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The St. Francis Holy Fool Prayer Book

by Jon M. Sweeney

In the tradition of The St. Francis Prayer Book, Jon Sweeney offers an ancient-medieval way of understanding and experiencing the Gospel: the Holy Fool. This countercultural approach is exemplified in the life and teachings of Francis of Assisi, the most popular Saint in history, and his good friend, Brother Juniper. What does it mean to be a fool for Christ? It meant...

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The Little Flowers of Saint Francis

compiled by Brother Ugolino, introduced, annotated, arranged chronologically, and rendered into contemporary English by Jon M. Sweeney

This new paperback edition of The Little Flowers is unique in its physical beauty as well as its editorial arrangement. For the first time, the stories have been arranged in the most likely chronological ordering of when they happened—rather than following the traditional ordering of them handed down for centuries...

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The Enthusiast: How the Best Friend of Francis of Assisi Almost Destroyed What He Started

by Jon M. Sweeney

Popular historian and award-winning author Jon M. Sweeney relates the untold story of St. Francis's friendship with Elias of Cortona, the man who helped him build the Franciscan movement. Sweeney uses the complexities of their relationship in a gripping narrative of how their efforts changed the world and how Elias's enthusiasm betrayed the ideals of his friend.

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When Saint Francis Saved the Church: How a Converted Troubadour Created a Spiritual Vision for the Ages

by Jon M. Sweeney

Jon M. Sweeney, bestselling author of The Pope Who Quit, offers a surprising look at the world's most popular saint, showing how this beloved-but-often-mythologized character created a spiritual vision for the ages and may very well have rescued the Christian faith...

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The Complete Francis of Assisi: His Life, The Complete Writings, and The Little Flowers

by Jon M. Sweeney (Editor)

There are many editions of the writings of St. Francis, and biographies about him, but here in one volume are both, plus the complete text of the late medieval work, The Little Flowers, which did more to establish the legend of the man than any other work. This "Paraclete Giants" edition includes the complete...

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The Road to Assisi: The Essential Biography of St. Francis - 120th Anniversary Edition

by Paul Sabatier, edited with introduction and annotations by Jon M. Sweeney

Originally published in French in 1894, Sabatier's was the first modern biography of Francis of Assisi. It was a worldwide bestseller, and in 2003 when this new edition was first published, it again sold more than 60,000 copies and was a selection of History Book Club. This new 120th anniversary edition includes a dozen additional annotations and a new preface by the editor...

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Francis and Clare: A True Story

by Jon M. Sweeney

This joint biography illuminates the lives of Francis and Clare and their way of life. It shows how they were bound together by devotion to God as well as the violent objections of their families to religious life. It explores a variety of issues they faced, including the treatment of lepers in medieval society, corruption in the church, and attitudes toward the created world...

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Francis of Assisi in His Own Words: The Essential Writings

by Jon Sweeney (Editor, Translator)

Biographies of St. Francis will only take you so far. It’s impossible to truly understand him without reading his writings. Sweeney has compiled all of the ones that we are most certain come from Francis himself, including his first Rule of life, the Rule he wrote for the Third Order, letters to friends, letters to people in power, messages to...

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The St. Clare Prayer Book: Listening for God’s Leading

by Jon M. Sweeney

Discover the spirituality of St. Clare and how it complements that of St. Francis. Enter into a week of morning and evening prayer centered on themes from Clare's life. Pray with Clare's own words in a variety of occasions. And enjoy a special appendix that dramatizes what it might have been like to be there on that first night when Clare fled to the little chapel called Portiuncula to become a brother, and much more.

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The St. Francis Prayer Book: A Guide to Deepen Your Spiritual Life

by Jon M. Sweeney

This warm-hearted little book is a window into the soul of St. Francis, one of the most passionate and inspiring followers of Jesus. "Prayer was to Francis as play is to a child: natural, easy, creative, and joyful," author Jon Sweeney tells us. "Before it became common to speak in personal terms of a relationship with God, Francis did so and made it seem natural...

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