Francis is nearly everyone's favorite saint---preaching to the birds; kissing the leper; building the first nativity créche; going on a mission of peace to the sultan; finding joy in absolute poverty; even receiving the stigmata. De la Bedoyere seeks to recapture the magic of Francis' incredible life and its winsome call to holiness.
Meet the man behind the myths. This book takes you beyond the nature-lover of popular myth to the real St. Francis of Assisi, model of holiness and Christian courage. You'll learn the full story behind the famous incidents in Francis's life, including his hugging the leper and his sermon to the birds. St. Francis of Assisi is a superb model for each of us today: an ordinary man who - by God's grace - was able to do extraordinary things.