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Francis of Assisi and His World (Lion Histories) Paperback – September 20, 2002

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I was thoroughly impressed (not to mention frequently moved) by Galli's handling of Francis' story. Mark Galli manages to tell the story in a way that is fresh, engaging, and thought-provoking. This book (and all the books in this series) is a very attractive little volume with high-gloss pages and full-color artwork placed throughout. In short, if I were to recommend a biography of Francis to anybody wanting to understand this great Saint, this would be it. (Wyman Richardson, Walking Together, January 28, 2008)

"Few overviews of Christian history can rival the IVP Histories' winning mix of summary and storytelling. Aimed at a general audience, these expertly written books contain much to delight and inform even this long-time student of Christian history. Their size makes them easy to begin reading, and their beautiful images and clear, colorful writing make them hard to put down. A treasure!" (Chris Armstrong, managing editor, Christian History and Biography) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

MARK GALLI is managing editor of 'Christianity Today' in the United States and former editor of 'Christian History' magazine. He is has co-written and edited a number of books, including 131 Christians Everyone Should Know (Broadman & Holman); Preaching that Connects (Zondervan); and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Prayer (Alpha Books).
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Product Details

  • Series: Lion Histories
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Books (September 20, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745951023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745951027
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.4 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,570,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book, along with the others in the series, is an excellent introductory text to understand St. Francis and the world in which he lived, struggled and prayed. The text is lavished with photos, artwork and packed with good history and analysis. The pages are sturdy gloss and the covers are meant to be abused. This is an excellent pocket book and would make a great gift for anyone interested but not too knowledgeable on the life and times of Francis. Total background information is provided for the novice. For the price and content you cannot go wrong with this book, or any of the series. Enjoy!
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Mark Galli has written an accessible but intelligent biography of Francis of Assisi. The life of Francis is told in a very engaging format that reads like a story, rather than an academic exercise. However, he includes a great deal of explanatory sidenotes to provide some of the cultural and historical background to allow that story to make sense. There is a lot of artwork included throughout, which integrates interesting images within the text.

As the sure sign of a good biography, I finished the book feeling as if I really understood who Francis was and what his life meant, not only to his contemporaries, but to the broader story of the Church. I would recommend Galli's work to anyone interested in learning more about this great man of the faith.
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WELL-WRITTEN AND WORTH READING BY ANYONE, CATHOLIC OR NOT.

WE LEARN THAT THIS GENTLE PERSON STARTED OUT WITH A LOT TO LEARN.
HE WAS DETERMINED TO TAKE NOTHING FROM ANYONE ELSE, EXCEPT SUSTENANCE IN FOOD AND THAT IN SMALL AMOUNTS.
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this is a capable if somewhat uninspired book about St Francis. there are many striking medieval illustrations included in the book which is good. Over row this is a pretty good concise biography.
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I found this book to be very interesting. It made me think more about Saints.
It made me think about my life more. I am going to read more books about other Saints.
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