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Simply Bonaventure: An Introduction to His Life Thought and Writings

by Ilia Delio

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I was first attracted to Bonaventure because he was a doctor of the church and I thought he had to have said something to have earned that title. I was not disappointed. Disclosure: I am not theologically trained and I am a lay Franciscan. However I found his ideas exceptionally great. I have given copies to my friends who likewise find it illuminating. Medieval thinking may not be as well resourced as modern day equivalents but I think at least in this doctor of the church we have a great mind. Having done a university degree the idea of a great professor who could think and from whom you can learn was a great attraction. I am convinced that should he be teaching in my local university I would immediately join up to do a degree under him.
There was not a bad chapter in this book and Sister Ilia presented the topic in a very easy to read format. Either way I am indebted to the author and to Bonaventure for the time and contemplation of the issues. May be in the mad rush of modern society the slower pace of medieval times may have allowed for deeper thinking.
One of my friends started at page 115 "Imitation of Christ" because she was interested in that topic and her comment was there was so much in this chapter. (Enough to keep her going for 6 months of contemplation). I started at page one and could not put it down. I have forgotten what it cost me to buy this book (actually 3 books now) but I will probably purchase more because it makes people think. A great mind is thing of great value and I think Bonaventure had one of those.
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