- Paperback: 190 pages
- Publisher: TAN Books & Publishers, Inc. (May 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0895553430
- ISBN-13: 978-0895553430
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Life of St. Francis of Assisi [Fom the Legenda Sancti Francisci ] Paperback – May 1, 2009
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It is written by another Saint, St Bonaventure, so it is highly impressive in it's credentials. I chose St Francis as my confirmation Saint after reading this book. He was a humble Christian who took God's Word very seriously and he is a perfect example of God's love to be seen here on earth. It is impossible to read this book and not be touched by it. My life has literally changed by St Francis, the poor servant of Christ who's love for Christ sets a new standard for us all.
This absorbing book also witnesses the saint's austerity (almost catatonic at times), founding the Franciscan order, Francis' stigmata, his regular church attendance (often sleeping is churches between worships), his death and canonization. Readers hear of Francis' views on preachers (page 74), his love for animals (page 78-85), and his distain for property and money (page 67-68).
Bonaventure tells the hair-raising story of Francis' pilgrimage to Africa and his capture by Saracens. Deported to Babylon, the saint is taken before the Sultan. Francis witnesses Christ to the Muslim leader and is later released (Bonaventure presents it with almost miraculous proportions) as the Sultan realizes the man of Assisi to be a "blessed" holy man.
Although St. Bonaventure is prone to mystical overstatement (there are several blatant parallels between his Francis and the Gospels' Jesus), Cardinal Manning translates the saint's story into a very good read. Francis' life is profoundly significant as Christian witness. His life will attract readers to faith. This informative and interesting book is recommended to everyone.
This man was truly touched by God and this book- while published in the original print and linguistics (?) is great for our generation as well. It has that old speaking feel but it speaks to anyone. Anyone at all. Even if you are not Catholic- St. Francis is the healer and the miracle worker for anyone who asks.
I was amazed to find out that this man was so much more than I ever knew. And I felt I knew him well.
Enjoy this one.
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Not finished with it, but what I've read is written in a style I'm unaccustomed to. Sentences are 20-30 words long. They may take 2-3 readings. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Alfred Leigh
St. Bonaventure is a genus in his writings and his writing about the Life of St. Francis is proof of this.Published 14 months ago by Randy
If you are interested in the spiritual life of Francis of Assisi, this is a book for you. His life and death challenged my walk with the same God he walked with. Read morePublished on September 9, 2009 by M. Whiting