When i finished this book I wanted to read it all over again. It’s that kind of work. For cinephiles, think Dead End meets Going My Way with a bit of Sleepers thrown in for realism and good measure. Films instead of books come to mind because The Witness of St. Ansgar’s evokes strong visual images easily imagined on the big screen. And while the story might be a bit too folksy for today’s Hollywood standards, the emotions that the book elicits linger long after the rolling of the credits (in this case, a touching epilogue by Francis Nielsen’s wife).