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In this magnificent and stirring novel, Louis de Wohl turns his famed narrative skill to the story of the soldier and merchant's son who might have been right-hand man to a king ... and who became instead the most beloved of all saints. Set against the tempestuous background of 13th Century Italy and Egypt, here is the magnificent and inspiring story of Francis Bernardone,In this magnificent and stirring novel, Louis de Wohl turns his famed narrative skill to the story of the soldier and merchant's son who might have been right-hand man to a king ... and who became instead the most beloved of all saints. Set against the tempestuous background of 13th Century Italy and Egypt, here is the magnificent and inspiring story of Francis Bernardone, the brash, pleasure-loving young officer who was to become immortalized as St. Francis of Assisi.The story teems with action, pageantry and intrigue with finely conceived characters-the beautiful, saintly Clare, Frederick, the hawk-faced King of Sicily and Holy Roman Emperor, the Sultan Al Kamil, Pope Innocent III. The scene shifts from Assisi, Rome and Sicily to the deadly sands of Egypt.This book was made into a feature film by 20th Century Fox entitled Francis of Assisi, now available on video from Ignatius Press....

Title : The Joyful Beggar: St. Francis of Assisi
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ISBN : 9780898708141
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Number of Pages : 378 Pages
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The Joyful Beggar: St. Francis of Assisi Reviews

  • Julie Davis
    2019-03-25 09:09

    What is it with Louis de Wohl's books? They're like peanuts or popcorn. You just keep tossing back handfuls because they're so good and go down so tastily.I received The Joyful Beggar on a Saturday at noon in the mail. Sunday at noon I was 75% done. It really grabbed me, obviously. I should've expected that since I've had that reaction to de Wohl's books before. They are consistently entertaining, fact-based stories of saints and the times in which they lived.I'm aware of the details of St. Francis's life but have never felt much connection with this saint. I wondered if sinking deeper into his life could help my life as a Christian. That's another of Louis de Wohl's talents, by the way. Whether or not you feel a personal affinity for someone, he brings to light aspects of their lives that illuminate your own.Sharp as a blade, the Pope's mind put it all together. This beggar was a troubadour, a Minnesanger, as they called them in Germany, a "singer of love," but for once here was one who was singing in praise of the Love of God."I am the poor woman in the desert," Francis explained merrily. "And I trust my Lord, the King. he will look after my sons."A jester and a dancer; a beggar and a troubadour; a preacher, a monk, a teller of parables, and perhaps a saint: there was no end to the man. If Satan could distort the minds of many to preach against the Church in the name of purity, here was one who could preach for the Church in the same name; here was, perhaps, the antidote against the poison in the veins of Europe, the man to give fresh life to a world grown cold. And therefore this man could be, nay, was the one who held up the falling walls of the Church. And that was all Innocent wanted to know.What I felt after reading this book was Francis's joy in serving, his release from fear, his complete trust in God. I especially appreciated the way Francis connected Brother Sun and Sister Moon and all the other elements of his famous Canticle of the Sun with Jesus. It was that connection which made nature holy, the connection with our Lord in his Incarnation. Beautiful.As always, de Wohl shows us the saint's story through other imagined characters who have their own journeys to God. This is very useful for explaining the history and customs of the times. Quite often there is a contrast which layers meaning and context for the overall power of that particular saint. In this book there were both Clare of Assisi on her own journey to holiness and Roger of Vandria, continually striving to simply regain his ancestral lands. As they grow so do we."In that case, why not make a test?" Francis suggested. "Let a great fire be lighted before your tent, and these learned priests of yours and I will enter it. Then God may show which is the true faith."Roger gasped. If that was supposed to be a bluff, it was a very dangerous one. There were fanatics enough among Moslem priests, and at least some of them might accept the challenge.The sultan glanced at his imams and mullahs. they looked a little vague, as if they had not understood the little dervish's words, and one of them, standing at the back, began to move with great dignity toward the exit of the tent."I don't think my priests are very likely to consent to this test of yours, little dervish," Al Kamil said, smiling.He's got out of it, Roger thought, half relieved, half angry."Then I will enter the fire alone," Francis said quietly, "If you promise for yourself and for your people that you will worship Christ if I come out of the fire unhurt." After a little pause he added, "If I should be burned to death, it will be due only to my sins. But if God protects me, it is a clear sign of his holy will, and you must all accept Christ.Now he has killed himself, Roger thought. This is too good a spectacle for the sultan to miss. The man is mad. He is a fanatic. He is magnificent. By all the angels and devils, he is the only crusader in the army. What a pity he is done for. Those priests will take him at his word, even if the sultan doesn't.Did I wind up best friends with Francis of Assisi? No. But we can't be best friends with everyone. I did, however, wind up as more than a casual acquaintance with my own life enriched thanks to the story of the joyful beggar.NOTE:This is a review book from Ignatius Press. This opinion is my own, uninfluenced by anything as paltry as a free book. As anyone is well aware who reads this blog regularly.

