St. Francis of Assisi
The patron saint of animals, birds, and the environment, Francis of Assisi led the rediscovery of nature in the Christian West. This accessible spiritual biography by a phenomenally popular author chronicles the beloved saint's calling, order, and influence. Its charm and wit will appeal to even the most secular-minded readers.
Another of Chesterton's brilliant works. Frederick Buechner once fondly criticized Chesterton with the comment that he'd written entirely too much for all of it to be exc ...more
First reading Dec 2015
I think that this may be one of my favorite Chesterton works. The first book written after his conversion to Catholicism but supported by his still Anglican wife Frances, this book has universal appeal for Protestants and Catholics.
Francis is a mysterious creature. A true mystic and a genuinely beautiful soul. I have struggled in vain to understand our new Holy Father (Pope Francis) and have mostly been confused by his actions. This text, however, ha ...more
Next, he describes what drove St. Francis to his life and then his life. At this point, he has said nothing of those things that would be considered supernatural or miraculous, o ...more
Wonderful stuff. Francis, I think, is not so much fun as Aquinas, for he is a little more frightening. (Throughout the book, he reminded me disconcertingly of my ...more
Chesterson says that we can only understand Francis if we think of him as a troubadour of the Middle Ages and accept the fact that he loved God with the passion that we normally associate with romantic love. Chesterson also talks about early Christianity being a turning from the nature worship of the Greeks and the Romans. He feels that t ...more
If you are a person new to the life of St. Francis and if it is your objective to know more of the saint's life then this is not the book for you. G. K. Chesterton himself says that this is just an introduction. But I would say that this is not an inclusive and appropriate introduction into the saint's life for the new and inquiring person.
But if you are well aware of the life of st. Francis then this book can serve you well by offering few interesting reflections on some of the vents ...more
Not nearly as much a book about Francis as a book about Chesterton. You can learn a little about Francis here but this is mainly Mr. Chesterton's ode to himself and his opinions. His effort to explain away the Inquisition is particularly bizarre. He does have some great lines and insights though, in particular his description of mysticism.
Definitely one to avoid if you are looking to actually find out something about St.Francis!
I'd Challenge non-Catholics to find anything reprehensible or tainted in Chesterton's treatment of his subject.
Other than that, I really love his approach and his way of addressing the subject matter at hand. This was not a straight biography filled with events and happenings, instead it focused on poignant moments in a Francis' life and the impact that th ...more
I truly think that Chesterton is way above my head. I chose to read him because of this very reason and also because I have some close Catholic friends to which I thought that I might
be able to discuss sainthood.
I have ran across St. Francis of Assisi a couple different times in my ...more
Sin embargo, esta vez, superadas las pesadas páginas introductorias, he disfrutado de él. a pesar de que como el autor reconoce este es una mera introducción al personaje, no recomendaría que se leyese como primer libro a ...more