The Incorruptibles by Joan Carroll Cruz

The Incorruptibles

Continuously popular since it first appeared in 1977, TheIncorruptibles remains the acknowledged classic on the bodies of saints that did not undergo decomposition after death. Many remained fresh and flexible for years, or even centuries. After explaining both natural and artificial mummification, the author shows that the incorruption of the saints' bodies fits neither category but rather constitutes a much greater phenomenon that is unexplaine...

Details The Incorruptibles

TitleThe Incorruptibles
Release DateNov 1st, 1991
PublisherTAN Books
GenreReligion, Christianity, Catholic, Nonfiction, History, Death, Spirituality, Church, Church History, Inspirational, Faith, Medical

Reviews The Incorruptibles

  • Amanda
    Very interesting information about the saints whose bodies are incorruptible.I learned a lot. Although many of the bodies did not decomposed for several hundreds of years, they later did.It upset me a little that body parts are often cut off of the incorrupt bodies as relics. If God allows a body to be incorrupt, who are we to cut it up? I don't get that.
  • Tocotin
    I. Want. This. Book.Okay, so I got it. Read it. Meh. It does have its moments, which mainly have to do with the lengths some of the faithful would go to obtain a holy relic:"A number of [Saint Francis Xavier's] toes are missing, one of them having been bitten off in 1544 by a Portuguese lady named Donna Isabel de Carom, who refused to return the relic."I know, right? There is more, much more of this stuff. The whole book is, in fact, mostly about...
  • Jaime
    Very interesting indeed but the parts about some of the saints having pieces of their body removed for relics and some stolen for I guess what they call souvenirs really upsets me. Don’t have an issue with special monuments but feel that the bodies should be left alone. Miraculous or not it’s still just the vessel. The soul is home with Christ so while we honor their memory and religious life lived let’s not get entrapped or obsessed with t...
  • Elaina
    I am not Catholic but I am interested in death and dead things and this book caught my attention. It is exactly what it says it is, an encyclopedia of blessed corpses. I liked reading it. But I am kind of weird.
  • Geri
    Interesting, yet in a way very creepy!
  • Amanda
    As a Catholic, I will admit I do not know as much about the saints as I should, so this book enlightened me much on the topic of the incorruptible saints and beati. I had heard of the phenomenon before (I chose Bernadette as my confirmation name), but I had not known how often incorruptability occurred or that it seemed to occur differently for each one. The lives of the incorruptibles and their various stages and/or lack of decomposition were fa...
  • Nicole
    I've been curious about this book for years and I've finally had the chance to read it. 3 stars, because it's not stellar writing - just puts the facts out there. But....oh, such interesting, fascinating facts. You can't just sit and read it through, because it's case after case after case, and they will all run together. I found it best to read about a few saints per sitting.The book's cover photo of St. Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes is of one...
  • Kathy Lama
    A fascinating book!
  • Kristi Doucet
    Good readGood read. Enjoyed learning about each saint and how they lived their lives. The graces and faith of each one is so hopeful.
  • Maggie
    When I was in the Fifth grade (I'm sure they were trying to recruit servers), one of the parish ushers took us on a little behind-the-scenes tour of the church. We got to go back to the Sacristy, learned about the wine and the bread, saw the wardrobe with the different Vestments, learned some history about the statues in the church, the stained glass, people stealing the Virgin from the Chapel, yada yada yada. We really knew all that already. The...
  • L
    The Incorruptibles- by Joan Carroll Cruz- Written in 1977, this book chronicles the lives of all 102 Saints, Beati, and Venerables whose bodies have been discovered in the state of incorruption. The author details the investigations by the Catholic Church, and medical authorities, in documenting these bodies which lack proper decomposition. Some of the bodies were found in damp graves, or whose caskets or clothing had deteriorated around the unco...
  • Colleen
    Pretty solid work.This is not a book that you can read in just a few sittings. It is more of an encyclopedic work and is good for referring back to as a reference. I must say, I was surprised at the sheer number of saints who are/were incorruptible. Some saints have a pretty lengthy description, while others are very brief. It is a good mix of very well known saints (Saint Teresa of Avila, Saint Vincent de Paul) and lesser known saints (Blessed M...
  • Lawrence Miquelon
    Fascinating. A bit too Catholic for me but the sheer volume of accounts make this difficult to ignore. It reminds me of the verse, "Thou shall not allow thy holy one to undergo decay." I recommend it to anyone with an interest in the supernatural. You may connect some of these accounts with your own experience of the holy spirit.
  • Atlantis
    Astounding, mind-boggling collection of Catholics (some who were venterated, beatified or obtained full sainthood) whom after death their bodies did not decay in the natural way . Would recommend to anyone. Well documented and easy to read.
  • Rob Roy
    So bad it is good.
  • Emma
    Fun to read. Kind of world of wonder that often makes one smile. Currious is the word.
  • Teressa
    Different saint, same story... over and over.
  • Kimberly
    An amazing book of miracles of the human body.
  • Arief Mulyanto
    Menarik sih. Cukup informatif
  • April
    Great stories of many incorrupt saints. Would've been better with more pictures, and all in color. Beautiful faith builder.
  • Ange
    Nice book to pick up and read a few chapters at a time. Interesting to learn about so many Holy saints who have been preserved from decay, at least for awhile.
  • GE
    Interesting topic.
  • Araceli
    For those who would like to know a basic overview of the saint's life, this book would be a perfect read.
  • Maria
    I love these types of books. It's amazing and I want to read more about it.
  • Bonnie Munn
    Fascinating. Easy to read, broken down into quick chapters. Very inspiring.