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Francis of Assisi was a rebellious, reveling young man. After a profound conversion experience, he became the most popular saint in history. Jon Sweeney sheds new light on this familiar tale. Moreover, he demonstrates that Francis himself became a conversion experience for all of Christian history, reviving the Church and revolutionizing how we think about the poor and marginalized, our relationship to the created world, and even our own mortality. The fascinating story of this unruly young man who saved the Church will inspire you change your corner of the world.

©2014 Ave Maria Press (P)2014 Franciscan Media

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What would have made When Saint Francis Saved the Church better?

As I listened to the book, the style caused me to question what was documented by research and what was based on the author’s opinion. He makes many statements that sound like assumptions and interpretations.

What was most disappointing about Jon M. Sweeney’s story?

The style in which the story was told. Mr. Sweeney is obviously a very good historian but the style does not convey history.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jon M. Sweeney?

Any professional narrator. Unless they are professionals, the authors should not read their books.