  • Carlos Xavier
    2019-03-05 07:15

    Great story related by Louis de Wohl... Tells the life of the saint fr the perspectives of the people who lived in his time and how they might have approached and understood him. Great dialogues and excelent way to tell a story. Just maybe he should have show less of pther characters and more of st. Francis

  • C.J.
    2019-03-24 09:23

    Historically accurate, and apt to the character and spirit of its inimitable saint, this novel of Francis of Assisi is worth each read. This is my second. Even for one utterly at the edge of interest, as far as 'saints' go, it's a rollicking adventure and medieval tumult.

  • Frank
    2019-02-28 04:15

    Great read. Easy, engaging. Offers an inspriational look at a great and humble man. Enjoyed how De Wohl stays true to the the spirit of the character, and how he re-creates a historically interesting backdrop as the context to showcase the character...

  • Jane
    2019-03-10 08:09

    This book was not as good as I had hoped. I like De Whol's works and I love Francis of Assisi but I was disappointed when I read this book.

  • Margareth8537
    2019-03-07 08:31

    Beautifully told story of St Francis. De Wohl writes well without being too sugary

  • Leah N.
    2019-02-25 02:13

    It was a little slow but I enjoyed Francis as a young man and the young king.

  • Marian Bart
    2019-03-04 10:08

    Outstanding. I love St. Clare's cameos.

  • Rosario
    2019-03-06 03:28

    It is more a novel of the context of St Francis than the life of him. It is ok if you would like to know a little more about what was happening historically, but also you will not be sure if it is fiction or reality.

  • Chiara Marchetti
    2019-03-07 02:12

    Un libro ricco di emozione, sentimento e sensibilità. Una biografia romanzata per niente noiosa, che ragala tocchi di commovente devozione. La vita del Santo è egregiamente descritta.

  • Ralph Wechuli
    2019-02-28 03:22

    Incredibly good

  • Arthur Lammers
    2019-03-12 06:20

    Another great one by deWohl, who with each of his hagiographic novels gives such added depth and perspective to not only the amazing person each of these saints were, but also to the time and place in history to which they belong. I still would say that The Spear, the Quiet Light and the Citadel of God, top Joyful Beggar but this only speaks to how great they were as tJB was very good.

  • Heather
    2019-03-04 06:26

    I liked getting a better feel for the context of the world Francis lived in. I also feel like I understand him better.

  • Maria Theresa
    2019-03-08 07:35

    Very interesting with a spark of adventure.

  • Courtney
    2019-03-07 05:25

    A nice read in preparation for my trip to Assisi.

  • Marianne
    2019-02-27 02:18

    Historical fiction about the life of St. Francis of Assisi. Wish it would have had St. Francis as more of the main character... but it was a good over view of his life.

  • Martin Jennis
    2019-03-08 07:18

    Great book, very interesting. A good portrayal of an incredible man without slipping into sentimental piety.