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Francis: The Journey and the Dream depicted a Francis who 'sang' to me. I felt that I had found a teacher to lead me home. I had no idea where theis was going to lead but I was ready to follow. --John Michael Talbot

With a poet's pen and a dreamer's imagination, Bodo inspires many to follow Francis on the journey of gospel living. --Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M., author of Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis

Here is a St. Francis who knew doubt, fear, loneliness, pain, discouragement as well as enthusiasm for life and his brothers, wonder, joy, and gratitude for people and all creation. I return to this book many times to reflect and pray. --Jeremy Harrington, O.F.M., Guardian and Commissary of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land.

About the Author

MURRAY BODO, O.F.M., is a Franciscan priest and a member of the Franciscan Academy. An award-winning author of many books, including Landscape of Prayer and The Simple Way of Saint Francis, he writes and lectures on Franciscan spirituality. As an internationally known poet, Fr. Bodo has participated in poetry readings in Europe and the United States. His latest books of poetry are Wounded Angels and Visions and Revisions. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and travels yearly to Rome and Assisi, Italy, where he leads Franciscan pilgrimages.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media; 40th Anniversary edition (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616364106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616364106
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Y. on June 30, 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
This book is a GREAT resource that everyone should own. Catholic or not, it doesn't matter. This book will inspire you and bring you closer to our Lord, Jesus Christ. Through the words and works of Francis, the reader cannot help but be filled with joy and love for Christ. As a teenager discerning a possible vocation to the priesthood; this book has helped me to see religious life (the Order of Friars Minor to be more specific) in a whole new light, and to look deeper into the life of a Franciscan! I am SO greatful to Murray Bodo for writing this wonderful piece of art that has both inspired me and brought me closer to my Lord. Now as I look at a crucifix, I can see Christ looking back at me, just as he did Saint Francis. If you are curious about the life of Saint Francis, read this book, you won't be disappointed.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 1997
Format: Paperback
I must say that I enjoyed this book very much and so have
most of the people I have spoke with. It is a good poetic book with a lot of great insights into the heart and soul of Saint Francis. Bodo has a wonderful way of expressing the poetic heart of Francis through his own poetry. A must read for anyone interested in Saint Francis of Assisi.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Noelle the Dreamer on August 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Each of us is somewhat familiar with Saint Francis, his work, his love for his fellowmen and of course his friends, the animals.
When I chose this book I expected it to be something of a work of historical facts blended with myths.
The author indeed gives us many historical facts about the Saint yet he also takes us on a journey or shall I say, Saint Francis's journey, which included not only his struggles but also many heartbreaks.

This 40th anniversary edition written by Father Murray Bodo is very informative but surprisingly also gripping. I found myself many times walking alongside the Saint as Fr. Bodo describes his life as a spoiled rich child and his trials and often agonies in his love for others.

You find yourself drawn to Saint Francis in Fr. Bodo's lines: 'To Francis everything in him and around him was a gift from his Father in Heaven. He expected nothing, so he was grateful for everything. Even a piece of earth was cause for rejoicing, and he thanked God always for everything that was. He held everything to his heart with the enthusiasm of a child surprised by some unexpected joy...Nothing was evil, for everything came from God, and evil came only from a heart that chose not to love.'

From his early days of soldiering to the time Jesus spoke to him through the crucifix, we experience this amazing dream that became Saint Francis's life and the eventual formation of his order of Lesser Brothers.
Here is the story of a little man named Francis who lived and died quietly at age fourty five in Assisi. 'He left behind a Dream to dream and a journey to challenge everyone!'

Beautifully written, this book will inspires you to follow on the footsteps of the Saint and to love and embrace your fellowmen!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Don Tassone on October 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a great little book. I first read it in 1972. It had just been published. I was a freshman at St. Francis Seminary in Cincinnati, and Fr. Murray was my English teacher. So it has special significance for me.

I've kept my copy and read it many times over the years. I've carried it with me in visiting Assisi twice.

In my view, Fr. Murray does a great job of expressing the simplicity of Francis' philosophy, the power of his vision and the beauty of his life.

This book is a poem and a prayer. Like all great poetry, it will inspire you. And like all prayer, it will connect you and give you peace.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Glutton for books on March 9, 2005
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I purchased this book hoping to learn more about Francis of Assisi, because it was recommended to me by a few people. I was slightly disappointed in its approach. It is more of a meditative poem about Francis of Assisi's life than a concrete portrait of the individual. There are no quotes about Francis from his writing and the book does not highlight important dates or the historical significance of Francis's actions during the time in which he lived. It is almost as if the book was written in a vacuum.

The story is uplifting as a meditative resource. Francis of Assisi began his life as a member of the wealthy nobility, who had an aversion to the poor and the sick. He had a conversion experience while looking at a crucifix at San Damiano, which changed his life. He started a religious order that was revolutionary in its approach to embracing the poor and avoiding the pitfalls of materialism which plagued much of the Church during his life time. In challenging the status quo, he experienced much opposition, which the book does not investigate, but perhaps in doing so it would lose some of its poetic flow that helps it serve as a meditative resource, because it would require an analysis of politics (nasty business in any time period).

Francis of Assisi is the archetypical respecter of all life. He preached peace, when most of his world was engaged in crusades. He preached equity, when people believed that a state of life was largely a birth right. He is known for his great appreciation for all God's creatures, including members of the animal kingdom. His life was not without challenges, and the book gives the impression that at times he did have doubts about God's plan for him, and was subject to loneliness because of his mission.
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