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The Little Flowers Of St. Francis Unknown Binding – 1962


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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Image Books / A Division of Doubleday & Company, Inc. (1962)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003OP3AYG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,141,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All-in-all, definitely worth the read.
Cara
Plenty of food for thought here, especially for those who treasure St. Francis.
Carol Skierka
Very valuable for personal spiritual growth and devotion to God.
Andrew Yachad

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Bennett VINE VOICE on April 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
Francis is one of the most famous Saints today, although most only know him through his famous prayer ("Lord make me an instrument of they peace..."). This is the book to read in order to find out more about his life. The Little Flowers could in many ways be called the "Acts of Francis and His Followers," as it chronicles their journeys and miracles, and records their wisdom. The stories are not historical accounts in the modern sense, but oral traditions that tend to be on the legendary side (e.g. he communicates with animals, talks to Saints in heaven). This particular translation by Raphael Brown is excellent for the it also has The Considerations of the Holy Stigmata, The Life of Brother Juniper, The Life of Brother Leo, and the Sayings of Brother Giles.

2) Brown has added sixteen additional chapters of material that have never before appeared in English.

3) It contains a lengthy introduction and an appendix to guide those who wish to learn more about the history of the book and the life of St. Francis. The appendix is particularly valuable because it has a biographical sketch of the characters and short annotations that illuminate difficult passages in the book.

4) The translation from Italian and Latin to English is very readable.

If you want entertaining, amusing, and inspiring stories in a quality package, then check out The Little Flowers of St. Francis as translated/edited by Raphael Brown.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Stephans VINE VOICE on March 5, 2008
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The Little Flowers of St. Francis eloquently tells that tales of St. Francis and his brothers and sisters in the Franciscan Orders. Brown offers a lengthy introduction that provides some biography of Francis and explanation about The Little Flowers and additional chapters.

Many of the stories of Little Flowers are based on the previous biography by Thomas Celano. As one reviewer noted, it might be good to read a traditional biography of St. Francis to better enjoy the Little Flower stories; however, Brown's biography in the introduction serves as the basic outline of Francis' life.

The stories are inspiring and eloquent. Francis' life cannot be discovered apart from the miraculous and mystical. His spiritual devotion and charisma defined him and his order. Depending on one's view of the miraculous, these stories might seem quite embellished, but that is not necessarily the case. The impact Francis' life had on the world is a testimony to its power and supernatualness.

The stories are not lengthy and make great light or short reading. There are five sections that fully address the Holy Stigmata of St. Francis. Additional sections include extra stories of St. Francis and the life and sayings of Brother Giles a friend and successor of St. Francis.

Most of these stories can be read to children or to the family. "How St. Francis tamed the very fierce wolf of Gubbio" is a classic story. All of the stories are inspiring and seem to have a touch of the Divine.

Craig Stephans, author of Shakespeare On Spirituality: Life-Changing Wisdom from Shakespeare's Plays
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JHM on February 17, 2013
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When I was in the Army 55 years ago, I was first introduced to this book by a fellow soldier who lent me a copy. At the time, I was 20 years old and not yet a Catholic, but I immediately took to the book and loved it. When I found it here on Amazon, I welcomed the opportunity to acquire and re-read it. If you have any interest in St. Francis, you too will probably love this book. My interest has been lifelong.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Garth Lehman on March 22, 2013
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Though minimally historically based, this collection of stories about St. Francis is edifying and delightful. In fact, I enjoy these more than the more historical biographies that are out. Thanks!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Theofile on January 12, 2011
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I don't consider the Little Flowers of St. Francis a history book nor is it fiction, rather the book contains stories that plant flowers in ones heart that continue to grow after you've read them, like "What is Joy" or John of Alverna encountering Jesus in the woods. I read these stories to my children as they were growing up in the hope that the seed would sprout and become. They loved them.

I also give this book regularly as a gift, and I know why. Naturally, you have to know to whom you're giving it. Thus far, I've only heard praises for the book.

Enjoy the Little Flowers. They're meant to bloom in hearts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Yachad on May 5, 2013
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Here are wonderful stories about Saint Francis of Assisi and his holy brothers; their humanity, personal struggles and victories, their adventures, their holiness, their love for God and other people. Everything you could imagine and more. Very valuable for personal spiritual growth and devotion to God. Read these stories to your children at bedtime and you will raise saints!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dory M. Sears on July 16, 2013
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I recently began to search for everything written about St. Francis. This is far the best available to understand him and discover his life in truth. I compared it with written biographies and it holds all that is needed to know. It is written in a clear, simple language that is very enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Hopgood on June 2, 2013
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I never knew the Franciscan order could be a treasure chest of wisdom. The sayings of Brother Giles moved me and made contemplate (again) on what it means to be a servant of God. If you're down and out, then pick up and read one of the many short testimonies to cheer you up.
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