Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace: Living in the Spirit of the Prayer of Saint Francis

Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace: Living in the Spirit of the Prayer of Saint Francis


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Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace: Living in the Spirit of the Prayer of Saint Francis by Kent Nerburn, Harpercollins Harper San Francisco

Kent Nerburn's Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace, immerses us in the spirit of one of the most universally inspiring figures in history: St. Francis of Assisi. The Prayer of St. Francis boldly but gently challenges us to resist the forces of evil and negativity with the spirit of goodwill and generosity. And Nerburn shows, in his wonderfully personal and humble way, how we each can live out the prayer's prescription for living in our everyday and less-than-saintly lives.

"Where there is hatred, let me sow love...Where there is injury, let me sow pardon..." Expanding upon each line of the St. Francis Prayer, Nerburn shares touching, inspiring stories from his own experience and that of others and reveals how each of us can make a difference for good in ordinary ways without being heroes or saints. Struggling to help a young son comfort his best friend when his mother dies, moved by the courage of war enemies who reconcile, being wrenched out of self-absorbed depression by responding to someone else's tragedy, taking a spirited old lady on a farewell taxi ride through her town-these are the kinds of everyday moments in which Nerburn finds we can live out the spirit of St. Francis.

By incorporating the power and grace of these few lines of practical idealism into our thoughts and deeds, we can begin to ease our own suffering-and the suffering of those with whom we share our lives. And, remarkably, find a way to true peace and happiness by tapping into our basic human goodness. As we open our hearts and embrace his words, St. Francis "touches our deepest humanity and ignites the spark of our divinity."

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred let me sow love,
Where there is injury let me sow pardon,
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
And where there is sadness, joy...

In this beautifully written book, Kent Nerburn leads us into the heart of the St. Francis Prayer and line by line demonstrates how St. Francis's words can resonate in our lives today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062515810
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/1999
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.37(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Kent Nerburn has been widely praised as one of the few writers who can respectfully bridge the gap between native and nonnative cultures. His book Neither Wolf nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder won the 1995 Minnesota Book Award.

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Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace: Living in the Spirit of the Prayer of Saint Francis 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Daisyblue More than 1 year ago
This book helps each of us be aware of how we can improve our relationship with God. The prayer is well enmeshed with our daily living experiences and suggests ways we can alter our viewpoints in a positive way, embracing St. Francis's philosophy of daily living with God and humankind. Good book for spiritual study and personally have used this book several times for this purpose.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It really helps living the peace prayer of St. Francis into everyday life and gives a new perspective on things which we may have initially seen as negative.