It is not simply that Francis's ideals are worth recounting, but that his life was so extraordinary. He was fully human - like each of us in our awkwardness, insecurities, and fear - but he was also perhaps the purest example we have seen of a person striving to do what Jesus taught his disciples.
A comprehensive introduction to Francis of Assisi, that most beloved and relatable of saints, this compelling compilation presents three books in one volume. Start with the 2002 translation (with annotations) of Paul Sabatier's groundbreaking biography of Francis, first published in 1894, which delves beyond the myths and legends to reveal a nuanced portrait of a passionate human being. Next, experience the saint's own words - where the depth of his devotion is truly evident - by reading nineteen of St. Francis's "essential writings": praises and prayers, personal letters, and rules for life and service within the religious orders he founded. Finally, peruse The Little Flowers, the highly influential and deeply inspirational collection of stories about the saint "intended to motivate the reader toward holiness." Such an insightful compendium is crucial reading for all seeking a deeper exploration of faith as well as a better understanding of a remarkable man. (AG)