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To the Heights “To live life without faith without a patrimony to defend without a struggle for truth that is not living but existing”  —   Pier Giorgio Frassati   Enter the heart of a passionate young man who in his brief life reached the heights of adventure friendship—and sanctity   Born to a wealthy family in Turin at the dawn of the 20th century Pier Giorgio Frassati was good looking popular and athletic  He spent much of his youth climbing the rugged Italian Alps disappearing into the clouds for days at a time He was uick with a joke or a prank and enjoyed a good time  It seemed he was blessed with everything a young man could ask for    But he hungered for   Despite coming from a family of such prestige Pier Giorgio spent most days in the slums of Turin visiting the poor and serving the sick  His love for Christ burned within him and brushed off on everyone he came into contact with – from lepers and orphans to college friends and political diplomats He shared his Faith with kindness and charity and defended it passionately against the evils of Fascism even coming to blows with Mussolini’s thugs on numerous occasions    Pier Giorgio touched the lives of thousands yet his high society parents remained unmoved by the life he led as they frowned upon his religious practices and charitable work  Reaching them would be his last challenge his final mountain to climb   To the Heights is an unforgettable novel about Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati  Dig deeper than the biographical facts and discover the heart of a charismatic young man whose soul blazes brightly and uniuely among the host of heaven

10 thoughts on “To the Heights

  1. says:

    I think I cried at the end of every chapter I want to be like him when I grow up

  2. says:

    This was a spectacular rendering of the life of a young man graced by God to pursue Him in an ordinary life I was truly inspired by the life of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati and believe that every Christian could find inspiration in his storySometimes when I turn to lives of saints I find the information delivered in a dry way The approach that Brian Kennelly

  3. says:

    What an incredible look into the life of an incredible man Pier Giorgio Frassati is a somewhat newer saint having lived in the early part of the 20th Century Because of this there is a lot known and documented about this Saint I thought the writer did a good job of keeping to the facts but making it feel like a story than a dry biography The reader is able to get a w

  4. says:

    Finishing a book in tears is a tell tale sign that this is a beautiful book We know so little of Pier Giorgio’s life This book while being a work of fiction feels true His humility prevented documentation of his life but it was such a good life I pray to live through his canonization Verso l’alto

  5. says:

    Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati is a saint who has been receiving a lot of attention in the Catholic world as of late Perhaps it was because he didn't live that long ago from 1901 to 1924 Maybe it was because he died at the very early age of 24 Or it could be that he was just an ordinary man and not a member of the clergy thus we see someone we can relate to and identify with No matter t

  6. says:

    The only reason I bought this book was because of the words Mussolini's thugs Besides Susan Peek's Saint Magnus the Last Viking I'm not really a reader of saints' biographies They're lifeless and dull; I feel like I'm the one who died and was canonized To The Heights is a keeper I was drawn in with Pier Giorgio Frassati failing Latin and was hooked with his admiration for Laura Hidalgo his

  7. says:

    This book would be ideal for middle school students through adults It's such an inspiring story of how one a person can touch so many lives in such a little time The book is written as fiction but it's based on the true story of the life of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati His life reminded me of St Therese doing little things each day to make big differences in other people's lives It would be beautiful t

  8. says:

    A wonderful life beautifully told by a very sincere young man It has wonderful reviews all four or five stars I feel ashamed giving only three There is a problem here The language is great in parts but embarrassingly bad in others It gets worse towards the end although the content is always excellent It gave me the impression of a first draft having been rushed into print without being edited Certainly this writ

  9. says:

    I can’t remember the last time I cried over a character’s death but this book did an excellent job telling the story of this young man’s incredible life Pier Giorgio lived a life of faith defending it from the evils of Fascism and never gave up helping the poor until his death Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati pray for us Verso l’alto

  10. says:

    A story so masterfully told that in the end conjures a feeling of heartbreak as if one was part of the life of Pier Giorgio himself

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