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
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
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
I'd Challenge non-Catholics to find anything reprehensible or tainted in Chesterton's treatment of his subject.
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
I really had a hard time, however, getting through the first few chapters of this book. I had originally decided to give it only 1 star UNTIL I got to the last 3 chapters. In the last 3 chapters everything from the first few chapters, of what I thought was just garble, came together to make the book a real wort...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
In the opening pages, Chesterton describes this biography as a sketch of the famous man. Rather than attempting a full picture, the author chose to paint a brief description. Additionally, Chesterton makes no attempt in these pages to explain the variety of miracles alleged to have occurred in the life of St. Francis. As he explains at the outset, Chesterton’s goal is to present a skeptical reader with an introduction to this saint.
Has G.K. Chesterton really written far too much for it all to be good? I haven't read anything of his that I didn't like.
An amazing glimpse of saint Francis, a really enjoyable work of Chesterton, and a book I would enjoy reading again. It's a very surface level book, mostly written for the skeptic or for a person who is not too familiar with St Francis, which is actually most people even if they have a statue of him in their yard...
I like books that tell a story, this book isn't so much in st...more
Definitely one to avoid if you are looking to actually find out something about St.Francis!
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.
I began reading this book thinking that it was a biography by an excellent writer that would shed some light on this saint. It is not however, a biography but more of a beautifully written argument against formerly written biographies that try to either completely explain away all of the miracles of St. Francis as being exaggerations, or against those that try to make everything more extraordinarily mysterious tha...more