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A Mended and Broken Heart: The Life and Love of Francis of Assisi

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Francis of Assisi is Catholicism’s most popular saint. Tens of millions of spiritual seekers summon his name and example. But the real Francis-both his complicated personality and his complex theology-have been misunderstood for centuries.

In 1228, Pope Gregory IX rushed to canonize St. Francis only two years after his death. Soon thereafter, the Church eliminated significant aspects of his biography from the public record. For Francis’s early life was defined by his profligacy; shortly before dying, Francis himself warned his brothers: “Don’t be too quick to canonize me. I am perfectly capable of fathering a child.”

In A Mended and Broken Heart, journalist Wendy Murray slices through the bowdlerized version of Francis’s life promoted within the Catholic tradition and reveals instead a saint who was in every way also a real man. Murray stresses in particular the crucial but completely neglected role that Clare of Assisi played in Francis’s life, both pre- and postconversion, and his theology.

A profoundly humane portrait of a misunderstood saint, A Mended and Broken Heart makes a powerful case that St. Francis’s life and thought make him a role model for religious seekers of every faith.

Review:

"Murray (The Beliefnet Guide to Evangelical Christianity) lowered herself into ancient ruins, chatted with nuns behind iron grilles and pored over documents in four languages to research and write this story of Francis of Assisi, the medieval saint whose appeal is timeless. In a work that is both scholarly and engaging, Murray retells the life of this 'complicated man' — who was poet, warrior, knight, lover, madman and saint — in a way that even those familiar with Francis's story will find compelling. Of special interest is the way she handles the relationship between Francis and Clare of Assisi. Acknowledging what scholars and historians have tended to dismiss as 'sentimental, modern and implausible,' Murray holds that the pair's attachment was rooted in love, but that it evolved into a mutual renunciation and remained pure as they took religious vows. She also shows that the age difference between Francis and Clare may not have been great enough to support the official Catholic position that their bond was merely that of father and daughter. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A humane and uncensored portrait of St. Francis of Assisi, Catholicism’s most popular—and least understood—saint

Synopsis:

A profoundly humane portrait of St. Francis of Assisi, Catholicism's most popular--and least understood--saint, "A Mended and a Broken Heart" makes a powerful case that St. Francis's life and thought make him a role model for religious seekers of every faith. 20 b&w photos.

Synopsis:

A humane and uncensored portrait of St. Francis of Assisi, Catholicism’s most popular—and least understood—saint

About the Author

Wendy Murray holds an M.A. in theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She has written numerous books on Christian topics, including The Beliefnet Guide to Evangelical Christianity. Until recently a senior writer for Christianity Today, she has also written extensively for Books and Culture and The Christian Century, and Beliefnet. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465002085
Subtitle:
The Life and Love of Francis of Assisi
Author:
Murray, Wendy
Publisher:
Basic Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Christian saints
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Francis
Subject:
Christian saints - Italy - Assisi
Subject:
Biography-Religious
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Publication Date:
20120925
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW photos, maps
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 18

Related Subjects

Religion » Christianity » Mysticism
Religion » Islam » General

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Product details 288 pages Basic Books - English 9780465002085 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Murray (The Beliefnet Guide to Evangelical Christianity) lowered herself into ancient ruins, chatted with nuns behind iron grilles and pored over documents in four languages to research and write this story of Francis of Assisi, the medieval saint whose appeal is timeless. In a work that is both scholarly and engaging, Murray retells the life of this 'complicated man' — who was poet, warrior, knight, lover, madman and saint — in a way that even those familiar with Francis's story will find compelling. Of special interest is the way she handles the relationship between Francis and Clare of Assisi. Acknowledging what scholars and historians have tended to dismiss as 'sentimental, modern and implausible,' Murray holds that the pair's attachment was rooted in love, but that it evolved into a mutual renunciation and remained pure as they took religious vows. She also shows that the age difference between Francis and Clare may not have been great enough to support the official Catholic position that their bond was merely that of father and daughter. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
A humane and uncensored portrait of St. Francis of Assisi, Catholicism’s most popular—and least understood—saint
"Synopsis" by , A profoundly humane portrait of St. Francis of Assisi, Catholicism's most popular--and least understood--saint, "A Mended and a Broken Heart" makes a powerful case that St. Francis's life and thought make him a role model for religious seekers of every faith. 20 b&w photos.
"Synopsis" by ,
A humane and uncensored portrait of St. Francis of Assisi, Catholicism’s most popular—and least understood—saint
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