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Number of Pages: 370
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Paraclete Giants
Ireland's Saint: The Essential Biography of St. PatrickJ.B. BuryParaclete Press / 2012 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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The Road to Assisi: The Essential Biography of St. Francis - 120th Anniversary Edition / New editionJon M. SweeneyParaclete Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback$14.39 Retail:
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When Saint Francis Saved the Church: How a Converted Medieval Troubadour Created a Spiritual Vision for the AgesJon M. SweeneyAve Maria Press / 2014 / Hardcover$19.80 Retail:
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Franciss Essential Writings is of the most historical interest to me. Here is Francis in his own wordsletters, prayers and monastic rules. These are important documents of the early Franciscan movement. Sweeneys introductions and comments provide context for each piece of writing. The Little Flowers is well known and well loved. What sets this edition apart from others (other than Sweeneys translation) is their arrangement. Sweeney places these stories in what he thinks is their most straightforward chronological rendering (rather than the traditional order. Anyone interested in Francis and the movement he founded will love this volume. If you do not have any Francis on your shelf, this is a good deal. I give it five stars.James Matichuk, thoughts, prayers & songs
Paraclete Press now has published this comprehensive collection of materials on Francis of Assisi as another volume in a very useful series, "Paraclete Giants," with others on Julian of Norwich, Thérèse of Lisieux, the Imitation of Christ, among other classics in the spiritual life. Jon Sweeny is known for his work on Francis with numerous other publications, most recently When St. Francis Saved the Church, reviewed here by me.
Once more, I can recommend a book by him with enthusiasm and gratitude. Sweeney brings together several important resources in one volume. There is first, the classic biography of Francis by Paul Sabatier, but with a great deal of editing and added material. Additional resources include a glossary of terms, a very helpful listing of major figures as well as sources for further reading. The second component is the essential writings of Francis. Here Sweeny provides fluid, accessible translation and notes as well as ample bibliography. Lastly, there is a well edited, revised translation of the important early narrative on Francis and his life , the fioretti or "little flowers," a collection of accounts by different authors done and collected a century or so after Francis death.
Today, the bishop of Rome, the popes taking on not just the name of Francisthe first time ever for the head of the Catholic churchbut also this same Pope Francis daring to speak out against world economic systems, against the abuse of the natural environment, on behalf of the marginalizedall this has created yet another anti-Franciscan backlash, a sign of the way in which the "little poor man" of Assisi remains a sign of contradiction and challenge in the church. This fine volume is perhaps the most complete encounter in print one could have with him. The detail from Giottos beautiful fresco in the upper basilica in Assisi on the cover, of Francis preaching to the birds, is another wonderful vision. Michael Plekon, Baruch College of the City University of New York
The Complete Francis of Assisi: His Life, The Complete Writings, and The Little Flowers Ed., translated and introduced by Jon M. Sweeney, Paraclete Press, 2015, 399 pp., ISBN 978-1-61261-688-9. $24.99 (paper).
The Complete Francis of Assisi is actually a collection of three books between two covers. Sweeney edited the material of three classic Francis texts and brought them together in one convenient location. The individual titles that constitute this single work on Francis are Road to Assisi, Francis of Assisi in His Own Words: The Essential Writings, and The Little Flowers. This four hundred-page book may seem daunting considering it seeks to introduce a simple and unassuming man of God, but the reader will soon be captivated by the message and transformed in heart. The reader will discover the man Francis, his writings, and his living legacy. Sweeney does an admirable job introducing, annotating, and contemporizing each of the three classic French texts. It should also be noted that this title is part of a new series created by Paraclete Press called Paraclete Giants which specifically gathers the materials that profile the life, deeds, and words of Catholic luminaries in one place.
The Complete Francis of Assisi is recommended for all libraries seeking to update some classic texts.
John Leonard Berg, Catholic Library World