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Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace Hardcover – April 21, 1999
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This is an insightful, eloquent work. I appreciate that Kent Nerburn keeps honoring the mystery of life, crystallized here in his current work, on St. Francis, and his famous prayer.
Simple, powerful subject; simple, powerful book. There's an obscure song version of the prayer, that I was given to sing back in my Catholic all-girls high school. Replayed only in memory now, I've never again heard any singers perform that specific haunting melody and arrangement. It had a "descant" part, which I as high-soprano sang: a glorious flow of nonverbal, spiraling sound, overlapping the second-soprano and alto parts harmonizing on the actual verses, until all of us merged in a pulsating powerful finale. People would weep in hearing it (and I, in singing it). The author's style reminded me of this. He explores the verses in a quiet, clear, down-to-earth fashion, and yet somehow, audible to the "inner" ear, you might "hear" the counterpoint, a high wonderful rejoicing of the soul (at least, per my soul) in pondering chapter after chapter.
Each section focuses on one line of the prayer. My special favorite is the first chapter evoking the music of love that St. Francis embodies.
Kent Nerburn's book stimulated many realizations for me. (As did the books, The Way of St. Francis, by Murray Bodo, and Man With A Song by F. and H. Line).
In reading Mr. Nerburn's book, I saw clearly how the whole theme of St. Francis' life is that of welcoming. The prayer is an act of embracing. It somehow never registered for me until now, that Francis was of my own ancestry, Italian. At a time when there was no unified concept of an "Italy," at a time of warring city-states, Francis opened his arms, roamed, and welcomed.Read more ›
Nerburn always emphasizes the practical. "I would rather try to manifest my belief in God than to profess it," he writes. In this way, Saint Francis and the self-admitted not-so-saintly Nerburn make a wonderful team. They teach us that we cannot successfully hide from the dark side of our world or of ourselves; that instead we must face even the "most frightening human emotion" --- hatred --- head on. The goal is not to become a saint, thank goodness, but to accept responsibility to do what we can to manifest, and not just profess, our own beliefs.
Congruent with its contents, the physical book itself makes an excellent gift. I keep several copies in my office to give away whenever I may be so moved --- by the spirit of Saint Francis perhaps. (Although I doubt that Francis is involved in book promotion)
We are called to love others, putting God first, others second and self last, because that's what God asks us to do. I have read so many spiritual works, and this is one of my very favorites. I just ordered 2 more of his books. I can't wait to read them, as well!
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Our church spent five days discussing the book. We all learned something and each chapter became the theme for my daily lent devotional.Published 1 day ago by Keith N.
This book is excellent! People in my small group at church are enjoying it very much and finding it easy to apply the concepts to their lives!Published 2 months ago by Kenny Callaghan
I have read this book several time and each time I read it, I come away with a fresh insight into this beautiful prayer by St Francis of Assisi. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Carol R.
Such gentle wisdom. I always feel so peaceful and accepting after I read this. It is a wonderful book to ponder before going to sleep. Read morePublished 9 months ago by sandjsmom
Such insight! Couldn't put this book down!
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I loved this little book. Wonderful way to start each day and I was able to read each chapter in a short amount of time and yet be profoundly inspired. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jennifer Rundlett
A truly wonderful and insightful book; beautiful passages and commentaries that touch your heart. Highly recommend reading. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Helen
I find this prayer to be very inspirational and the book helped me to see how to actually put the theme into everyday practice. Definitely a keeper.Published 13 months ago by Lucia