Item description for Francis: The Journey and the Dream by Murray Bodo...
Overview This much-loved modern classic tells the life story of the Little Poor Man of Assisi simply, lyrically, faithfully.
Publishers Description This much-loved modern classic tells the life story of the Little Poor Man of Assisi simply, lyrically, faithfully. "I have reread this book more than any other and still continue to be changed by its perceptions and compelling insights."--"Companion of St. Francis "
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Studio: Saint Anthony Messenger Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.54" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.32" Weight: 0.47 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 1988
Publisher Saint Anthony Messenger Press
ISBN 0867161167 ISBN13 9780867161168
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More About Murray Bodo
MURRAY BODO, O.F.M., is a Franciscan priest and member of the Franciscan Academy. The award-winning author of numerous books, including the best-selling "Francis: The Journey and the Dream," and two books of poetry, "Sing Pilgrimage and Exile" and "Icarus in Assisi," Bodo has had his poems, stories and articles published in magazines and literary journals in the United States and Ireland. He resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, and spends his summers in Assisi as a staff member of Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs.
Murray Bodo currently resides in the state of Kentucky.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Francis: The Journey and the Dream?
Francis: The Journey and the Dream Sep 24, 2007
I belong to Secular Franciscan order and we are reading this book together. It's one of the best on the life of St.Francis.
start here, please... Jan 23, 2007
when some life has passed and you are (even unconsciously) sick of it - then, start here, please --- this book, like the words, "come, follow me" is an invitation. my mother handed me this book fifteen years ago (with a wagging finger of warning - "don't you become like him !") and it has changed my life forever... there are other books, too - that I read again every couple of years - but this was the first - the stepping stone. it's an 'easy read' - a group of short vignettes that tell of a wonderful beginning. most highly recommended. thank you, mom.
Best read as a series of meditations Oct 15, 2006
I'll have to differ with the ecstatic reviewers before me. This is the wrong book to come to for either a.) a biography of Francis, or b.) a strong narrative line or, even, a cohesive story. Fr. Bodo gives us highly subjective moments from Francis's life, some very beautiful, some funny, all lovingly rendered. Many of his observations do indeed inspire the reader (this reader anyway). What he does not do is meaningfully connect these various moments and bits, most of which are no more than a page or two long, together into a strong story. So we get a very sketchy narrative that works better in individual moments than it does as a whole. The episodes have a sort of chronological unity. They are also continually roped in by the terminology of the subtitle, with lots of talk about Francis's Journey and Dream. But by the end of the book (novel? bio?), these terms have become so ambiguous that they aren't much help.
I think this may be a great book to come to after one has read more concrete and chronological accounts of Francis's life. It's not a good place to begin to get to know him.
I cried when I read this book Sep 19, 2006
I first read Maurray Bobo's book back durring the Gulf War when my son was there and in great danger. It brought me to tears. This book was so moving and it so inspired me that I wrote to the author and told hom how much it helped me. I asked him to pray for my son - which he did (My son did make it home after the war). What I remember best is that he took the time to respond back to me with a nice card. So t is the least I can do now is to tell people about the greatness of his book.
This telling of Saint Francis is both readable and enjoyable. He makes Francis come alive and spiritual hug you!
This is the best book on any saint's life that I have read and I have read many. I strongly rememend this book to read. You will find that your life may change! Mine did.
Good for meditation but short on details Mar 9, 2005
I purchased this book hoping to learn more about Francis of Assisi, because it was recommended to me by a few people. I was slightly disappointed in its approach. It is more of a meditative poem about Francis of Assisi's life than a concrete portrait of the individual. There are no quotes about Francis from his writing and the book does not highlight important dates or the historical significance of Francis's actions during the time in which he lived. It is almost as if the book was written in a vacuum.
The story is uplifting as a meditative resource. Francis of Assisi began his life as a member of the wealthy nobility, who had an aversion to the poor and the sick. He had a conversion experience while looking at a crucifix at San Damiano, which changed his life. He started a religious order that was revolutionary in its approach to embracing the poor and avoiding the pitfalls of materialism which plagued much of the Church during his life time. In challenging the status quo, he experienced much opposition, which the book does not investigate, but perhaps in doing so it would lose some of its poetic flow that helps it serve as a meditative resource, because it would require an analysis of politics (nasty business in any time period).
Francis of Assisi is the archetypical respecter of all life. He preached peace, when most of his world was engaged in crusades. He preached equity, when people believed that a state of life was largely a birth right. He is known for his great appreciation for all God's creatures, including members of the animal kingdom. His life was not without challenges, and the book gives the impression that at times he did have doubts about God's plan for him, and was subject to loneliness because of his mission. I wish that the book went into greater details about these aspects of his life, but it does provide much food for thought that leads the reader to greater interest in the character of Francis, his values, and Franciscan spirituality.