Among the oddest items recently sent to Christianity Today for review are "Pocket Deities," Chronicle Books' religious figurines of Francis of Assisi and the Virgin of Guadalupe. "Tuck one of these portable boxes … into your pocket or bag and take the protective spirit of these deities with you wherever you go," says a press release. Chronicle's Debra Lande later explained to CT that the company "changed the name from Pocket Deities to Pocket Saints when we realized that St. Francis and the Virgin of Guadalupe were not technically deities . …We think that the deities and saints will sell equally well."

Related Elsewhere

On the Chronicle Books' website you can see the Pocket Saints of Francis of Assisi and the Virgin of Gaudalupe.

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