Francis of Assisi and His World

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Overview

Francis of Assisi is one of the world's most beloved and popular religious figures--and also one of the most misrepresented. Such is the assertion of Mark Galli, who in this IVP Histories volume strips away the modern gloss in order to discover the real man in his real physical, political, and social context.

Writing with lively and engaging style, Galli traces the fascinating adventure of Francis's life, from his hedonistic youth to his emergence as a Christian leader of outstanding influence and passion. The saint revealed here is not the bland, romanticized free spirit of popular misconception, but a complex and contentious man who combined an irradiated mysticism with a very practical Christian commitment and, above all, sought to glorify God as Creator.

Francis of Assisi and His World is a "must-read," both for the inspiring story it tells and for the beauty of its art and illustration.

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Editorial Reviews

Chris Armstrong
"Few overviews of Christian history can rival the IVP Histories' winning mix of summary and storytelling. Aimed at a general audience, these expertly written books contain much to delight and inform even this long-time student of Christian history. Their size makes them easy to begin reading, and their beautiful images and clear, colorful writing make them hard to put down. A treasure!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830823543
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 8/8/2002
  • Series: IVP Histories
  • Pages: 190
  • Sales rank: 176,573
  • Product dimensions: 4.87 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Galli is the managing editor of Christianity Today magazine. He previously edited Christian History. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and for 10 years served as a Presbyterian pastor in parishes in Mexico City and California.

He has written books on preaching, prayer and the challenges of pastoral ministry, and is a contributing writer to The Christian Millennial History Project. He is married with three children.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The Knight
2. The Hedonist
3. The Reformer
4. Little Brothers
5. The Order's Founding
6. The Earlier Rule
7. Clare
8. Beyond the Alps
9. Francis in Conflict, Order in Conflict
10. Imitation of Christ
11. Brother Sun
12. Sister Death
13. The Modern Medieval Man
Chronology
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index
Picture and Text Acknowledgements
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