Brandon Vogt

Weekly Giveaway (11/16)

“Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.” – St. Augustine

Since I’ve built up a large collection of extra books and resources, every week I give some away absolutely free, no strings attached.

Each giveaway lasts seven days with a new one beginning every Friday. You can enter any time during the week. Check out past giveaways here.


This week’s giveaway is a brand new *signed* copy of Bert Ghezzi’s masterpiece, Voices of the Saints: A 365-Day Journey with Our Spiritual Companions (Loyola Press, 808 pages, paperback). Whenever someone asks me for a good saint book, this is the first one I recommend.

The book’s defining and most delightful feature is that, as the title suggests, it’s a collection of the saints own voices. Almost every entry includes writings and quotes directly from the saints themselves. Instead of reading third-hand accounts or spiritual biographies, you encounter them directly which makes them much easier to befriend and emulate than just study.

Each of the 365 entries follows a typical structure. They begin with a half-page overview of the saint’s life, then an excerpt from the saintโ€™s writings—usually a letter, sermon, poem, or song—and then a short reflection from Bert. It’s the perfect book for morning devotionals, especially when used to encounter each day’s official saint.

I’m using Rafflecopter to help with the giveaway, which is cool because it allows you to gain multiple entries by commenting, posting on Facebook, sharing on Twitter, etc. Click below to enter:

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The winner will be randomly selected next Friday and the giveaway item will be sent out, free-of-charge, shortly thereafter.

In the future I’ll be giving away more books and resources, sometimes multiple items per giveaway! So subscribe via feed reader or email to ensure you never miss your chance to win.

(Since I’m covering the shipping costs, only residents within the continental United States are eligible to win.)

  • Spesalvi

    thanks for the give-a-way!

  • KimS

    Brandon, you inspire me to be the best me I can be. You are so young and have made such a difference in the world. It brought tears to my eyes looking at the seminarian’s pictures. I did donate to your project…and even now I’m not sure how I even knew about it–It must have been a “God thing”! PTL!

  • Tyler

    Saint Gemma Galgani.

  • Santa Margherita!

  • Scott

    Great giveaway Great blog!

  • ladyofcarmel

    St John of the Cross, St Teresa of Avila, St Therese of Liseux, St Teresa Benedicta. Yes, Fr Barron on two of these Saints was absolutely excellent. Blessed Thanksgiving to all. One of the things I love the most about our faith is we do have many, many years of Saints to inspire us throughout and through the years.

  • Like many above, my favorite saint changes constantly. Right now, I am appreciating St. Cecilia very much. My bosses came back from leading a pilgrimage in Italy just recently, and they gave me a St. Cecilia medal — on its reverse side, a tiny reliquary contains soil from the St. Callistus Catacombs, where Cecilia was originally buried.

    Since I constantly suffer from physical pain due to fibromyalgia, I’ve been asking St. Cecilia to help me with this. Clearly, having survived two types of attempts on her life, she understands what it means to suffer!

  • My favorite changes all the time! I’ve been seeing a lot of St. Maximillian Kolbe lately!

  • Vernon

    St. Mary of Egypt

  • I feel hard-pressed to state a “greatest saint” that I have – two Johns (the Apostle and the Baptist) and Peter the pope…that’s because Johan and Peter and my first and middle name, respectively.

    But I did break tradition for Confirmation and chose Thomas (Aquinas, that is.) Of the few who were interested in my sacramental name, most gave some sort of weird reaction, one expressing his reason for it (Doubting Thomas, you know).

    It was my parish priest who was in fact the sole person to guess that it was the Dominican Thomas…or maybe he knew; maybe, like Peter, “flesh and blood did not reveal this to [him] but [our] Father in heaven.” ๐Ÿ™‚

    P.S. – I’m from Trinidad and Tobago in the West Indies, so normally I won’t be eligible for these things. But I propose a concession: if you let me know how much it would cost to ship the book from the US to here, I can tell you whether I’d be willing to take part in these raffles AND I’ll pay to have it shipped to me ๐Ÿ™‚ Just trying something here, you see. I won’t mind if it isn’t possible.

  • Geor

    Great Blog!
    Found you in the Father Barron Facebook page

  • Romana Grubbe

    I would love to enjoy this book.

  • Tinafisher5

    Another wonderful giveaway, Thank You!

  • Mario Pineda Jr.

    I find it so hard to pin point a favorite saint. St. Augustine, St. Damien of Molokai, St. Teresa of Avila are just a few that come pop my head. Blessed are we to have the greatest human beings to walk the earth be Catholics!

  • Jean Pergande

    As a Secular Order Franciscan, I would have to vote for St. Francis.

  • Jason

    What a great way to grow more in knowledge of God by following the example of the saints each day!

  • Juan B Rueda

    St. John the Baptist my patron saint my name is Juan Bautista

  • Stuart

    My favorite saint is of course my confirmation (Is it still called that when you go through RCIA?) saint, St. Dismas the Good Thief on the Cross.

  • Teresa

    St Augustine – my patron and my favorite saint.
    But love so many others!!

  • Dan

    My wife and I have a devotion to st. Gerard Majella

  • Connie

    My favorite saint at the moment is St. Giuseppe Moscati!

  • Ironiccatholic

    Fav saint–John of the Cross.

  • Christi

    My fav saint – Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. Verso l’Alto!

  • kellie schlosberg

    My favorite saints right now are St.Katharine Drexel and St Therese of Liseux

  • Christina Poynter

    Favorite saint?! Rough question. Right now, I’m all about St. Adelaide (10th century).

  • aslide

    Sounds like a great resource to learn about the Saints!

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