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Chesterton captures the spirit of the world's most popular saint like no one else does.
"All [Francis's] life was a series of plunges and scampers; darting after the beggar, dashing naked into the woods, tossing himself into a strange ship, hurling himself into the Sultan's tent and offering to hurl himself into the fire. In appearance he must have been like a thin brown skeleton autumn leaf dancing eternally before the wind; but in truth is was he that was the wind." -G.K. Chesterton
Number of Pages: 199
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 7.48 X 5.08 X 0.53 (inches)|
Series: Paraclete Heritage Edition
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knowusbyourloveNashville, TNGender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A powerful, moving and influential workFebruary 25, 2014knowusbyourloveNashville, TNGender: maleThe first time I read this book, it moved me in a powerful way. I've heard it said that it is impossible to overstate the influence of Francis on Christian history and indeed Western culture. Chesterton brilliantly makes the attempt to explain why this is truly the case. Though I'm not Catholic in my faith, this book introduced me to a man who let nothing in this world- not food, not clothes, not money, not power, not even a roof over his head- hold him or have sway over him in his active faith in Christ. Chesterton writes, "Where Benedict stored up, Francis scattered" in respect to his love and expression of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He happily took on the title "fool for Christ" in that he made no sense to the medieval (or modern for that matter) mind that was all about getting ahead in life and establishing oneself in the world somehow and class structure. Chesterton describes beautifully how Francis was like meteor in the medieval sky that everyone saw, everyone loved and many modeled. All who knew him felt the love of Christ in what he said and did- as crazy as some of it seemed! Will make that statue in your garden have a whole new meaning. A bit of a challenge but well worth the time. Highly recommended.