A Soldier Surrenders
This is the story of the dramatic conversion and inspiring life of the soldier Camillus de Lellis who lived in the late 1500's, and became the founder of the religious order known then as "Ministers of the Sick", and now called the "Camillians". His story is one that is filled with drama: military battles, sickness and disease, conversion to God, and great charity for countless suffering people.
Camillus was a very worldly man, a huge man at 6 foot 6 inches height, a soldier who fought against the Turks, and one who had a terrible addiction to gambling that continually reduced him to poverty and shame. He also suffered tremendously throughout his life from various ongoing ailments. After his conversion, though continually suffering himself, none of his own great sufferings kept him from always thinking of others first, and striving to serve the many sick and dying people under his care. Pope Leo XIII canonized him in 1746 and declared Camillus the Patron of the Sick.
This is a very "readable" and fast-moving book that will be enjoyed even by those who do not normally like to read. It will especially appeal to boys from grades 7-12. 226 pp. Soft cover.
- Susan Peek