The Holy Twins by Kathleen Norris
Benedict and Scholastica

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Kathleen Norris, acclaimed author of The Cloister Walk, offers a moving text to accompany beloved artist Tomie dePaola's strikingly beautiful frescolike paintings in the dramatic and inspiring story of two miraculous, yet very human siblings.

The twins, Benedict and Scholastica, grew up as lively best friends in northern Italy, but their paths diverged when it became time for them to enter adulthood. Benedict's life was filled with dramatic moments and miracles as he grew into an important spiritual leader. Scholastica lived a quieter life, but she remained a strong influence on her brother as he developed the Rule of St. Benedict, which guides the Benedictine order to this day.

About Kathleen Norris

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Kathleen Norris lives in Lemmon, South Dakota, and Honolulu, Hawaii.Tomie dePaola ( lives in New London, New Hampshire.
Published September 10, 2001 by Putnam Juvenile. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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And it’s a wonderful story—of twin siblings growing up in the hills of Umbria, of a young man disillusioned by study in the city of Rome, seeking first to serve God by living alone and then to serve further by creating a rule under which those who chose could live together in God’s service.

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Poet, feminist and Benedictine oblate Norris (The Cloister Walk) turns to the sixth-century twins Benedict and Scholastica for this informative dual biography.

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