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God's Fool: The Life of Francis of Assisi

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This warm, richly detailed biography brings the beloved saint alive in all his human and profoundly spiritual dimensions.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 2nd 1987 by HarperOne
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Padraic
I was in the middle of much religious turbulence when I read this book back in the 1980s. But its presentation of this most appealling of Christianity's saints was just what I needed at the time. Francis comes across not as someone telling you what to think, but as someone who keeps walking with you and pointing out the common beauty of the created world. To shun him would feel like a blind man kicking his guide dog.
Jennifer Lauren Collins
In intermingling biography and lore, culture and history, and sympathy with academic examination, Green accomplished a beautiful and impressive biography of Francis of Assisi. In short straight-forward chapters, Green examines Francis' short life, from beginning to end, bringing to life the world he lived in at the beginning of the thirteenth century. The end result is a beautiful examination of a man and his belief--not only in God, but in the wonder of the world around him and in the goodness ...more
Chris
this is a good follow-up to claiborne's book, since francis is one of his faith heros. but it's also just a masterful work of literature. it's easily the best-written book i've experienced in a long time. the last thing i wanted was a dry account of the facts of francis's life; i wanted a poet to tell me the story, and green has more than fulfilled that desire. but in addition to achingly beautiful prose i've found that nearly every page is decorated with brilliant insights, which seem to origin ...more
Melanie
I read this the same summer I read An Arrow Pointing to Heaven, a biography of Rich Mullins that made me curious to learn more about St. Francis of Assisi, who had so profoundly influenced him.

A favorite part:
But what in the world did Francis have to fear? Without a word he tore off his clothes in hot haste and threw them, one item after another, at his father's feet--everything including his breeches, and, to top it off, the damned purse that he had simply brought with him, hidden in one of his
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Tracy
Loved this book!
Love Saint Francis!
BJ Rose
Many biographers fill their books with lots of dry details that sometimes make the biography a boring read. Not so here - the author converted to Catholicism as an adult, and fell in love with the ideals and goals of Francis of Assisi. He writes the results of his research/pilgrimage of Francis' life in a series of short vignettes, as if he were having a conversation with the reader.
J. Alfred
Saint Francis is sort of a hobby of mine-- he's one of the great characters, so to speak, in all of Christian history. This book is a poetically written account of his life which nevertheless attempts to be scholastically conclusive.
Otto Schaefer
Excellent book on one of the greatest saints, St. Francis of Assisi.
Catherine Dumont
ok maybe a weird book to bring along on a trip to Havana!
Matthew
Wonderful research...poorly written.
Mark
One of my fav's of all time!
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