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On the Road with Francis of Assisi: A Timeless Journey Through Umbria and Tuscany, and Beyond [Paperback]

By Linda Bird Francke (Author)
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The lore and legend of thirteenth-century Saint Francis of Assisi comes to life through the author's twenty-first-century quest to retrace his path throughout Italy, revealing the medieval hill towns, remote mountain-top retreats, magnificent landscape, and art that exemplify the saint's odyssey. Reprint. 12,000 first printing.

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On the Road with Francis of Assisi offers a unique and lively travelogue of parallel journeys: that of Francis of Assisi on his way to sainthood in the thirteenth century, and that of author Linda Bird Francke, who followed his path through the beauty of central and coastal Italy-and even on to Egypt.
Francke tells the compelling story of Saint Francis through the many places he visited. She and her husband, Harvey Loomis, used as their guidebooks medieval texts, including the first official biography of the saint, completed in 1229, just three years after he died. Theirs was not a spiritual journey but one based on admiration for a man whose legend continues to inspire and fascinate millions around the world.
From Assisi-a small Umbrian town that now draws two million visitors a year, making it second only to Rome as an Italian pilgrimage destination-Saint Francis crisscrossed Italy for twenty years. And so too does the author travel through the "green heart" of Italy to such hill towns and cities as Siena, Bologna, Venice, Gubbio, and Rome, and to the many mountaintop Franciscan sanctuaries from La Verna and Le Celle di Cortona in Tuscany to the Rieti Valley.
Along the way, Francke movingly depicts the many miracles Francis performed and draws us into the splendid beauty of the landscape that inspired the saint's love for nature and regard for all living things. Unlike Francis, however, whose asceticism caused him to add ashes to his food to deaden its earthly pleasure, Francke and her husband indulge in the fabled Umbrian cuisine, from wild boar to the region's famed black truffles, and the incomparable local wines.
On the Road with Francis of Assisi embraces the spirit and person of its legendary subject, and invites the reader to marvel at his spiritual intensity and follow in his footsteps through the timeless beauty of Italy.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages   266
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.9" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 12, 2006
Publisher   Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN  0345469666  
ISBN13  9780345469663  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Linda Bird Francke, a former editor at Newsweek and award-winning journalist, is the author of Ground Zero: The Gender Wars in the Military and Growing Up Divorced. She lives in Sagaponack, New York, with her husband, Harvey Loomis.

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1Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Leaders & Notable People > Religious
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living > General
3Books > Subjects > Travel > Europe > Italy > Umbria
4Books > Subjects > Travel > Europe > San Marino & Umbria
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Reviews - What do customers think about On the Road with Francis of Assisi: A Timeless Journey Through Umbria and Tuscany, and Beyond?

You feel like you are with Francis and Clare  Feb 24, 2007
This is an amazing book that takes you on a journey with Francis of Assisi and Clare. Unlike dry preachy spiritual books, spiritual books with a not so hidden agenda or dry historical discussions that you have to force yourself to finish reading, this book seems to have just the right balance between travelogue packed with action and spirituality that makes it a page turner. I actually reread some of the chapters and they were just as good the second time. The author is a skilled observer and has put in just enough history to fascinate rather than bore the reader. She refrains from telling you what to think or how to feel. At the same time she shares her emotions at certain points, but it is so honestly conveyed and well done that you just feel it is part of the journey. As a result, you actually go on the journey yourself as she leads you and you are allowed to draw your own conclusions. Also, the inclusion of both Francis and Clare work very well in telling the story so you are able to appreciate the profound impact that they have on one another. Their story unfolds in a very powerful way in this travel format. This book just works!

Parts that you will recognize that are so well told:

Francis denouncing his father
Clare fleeing her family for the spiritual life
Francis adventures in Rome with the Pope
Francis and the wolf, and so much more.

I highly recommend this book for anyone on a spiritual journey and especially to St. Francis and St. Clare fans.
On the Road with Francis of Assisi  Jan 30, 2007
A fascinating look into the life and wanderings of an interesting character in some of my personal favorite parts of Italy. Specialized reading for specialized interests. I have recently commissioned a painting representing one aspect of the life of Francis of Assisi, and this book added greatly to my own and the artist's understanding of the man.
Fantastic Journey with St. Francis!!!  Jan 26, 2007
Linda Bird Francke's book is a must! I am always looking for more stories on this saint as I am an avid St. Francis of Assisi fan. He captured my heart on my first visit to Assisi in 1999 with my talented artist/sculptor husband Mic Carlson. Mic had an exhibition of his bronze collection on the life of St. Francis at the Basilica of St. Francis in 2004. He was the first American artist to be invited. During our month long stay we became followers of St. Francis. What a marvelously wonderful honor and experience! Mic is now working on a St. Francis prayer and meditation sculpture garden depicting the life of this saint, as well as life size peace statues of St. Francis in Assisi and Grand Rapids. Walking in the footsteps of St. Francis brought his spirit right beside us. You can feel his presence in so many places. Since then I have written a children's book about this beloved saint.
Tommy's New Shell exhibits the kindness Francis had for all creation. Mic and I are always searching for more history on St. Francis and Linda's book with all my highlighted pages will be tucked in my back pack on our next venture there in this fall. Linda went over and beyond the stories of Francis and even the places to visit. I felt every emotion she portrayed and cannot wait to experience new places she took me to. If you ever plan to visit the Umbrian or Tuscan areas in Italy, please read this book. You will not regret it. Not only does she tell the true story about this sweet vagabond and his followers, but she gives you the history of places and events that are confirmed in the many ancient frescoes all over Umbria and Tuscany. Linda will also take you to the hard to find caves and mountain top ledges where Francis spent his time with God. She also gives you the true feeling of living among the Italian residents in out of the way little villages. The cozy coffee shops, restaurants and inns with the locals are so vivid in my mind...these are the places where you really get the ambiance of true Italians. You can envision Francis as he walked along these same streets and offered his sweet spiritual messages to the people and even to the birds in the fields on his life long voyage. Linda didn't miss a beat in her journey of St. Francis, his followers and his Sister St. Clare. My next wish is that this book be made into a movie! I could not put this book down from the 1st page to the last! Thank you Linda Bird Francke! God Bless You!
Susan Evangelista
Grand Rapids, Michigan
A creative and fascinating account  Dec 25, 2005
What a fabulous idea that Linda Francke had - combining an account of the life of the greatest Saint with a story of her own spiritual journey with a travel guide. A teacher in high school (a Jesuit) once told me that we don't all have to live like St. Francis, but we should all be willing to invite him into our busy live occasionally and allow him to ask us some tough questions. This book is a pleasant and thought-provoking way to do just that.


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