The Franciscan Saints
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I was given this book as a gift and was so taken with it that I gave it as a gift to all the members of my Secular Franciscan fraternity. Not only is each life inspiring, but as a whole the book is a good history of the contribution of Franciscanism to the Universal Church. I'm particularly grateful for the inclusion of so many Secular Franciscans, which certainly broadens the book's appeal.
I really enjoyed this book. I think that Robert Ellsberg did a good job trying to represent all of the forms and levels of holiness represented in the Franciscan - lay (Third Order Secular) and religious, Sisters and Friars, those on their way toward being canonized and those canonized for a long time. I would only add that I hope that a future edition would Julia Greeley, a Third Order Franciscan whose cause for canonization was opened a few years ago out in Denver. Her's is a great story.
Excellent synopsis of each of the saints mentioned and I found my place among some of them.
Not much in the book I did not know from other saint books and it seemed rather sparse. Hard for it to be more edifying for me. Was a little disappointed that their uniqueness was not brought out more.
There are 32 lay Franciscan Saints and I was glad to read about them. so many different ways to follow the Franciscan way of life!
Robert Ellsberg is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Orbis Books. He has written numerous books on saints, including All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Times, Blessed Among All Women, The Saints’ Guide to Happiness, Modern Spiritual Masters, and Blessed Among Us: Day by Day with Saintly Witnesses, which is based on his daily entries for Give Us This Day. A former managing editor of The Catholic Worker, he has written extensively about the life and legacy of Dorothy Day, and has also edited anthologies of writings by Gandhi, Flannery O’Connor, Thich Nhat Hanh, Charles de Foucauld, and Carlo Carretto, among others.
Product Type: Book
Item Number: #B53194
Publication Date: 8/30/2017
BISAC: RELIGION / Christianity / Saints & Sainthood
Imprint: Franciscan Media
Trim Size: 139.7 mm X 215.9 mm X 17.78 mm
(Approx. 5.5 in X 8.5 in X 0.67 in X )
List Price: $ 19.99
Study Guide: Available