Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Saint Francis -Book Thoughts

Once again, I really like the size, feel, and length of this series by Thomas Nelson. This one is by Robert West and the title is Saint Francis, because it is on the life of St. Francis.

I had not known too much about St. Francis. I have heard that the oft-used quote "Preach the gospel often. If necessary, use words" that many attribute to him was probably not uttered by him. (he was of a preaching order) and I had known that Francis is the patron saint of animals, and I knew of one blessing that he wrote that was used in Yancey's book on Prayer. This book must take some liberties in the events of his life to make it more readable and exciting. The narrative seems to be speculative since much of St. Francis' childhood is not recorded. Because of the narrative, this book is very readable and draws one in, but not always factual.

If you are like me and haven't read much about St. Francis, this is a good book to start with. There are definitely points I question, as I am a skeptic in some regards, but this book was fun to read and gave greater insight to the life and achievements of this man of faith.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

BTW: Here's the blessing.

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart. Amen.

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace. Amen.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection,starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy. Amen.

May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done. Amen.

And the Blessing of God, who Creates, Redeems and Sanctifies, be upon you and all you love an pray for this day, and forever more. Amen.

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