Biographies St. Francis of
If you would like to know more about
St. Francis and the Franciscan Orders, here are some suggested books you might find
interesting and helpful.
Looking for a
good book about:
St. Francis of Assisi,
Franciscan Spirituality or
Personal Growth? We Recommend...
The Road To
The Essential Biography of St. Francis - By Paul Sabatier.
Edited with introduction and annotations by Jon M. Sweeney.
Brewster, Massacgusetts: Paraclete Press, 2003. 178 pages, $19.95
This is an
edited version of a review by Mitch Finley.
The first modern
biography of St. Francis of Assisi was written by a French Protestant author, Paul
Sabatier, and published in 1984. By Sabatier's death in 1928, his biography of Francis has
appeared in 45 editions in French alone, plus English, Swedish, German and Italian
The present text is
an edited and slightly abridged version of the first English edition, which appeared in
1906. Editor Jon Sweeney updated some of the language while remaining faithful to the
original French text. The informative annotations contributed by Sweeney are much more
than foot-notes that have moved uptown.
remains remarkably contemporary. This new, updated edition of Sabatier's biography of St.
Francis of Assisi is nothing short of astonishing in its power to touch the heart and
revive the soul.
of Francis (such as Francis of Assisi: A Revolutionary Life, by Adrian House) are
invariably superior to most older, merely, pious ones. Still, Sabatier's book retains its
prominence; while historically accurate, it has a lyrical quality that makes it a delight.
Franciscan Scholarship and the
new Francis of Assisi: Early Documents
Volume I The Saint
Volume II The Founder
Volume III The Prophet
INDEX: This long awaited volume contains a
- Thematic Index
- Names Index
- Places Index
- Bibliography of Sources
- Scripture Index
volume's are now available.
A collaborative effort of the entire English-speaking Franciscan family, this series
presents new translations of texts about Francis in the early Franciscan tradition. In
some instances, these texts are available for the first time in English translation; in
all instances they have been annotated in light of recent scholarship.
Editors: Regis J. Armstrong, OFM. Cap.
J.A. Wayne Hellmann, OFM.
Conv. William J. Short, OFM Publisher:
NEW CITY PRESS
Hyde Park, NY 12538
An Introduction to His Life, Thought, and Writings
Author: Ilia Delio, O.S.F.
Published by: New City Press
202 Cardinal Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538
- (Scenes from the Life of St. Francis)
Author: Valerie Martin
Published by: Alfred A. Knopf, New York
Author: Adrian House Published by Paulist Press, Mahwah, NJ
LIFE AND TIMES
OF FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Green, Julian. (Harper & Roe, San Francisco 1983)
FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Engelbert, Omer. Franciscan Herald Press, Chicago, IL 1965
JOURNEY AND THE DREAM
Bodo, Murray. St. Anthony Messenger Press, Cinncinati, 1972
JOY OF ST. FRANCIS
Timmermans, Felix. Image Books, Garden City, 1955
AND A HEART PLACE
Franciscan T.O.R. Poetry Wilson, T.O.R. Didacus, Bro. Scripta Humaistica Press, 1987
Regis J. Armstrong & Ignatius Brady The complete works, The Classics of Western
Spirituality (New York: Paulist, 1982)
Marco Bartoli - trans. Frances Teresa, OSC Quincy: Franciscan Press, 1993
A MODEL OF HUMAN LIBERATION
Leonardo Boff - trans. John W. Dierckmeier New York: Crossroad, 1984
CLARE OF ASSISI AND HER FORM OF LIFE
Margaret Carney, OSF Quincy: Franciscan Press, 1993
G.K Chesterton Garden City: Doubleday, 1957
Arnaldo Fortini - trans. Helen Moak Crossroad, 1981
Roy M. Glasnick New York: Collier Macmillan, 1980
WRITINGS AND EARLY BIOGRAPHIES
English Omnibus of the sources for the life of St. Francis Marion A. Habig Quincy:
Franciscan Press, 1973
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI: A Biography
Johannes Jorgensen - trans. T. O'Connor Sloane Garden City: Doubleday, 1955
Nikos Kazantzakis - trans. P.A. Bien New York: Simon and Schuster, 1962
A HISTORY OF
THE FRANCISCAN ORDER
FROM THE ORIGENS TO THE YEAR 1517
John Moorman Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1968
Raffele Pazzelli, TOR - trans. Aiden Mullaney, TOR
Stubenville: Franciscan University Press, 1993
St. Francis and the Third Order: The Pre-Franciscan and Franciscan Penitential movement.
Quincy: Franciscan Press, 1982
A BIOGRAPHICAL STUDY
Ingrid J. Peterson, OSF
Quincy: Franciscan Press, 1993
William J. Short, OFM
Wilmington, DE , Michael Glazier, 1989
OF ASSISI AND NATURE
Tradition and innovation in Western Christian
Attitudes toward the Environment.
New Your: Oxford UP, 1988
AND THE FOOLISHNESS OF GOD
Joseph Nangle, OFM, Marie Dennis, Cynthia More-Lobeta,
Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY 10545
WRITINGS FOR A GOSPEL LIFE
Regis J. Armstrong, OFM, Cap.
Crossroad Publishing Co. New York, NY.
FLOWERS OF ST. FRANCIS
Looking for a
good book about:
Franciscan Spirituality or
Personal Growth? We Recommend...
Poverty, Celibacy and
Obedience: A Radical Option for Life by Diarmuid O'Murchu, published by Crossroad
Publishing Co. 1999. Expands the meaning - and potential for
good - of the three traditional religious vows.
