Monday, March 23, 2009

St. Francis of Assisi

I recently finished reading "St. Francis of Assisi" by Johannes Jorgensen, a Danish author.  Overall, the book was a good treatment/overview of the Life of St. Francis.  There were two major downfalls to the book, however.  One was that it tended to get boring at certain points; the author spends a great deal of time on some points in St. Francis's life and breezes over others.  The selection of how much time to spend on different events seemed fairly arbitrary to me.  Secondly, the author tends to have a hard time sorting out what might be thought of as "legendary" events in the Life of St. Francis and those that actually happened.  This might not be his fault because he bases a lot of his research on the older texts describing the saint's life.  Overall, it's a good book to pick up if you are interested in learning a bit more about Francis.  

1 comment:

Rene'e said...

Hi Joseph,

I just bought a statue of St. Francis for my garden. He is a tough act to follow isn't he.