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When Saint Francis Saved The Church

When Saint Francis Saved The Church

How a Converted Medieval Troubadour Created a Spiritual Vision for the Ages

by Jon M. Sweeney

"Francis of Assisi, a saint for every age, springs to life under Sweeney's attentive care."

—Barbara Brown Taylor, author of An Altar in the World

About the Book and Author

About the Book and Author

In When Saint Francis Saved the Church, popular historian Jon Sweeney presents an intriguing portrait of Francis beyond the readily familiar stories and images.

When Saint Francis Saved the Church: Read an Excerpt

When Saint Francis Saved the Church: Read an Excerpt

"Like every human being, Francis was full of emotions, confidence and self-doubts, strengths and "hang-ups," as well as motivations both conscious and unconscious."

Praise for When Saint Francis Saved the Church

Praise for When Saint Francis Saved the Church

"I can honestly say this is an exciting, intelligent, and faithful understanding of Francis of Assisi—for our time and for all time!" —Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation

Reimagining St. Francis: A Q&A with Jon Sweeney

Reimagining St. Francis: A Q&A with Jon Sweeney

Jon Sweeney

"Francis was sometimes gentle, but he could also be severe; he was unassuming at times, but more often he was what we’d today call 'in your face,' seeking justice."

Book Roundtable: Continue the Conversation with our Bloggers

Not Your Father's Francis

Not Your Father's Francis

Greg Garrett

Unlike Christians of the past 500 years who focused on doctrine, Francis operated more like contemporary believers, who focus on correct practice.

There is No Other: The Radical Message of St. Francis

There is No Other: The Radical Message of St. Francis

Phil Fox Rose

Like the Good Samaritan, when St. Francis gazed on another, he saw not tribemate or outsider, not even human or animal, but simply a creature of God...

Saving Christianity, St. Francis-Style

Saving Christianity, St. Francis-Style

Bruce Epperly

Francis got back to the basics – simplicity of life, appreciation and care for embodiment and the non-human world, and faithfulness to the non-hierarchical and welcoming vision of Jesus. These values are still relevant to our time, perhaps even more so than in Francis’ time.

Still Searching for the

Still Searching for the "Real" Francis of Assisi

Wendy Murray

Reading Sweeney's new book I have been left to conclude — in keeping with the ocean metaphor– that if Francis is an ocean, then Sweeney and I caught glimpses of him at differing swells.

How Well Do You Know St. Francis?

How Well Do You Know St. Francis?

Lisa Hendey

In advance of his feast day and in celebration of the awesome new book When Saint Francis Saved the Church by Jon Sweeney, Ave Maria Press has a totally cool interactive “all things Francis” quiz online this week.

Notes from Assisi on Sweeney's St. Francis

Notes from Assisi on Sweeney's St. Francis

Jack Levison

Why would a biblical scholar like me agree to review a book on St. Francis of Assisi? Let me give you three reasons—reasons why you, too, whatever your faith, whatever your church, whatever your vocation--should read this book.

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