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St. Francis isn't just crazy, he's in love with Jesus! 3 Jun 2001
By brigid kowalczyk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Most stories and movies about St. Francis were unconvincing. I thought they made him seem kind of doltish or unstable. But this one really put flesh on the man and made me see him differently. The historical details of the times in which he lived helped to round out the story although it is hard to tell what is fiction and what is truth. St. Francis didn't steal from his father but he did give what he thought was his away in order to earn money to "rebuild" God's Church. It was quite simple, to him, "do what God tells you to do." There are very few of us who answer the call of God in quite the way St. Francis did, but that is why he's a saint and we are still working at it! It's a good book to find a reference point for your own journey - aim to be like St. Francis and don't worry what people think.
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Brings Francis to Life 4 Aug 2012
By Carissa L. Norris - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the second book I have read by De Wohl and I thoroughly enjoyed it. He balances action and all the characters well. I liked how he went back and forth between Roger of Vandria and Francis as they met each other at different points throughout the book. I also adored Clare's scenes. I did feel the book was a bit rushed at the end, more of an explanation of what happened than storytelling. I also would have liked to have seen Francis receiving the stigmata from his point of view as one of my favorite chapters in the book was his calling from his point of view.

Besides being a good read, this book challenged me personally in my own spiritual life. It made me think about how I respond to the calling to live as Christ.
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beautiful 19 Mar 2014
By Catalina - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautifully written, great prose, but also deep an excellent for anyone who admires St. Francis of Assisi. Highly recommendable reading
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Take a look! 6 Jan 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This novel about St. Francis will give you insight that you probably didn't have. Not just your statue holding a bird, St. Francis comes alive on his journey.
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Joyful Reader 31 Dec 2013
By Ruth Muckle - Published on Amazon.com
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I would recommend any of Louis de Wohl's books. You get to learn about the various saints, St. Francis in this case. de Wohl's books are written in novel form so entertaining to read while gaining knowledge.
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