G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) was an English journalist, theologian, philosopher, playwright, mystery writer, and more. Among his many great works are Saint Thomas Aquinas, The Everlasting Man, and Orthodoxy.
Saint Francis of Assisiby G. K. Chesterton
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.
In this acclaimed biography, one of the most engaging and insightful writers in modern history tells the story of Francis-one of the most influential men of all time. Here G. K. Chesterton reflects on Francis's life from his conversion as a young man to his calling, vocation, miracles, and relationships. In Chesterton's colorful prose, Francis shines across generations, calling each of us to an animating love for God and God's people.
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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.