A Saint and His Lion The Story of Tekla of Ethiopia by Elaine Murray Stone

A Saint and His Lion The Story of Tekla of Ethiopia

Written by Elaine Murray Stone
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A Saint and His Lion The Story of Tekla of Ethiopia by Elaine Murray Stone

Born in a tiny village to simple farmers in Ethiopia, Tekla was marked from birth to be someone special. However, after a fall from a tree crippled him, he seemed to have no future. Despite his disability, Tekla longed to become a priest. On his way to study at a monastery, he encountered a wounded lion. Overcoming his fear, he bandaged the lion's paw and continued on his journey. His kindness was repaid when later this very same lion not only spared his life, but invited him to mount on his back so that he could transport him. The two set out to convert the wild Galla tribesmen to the Christian faith. Tekla's story of persistence, kindness, and courage, set in the exotic background of 13th-century Ethiopia, will capture the attention of young children, as well as those who read to them.

About the Author

Elaine Murray Stone is the award-winning author of eighteen books for adults and children, including Brevard County: At the Edge of Sea and Space, Carter G. Woodson: Father of Black History and, for Paulist Press, Mother Teresa: A Life of Love, Maximilian Kolbe, and C.S. Lewis: Creator of Narnia. Dr. Stone lives in Melbourne, Florida.

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32 pages


Elaine Murray Stone
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Paulist Press International,U.S.

Publication date

31st December 2003



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