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Product Details

  • Paperback: 29 pages
  • Publisher: MOREHOUSE PUBLISHING (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819212059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819212054
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 4.3 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is powerful and worth adding to your heart, and library..
MO
When we forget that God is guiding our life and if we follow a path of making right choices we will experience more peace.
Mary J. McGrail
This poem is powerful and one every single Christian should read and meditate upon.
Josel

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robert Higgs on February 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this little book 30 years ago and, though I do not often read it, I treasure it. Thompson was a very troubled alcoholic I believe and though his prose can be extremely difficult to unravel, it is worth a try. He has some amazing insights into Jesus' determined and pursuing love for us: the faster we run from him, the faster he runs after us. It is an honest account of conversion.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Abraham Philip on December 26, 2012
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I bought the Kindle edition of Francis Thompson's "Hound of Heaven," because I wanted to cite a stanza from this masterpiece in a book I was writing. This Kindle edition not only contains the poem of Francis Thompson, but also informative and illuminating commentary by James J. Daily, S.J., on select verses of the poem as they relate to the life of Francis Thompson.

Although the poem is not an easy read, I found the commentaries very helpful in understanding the meaning of the "Hound of Heaven" and relating it to the life of Francis Thompson. Francis was born in a devout Roman Catholic family. He was sent to a boarding school to study for the priesthood, but soon it became clear to him that he had no interest in becoming a priest. His father, a medical doctor, wanted him to study medicine, but Francis had no aptitude for science. He wanted to be a poet, so he left home at the age of twenty-six and made his way to London. Living on the streets of that city, he soon became destitute and an addict to opium. He eventually died of tuberculosis, but shortly before his death, he wrote this poem in which he confessed that he was not running away from his home or himself, but he was actually running away from God. Yet God, said Francis, graciously pursued him, as it were, as the Hound of Heaven.

I highly recommend this Kindle edition to anyone who seeks to be enriched by Francis Thompson's portrayal of a loving, omnipotent, and omniscient God who seeks after us as the Hound of Heaven.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James G. Bruen Jr. on February 9, 2012
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I foolishly assumed I had a greater familiarity with Francis Thompson's The Hound of Heaven than I had. I now realize that I'd only heard parts of it recited and remembered them incorrectly (if the recitals were accurate :-)) I was ill prepared for and very pleasantly surprised by this poetic masterpiece.
Thompson's portrayal of the fleeing soul that like Augustine cannot rest until it rests in Thee is exquisite. The introduction by James J. Daly, S.J., to the early edition that is reproduced in this free e-book includes a biographical portrait of Thompson that heightens the reader's appreciation of the poem, showing that it was not written by a dilettante but by a man anguished by the life he described.
The Amazon listing for this free e-book indicates it is by by Francis Thompson and Stella Langdale. This is a bit misleading. Stella Langdale illustrated the early edition but her illustrations are not reproduced in this e-book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Hsueh on January 23, 2014
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the formatting and scanning result is very bad. without a hardcopy, i could hardly follow the digital version. I wish there is a way to return it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Josel on December 29, 2013
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This poem is absolutely beautiful and speaks right into the soul of God's children. I can hardly read it without feeling as though the breath has been taken from me. The pursuit of God for the soul of His children is a powerful one and it is captured so beautifully by Francis Thompson. As he reaches the conclusion of the poem and states 'How little worthy of any love thou art! Whom wilt thou find to love ignoble thee, Save Me, save only Me? All which I took from thee I did but take, Not for thy harms, but just that though might'st seek it in My arms. All which they child's mistake fancies as lost, I have stored for thee at home: Rise, clasp My hand, and come." Halts by me that footfall: Is my gloom, after all, Shade of His hand, outstretched caressingly? "Ah, fondest, blindest, weakest, I am He Whom thou seekest! Thou dravest love from thee, who dravest Me." Oh! how true those words are! If only we, His children, could escape our blindness and see that His pursuit is not one designed to take something from us but to give us the greatest gift that could ever be given; redemption! Freedom and release from bondage that we have taken upon ourselves to feed the sinful drive in our hearts, given in the form of Jesus, our savior. This poem is powerful and one every single Christian should read and meditate upon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Logan R. on September 8, 2013
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very very short, but a wonderful read. the poetry is so moving ! and for free, a must ! A+
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tigger on August 9, 2013
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Just looking for the actual text as I wanted to quote something from it. I chose the cheapest available and got a nice surprise. This edition is full of wonderful notations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JanetC on July 21, 2013
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I have heard this poem quoted many times, but never read it entirely. The biographical info was an unexpected plus.
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