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Title:
When Saint Francis saved the church : how a converted medieval troubadour created a spiritual vision for the ages
Author:
Sweeney, Jon M., 1967-
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Publication Information:
Notre Dame, Indiana : Ave Maria Press, Inc., [2014]
Physical Description:
x, 175 pages ; 23 cm
Summary:
When Saint Francis Saved the Church, popular historian Jon Sweeney presents an intriguing portrait of Francis beyond the readily familiar stories and images. In the tradition of Thomas Cahill's How the Irish Saved Civilization, Sweeney reveals how the saint became a hinge in the history of the Christian faith and shows how in just fourteen years -- from 1205 to 1219 -- the unconventional and stumbling wisdom of a converted troubadour changed the Church. Sweeney outlines Francis's revolutionary approach to friendship, "the other" (people at the margins), poverty, spirituality, care (for people, creatures, and the natural world), and death. This vibrant book presents the unsullied life and message of Francis in its essential details, offering a sweeping, informative, remarkable look at how Francis and his movement quite literally saved the Christian faith -- and continues to offer a spiritual vision with contemporary relevance.
Language:
English
Contents:
A brief chronology -- A new look at Francis -- Why the past matters -- Now, forget what you've been told -- Six ways Francis quietly created a spiritual vision for the ages -- Through a high view of friendship -- By embracing the other -- Through personal poverty -- By developing a new spirituality -- Through gentleness and care for creatures -- By embracing death -- Why Francis matters right now -- Looking for Francis today -- Francis in the future.
ISBN:
9781594714863
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Book

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Jon M. Sweeney, author of numerous popular books on St. Francis as well as the recent bestseller "The Pope Who Quit," offers a surprising new look at the world's most popular saint, showing how this beloved, but often-mythologized character created a spiritual vision for the ages and may very well have rescued the Christian faith. In "When Saint Francis Saved the Church," popular historian Jon Sweeney presents an intriguing portrait of Francis beyond the readily familiar stories and images. In the tradition of Thomas Cahill's "How the Irish Saved Civilization," Sweeney reveals how the saint became a hinge in the history of the Christian faith and shows how in just fourteen years--from 1205 to 1219--the unconventional and stumbling wisdom of a converted troubadour changed the Church. Sweeney outlines Francis's revolutionary approach to friendship, "the other" (people at the margins), poverty, spirituality, care (for people, creatures, and the natural world), and death. This vibrant book presents the unsullied life and message of Francis in its essential details, offering a sweeping, informative, remarkable look at how Francis and his movement quite literally saved the Christian faith--and continues to offer a spiritual vision with contemporary relevance.


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Booklist Review

Sweeney is a prolific author, having written popular biographies of Christian figures, including St. Francis of Assisi, as well as works that explore Christian ritual, tradition, and spirituality. In this latest book, he claims to present an authentic Francis one purged of sugarcoated legends to show how Francis's life and message most transformed the Christian message and resurrected the original spirit of Christianity. Other historically rigorous biographies are easy to find, and Sweeney is scarcely the first to invoke Francis' life and vision as antidotes to the problems besetting the Catholic Church in particular or Christianity in general. Nevertheless, it is a worthwhile read. Sweeney's previous works stress discovering the divine in oneself, making meaning in life, and understanding Christianity's commitment to provide care of and have compassion for others. It is no surprise, therefore, that the Francis we meet here does exactly that. We also see a man plagued with doubts and often at odds with church authorities yet ever committed to making the world a sacred place.--McConnell, Christopher Copyright 2014 Booklist