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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; English Language edition (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452278341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452278349
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well-known Christian musician Talbot founded the Brothers and Sisters of Charity, a Franciscan lay order. Here he discusses their way of life, which is based on the ideals of simplicity, service, and love for creation that St. Francis of Assisi inpired. Drawing on insights from the saint's enigmatic life, Talbot encourages readers to pare down the overwhelming demands of modern existence and to distinguish between the needs of interior life and the pull of worldly desires. Readable and filled with concrete suggestions, this is sure to appeal to seekers of a more simple and authentic life.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Steve Rabey, co-author of The Lessons Of St. Francis (Dutton), has written on religion for the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and other magazines, and has been the Religion Editor of the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph. He resides in Colorado Springs, CO.

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This is a wonderful book...very easy to read and quite helpful.
Erik
I can't recommend this book enough if you are looking at getting deeper spiritually.
R. S. O'Brien
We are richer for the life of St. Francis, and this book brings that to light.
Lyrical-Linocut

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124 of 131 people found the following review helpful By Baysuite on January 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
This was simply an excellent book. No other way to put it, really. This book got so far down into me that I felt more aware, more present, more spiritually attuned during the entire time I was reading it. It spoke to me in a quiet and humble way...the way I seem to hear the best. Though I'm not Catholic, I am moved and inspired by the life of St. Francis, and his life is worthy of many books. I have to agree with another reviewer, though. I'm somewhat disappointed that this great man is seen mainly as a "Catholic"...I think if we can take the labels off of some things (and people) others might dare to venture into something they wouldn't have ordinarly. I'm a Christian, but I don't hear much about the life of St. Francis or his teachings from the pulpit of my non-denominational church. Yet I can't help but feel that the messages of this book and the lessons of St. Francis (who sought to be like Christ in every way) could seriously benefit today's Christians, if we open our minds and hearts. This is the kind of book that causes us to examine the kind of religion and Christianity we say we are pursuing. We say we don't love money, but I'm convinced that we work overtime trying to balance our love of God with our love of money. I'm not an extremist, and I'm not saying we've got to give up everything. But the kind of Christianity that promotes "believing God for a Lexus" while our brother goes hungry makes no sense to me whatsoever. I think we have a HUGE responsibility as Christians, and this little book really brought that (and so much more) to life for me.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Lyrical-Linocut on December 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Talbot offers us a nicely packaged little book on the essentials of Fransiscan faith. He interprets the way of St. Francis for 21st century man, gleaning nuggets of truth that apply to most all of our daily lives. What I liked about the book was its straight forwardness. It's a book that can be read again and again, helping us to strip away the complicated baggage that we clutter our lives with. Someone once said, "To live simply is to simply live" and that sums up this book. Talbot offers chapters on creativity, community, service, peace, prayer, solitude, simplicity, joy, and more. We are richer for the life of St. Francis, and this book brings that to light.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Talbot does it again. What he has done in his music for so long, he does in this book: give a lucid expression of the Catholic, specifically Franciscan, life in a way that all seekers of simplicity can be encouraged by. A treasure of practical spirituality!
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By clappingtrees on August 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
A down-to-earth book that explains in simple, meaningful and practical terms what it means to cultivate these virtues in our life: Simplicity, Joy, Solitude, Humility, Creativity, Chastity, Community, Compassion, Creation, Service, Peace and Prayer.

For example, practical tips in the chapter on Humility include: "When you are around other people, do you insist on promoting your opinions, driving home your points, and being the last one to talk on an issue? Or are you content to let others have their say without any commentary or criticism from you?"

For deeper impact, try reading this book and listening to the songs in JMT's Wisdom CD (ASIN: B00005OACU) alternately. Be patient and the music in the latter will grow on you. The messages in the songs such as Wisdom, Humility, Discipline (The Easy Yoke), Prayer and The Cross Is Foolishness also dovetail beautifully with the messages in the book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lori Douglass (haylock@cybertours.com) on April 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
A gentle compendium on bringing the Franciscan lifestyle into your world, this book will help you express the simplicity and faith of Francis in your personal life. For anyone who has "always loved St. Francis".
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "francis_xavier_borgia" on November 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
I became a Roman Catholic 30 years ago and received instruction form a Capuchin Franciscan who lived this philsophy to the fullest. Now, years later, I am so grateful that I read this book for it reminded me that a simple life often leads to a rich complex faith - this came to me at just the right time and is so timely for others who are caught up in our consumer-driven culture... Savor the thoughts contained in this book. You will want to own this book and re-read it from time to time....
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Erik on December 22, 1999
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This is a wonderful book...very easy to read and quite helpful. If you want to learn how to live the Christian life; read this book and begin your journey.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth G. Melillo VINE VOICE on August 27, 2000
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John-Michael Talbot manages to crystallise essential of Franciscan spirituality in a manner which makes it appealing and accessible for those in any state of life. Of particular note are his words about prayer, the practise of virtue, discretion and charity in dealing with others, and maintaining integrity without letting one's zeal exceed one's prudence.
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