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Not Without Parables

Stories of Yesterday, Today and Eternity.

 Also available as an AudioBook


“Dramas of faith, of conversions, of miracles…A modern spiritual classic.” — Spiritual Book News

Catherine Doherty believed that stories help us to understand the deep truths about life, because they are closer to life than mere ‘ideas’. Gathered here are three types of parables, or stories that reveal the mysterious presence of God in the persons and events.

In her ‘Pilgrim Stories,’ Catherine brings us around the fireside of her childhood home in the Russia of old, where she sat wide-eyed at the feet of holy pilgrims who had knocked on her parents’ door asking for food and shelter on their way to and from shrines.

In her ‘Blue Door Stories’, Catherine shows how our very ordinary life witnesses to Christ and changes the world through this witnessing, through stories of faith-building incidents from her years as a pioneer of the lay apostolate.

Finally, her ‘How Stories’ show us the fruits of Catherine’s powerful imagination, brought forth in parables which symbolize the eternal truths of the spiritual life.

This new edition includes four new stories and beautiful folk art illustrations.



“A book that deserves a place in every parish library.” — The Priest

“Catherine Doherty is a master storyteller; the reader glimpses the richness of Eastern thought and expression. Though the characters and settings vary, the mysterious presence of God is always felt. These stories help us to view our own lives with deeper faith and to see the divine spark shining just beneath the surface. They gently urge us to look anew at the people and events we encounter every day.” — Ave Maria Press

“Well written… for a readership from junior high student to senior citizen. Catherine Doherty’s writings sparkle with her deep love of God and man.” — Sr. Teresa Rigel, C.S.J., in Sisters Today

“Deeply moving, stimulating, fascinating; the incidents come alive. The entire volume is a gem.” — Br. Patrick Hart, in Contemplative Review

“To put it mildly, I am enthusiastic about this book. I must admit that when I put it down, I wished the author could have called it 1,001 Parables.” — The Catholic Worker

“Two things are evident in Catherine Doherty’s writing: her ability to recount the mysterious presence of God in everything, and her deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary…. Reading Catherine Doherty is feeling the presence of God in your life.” — The Wyoming Register

“All will find a message, nicely couched in a story, between the pages of this easy-to-read volume.” — Cross and Crown

“These stories reflect Catherine’s personal understanding of the gospel message and give witness to her life of service to the poor. Readers cannot but be moved by her words.” — The Living Light

“Dramas of faith, of conversions, of miracles… A modern spiritual classic.” — Spiritual Book News


About the author Catherine Doherty

174 pages — Trade Paperback, 5.5″ x 8.25″ — 2nd Rev ed., Madonna House Publications, 2007 — ISBN 978-0-921440-95-6

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