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30 review for St. Francis of Assisi: A Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sotiris Makrygiannis

    Think of Gandhi but 1000 years earlier. Francis was a party animal at youth, rich and famous. He delivered all his clothes to his father and left naked from home to become the poorest priest. His order expanded fast but no one was able to accept any money, everything had to be given to the poor. Amazing story, the general historical elements are not well presented in the book, his says and actions probably.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bob Mendelsohn

    Jorgensen covers everything sometimes with a bit of hagiography, but always with clarity. I appreciated the stories, the encounters with Francis' family, his 'brothers', the pope, bishops and so many others. My greatest takeaway was humility, that which I don't come by naturally, but which Francis ever demonstrated. Even when he 'had it all' in the 2nd season of his life, he couldn't keep it up; he had to give it all up again. May I be found so doing. Jorgensen covers everything sometimes with a bit of hagiography, but always with clarity. I appreciated the stories, the encounters with Francis' family, his 'brothers', the pope, bishops and so many others. My greatest takeaway was humility, that which I don't come by naturally, but which Francis ever demonstrated. Even when he 'had it all' in the 2nd season of his life, he couldn't keep it up; he had to give it all up again. May I be found so doing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary Rubega

    The book does a wonderful job detailing the life of St Francis. It is somewhat difficult to follow as it is not in chronological order, however once you get use to the format is much easier read. Jorgensen also provides great detail on the political state and geography of the area if a flowery style. What made Francis toss all life's advantages aside end embrace a life of austerity and total sacrifice? This book does a great job of detailing why. *Imprisoned for a year at 19 *Living a life of fun The book does a wonderful job detailing the life of St Francis. It is somewhat difficult to follow as it is not in chronological order, however once you get use to the format is much easier read. Jorgensen also provides great detail on the political state and geography of the area if a flowery style. What made Francis toss all life's advantages aside end embrace a life of austerity and total sacrifice? This book does a great job of detailing why. *Imprisoned for a year at 19 *Living a life of fun with friends *Always generous to his friends and the poor *Early 20s and almost died...life is empty *Lives in a cave and fasts and prays *Messages from God *Deny the physical and turn away from the worldly The conversion and total commitment *He never stores anything, food/clothes - God will provide *He begs for food; and that is a cornerstone of the orders he founds *Always gives whatever he has to those poorer *Believed all one needed was God's word *Seen by other brothers levitating while praying *Was a stigmatic Perhaps what is most unsettling is that if someone I knew behaved as Francis did, I would be really concerned......I have a long way to go. Listen to the audiobook Read the book Order the Book

  4. 4 out of 5

    B. Barron

    Good but I would have preferred a more linear account of the Saints life. Dry facts and figures told in order are my thing.

  5. 5 out of 5

    William

    When I read the Flowers of Saint Francis at the age of 12, I was inspired and took the name Francis as my Confirmation name. Reading this comprehensive biography of St. Francis was very moving but made me think that St. Francis and the friars minor of his time were a bit crazy. I was much more sympathetic towards Brother Elias. Maybe I'm less idealistic and more sinful... Anyway, it was a great read that gave a unique insight into one of the most influential saints of all time and of a time very When I read the Flowers of Saint Francis at the age of 12, I was inspired and took the name Francis as my Confirmation name. Reading this comprehensive biography of St. Francis was very moving but made me think that St. Francis and the friars minor of his time were a bit crazy. I was much more sympathetic towards Brother Elias. Maybe I'm less idealistic and more sinful... Anyway, it was a great read that gave a unique insight into one of the most influential saints of all time and of a time very different from ours.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Connor Longaphie

    Good book, definitely not a fan of st. Francis

  7. 5 out of 5

    Keith

    Pretty great anecdotal stories and spiritual advice throughout. A bit of a snooze at times.

  8. 4 out of 5

    David Anusontarangkul

    I found this book hard to follow. It was a subject I didn't know much about but it was interesting to see about certain parts ofSaint Francis's life. I found this book hard to follow. It was a subject I didn't know much about but it was interesting to see about certain parts ofSaint Francis's life.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Wanda

    It is a good, straightforward biography, well foot-noted, with a thorough appendix of Francis' authenticated writings. My copy was published in August, 1955, and has been read by so many that it is falling apart. There are many underlined passages and margin notes in several hands. I added my own. Among lines I highlighted: "For all beings it is undoubted happiness to exist, and it is their simple duty to thank their Father for life." "Every being was for Francis a direct word from God. He realized It is a good, straightforward biography, well foot-noted, with a thorough appendix of Francis' authenticated writings. My copy was published in August, 1955, and has been read by so many that it is falling apart. There are many underlined passages and margin notes in several hands. I added my own. Among lines I highlighted: "For all beings it is undoubted happiness to exist, and it is their simple duty to thank their Father for life." "Every being was for Francis a direct word from God. He realized the worth of all things and had reverence for them as for something precious and holy. He understood God's presence among his creatures." "The sight of a flower in the silence of the early morning or of the mouth of a little bird confidently opened revealed to him the pure beauty of God and the endless tenderness of the creator." "There is only one God--the God of creation, the God of the Cross, the God of love and the God of nature--one God who has the spirit of life, from worm to cherubim, through all the ages of eternity. Francis felt this for he was a Christian who wanted to live, and loved life--in its purity, in it's golden goodness, in its deepest innermost sweetness."

  10. 4 out of 5

    Big H

    Long, but full of great info!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joakim Minerbi

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    Fotisbs Bekris

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  29. 5 out of 5

    Meni Ouranou

  30. 4 out of 5

    Helle

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