOOK OF ALL SAINTS by Adrienne von Speyr edited by Hans Urs von Balthasar Ignatius, 429 pages, $24.95

For forty years, this book and eleven companion volumes have been circulating privately among the friends of the late Hans Urs von Balthasar. Representing the posthumous works of Adrienne von Speyr, Balthasar's convert and collaborator, these books are among the jewels of contemporary theology and spirituality. At once objective and inspiring, with a scope and significance of exceptional magnitude, they seemed to Balthasar more important than his own prodigious contribution, although he was careful to add that the two constitute "halves of a single whole, not to be separated."

Balthasar, who doubled as Speyr's spiritual director and editor, penned a general introduction to the twelve volumes of her work. The English publication of the first of these volumes opens a new perspective on the inner attitudes of saints from across the spectrum of Christian history. …

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