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St. Francis of Assisi by G. K. Chesterton
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St. Francis of Assisi (1923)

by G. K. Chesterton

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A relentless hagiography quite in the style of the Medieval masters of the form. This book has little to aid to any in depth discussion of an interesting saint. Only for the devout, intent on gaining a grasp of the essential facts. My version was published in 1973. It was originally ground out in 1923. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Jan 8, 2018 |
This is not a biography but rather an essay through which St Francis runs like a thread. It presupposes some knowledge of the subject. It's readable and well written on a paragraph by paragraph basis and is often interesting.

Chesterton has a habit of lapsing into flippant bigotry and spouting bollocks. Which is a shame. I would recommend this book to someone who agrees with his unsubstantiated opinions. ( )
  Lukerik | Oct 3, 2017 |
Describing Francis' death, Chesterton writes: "...there was a sudden stillness...for the stopping of the great heart that had not broken till it held the world." In a mere 150 pages, Chesterton captures a phenomenal character, making many interesting asides along the way. He (Chesterton) is without any equivocation an apologist for the Catholic Church, but he does it with the sort of grace that makes one think twice. I am happily Unitarian Universalist, but if I ever became a Catholic it would be because Chesterton led me there. (Though I recommend that the present Pope not hold his breath :-) ( )
  bibleblaster | Jan 23, 2016 |
There were parts that irritated me because Chesterton seemed to be relishing dancing round a mulberry bush and never quite coming to the point. However, on the whole I enjoyed this miniature portrait of the great saint's life and philosophy. It certainly is not exhaustive, but entices one to want read more about him. ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
There were parts that irritated me because Chesterton seemed to be relishing dancing round a mulberry bush and never quite coming to the point. However, on the whole I enjoyed this miniature portrait of the great saint's life and philosophy. It certainly is not exhaustive, but entices one to want read more about him. ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
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Girzone, Joseph F.Forewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krūmiņa-Koņkova, SolveigaPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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There are certainly many studies of Saint Francis of Assisi that an interested reader might find and many of them immensely praiseworthy. But in reading G.K. Chesterton on Francis, you get two glories for one: first is an enlightening study of this most beloved of Christian saints and second is Chesterton himself, one of the great Christian writers of the 20th century, who converted to Roman Catholicism in 1922 because, it has been said, "only the Roman Church could produce a St. Francis of Assisi." Published shortly after his conversion, Chesterton wrote this book in part to reclaim Francis for the church. There are always those who want to claim Francis for their cause, Chesterton recognized, who also fail to understand the spiritual and intellectual ground upon which he stands. Chesterton would return Francis to Christ. As he summarizes, "however wild and romantic his gyrations might appear to many, [Francis] always hung on to reason by one invisible and indestructible hair.... The great saint was sane.... He was not a mere eccentric because he was always turning towards the center and heart of the maze; he took the queerest and most zigzag shortcuts through the wood, but he was always going home."

As one editor of Chesterton's puts it, "of St. Francis he might have said what he said about Blake: 'We always feel that he is saying something very plain and emphatic even when we have not the wildest notion of what it is.'" --Doug Thorpe

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