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 Post subject: What is best book on St Francis?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:46 pm 
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I used to not care for St Francis, compared to other saints. But then I realized it was those annoying environmentalist/animal rights people who turned me off St F. I read some misleading stuff on what he was supposed to have said and didn't care for it. But now that I know more about the real St. F (but not enough), I am very interested in him. He sacrificed a lot to follow Jesus..

So I am wondering what is the most interesting book on him? I am wondering, in fact, if there are many books on him?

I used to live near a Catholic book store but now, I am far from one.. otherwise I would go there and look around


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 Post subject: Re: What is best book on St Francis?
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There are hundreds of books on him--maybe thousands. My personal favorite is God's Fool. No matter what book you read, it will challenge the way you look at things, because that's what St. Francis does.

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 Post subject: Re: What is best book on St Francis?
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There are hundreds of books on him--maybe thousands. My personal favorite is God's Fool. No matter what book you read, it will challenge the way you look at things, because that's what St. Francis does.

I completely disagree with Father on this, of course! :fyi: By the way, my favorite book on St. Francis is God's Fool, and it played a pretty significant role in my reversion. :fyi:

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Francis of Assisi: A New Biography.

By Fr. Augustine Thompson, OP

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Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
There are hundreds of books on him--maybe thousands. My personal favorite is God's Fool. No matter what book you read, it will challenge the way you look at things, because that's what St. Francis does.

thank you. I will try to find it

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 Post subject: Re: What is best book on St Francis?
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Pro Ecclesia Dei wrote:
Francis of Assisi: A New Biography.

By Fr. Augustine Thompson, OP

how does that bk compare to God's Fool? have u read both?


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flyingaway wrote:
Pro Ecclesia Dei wrote:
Francis of Assisi: A New Biography.

By Fr. Augustine Thompson, OP

how does that bk compare to God's Fool? have u read both?

Not as entertaining, but much better researched, more complete historically, and more accurate

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 Post subject: Re: What is best book on St Francis?
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I'm not going to criticize a book I haven't read, but I suspect the OP will get more out of the book I suggested.

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 Post subject: Re: What is best book on St Francis?
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Pro Ecclesia Dei wrote:
flyingaway wrote:
Pro Ecclesia Dei wrote:
Francis of Assisi: A New Biography.

By Fr. Augustine Thompson, OP

how does that bk compare to God's Fool? have u read both?

Not as entertaining, but much better researched, more complete historically, and more accurate

ok thanks.. what do u mean "entertaining"?


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 Post subject: Re: What is best book on St Francis?
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https://www.augustineinstitute.org/brot ... dio-drama/

The Augustine Institute released an audio book, Brother Francis, which can be found on the Catholic resource web site FORMED.org. It even "beat" Audible's Treasure Island for the award. This is if you'd like an audio dramatization.

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 Post subject: Re: What is best book on St Francis?
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MySweetLord wrote:
https://www.augustineinstitute.org/brother-francis-the-barefoot-saint-of-assisi-wins-best-audio-drama/

The Augustine Institute released an audio book, Brother Francis, which can be found on the Catholic resource web site FORMED.org. It even "beat" Audible's Treasure Island for the award. This is if you'd like an audio dramatization.

i prefer reading


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 Post subject: Re: What is best book on St Francis?
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Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
There are hundreds of books on him--maybe thousands. My personal favorite is God's Fool. No matter what book you read, it will challenge the way you look at things, because that's what St. Francis does.

By Julien Green, right?

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These are the biographies available to me. Which is the best?

A mended and broken heart, Wendy Murray
St Francis of Assisi: The Legend and The Life, Michael Robson
My God and My All, Elizabeth Gouge
The Life And Prayers of St Francis Assisi, Wyatt North
Francis of Assisi: A New Biography, Fr. Augustine Thompson, OP
God's Troubadour, Sophie Jewett
Francis of Assisi : the life and afterlife of a medieval saint, Vauchez-Cusato

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 Post subject: Re: What is best book on St Francis?
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Jack3 wrote:
These are the biographies available to me. Which is the best?

A mended and broken heart, Wendy Murray
St Francis of Assisi: The Legend and The Life, Michael Robson
My God and My All, Elizabeth Gouge
The Life And Prayers of St Francis Assisi, Wyatt North
Francis of Assisi: A New Biography, Fr. Augustine Thompson, OP
God's Troubadour, Sophie Jewett
Francis of Assisi : the life and afterlife of a medieval saint, Vauchez-Cusato

:bump

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 Post subject: Re: What is best book on St Francis?
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Having never ready any of them, I don’t know.

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 Post subject: Re: What is best book on St Francis?
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I have Fr. Augustine's book, but I've yet to read it. Abp. Chaput recommended it though

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I have read only one book on St. Francis of Assisi, this one from Ignatius Press which conjoins one biography of St. Francis with one biography of St. Thomas Aquinas, both by G.K. Chesterton, a colossal and fantastic thinker and writer. But Chesterton gives the view from 30,000 feet, not always the details that usually go into a biography, but fascinating connections and summaries. I would offer nearly the same review to recommend a biography of St. Thomas Aquinas.

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 Post subject: Re: What is best book on St Francis?
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I would not read the Chesterton biography until you've read another one. Chesterton presumes you already know the life of the saint. It is an excellent read, though. [Ditto -- though not quite as much so -- with the St. Thomas Aquinas biography.]

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