The Song of Bernadette - Reviews and Testimonials

Please find a selection below of reviews and testimonials received since John Martin's abridged version of 'The Song of Bernadette - The immortal Story of Bernadette of Lourdes' was published in 1999.

I hope that the abridged Song of Bernadette will encourage many more to read this moving and immortal story of the miracle of Lourdes and appreciate the sturdy and loving character of Our Lady's little friend Bernadette who, with Heaven-sent grace, fought such a fearless fight for the authenticity of her visions.

Cardinal Basil Hume,
Archbishop of Westminister 1976-1999


I enjoyed the book very much and considered it a masterpiece of 'readability'.

Mrs. Rowan Blake-James,
Chairman, Humberside County Council 1999-2001


The abridged edition of The Song of Bernadette is an excellent revivification (restore to life and vigour) of the original work.

The Right Reverend Timothy Wright, O.S.B.
Abbot of Ampleforth 1997-2005


When I arrived back from the Lake District, I found my wife Eleanor fiercely stuck into The Song of Bernadette and thoroughly enjoying it.

Anthony Hulton
Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa (on a visit to England)


When reading The Song of Bernadette, I could not put the book down and am now contemplating coming to Lourdes.

Tom Bewley
Abingdon, Oxfordshire.


I have just finished reading the abridged Song of Bernadette for the third time. Every time I read it, I derive so much more benefit from that amazing story. So many times I actually had tears in my eyes as I read along. I very appreciated the splendid job in abridging the work, for I am sure I would never have delved into the original complete text. It just would have been too much.

The Reverend Leo J. Gorman, C.P.
Executive Producer and Secretary,
Passionist Communications, Pelham, New York 10803


I thoroughly enjoyed the abridged Song of Bernadette. It is an excellent book.

Oliver Lanng
The Travellers Club, Pall Mall, London. SW1


In her book on Lourdes, Ruth Harris refers to the book by another Jew, Franz Werfel, who wrote The Song of Bernadette from which the film was made. It has been abridged by John Martin and issued with a Foreword by Cardinal Basil Hume. The film had at the beginning: 'For those who believe, no explanation is necessary; for those who do not believe, no explanation is possible'. It would surely have to be a very stiff-necked non-believer who, after reading Ruth Harris' and Franz Werfel's book abridged by John Martin does not at least share a sense of where the appeal of Lourdes lies.

The Reverend Richard Field, O.S.B.
Post Box No.902, Macheke, Zimbabwe


The abridged Song of Bernadette, as well as Simon Jenkins’ England’s Thousand Best Churches, Martin Biddle’s The Tomb of Christ and Christopher Howse’s 2,000 Years of Christianity were the four that The Daily Telegraph selected for the Books for Easter, and repeated the selection a week later on Easter Sunday in The Sunday Telegraph.

Literary Editor’s Office
The Daily Telegraph, Canary Wharf London, E14 5AR


Final Thoughts

Father Tony Glynn S.M. of the Marist Fathers in Sydney, Australia, who worked as a missionary in Japan for 42 years, was eminently successful in converting and baptising many Japanese and did much to heal the wounds of the Pacific War, winning friends amoung outstanding civic leaders and Buddhist priests alike. His reconciliation work was recognised by the Emperor of Japan who awarded him the Order of the Rising Sun, he received the Order of Australia from his own government and the Order of the British Empire from H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.
Father Tony Glynn found that Franz Werfel's The Song of Bernadette re-energised his evangelistic work and he read the book every year until he died in Nara, Japan's ancient capital, in 1994.

Front Cover of Franz Werfel's 'The Song of Bernadette', The immortal Story of Bernadette of Lourdes abridged by John Martin

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