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G. K. Chesterton's classic biography of St. Francis. Visit ChestertonBooks.com to see other books in our G. K. Chesterton series.

"St. Francis was above all things a great giver; and he cared chiefly for the best kind of giving which is called thanksgiving.... He knew that the praise of God stands on its strongest ground when it stands on nothing. He knew that we can best measure the towering miracle of the mere fact of existence if we realize that but for some strange mercy we should not even exist.... From him came a whole awakening of the world and a dawn in which all shapes and colors could be seen anew." - G. K. Chesterton

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An essay not a biography

A “short and scratchy sketch” or “essay” (Chesterton’s words) not a biography, but with great insights into the essence of St Francis. Worth reading whether you know about this saint or not.
Try not to curl up into a ball crying “arggghhh” every time the reader attempts English place names, like Camden and Feltham...

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  • 07-01-19

Hard to follow

What I could focus on was brilliant but it rambled a bit. I was hoping for more of the story of Saint Francis’s life. I was left wanting to know more details about his actual story. I like to listen to my books while I work this one didn’t work well for that. All said and done I’m glad I listened. I learned some really interesting things and Chesterton is incredibly intelligent.

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  • 23-06-19

Not the greatest

This book was written as if it were for a college course. I have heard much better books on St. Francis

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  • 21-08-21

catholic flower child

I am still am wondering what drove Francis to live life so obliquely. After this reading he feels like a flower child GK never revealed what drove him. Nona's soft voice takes away from the strength of the story.