Saint Francis of Assisiby G. K. Chesterton, Wyatt North
Gilbert Keith Chesterton, was an English writer] He published works on philosophy, ontology, poetry, plays, journalism, public
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton, was an English writer] He published works on philosophy, ontology, poetry, plays, journalism, public lectures and debates, literary and art criticism, biography, Christian apologetics, and fiction, including fantasy and detective fiction. Chesterton has been called the "prince of paradox". Time magazine, in a review of a biography of Chesterton, observed of his writing style: "Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out." For example, Chesterton wrote "Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it."
Chesterton is well known for his reasoned apologetics and even some of those who disagree with him have recognized the universal appeal of such works as Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man. Chesterton, as a political thinker, cast aspersions on both progressivism and conservatism, saying, "The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected." Chesterton routinely referred to himself as an "orthodox" Christian, and came to identify such a position more and more with Catholicism, eventually converting to Roman Catholicism from High Church Anglicanism. George Bernard Shaw, Chesterton's "friendly enemy" according to Time, said of him, "He was a man of colossal genius".
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A high level perspective on the influence and affect St. Francis had on the catholic church and religion during and after his lifetime. I now believe that St. Francis' legacy is vastly misunderstood and inaccurate among the average individual. GK Chesterton explains in detail, the role and impact St. Francis had during a time of inconsistency within the church and spirituality in general. Very insightful and stimulating. Informative and enlightening.
I went looking through the bookstore for something new and unfamiliar to me- something enlightening and possibly inspirational. G.K Chesterton is a name I have come across in footnotes of other religious writers. St. Francis I have heard about having to do with love of animals. Also, one of the Catholic Churches in town is named after him. This was my familiarity with the author and subject. Somehow, the book ended up in my hands and I purchased it. I read it underlining parts and writing my thoughts in margins. I found it very interesting. I am not sure whether Francis of Assisi is anything more than a man but I believe he must have been a very remarkable man if Chesterton is accurate. I recommend this book to anyone interested. It is very readable and is easy to understand. I came away with an appreciation of man who totally submitted to the example of humility given by Jesus Christ. I will read more of G.K Chesterton's works.
I am catholic and i love learning about all of the different saints. I think this wpuld be a good book for people tht arent catholics to because saint francis is a good role model. If people see that he is a good role model then maybe tjey will become good or better people than they ard right now. I aldo love how he takes care of all the animals in Gods love. Like i said it is a good and amzing book and i hope u like it!
This is an excellent book and what a bargain!
I read this book as I was hungry for knowledge about the life of St. Francis. I expected to read many detailed stories of events in his life. Instead the author prattled on about the character of St. Francis. I know he was a great man, he was canonized. I wish someone would tell me some events that made him great. This book was 199 pages and at page 154 I knew three brief stories about him. I learned more about the time period in which he lived. I could have learned more searching the Internet for stories about St. Francis. I was very disappointed and wish a review would have steered me away from this book. The author would have been better suited to say I know nothing factual about St. Francis because he lived so long ago, but here is what we can assume.