The Life of Jesus Christ and Biblical Revelations (4 Volume Set)
Publisher: TAN Books
Publication Date: June 1, 2001
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Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich was a Roman Catholic Augustinian Canoness Regular of Windesheim, mystic, Marian visionary, ecstatic and stigmatist. She is notable for her visions on the life and passion of Jesus Christ, reputed to be revealed to her by the Blessed Virgin Mary under religious ecstasy. Emmerich was beatified on 3 October 2004, by Pope John Paul II. However, the Vatican focused on her own personal piety rather than the religious writings associated to her by Clemens Brentano. Her documents of postulation towards canonization is handled by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.
The Good: overwhelming amount of detail that fills in the gaps of events that are either not mentioned or quickly glossed over in the Bible; her visions of Creation will have you in awe
The Bad: some events are less interesting, making the over-the-top level of detail impossible to get through; tedious amount of description relating to clothes, ceremonies, rituals, and surroundings.
Considering the fact that it took half a dozen books to contain all of her visions, it’s no surprise that Anne Catherine Emmerich is one of the most talked about mystics today. It should be noted that all of her books possess an Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat, as her visions perfectly complement Christianity’s written tradition.
Before fully detailing the life of Christ, Emmerich goes into a number of her visions relating to the Old Testament, starting off with Creation. This is one the most exciting, enlightening, and unbelievable of all the chapters in this volume.
Emmerich’s revelations provide intimate portrayals of so many Biblical figures. Notable figures include, St. John the Baptist, St. Anne, St. Joachim, Melchisedek, Noah, Herod, Lazarus, and most of the patriarchs in the genealogy of Jesus. These visions help make Biblical events come alive by presenting robust descriptions of settings and interactions, effectively putting us there within each moment.