This warm-hearted little book is a window into the soul of St. Francis, one of the most passionate and inspiring followers of Jesus. "Prayer was to Francis as play is to a child: natural, easy, creative, and joyful," author Jon Sweeney tells us. "Before it became common to speak in personal terms of a relationship with God, Francis did so and made it seem natural." With this guide, readers will:
- Pray the words that Francis taught his spiritual brothers and sisters to pray.
- Explore Franciss time and place and feel the joy and earnestness of the first Franciscans.
- Experience how it is possible to live a contemplative and active life, at the same time.
Jon M. Sweeney
Jon M. Sweeney is an independent scholar and one of religion’s most respected writers. His work has been hailed by everyone from PBS and James Martin, S.J., to Fox News and Dan Savage. He’s been interviewed on CBS Saturday Morning, Fox News, CBS-TV Chicago, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, and on the popular program Chicago Tonight. Several of his books have become Book-of-the-Month Club and Quality Paperback Book Club selections. His popular medieval history, The Pope Who Quit, was published by Image/Random House and optioned by HBO. It was a selection of the History Book Club and received a starred review in Booklist. His book, When Saint Francis Saved the Church, received a 2015 award for excellence in history from the Catholic Press Association. His other works include Inventing Hell, The Complete Francis of Assisi, and The St. Francis Prayer Book. Sweeney writes regularly for America and The Tablet, and is also the editorial director at Franciscan Media. He is married, the father of three, and lives in Vermont.
Readers wanting an accessible, practical introduction to Franciscan prayer will enjoy The St. Francis Prayer Book: A Guide to Deepen Your Spiritual Life. Jon Sweeney (editor of The Road to Assisi: The Essential Biography of St. Francis) offers two introductory chapters about St. Franciss approach to prayer, including memorable stories and helpful information about praying with the scriptures. Part II takes the reader through the daily office and various occasional prayers, including the famous "Canticle of Brother Sun."
- Publishers Weekly
"Help[s] us tap into this spirit of Francis devotional life."
- Spirituality and Health
"Sweeney has collected...a beautiful selection of prayers in keeping with the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi."
- Arkansas Democrat Gazette