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Eager to Love : The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi
by Richard Rohr


Overview - Francis of Assisi is one of the most beloved of all saints. Both traditional and entirely revolutionary, he was a paradox. He was at once down to earth and reaching toward heaven, grounded in the rich history of the Church while moving toward a new understanding of the world beyond.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Francis of Assisi is one of the most beloved of all saints. Both traditional and entirely revolutionary, he was a paradox. He was at once down to earth and reaching toward heaven, grounded in the rich history of the Church while moving toward a new understanding of the world beyond.

Globally recognized as an ecumenical teacher, Richard Rohr started out--and remains--a Franciscan friar. The loving, inclusive life and preaching of Francis of Assisi make him a recognizable and beloved saint across many faith traditions. He was, as Rohr notes, "a master of 'making room for it' and letting go of that which was tired or empty."

Francis found an "alternative way" to follow Jesus, one that disregarded power and privilege and held fast to the narrow path of the Gospel. Rohr helps us look beyond the birdbath image of the saint to remind us of the long tradition founded on his revolutionary, radical, and life-changing embrace of the teachings of Jesus.

Rohr draws on Scripture, insights from psychology, and literary and artistic references, to weave together an understanding of the tradition as first practiced by St. Francis. Rohr shows how his own innovative theology is firmly grounded in the life and teaching of this great saint and provides a perspective on how his alternative path to the divine can deepen and enrich our spiritual lives.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781616367015
  • ISBN-10: 1616367016
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publish Date: July 2014
  • Page Count: 294
  • Dimensions: 7.84 x 5.68 x 1.13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.06 pounds


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Books > Religion > Christian Life - Spiritual Growth
Books > Religion > Mysticism
Books > Religion > Spirituality - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-07-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

Ever since the current pope took the name Francis, interest in the life and message of Francis of Assisi has grown exponentially. Rohr (Silent Compassion), a Franciscan priest and director of the Center for Action and Contemplation, examines the life of Francis of Assisi, God’s “holy fool.” This is not a biography, however, but rather an examination of themes in Francis’s ministry that can help inspire and motivate contemporary people of faith. Francis focused primarily on loving and being in solidarity with the poor, suffering, and outcast. His outwardly focused spirituality does not emphasize pursuing personal piety. In this way, the author posits that Francis serves as a “corrective” for those who are exceedingly pious or think they can forge their own path to God without community involvement. Simplicity is another key theme in Francis’ spirituality: simplicity involves placing oneself outside of financial and consumerist desires that offer a false sense of freedom. This Franciscan message is sorely needed in the world, and Rohr’s masterful exposition of its treasures offers spiritual salve. (Aug.)

 
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