Brandon Vogt

Pier Giorgio Frassati Book and DVD Giveaway!

“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 my past giveaways here.


Today we celebrate the Fourth of July in America, but it’s also the feast day of my favorite saint, Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati. Thanks to the generosity of Ignatius Press, today I’m giving away THREE Pier Giorgio prize packages.

Each contains a copy of the best book on Pier Giorgio, A Man of the Beatitudes, written by his sister, Luciana. It also includes a DVD copy of “Sanctity Within Reach”, an EWTN special on Pier Giorgio’s life featuring Christine Wohar, Executive Director of FrassatiUSA, and Wanda Gawronska, Pier Giorgio’s niece.

A Man of the Beatitudes: Pier Giorgio Frassati

by Luciana Frassati

Ignatius, 179 pages, paperback

Man of the BeatitudesThe remarkable life of Blessed Pier Frassati for young adults. A beguiling and moving biography of Pier Giorgio Frassati, a handsome, athletic and fun-loving young man from a rich, aristocratic Italian family in the 1920’s who was recently beatified by Pope John Paul II. Pier Giorgio turned from a life of privilege to one devoted to working with the poor, and was a courageous witness of Christian faith and charity to many others. Discouraged by his affluent parents from his religious involvement and deep spiritual life, Pier Giorgio secretly ministered to the poor and marginalized, and was a leader of youth whose love of God transformed the lives of all those around him. He died of the polio virus at the age of 24, and the story of his life and death spread throughout Europe, influencing the young Karol Wojtyla, who as Pope John Paul II described Frassati as “a man of the eight beatitudes, a modern youth and great mountaineer who was keenly interested in the problems of culture, sports and social questions, as well as the true values of life.”

“This inspiring biography provides a highly enriching account of how the Beatitudes are the way of peace and joy. Frassati’s biography is a wonderful source of inspiration and encouragement for a world in search of hope.” — Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., Author, Arise from Darkness


Sanctity Within Reach: Pier Giorgio Frassati (DVD)

by Luciana Frassati

EWTN, 90 minutes, DVD

DVDJohn Paul II called Blessed Giorgio Frassati, “The Man of the Eight Beatitudes,” and his friends described him as “an explosion of joy.” He ascended the mountain of personal holiness with zealous tenacity—in much the same fashion that he scaled his beloved Italian Alps.

This three-part EWTN film unpacks the life and spirituality of this avid mountain climber and fun-loving Italian youth who died at the age of 24 in 1925, and was beatified by John Paul II. Christine Wohar, Executive Director of FrassatiUSA and Wanda Gawronska, niece of Pier Giorgio, examine the life and astounding legacy of good works and deep spirituality of this outstanding Catholic young man.

“To live without faith, without a patrimony to defend, without a steady struggle for truth, is not living but just existing.”
—Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati


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The winner(s) will be randomly selected next Friday and the books 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.)

  • Dessi Jackson

    He is my son’s favorite!!

  • kap65

    I think I would enjoy the book the most, but I would love to watch the DVD’s with my husband and talk about them. They both look wonderful

  • kap65

    I first learned of this young man from you, Brandon! I love learning about modern day saints. Plus, I recently was received as a Lay Dominican. Pick me, pick me!

  • TomB

    The Beatitudes are an important pathway to holiness and reading this might help me understand and better live them.

  • Shannon Denner

    Looks like a goodbook.

  • Jim

    good luck every one

  • Roberta B.

    I would love to learn more about him and share with my church family!

  • Patrick May

    To the heights! – Bl. Pier

  • Yusuf Nasrullah

    Sanctity Within Reach!

  • TJPW

    I really want to learn more about him. Even though he is in my icon here I don’t know as much about him as I’d like to!

  • Jim



    great resource specially for the youth

  • Christi

    I love this guy. I have not seen the EWTN special yet.

  • Kevin Noles

    Good opportunity to learn about him.

  • Jason

    I keep hearing more about him and am intrigued even more every time.

  • Debbie Warila

    I’d love to learn more about him. 🙂

  • Jeremy Dolph

    “Verso l’alto!” —Pier Giorgio’s motto

  • Tonia

    I’d love to watch Sanctity within Reach!

  • James-Brenna LeBert

    I would love to read A Man of the Beatitudes.

  • Connie Naylor

    I would love to read A Man of the Beatitudes but want to really see the DVD on his life. I am so excited.

  • Gentillylace

    I would especially like to read “A Man of the Beatitudes”, but the DVD sounds great as well.

  • Rosie W.

    Would love the dvd as I’m trying to start a Catholic/Christian film collection.

  • Bradford Jouty

    As a young Catholic Man Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati is a great role model!

  • Greg Cook

    He is an inspiring hero of the faith–I’d like to learn more about him.

  • Maritza

    Always interested in learning about exemplary catholic leaders!

  • Timothy Black

    More awesomeness. I found out about this saint because of you, BV.

  • I read one by his sister but I think it something else. I’d like to read the ewtn one!

  • fratermater

    Would love for our GrandBlessings, Xavier Augustine & Dominic Thomas

  • Mary Ann

    He is one of my favorites too!

  • Margo

    So excited to read Man of the Beatitudes! Verso l’Alto!

  • Martina

    The man of the Beatitudes, even St. John Paul was fascinated by him to me that is a great reason to read this and find out more about the man of the Beatitudes

  • Nicolas

    This would be excellent for a group study!

  • Constance H.

    I would love to win this. He is the patron of my Lay Dominican Chapter. Today is his feast day. Blessed Pier Giorgio, ora pro nobis.

  • Chris Frantzen

    I belong to a mens group named after Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati…..but haven’t read his book yet. It’s on my list 🙂

  • Allison Kinyon

    I’d love to read either of these books! I love reading about the saints!

  • james

    I’ve never heard of him so I’d be very interested to learn about him

  • Reuben S.

    It’s hard to decide. The DVD would let one actually SEE Bl. Frassati and where he lived, but the book is written by his sister! Is it acceptable to say I’m most interested in both?

  • Dana Shade

    I’d love the opportunity to learn more about this great Saint!

  • Jennifer Robidoux

    I would love to learn more about Blessed Pier Giorgio!

  • Lydia

    I would love to read the book about him.

  • John Guise

    Looking forward to learning more

  • Karen

    Man of the Beatitudes

  • Cam


  • likeasaint

    DVD! Love movies

  • aslide

    I’m most interested in watching the DVD, but the book sounds good too.

  • Pauline

    I’ve actually never heard of this saint, I’d love to read either or both books about him. My favorite saints are my standby St. Francis (before he became so popular, lol) and my new patron saint. St. Gemma Galgani. I actually have a lot of books about saints, I love reading about them and discovering new ones 🙂

  • MariaRoma

    I only recently heard about Blessed Pier from a friend, so I was super excited to see this post and the opportunity to learn more! Both the video and the book look great!

  • John P. Maranto

    Something for my classroom!

  • Joan

    Both books look great! I’ve only recently heard of him, so this would be an opportunity to learn more about him.

  • eschuetter

    Love his story….would love to learn more.

  • bunnykisses88

    I’m always interested in learning more

  • Bernie Schum

    Don’t know much about him. Great opportunity to learn more.

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