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Very Lowly: A Meditation on Francis of Assisi
     

Very Lowly: A Meditation on Francis of Assisi

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by Christian Bobin
 

Why have we come to revere Francis of Assisi, a simple thirteenth-century Italian merchant's son, as a saint? Why has his appeal endured over eight hundred years and even expanded beyond the world of Catholicism to make him one of the most beloved religious figures of all time? This penetrating meditation on Francis's life gently but sure-handedly cuts through

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Why have we come to revere Francis of Assisi, a simple thirteenth-century Italian merchant's son, as a saint? Why has his appeal endured over eight hundred years and even expanded beyond the world of Catholicism to make him one of the most beloved religious figures of all time? This penetrating meditation on Francis's life gently but sure-handedly cuts through every pious legend to uncover what is timeless and universally true about him. Christian Bobin's unexpected and thoroughly original work presents a compelling image of a man whose power is found in humility, whose radical casting aside of wealth, honor, and even personal identity is inseparable from his overwhelming intimacy with God. Poetic, luminous, utterly hypnotic, The Very Lowly is a unique modern variation on the saint's life that will entrance everyone, whether "religious" or—almost especially—not.

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"Every once in a while a book comes along that takes your breath away, leaving you dizzy and delirious. Read this book and you'll understand the importance of paying humble attention to humble things. And finally, read this book because it will teach your soul to sing."—Spirituality and Health

"A singular contemplative exercise. Christian Bobin has given birth to a music that is his alone. One finds oneself entering into this contemplation, into this human nearness, and sharing its happiness."—Le Monde

"This exquisite and moving book not only talks about Saint Francis in a very eloquent way but brings the reader subtly and magically into the very heart of Francis's great mystical love for the world."—Andrew Harvey, author of Son of Man and The Direct Path

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590303108
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
03/14/2006
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.25(h) x 0.31(d)

Meet the Author

Christian Bobin is the author of eighteen books in French, several of them best-sellers, and he is the winner of France's 1993 Grand Prix Catholique de Litterature.

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Jdblue More than 1 year ago
This book is horribly, horribly printed. I can't even account for the writing quality because the printing so got in the way. The first thing you'll notice when opening the book is that the inner margins (between the text and the crack between the pages) is minuscule, so the text flows into the crack. You can't read it. You'd have to tear the book apart just to be able to read the words. The real kicker is that the outer margins (between the text and the page's edge) is massive. I'm not kidding. There's more than an inch or two of empty space there. Meanwhile, the text is condemned to flow into the crack at the other side. It's a real shame because I've enjoyed Bobin's other writing and really wanted a chance to read this. But, how can I read this when I can't even see the text? -- This wasn't just one book, either. (Just in case you're thinking that.) I had one defective book and when I contacted them, I got a replacement. But, now here I am holding not one, but two defective copies in-hand. I don't know how this publisher/printer keeps itself in business! Having a book you cannot read is pointless, and $14.95 is far too much, and this book is far too light, to serve as an effective paperweight.