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Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi

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Chesterton's Saint Francis of Assisi (1181 - 1226) is the popular biography of a beloved Christian saint and founder of the Franciscans, told by an equally beloved author and storyteller. It is an accessible, interesting and compelling story of a man known more by legend than fact. In this brilliant reflection on the poor friar of Assisi, G. K. Chesterton unfolds the life and times of St. Francis, from his conversion as a young man to his receiving of the stigmata at the end of his life.

While many modern biographers stumble in their effort to grasp the essence of the saint, Chesterton shows that Francis' entire life - his prayer, his poverty, his asceticism, his love of creation, and all his eccentricities - flowed from his profound love for Christ and all men. In Chesterton's colorful prose, St. Francis shines with the splendor of sanctity and calls each of us to the same intense and animating love for God and His people.

The enigma that is St. Francis of Assisi is one with which we should be intimately familiar. Upon first glance our age seems incredibly dissimilar to the time in which Francis lived; however, closer examination will reveal a similar zeitgeist. G. K. Chesterton takes us into the life of St. Francis not by giving us a list of facts, dates, and accomplishments, but rather by taking us into the mind and heart of the man. As with any person, mere facts cannot truly tell the story that only knowing the person can tell. With this book one feels as though he has come to know Francis, rather than just know about him.

^^This book reads like a letter of introduction of St. Francis of Assisi to the modern world. Skeptics as well as the devout are invited to understand this man who turned the world on its head, or rather turned himself on his head to see the world more clearly.



- Publisher Francis of Assisi was a man of paradox. An inspiration behind the painting of Giotto and the poetry of Dante, Francis worked to end the Crusades of the Middle Ages and interceded with the emperor on behalf of birds. He founded a religious order that has changed the lives of thousands, yet he remained as individual as the legends surrounding him. His singing and joy cheered many though he preached a serious repentance. His presence drew animals, spiritual seekers, and devout Christians even as he lived a quiet life of poverty.

- Publisher

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Chesterton's Saint Francis of Assisi (1181 - 1226) is the popular biography of a beloved Christian saint and founder of the Franciscans, told by an equally beloved author and storyteller. It is an accessible, interesting and compelling story of a man known more by legend than fact. In this brilliant reflection on the poor friar of Assisi, G. K. Chesterton unfolds the life and times of St. Francis, from his conversion as a young man to his receiving of the stigmata at the end of his life.

While many modern biographers stumble in their effort to grasp the essence of the saint, Chesterton shows that Francis' entire life - his prayer, his poverty, his asceticism, his love of creation, and all his eccentricities - flowed from his profound love for Christ and all men. In Chesterton's colorful prose, St. Francis shines with the splendor of sanctity and calls each of us to the same intense and animating love for God and His people.

The enigma that is St. Francis of Assisi is one with which we should be intimately familiar. Upon first glance our age seems incredibly dissimilar to the time in which Francis lived; however, closer examination will reveal a similar zeitgeist. G. K. Chesterton takes us into the life of St. Francis not by giving us a list of facts, dates, and accomplishments, but rather by taking us into the mind and heart of the man. As with any person, mere facts cannot truly tell the story that only knowing the person can tell. With this book one feels as though he has come to know Francis, rather than just know about him.

^^This book reads like a letter of introduction of St. Francis of Assisi to the modern world. Skeptics as well as the devout are invited to understand this man who turned the world on its head, or rather turned himself on his head to see the world more clearly.


- Publisher

Francis of Assisi was a man of paradox. An inspiration behind the painting of Giotto and the poetry of Dante, Francis worked to end the Crusades of the Middle Ages and interceded with the emperor on behalf of birds. He founded a religious order that has changed the lives of thousands, yet he remained as individual as the legends surrounding him. His singing and joy cheered many though he preached a serious repentance. His presence drew animals, spiritual seekers, and devout Christians even as he lived a quiet life of poverty.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

G K Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in London, England, in 1874. He went on to study art at the Slade School, and literature at University College in London. Chesterton wrote a great deal of poetry, as well as works of social and literary criticism. Among his most notable books are The Man Who Was Thursday, a metaphysical thriller, and The Everlasting Man, a history of humankind's spiritual progress. After Chesterton converted to Catholicism in 1922, he wrote mainly on religious topics such as Orthodoxy and Heretics. Chesterton is most known for creating the famous priest-detective character Father Brown, who first appeared in The Innocence of Father Brown. Chesterton died in 1936 at the age of 62.

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  • Catalogue Code 277744
  • Product Code 9781598562828
  • ISBN 1598562827
  • EAN 9781598562828
  • Pages 144
  • Department Academic
  • Category Classic
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Hendrickson Publishers
  • Publication Date Jul 2008
  • Sales Rank #78193
  • Dimensions 215 x 139 x 111 mm
  • Weight 0.353kg

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