The inspiring example of a beloved, profoundly human saint provides gentle guidance on the path to peacefulness and joy in a hectic age. Combining deep spiritual insights with the offer of a saner, less chaotic way of living, the book offers wise advice on how to incorporate these virtues in our own lives today. Includes dozens of meditations, exercises, and practical suggestions. 20 b&w photos.
The life of St. Francis of Assisi was a paradigm of simplicity, humanity, and love. In today's busy world, his practices have enormous appeal, described in this inspiring work by John Michael Talbot, the founder of The Brothers and Sisters of Charity, a lay order based on the Franciscan principles of simplicity and self-sufficiency. In The Lessons Of St. Francis, Talbot and co-author Steve Rabey demonstrate the enduring significance of Franciscan wisdom. Organized by topic, such as Simplicity, Humility, Compassion, Solitude, Service, and Prayer, each chapter includes excerpts from the writings of St. Francis, as well as those of his followers and biographers. Combining deep spiritual insights with the offer of a saner, less chaotic way of living, The Lessons Of St. Francis offers wise advice on how to incorporate these virtues into our own lives today.
JOHN MICHAEL TALBOT is a singer-songwriter, author, and founder of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity. He is also the host of The Church Channels popular TV series All Things Are Possible, and a frequent guest on faith networks around the world. He leads his very active ministry from the Little Portion Hermitage in Arkansas and St. Clare Monastery in Texas.
STEVE RABEY has written on religion for the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and dozens of other publications, and was the Religion Editor of the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph. He resides in Colorado Springs, CO.
"A thought-provoking work that, like St. Francis, can appeal to anyone, anywhere."Houston Chronicle
"Like translations of the Bible, the lives of saints need to be periodically retranslated for a new time. The Lessons of St. Francis does just that for all who are open to being transformed by the life of this enduring saint."Michael Card, award-winning musician and the author of The Joy in the Journey
"A fine manual of spirituality for everyday living… an excellent introduction to St. Francis and his ongoing influence. Anyone who seeks a simple, commonsense approach to spirituality in todays busy, noisy world will benefit from this book."CBA Marketplace
"Readers will learn much about the mission, legacy, and timeless appeal of Francis, this most human of saints."Wichita Eagle
"This small wisdom book combines personal narration with practical advice to cut across all religious traditions. Through the universally loved life and works of Francis of Assisi, the author weaves a guidebook of spirituality for moderns. The whole tapestry works because the strands are strong and reliable. The reader is invited to take up those threads and make, not a medieval tapestry, but a refashioned modern life after the pattern of St. Francis."Murray Bodo, author of The Journey and the Dream
"Filled with concrete suggestions, this is sure to appeal to seekers of a more simple and authentic life."Library Journal
"Covers every aspect of the best of Christianity lovingly, producing a book that could easily make converts."Booklist