author of Falling Upward and Immortal Diamond
"Witty, compassionate, and rich, these lyrical letters to Saint Francis court wonder, inviting the reader on a pilgrimage to the heart."
Daniel P. Horan
author of God Is Not Fair, and Other Reasons for Gratitude
"The poetry of these letters will speak to the hearts of all those inspired by the life and model of Francis of Assisi. Perfect for meditation and prayer, Abigail Carroll's reflections offer a creative approach to spiritual renewal in our otherwise busy, technological, loud world."
author of The Year of Small Things
"More than just a fresh glimpse of an exceptional saint whose humanity and complexity Carroll delightfully renders. This is also the welcome debut of an exceptional poet, whose deep humility and adroitness with poetic form are rare qualities she shares with Francis himself. Earthy, honest, a pure delight."
author of A Book of Uncommon Prayer
"A most refreshing, eloquent, wonderfully unassuming, gentle inquiry into the actual Saint Francis, and the song of his awed life in Carroll's awed life, and the humility and wonder of that mysterious man as lodestar, compass point, companion along the spiritual road. Compulsively readable and re-readable."
"Beautifully renders a journey of questions, all addressed to Saint Francis of Assisi. . . . Draws on the bountiful spiritual and historical picture of Saint Francis to cultivate a garden of respite for all world-weary sojourners."
"An epistolary gathering of poems-cum-love letters is indeed sparked with joy and stitched with whimsy. . . . [Carroll] reaches beyondto another time, to another plane of mysticismand in rubbing together the profane and profound, the secular and sacred, she positions the medieval saint squarely in our midst. And makes us understand why he remains a vital prophet, one imbued with much to teach us on the subjects of natural wonder versus materialism, on beauty, brokenness, simplicity and, above all, on faith of a radical kind."