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St. Francis of Assisi: A Biography [Paperback]

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Pages   282
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.88" Width: 4.26" Height: 0.74"
Weight:   0.36 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 1979
ISBN  0892830719  
EAN  9780892830718  

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Reviewers have judged "St. Francis Of Assissi: A Biography" to be that rarity among books about saints: a popular work of inspiring spiritual reading which is also an acclaimed work of modern scholarship. With spiritual insight and careful historical judgment, Omer Englebert blends the many facets of St. Francis' personality into a portrait of a saint who can inspire men and women today.

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Reviewers have judged "St. Francis of Assisi: A Biography" to be that rarity among books about saints: a popular work of inspiring spiritual reading that is also an acclaimed work of modern scholarship. With spiritual insight and careful historical judgment, Omer Englebert blends the many facets of St. Francis' personality into a portrait of a saint who can inspire men and women today. A Servant Book.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Omer Englebert was born in Belgium in 1893 and died in Jerusalem in 1991. He entered the Order of Friars Minor in 1909 and was ordained a priest in 1924. A few years later he left the order to become a member of the diocesan clergy. He was a historian as well as a spiritual master and he sought to combine the best of the scholarship of his day with the spiritual and societal influences that formed St. Francis of Assisi. He succeeded in producing a classic story of the life of this well-loved saint.

Omer Englebert was born in 1893 and died in 1991.

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Book also seems to have occasional agenda to justify Church dogma  Oct 19, 2007
I was somewhat disappointed with this biography. In addition to telling the biography, it also occasionally seems to have an agenda which is to justify and promote Church dogma or stands. Some pages are just spin to justify massacres authorized by the Church. Probably written by a committed Catholic cleric.
Not finished  Aug 5, 2007
When I finish this book I will review it for you.
The book was in great condition. Thanks Monica c Coleman
great!  Jan 31, 2006
A Franciscan Brother recommended this book; he stated that it was a MUST READ in the Nivitiate.
he was right! A Great and EAST and Quick read!
A Shining Example  Mar 21, 2005
Because the story of the life of St. Francis of Assisi is nearly 800 years old, it is difficult to have a completely accurate story. While the omissions are objectionable to some reviewers, I believe the bulk of St. Francis's story is recorded in this biography.

The early chapters of the book nearly made me lose interest in the book. While the content of the St. Francis's early life is slight, the presentation makes it difficult to read. The author chose to cut and paste from other sources which gives the feel of reading an owner's manual to a blender. It has a very impersonal touch. Shortly after the conversion of St. Francis, the story picks up. While the content is reasonably strong, the author continues to cut and paste from other sources with little transition. To make matters worse, the author has problems with pronoun placement and agreement because of his pasting.

In reality, nobody reads this book for a grammar lesson. The content of the story gives a strong model for Christian life. St. Francis adopted a life of poverty and founded the Franciscan order which is still strong today. In spreading the Good News, he endured persecution from Muslims and others who thought he was a heretic. St. Francis received little appreciation during his time. The relationship he developed with God caused him to develop the stigmata and become one of the most noted Christian saints. His story is still a shining example to all Christians.
Francis I love, but I'd love more a more accurate biography  Jun 30, 2004
t is with great trepidation that I attempt this review. I dearly love St. Francis. My favorite movie is of his life, Brother Sun Sister Moon. Much of what my family and people group did and lived was based on his life. But I found this, supposedly the definitive biography of Francis, a rather unhelpful work.

Englebert does give a lot of details into Francis' life- and give a much more accurate picture of him than the movie. I came to understand more for the first time how all the events and random stories I had hear fit together. I found, again, Francis to be inspiring in his example, encouraging me into Holy Sister Poverty, and pursuing humility, and serving others. I especially enjoyed his search for Joy. This was not an attempt to reach poverty out of duty, or even simply social justice- good desires in themselves. Rather, it was for perhaps the highest of motives- to know the Joy of Christ, to be in love with Him, to be served by Him. And Francis found, realized, that this could be found most fully in Poverty.

But perhaps it is Englebert's approach which somewhat spoils the reading. He writes about Francis as if Francis were a saint- which of course he is, in both the Catholic and Protestant senses. But he seems to take everything that is believed about Francis- everything that the Roman Church says is true, and simply accept it, without winnowing out the legends. Englebert *is* stating at times that some stories have less authenticity than others. But even with this caveat, much of what he shares seems to be swallowed wholesale without reservation. I don't refer to the miraculous or the stigmata of course- there is every reason to believe that such events happened through Francis. But rather, the tone of the miraculous, and other stories, is of an other-worldly man, almost docetic. This leads to acceptance of everything Francis taught and did as righteous.

But I found that, with this approach, as I read a 20th century biography of a 13th century man through 21st century eyes, I was less inclined than previously to see all that Francis did as morally upright. Certainly Francis' intentions were pure. But I found Englebert's uncompromising support of Francis encouraged me to question some of Francis' practices as actually all that helpful- such as a continual debasement of himself, without seeing more of the God in himself. Or love of fire, which compromised some of his concern for the environment. Or pursuing poverty to such an extent that he couldn't abound in some gifts that came his way- as both Paul and Jesus were willing to do, when the sat down at rich men's houses. None of this detracts from the holiness of Francis. Some of his beliefs were right for his time, and historical anachronism should not be practiced and it be expected that he know certain things back in the 13th century. He was, I still believe, the person most close to Christ since Christ. But he was also not Christ.

All this I see more clearly because of Englebert's approach, canonizing a person who was an exceedingly exceptional man, but still a man. And I really believe that Francis would have really not liked such a description of himself. He would have preferred something honest, something authentic, and something quite normal, ordinary, and humble. I'm still looking for an biography of this saint that would be something like that.


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