The Road to Assisi by Jon M. Sweeney
The Essential Biography of St. Francis

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He conversed with both the Pope and the sultan. He transformed a taste for fine things and troubadour poetry into greater loves for poverty and joyful devotion to God. He never intended to found a traditional religious "movement," but nevertheless, he did. As he died, his brothers had to guard him closely in fear that someone would try to snatch the body of this living saint. Who was Francis of Assisi? Where did he come from and what can we learn from his life?

Paul Sabatier (1858-1928), a French Protestant and the first modern biographer of St. Francis, sought to find the man beneath the layers of myth and legend. Sabatier portrayed a fully human Francis, much like each of us in our awkwardness, insecurities, and fear, but also a gentle mystic and passionate reformer who desired to live as Jesus taught his disciples. The Road to Assisi presents Sabatier´s biography for today´s twenty-first century reader. With helpful explanations and annotations by Jon M. Sweeney, Sabatier´s narrative is supplemented with the insights of many other scholars and writers, from Bonaventure and Dante to G. K. Chesterton and Umberto Eco.

About Jon M. Sweeney

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Sabatier-Political scientist, Univ of California-Davis Jon M. Sweeney is a prolific author who wrote Born Again and Again, named one of the Best Books of 2005 by "Spirituality & Health" magazine and honored with an Award of Merit by "Christianity Today," and "Light in the Dark Ages: The Friendship of Francis and Clare of Assisi," a selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. He writes for the website, and his articles have been published in a variety of magazines including "Catholic Digest," "The Lutheran," "The Merton Seasonal," and "Spirituality & Health,
Published May 27, 2009 by Paraclete Press. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, History, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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First published in France in 1894 and out of print for several decades, Paul Sabatier's biography of Francis of Assisi was considered the first modern account of the saint, sifting through layers of myth and legend to discover the flawed but extraordinary man who inspired so many people.

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