The Fire in These Ashes: A Spirituality of Contemporary
Religious Life by Joan Chittister, OSB., published by Sheed & Ward 1995. The
author summons religious women and men to turn into fire - to become the "searing
presence" of God's spirit in the world.
Poets, Prophets & Pragmatists: A New Challenge to
Religious Life by Evelyn Woodward, published by Ave Maria Press 1987. A deep and
insightful look at religious communities, drawn from individual and community stories,
through which readers can see their own stories with keener perception.
New Wineskins: Re-imagining Religious Life Today by
Sandra M. Schneiders IHM, published by Paulist Press 1986. Draws on the biblical,
historical, theological, psychological, and experiential foundations of religious life and
examines religious life in the twenty years following Vatican II.
Religious Life: A Prophetic Vision, Hope and Promise for
Tomorrow by Diarmuid O'Murchu, MSC, published by Ave Maria Press 1991. Offers a
new model of religious life, outside denominational confines, as the preserver and
practitioner of critical values such as justice, love and peace.
Wrestling with God: Religious Life in Search of Its
Soul by Barbara Fiand, published by Crossroad Herder 1996. Asks
questions and raises issues often ignored and long overdue: celibacy and the meaning of
intimacy, what membership means and how it can be expanded, the welcoming of diversity,
the need of the feminine for wholeness and health, the fear of death and denial of new
The Sun and Moon Over Assisi by Gerard Thomas
Straub, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press 2000. Tells of an interior pilgrimage
that will inspire the modern reader.
Francis and Clare: The Complete Works
Translation and Introduction by Regis J. Armstrong, OFM Cap. and Ignatius C. Brady, OFM,
published by Paulist Press 1982. The writings of two great saints.
The Way of St. Francis: The Challenge of Franciscan
Spirituality for Everyone by Murray Bodo, OFM, published by Anthony Messenger
Press 1995. Challenges the reader with a renewed understanding of the saint: a Francis who
shows us a way of life both stimulating and troubling, who asks us to look again at the
possibilities within us and around us. Chapters on ways of letting go, of achieving
poverty, simplicity and nonviolence.
Francis & Clare: Following Our Pilgrim Hearts
by Murray Bodo, OFM and Susan Saint Sing, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press 1996.
Walk in the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare, focusing on the going forth and the
going within of the soul's journey.
The Journey and the Dream by Murray Bodo,
OFM, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press 1988. Meditations on the life of St.
St. Francis and the Foolishness of God by
Marie Dennis; Joseph Nagle, OFM; Cynthia Moe-Lobeda; Stuart Taylor; published by Orbis
Books 1993. For those who long to do something about inequity and poverty, about consuming
consumerism and spiritual emptiness. The mystical and the earthly, liberations and
faithfulness, literal poverty as well as the blessed poverty of the spirit.
Praying with St. Francis of Assisi by Joseph
M. Stoutzenberger and John D. Bohrer, published by St. Mary's Press 1989. Meditations on
the life of St. Francis, with ways to reflect and pray over our own experiences in light
of what we learn from this challenging, holy man.
Sacred Identity: Exploring a Theology of the Person
by Jane Kopas, OSF, published by Paulist Press 1994. Written for the unbeliever within the
believer, who may be unsure about who God is, and for the sometimes ambivalent beliver who
yearns to be whole, to be integrated, and to find an identity that is true and lasting.
Pray All Ways by Edward M. Hays, published
by Forest of Peace Books, Inc. 1981. Fr. Hays challenges readers to explore the common and
ordinary in their lives as the "stuff" from which are made whole and holy
Can You Drink the Cup? by Henri J. M.
Nouwen, published by Ave Maria Press 1996. Using the cup as a metaphor, Nouwen reflects on
three images - Holding, Lifting and Drinking - to articulate basics of the spiritual life.
With Open Hands by Henri J. M. Nouwen,
published by Ave Maria Press 1972. These reflections help praying become a joy - a
spontaneous reaction to those around you.
Clowning in Rome by Henri J.M. Nouwen, published by
Image Books, Doubleday 1979. Reflections on solitude, celibacy, prayer and contemplation.
The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian
Spirituality by Ronald Rolheiser, published by Random House, Doubleday, 1999. For
those searching to understand what Christian spirituality means and how to apply it to
their own lives.
Little Pieces of Light by Joyce Rupp, OSM,
published by Paulist Press 1994. Encourages the reader to approach painful, inner darkness
as a help rather than hindrance to personal growth.
May I Have This Dance? by Joyce Rupp, OSM,
published by Ave Maria Press 1992. Helps readers connect the routine of their lives with a
deeper communion with God.
The Cup of Our Life: A Guide for Spiritual Growth by
Joyce Rupp, OSM, published by Ave Maria Press 1997.
Offers six weekly themes based on different images of the cup to revitalize and enrich
your relationship with the divine.
Out of the Ordinary: Prayers, Poems and Reflections
for Every Season by Joyce Rupp, OSM, published by Ave Maria Press 2000. Contains
125 thoughtful compositions of prayers, rituals, guided visualizations, reflections and
poems for individuals or groups.
Fresh Bread and Other Gifts of Spiritual Nourishment
by Joyce Rupp, OSM, published by Ave Maria Press 1985. A handbook for spiritual growth
structured for reading and praying the scriptures throughout the year.
Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes by
William Bridges, published by Addison-Wesley Publishing Co. 1980. Strategies for coping
with the difficult, painful, and confusing times in your life.
Praying Our Goodbyes by Joyce Rupp, OSM, published
by Ave Maria Press 1988. Designed to help readers recognize, ritualize, reflect on and
re-orient themselves - to help heal the hurts caused by goodbyes and the anxieties
encountered by change.
Who Moved my Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, M.D.,
published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1998. Strategies for coping with change.
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