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Saint Francis (Christian Encounters Series)

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Christian Encounters, a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers, highlights historical Christians who've made an impact on their world. Some are familiar faces. Others are unexpected guests. Winston Churchill, for example, is one, as is J.R.R.Tolkien. But all, through their relationships, struggles, prayers, and desires, uniquely illuminate our shared experien

Paperback, 233 pages
Published August 17th 2010 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published August 1st 2010)
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Clockstein Lockstein
Christian Encounters: Saint Francis by Robert West is a look at the saint best known for his love of animals. West retells the well-known story of how the son of a wealthy merchant in the small Italian town of Assisi went from a party animal to the founder of a monastic order known for its poverty. Francis was raised with all of the comforts of wealth and enjoyed lavishing gifts on his friends, but when God touched his heart, he became deeply changed and grew to hate his former pleasures. Franci ...more
Kevin Fuller
St. Paul, on the road to Damascus, and having persecuted the new sect of Christians, was struck by a blinding Light and called to a new Life. Our Hero in this story, St. Francis of Assisi, on the road to Pelugia from Assisi to make war with the nobility and as a member of the mercantile class, was halted by a still quiet Voice.

I'm beginning to see a pattern here, methinks!

Radically different in their missions, the one to preach to the Gentiles, our Hero to eventually preach to the birds and mini
Pete Cantelon
The book, Saint Francis by Robert West is a quick and easy read. It is a high level view of the man's life with moments where the reader dives in for a little detail and then back to the stratosphere again for a while. It is not a bad book. Unfortunately it is hard to call it a good book. Part of the Christian Encounters series being published by Thomas Nelson it is a low-cost paperback with fairly flimsy glue binding that threatened to come apart as I was reading it. What saves the book is the ...more
Dee Toomey
Why did I select this book from those available to read and review? I’m not Catholic, and so reading about a Saint may seem an unusual choice. I have always heard of Saint Francis being referred to as the “Patron Saint of Animals”. I am an admitted animal lover, and this is where my interest in this man was piqued. As I read pages and pages about this man’s life, I began to despair of learning why he is called the Patron Saint of Animals. Finally near the end of the book, this aspect of the man ...more
Lindsey Jane
I absolutely enjoyed reading the story of Saint Francis. I found it intriguing and thought provoking. This biography is written in chronological order. It is also not a lofty book, but written for the lay person. I enjoyed both the story and tone of the book.
I did not enjoy the writing itself. It flipped back and forth between a typical biographical view, citing previous biographers, and a narrative voice, which was much more readable and better for the target audience of this book.
I do find t
Not a bad book at all. I've read a number of books about St. Francis and this one gave some information that I'd never heard. It also offered a less romanticized version of so many of the stories of St. Francis, which makes him much more human.
Interesting account of the life of Francis of Assisi. Didn't care for the writing style very much, though.
John Hanscom
A little too "adoring" at times, but good.
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