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.


Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Archbishop Peter Sartain about our mutually favorite saint, Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati. Well today, thanks to the generosity of Ignatius Press, 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.)

  • Brianna Montoya

    Pier Giorgio has been a great influence in my young adult life. He not only inspires me to integrate my faith in every aspect of my life, but he also has broken down my own preconceived idea of ‘holiness’ and has shown the greatness of being radically yourself!

  • James-Brenna LeBert

    I don’t know much about him, but I would love to learn more.

  • Paul Schultz


  • Howell Wolfriht

    He was a man of extraordinary faith and devotion to our Saviour who, like St. Thérèse of Lisieux, was called from this life very young, and left behind a powerful witness.

    How could that be anything but intriguing? 🙂

  • Yusuf Nasrullah

    What a fantastic prize!

  • Sonya_Morris

    Being humble and his ability to influence his friends and not be influeced in a bad way by his friends. Sonya Morris

  • Danny

    I don’t know much about him but I’d love to learn.

  • Shane Mac

    A book I’ve been meaning to buy a long time!

  • Patrick D Gamble

    His love of Christ and his witness to the call of Holiness in our lives. I learned about him from a Fr. Barron video a while back and I’ve wanted to know more ever since. I thought it was awesome when you mentioned you were blessed with the gift of a second class relic recently.

  • Gentillylace

    I don’t know very much about Bl. Pier Giorgio, but I am impressed by his joy.

  • Christi

    What I find most intriguing was his secret life of service to the poor.

  • Karen Head

    I am thinking I won a contest before but did not receive the book ;( Maybe today? God bless!

  • Corey Swope

    I would love to learn more about Pier Girogio!


    he’s the case study of being a solid, devoted Catholic *and* a strong, successful layman in the “real world”

  • Thomas Boynton Tucker

    The most intriguing thing is that he followed the way of Christ instead of the wrold at such a young age, and did it with such joy still being in the world.

  • TJPW

    A saint for the average man?

  • Mary Van Buhler

    His youth, as a great example for my children.

  • Chelsea

    Every week, I think man I would LOVE to win this book, because they are all so awesome! This week my first reaction was “OH I REALLY WANT this book. I LOVE BPGF!!!

  • aslide

    I’m most intrigued by his holiness at such a young age.

  • Karen

    He gave so much to the poor at such a young age.

  • Mike Kapperman

    Looks good

  • Greg Cook

    This world can use more joy, and Bl. Pier Giorgio is one who can help.

  • Cam

    What a great model he was.

  • Liz

    What I find most intriguing about Pier Giorgio Frassati is his absolute humility and normalness. He related to those he was trying to reach out to

  • CM

    His humility and strength of character.

  • poboi

    looking forward to this book

  • As a budding Lay Dominican, I would LOVE to win these!

  • Valerie Re

    Sounds interesting! Now I really want it!

  • Grace Hincapie

    I honestly don’t know to much about him, so this would be a wonderful resource to use.

  • Charlene

    He was so young yet he influenced Pope John Paul II when he was young. It sounds like this would be a very interesting book that I’d love to share with my husband and teenaged son.

  • Elaine

    His youthfulness, he is a wonderful patron for young men!

  • Ben

    What I find most intriguing about him is that he is a Blessed of the Church. That alone makes his life worth reading about.

  • Rangel

    Bl. Pier Giorgio is the patron of our Confirmation class!

  • Melanie Hardy

    that his parents were not very devout, that he spent nights in Adoration on his own accord, and all his extra money was given to people he met on the streets. i watched a good video about Bl. Frassati by Word on Fire.

  • Kimberly

    As a blessed, and not yet canonized as a saint, there are a remarkable number of young adult groups named after him.

  • Barbara Tovar Stonecipher

    My son has unintentionally modeled his life after Pierre and when I introduced him to this wonderful blessed, he loved the sorry and how Pierre reminded me so much of him!

  • Anthony

    What I find most intriguing about Pier Giorgio is the joy! The pictures alone communicate a profound relationship with Christ that sanctified every aspect of his life.

  • Kelli

    Oh now this I want! If I don’t win I’ll probably have to buy it, lol.

  • I dont know much about him except he is well known.

  • Lincoln Wood

    I’ve heard about Bl. Giorgio but want to know more.

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