Reluctant Saint: The Life of Francis of Assisi (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Sep 30, 2003 - Religion - 272 pages
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Acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto strips away the legends from the life of Francis of Assisi to reveal the true story of a man who has too often been obscured by pious iconography. Drawing on unprecedented access to unexplored archives, plus Francis's own letters, Spoto places Francis within the context of the multifaceted ecclesiastical, political, and social forces of medieval Italy, casting new light on Francis and showing how his emphasis on charity as the heart of the Gospel's message helped him pioneer a new social movement. This nuanced portrait reveals the multifaceted character of a man who can genuinely be said to have changed the course of history.


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The author of this book is a professional biographer, historian, and theologian. His subjects range from the mundane (Jacqueline Onassis) to the sublime (Francis of Assisi). Before I read the book, I ... Read full review

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A great inside look at the life of a saint - not just what he did, but a glimpse into how he felt and how he attempted to live a life pleasing to God. A great reminder to seek God's will and to carry ... Read full review

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Donald Spoto, author of The Hidden Jesus, taught theology, Christian mysticism, and biblical literature at the university level for twenty years. His other eighteen books include internationally bestselling biographies of Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, Tennessee Williams, and Ingrid Bergman.

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