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The Life of St. Francis of Assisi [Fom the Legenda Sancti Francisci ] Paperback – May 1, 2009


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  • 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 (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,037,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By TheListener on March 14, 2007
This book goes over the life of St Francis of Assisi about 15 times, each chapter reflecting a different aspect of his life. I found the format very easy to understand and I think if it were to be written any other way it would not have done this Saint justice because we would not have been able to concentrate each and every one of his virtues.

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.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 2001
Taken from the Legenda Sancti Francisci and edited, with a preface, by Henry Edward Cardinal Manning. The life of a Saint, written by a Saint, speaks to the heart with a vital power which no work of merely natural genius can command. It has a twofold operation of the Spirit of God with it, both in the subject and in the writer. Among uninspired books there are few that breathe more sensibly the love of God than this famous work. "There is a light and a sweetness about it which is not of this world," says Cardinal Manning. St. Thomas writes about finding St. Bonaventure in his cell writing this work in ecstasy, and drawing back from the door exclaiming, "Let us leave a Saint to work for a Saint." St. Bonaventure conveys a picture of St. Francis through his miracles (including turning water into wine, raising people from the dead, commanding water to flow from bare rock and even curing the author of a childhood illness), his sayings (even the animals were exulted at the sound of his voice) and his holy life that renders an indelible impression of a man totally transformed in God and by God. In short, St. Bonaventure presents the life of a man who was like a seraph - an angel in human form - for no other word but "angel" can truly describe the beloved St. Francis of Assisi.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Readalots on September 25, 2007
From St. Bonaventure's 13th century "Legenda Sancti Francisci" Cardinal Henry Manning translated into English the "Life of St. Francis" (1867). The current 1988 edition is a 187-page paperback. Fifteen chapters, over 140 pages, present Francis' life, ministry, humility, poverty, piety and fervor. The remaining 47-unchaptered pages present several vignettes from Francis' life (1181-1226) including his Romagna imprisonment (page 164-165) and his saving various shipwrecked monks off Baruti (page162-163).

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason R Baran on January 15, 2014
The book describes how St. Francis, seeking martyrdom, tried to convert the Muslims to the True Faith. He came to the realization that those people could not be converted, nor could he attain his desire of martyrdom, he returned to Europe. See page 93.
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