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"Francis, go and build up My house, which as thou seest, is falling into ruin." To fulfill this command of Our Lord, St. Francis of Assisi (c. 1181-1226) began by restoring physical churches and continued by building up the spiritual Church. Francis' humility, purity, and true joy inspired many men and women to conversion and a deeper faith. Others joined with him in servi...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by TAN Books (first published 1260)
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K.D. Absolutely
Nov 29, 2013 K.D. Absolutely rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to K.D. by: Robertson Poblete
A book about a saint written by another saint. How can I dislike this book?

I have always been fascinated by St. Francis of Assisi. Well, prior to this book, the little that I knew about him are due to his images in the Church like the one feeding pigeons and the beautiful song "Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi" that pleads about making oneself an instrument of Thy peace. So, when I saw this book at Totus Bookstore, I bought this book over the others that talk about more serious subjects such as h...more
David Joseph
Super-mysterious?

Hagiographical effort continues to strike me as an exceedingly odd activity.

It's an impression more strongly reinforced now by the queer and childish forward prepared for this particular printing.

Bonaventure provides something like a serviceable snapshot of whatever century he was living in. So, I guess I should look up which century that was and write it down or something. Weird.

Somebody handed me a copy of this. She pushed it into my hand like we were sitting in a movie theate...more
Mckinley
I enjoyed this very readable religious biography of the life of St. Francis written by a contemporary- St. Bonaventure. It is an example of what it means to die and be reborn to a life in relationship with God.

like the foreword by Donna Tartt. While she's written award winning books, her connection to this volume is not explained. She read about St. Francis and liked him. So perhaps it was an attempt to broaden the apple of the book?
Jared Longoria
St. Francis sang and preached in the vernacular before it was cool ;) A great biography of Francis, though quite romanticized. Francis is one of my greatest role models and should be known be Catholics and Protestants alike ...however, his occasional taste for asceticism is something I try not to emulate.
Jason
Excellent read. Great description of this beloved saint. A lot of facts about the way he lived his life, his miracles and his works. I had previously spent a good deal of time studying St Francis and I still learned much from this book. I will continue to keep and and refer back to reading it as there were many great sections.
Rachel
I read it for one of my college courses. I'm not Catholic so going in I new virtually nothing about Francis of Assisi. Post read I think he's pretty sweet. He was super dedicated to Christ and his calling. Sometimes you buy a book for a course and can't wait to be rid of it. This one though, I think I'll keep.
Abraham
Found a remaindered copy at the CHPL book sale... I read a chapter many evenings in Lent. The introduction is vacuous, but the text remains as frightening as I remembered. Bonaventure somehow renders Francis as an ordinary miracle, as if this was the life we all could live.
Catherine
Happy are they who will persevere in what they have begun.

-Last words of St. Francis of Assisi
Daniel Jaindl
Excellent read!
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Bonaventure (b. 1221 as John of Fidanza) was an Italian medieval scholastic theologian and philosopher, the eighth Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor. He was a Cardinal Bishop of Albano. He was canonized on 14 April 1482 by Pope Sixtus IV and declared a Doctor of the Church in the year 1588 by Pope Sixtus V. He is known as the "Seraphic Doctor" (Latin: "Doctor Seraphicus"). Many writing...more
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