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Bonaventure: The Soul's Journey into God, the Tree of Life, the Life of St. Francis (The Classics of Western Spirituality) Paperback – January 1, 1978
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St Bonaventure (1217 - 1274) is a doctor of the Catholic Church, lover of Christ, mystic and near contemporary of his spiritual father, St Francis of Assisi.
The book's first work, "The Soul's Journey into God", is an account of how to encounter God through creation, the soul, and reflecting on God's attributes of Perfect Being and Perfect Goodness. These encounters are treated in 6 steps leading us to the 7th and final step of the soul's spiritual rapture into the Holy Trinity.
Bonaventure cries out to us to leave behind all thoughts and desires and abandon our lives to Christ. Progressing through love, prayer and gazing on God we will see and know The Persons of the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in this life and in the life to come.
The second work, "The Tree of Life", is a spiritual account of the central events of Jesus' Life: His Hidden Life, Ministry, Passion, Death, Resurrection, Ascencion and Glorification. It is a profoundly beautiful and poetic work. Bonaventure calls us to be crucified in Christ and to live anew in Him through sharing in His Virtues.
The final work, "The Life of St Francis", is a spiritual biography of the little poor man of Christ. St Francis encounters us and bids us leave all to follow and love Christ. Bonaventure shows us that we must, like St Francis, die in Christ and reproduce His Virtues in our own lives. It is a dynamic and powerful work.
This book will appeal to all people especially those pursuing the vision of God in Jesus Christ. It is a spiritual treasure for all.Read more ›
Bonaventure was a Franciscan mystic and theologian. He had a very positive view of the material cosmos and the figure of the cosmic christ occurs strongly through his mysticism. For Bonaventure, there are two ways we know God; the book of nature, and the book of scriptures. Through these two paths and then by looking inwards into ourselves at our image created by God, we encounter God's prescence at the heart of our very being, a journey which is deeply Augustinian in its origins.
The Tree of Life is an examination of the logos of Christ, in both his passion and his cosmic role. The Life of St Francis is a work of hagiography on that great saint who was the founder of Bonaventure's order.
Bonaventure is very much an aesthetic theologian. He is deeply appreciative of the beauty of the world, of Christ, and of God. He sees the world and ourselves as 'God's work of art', to be cherished and loved for what they are, God's good creations. Such a positive view should be welcomed by any Christian spirituality today, when our world is faced with environmental problems of considerable magnitude.
The parts of this book which I enjoyed the most were the biographical information of St. Bonaventure and "The Life of St. Francis". I think that the editors did an excellent job of relating the spirituality of Francis to the work of Bonaventure. Based on my reading of this book I believe that Bonaventure saw himself largely as an interpreter of St. Francis' spirituality to the world. For that alone it is worth reading.
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Amazing book! One of the best I've ever read. He takes Truth & lights it on fire with Seraphic Love. He'll draw you in to love Christ as only the Seraphic doctor can do.Published 23 months ago by evenguy
The best way to understand Pope Francis, in my view, is to read a biography of St. Francis, such as St. Bonaventure's here, written 34 years after the great saint's death. Read morePublished on April 23, 2014 by Michael Pakaluk
Bonaventure was the spiritual heir of St. Francis of Assisi. Bonaventure was known as the Devout Teacher, or by his later name, the Seraphic Doctor. Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by Ansen Plopbundle
The book was in great shape and allowed me to delve deeper into my Franciscan Spirit. I feel the quality was well worth the price.Published on August 17, 2013 by Inspired
Bonaventure was a doctor of the Church and infact received his doctorate with Thomas Aqinas. he was a seriously learned man and it is beautiful to see him narrating the life of St... Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by TOM CORBETT
Saint Bonaventure (1221-1274) was an Italian medieval scholastic theologian and philosopher. The three works (The Soul's Journey into God; The Tree of Life; The Life of St. Read morePublished on May 31, 2012 by Steven H Propp