The Road to Assisi: The Essential Biography of St. Francis [NOOK Book]

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He conversed with both the Pope and the sultan. He transformed a taste for fine things and troubadour poetry into greater loves for poverty and joyful devotion to God. He never intended to found a traditional religious "movement," but nevertheless, he did. As he died, his brothers had to guard him closely in fear that someone would try to snatch the body of this living saint. Who was Francis of Assisi? Where did he come from and what can we ...
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Overview

He conversed with both the Pope and the sultan. He transformed a taste for fine things and troubadour poetry into greater loves for poverty and joyful devotion to God. He never intended to found a traditional religious "movement," but nevertheless, he did. As he died, his brothers had to guard him closely in fear that someone would try to snatch the body of this living saint. Who was Francis of Assisi? Where did he come from and what can we learn from his life?

Paul Sabatier (1858-1928), a French Protestant and the first modern biographer of St. Francis, sought to find the man beneath the layers of myth and legend. Sabatier portrayed a fully human Francis, much like each of us in our awkwardness, insecurities, and fear, but also a gentle mystic and passionate reformer who desired to live as Jesus taught his disciples. The Road to Assisi presents Sabatier´s biography for today´s twenty-first century reader. With helpful explanations and annotations by Jon M. Sweeney, Sabatier´s narrative is supplemented with the insights of many other scholars and writers, from Bonaventure and Dante to G. K. Chesterton and Umberto Eco.
Visit Jon Sweeney's blog at jonmsweeney.wordpress.com.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557257192
  • Publisher: Paraclete Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 749,948
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jon M. Sweeney is the author of several books including Strange Heaven: The Virgin Mary as Woman, Mother, Disciple, and Advocate (September 2006); and Born Again and Again: Surprising Benefits of a Fundamentalist Childhoodwhich was named one of the "Best Books of 2005" by Spirituality & Health magazine and with an Award of Merit in the Spirituality category by Christianity Today. He has also written The St. Francis Prayer Book; The Lure of Saints; Praying with Our Handswhich was featured on PBS's "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly" and is the editor of Paul Sabatier's classic biography of St. Francis, The Road to Assisi, which was a selection of the History Book Club, Crossings Book Club, Literary Guild, and Book-of-the-Month Club.

Jon was the co-founder and editor-in-chief of SkyLight Paths Publishing, a multifaith trade book publisher in Vermont, until he joined Paraclete Press in Massachusetts as their associate publisher.

He writes an occasional column for the website, explorefaith.org, and his articles have been published in a variety of magazines including Catholic Digest, The Lutheran, The Merton Seasonal, and Spirituality & Health.

He is a frequent guest speaker to groups of all denominational backgrounds on the subjects of understanding the Virgin Mary, Christian fundamentalism, St. Francis of Assisi, and appreciating the Catholic imagination. He was the featured speaker at The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on St. Francis's feast day in 2004. Jon lives in Vermont with his wife and two teenage children.

Visit Jon Sweeney's blog at jonmsweeney.wordpress.com.
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Table of Contents

Introduction xi
The Annotated Life of St. Francis of Assisi
1. His Youth and Family 3
2. Stages of Conversion (Spring 1204-Spring 1206) 9
3. The Church About 1209--Part One 18
4. The Church About 1209--Part Two 25
5. Struggles and Triumph (Spring 1206-February 24, 1209) 34
6. First Year of Apostolate (Spring 1209-Summer 1210) 45
7. St. Francis and Innocent III (Summer 1210) 52
8. Rivo-Torto (1210-1211) 56
9. Portiuncula, Early Companions, and Their Work (1211) 62
10. Brother Francis and Sister Clare 70
11. Francis's Love for All Creatures (Autumn 1212-Summer 1215) 76
12. His Inner Life and Wonder-Working 83
13. The Chapter-General of 1217 and the Influence of Ugolino 89
14. St. Dominic and St. Francis 97
15. The Egyptian Mission: Preaching to the Sultan (Summer 1218-Autumn 1220) 100
16. Crisis in the Order (Autumn 1220) 107
17. Francis's Doubts and Weaknesses 114
18. The Brothers Minor and Learning (1222-1223) 117
19. The Stigmata (1224) 124
20. The Canticle of the Sun (Autumn 1224-Autumn 1225) 131
21. His Last Year (September 1225-End of September 1226) 138
22. Francis's Will and Death (End of September-October 3, 1226) 155
Four Tales from The Little Flowers of St. Francis
1. The Source of Joy, or, Francis and Leo Walking in the Freezing Rain 165
2. Francis Saves and Nurtures the Turtle-Doves 166
3. How Francis Delivered a Brother from the Hold of the Devil 167
4. When Francis and Rufino Preached in Their Breeches to the People of Assisi 168
A Few Notes about the Editing of Sabatier 171
Glossary of Terms 173
Summaries of Major Characters 177
Sources/Recommended Reading 181
Index 185
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    Get the original, not this stripped down shadow

    Not so much edited as bowdlerized. A pale shadow of Sabatier's great classic. The choice to eliminate Sabatier's powerful and controversial introduction is, by itself, reason to pass this edition by. The original was so subversive that it spent decades on the index of books banned by the Church. This diluted version wouldn't challenge anyone. The annotations are largely irritating insertions of spin and commentary by safer and more Curia-friendly writers.Now that the original English translation of the book is available electronically for Nook, and for less money, go straight to the real thing.

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