Saint Francis of Assisi is one of the most influential men in the whole of human history. This acclaimed biography of Saint Francis examines the life of a pure artist, a man "whose whole life was a poem". Here is the Saint Francis who prayed and danced with pagan abandon, who talked to animals, and who invented the crèche. Yet Francis also acknowledged the mystic responsibility to communicate his divine experience. Chesterton examines the existence of the pure eccentric and the devout mystic in one man, offering an understanding of Saint Francis in both body and soul. It has been said that G. K. Chesterton converted to Catholicism in 1922 because "only the Roman Church could have produced a Saint Francis of Assisi".
This biography, published shortly after Chesterton's conversion, is universally considered the best appreciation of Francis' life, one that gets to the heart of the matter.
©1923 Gilbert Keith Chesterton. © renewed 1951 by Oliver Chesterton (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I have been waiting (praying) for an audio version of this book for sometime now. It is beautifully read, but I find difficulty sometimes in comprehension through the English accent and older form of language. I believe that Chesterton's writing is more about digesting and less about reading, and the audio version allows for precisely that - because I played it on the slower speed which allowed me to hang onto words and moments just a little bit longer.
This is the best audio version of Chesterton's books, in my humble opinion. Enjoy!!
Simon Vance is a wonderful narrator for this style of writing.
GKC delicately handles difficult issues in telling the life and meaning of a great saint.
I like Chesterton, his introductions are quite eliminating. So too has he achieved his purpose by wetting my appetite for more information. This is a small informative book on the man we call Francois of Assisi!
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