Thursday, June 19, 2014

Francis of Assisi: The Life by Augustine Thompson O.P.

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My Amazon Review:

This is a wonderful biography for so many reasons. It presents Francis as a real man who was trying to serve God. It shows us how he was revolutionary in his time as well as how he was a product of his time. it tells us how other biographers have presented events in order to show him for their cause. This one doesn't do that. It just shows us who he is and how he arrived there.

It is also easy to read. It could very easily become bogged down in details of people and places of Mideval times. This author does a great job of giving information without too many details. We find out what is necessary about a person or a place. One does not need to know anything about Francis previously nor does a person need to know anything about the time period. It is written so well that one does not even need to know much about the Catholic religion.

It is a fabulous unbiased biography of this man.

A couple more thoughts:

I love the fact that he did not call him St. Francis of Assisi. It really is a biography about him as a man and not this mythological saintly being. There are so many other places where he writes about the mythological interpretation of an event in Francis' life and he is quick to point out the most logical and reasonable explanation of the event.

The only negative I have to say about the book really isn't about the book. It's really about me. I thought this sounded like a great book to read and it was. However, I didn't particularly enjoy it. As I started reading it, I realized that I wasn't really a whole book's worth of interested. I was really just a Wikipedia article interested. However, I read the book anyway because I said I would and didn't hate the time I spent reading it or the book itself.

Francis of Assisi: The Life [Paperback]

Augustine Thompson O.P. 
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (October 8, 2013)

DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are completely my own. 

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