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Book Title: The Lessons of Saint Francis: How to Bring Simplicity and Spirituality into Your Daily Life|
The author of the book: John Michael Talbot
ISBN 13: 9780525943143
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 531 KB
Edition: Dutton Adult
Date of issue: September 1st 1997
Read full description of the books The Lessons of Saint Francis: How to Bring Simplicity and Spirituality into Your Daily Life:I read "The Lessons of Saint Francis" with my 20s/30s Sunday school class at, of all places, St. Francis UMC in Cary, NC, so unlike many of the other books I have read on here, I had a purpose other than just enjoyment in reading it.
Let me start off by saying this is not a bad book. I didn't hate it. But it did leave me personally a little flat. The author, John Michael Talbot, is an ex-hippie, ex-evangelical, Franciscan devotee (for lack of a better description). He follows the teachings of Francis of Assisi, the famous medieval ascetic friar and saint. He attempts to expound on the virtues of Francis' life and make them relevant to the lives of modern Christians. While he does do this at times, the value of this book is limited by the admiration, adoration, and adulation he heaps upon the saint. Francis was an admirable person, and he is someone from whom Christians should learn various traits. But the sun does not rise and set with him. Flowers didn't spring from his footsteps. His you-know-what didn't smell sweeter than most (and considering the bathing habits of medieval people, especially ascetic mystics, I'd wager it smelled worse). If you read any of the early biographies of Francisand can get past the sugary-sweet praise of the saint, you find that he was also a bit off his rocker at times. Talbot, like those early biographers, praises these eccentricities as if they were manna from heaven. But, I'm sorry, if someone is so crazy as to run out in the middle of the night and ring the church bell while shouting, "Look at the moon! Look at the moon!" and waking up all his neighbors, he doesn't deserve to be showered with praise; he deserves to be showered with the garden hose.
Anyway, my rant aside, Francis was an interesting human being, and one worthy of emulation in some respects. Talbot just fails to see the fact that Francis wasn't just a saint, he was a human being with many flaws.
Read information about the authorTalbot was born into a Methodist family with a musical background in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and started learning to play the guitar at an early age. At age 15 he dropped out of school and was performing as a guitarist for Mason Proffit, a country folk-rock band formed with his older brother Terry.
Talbot embarked on a spiritual journey that led him through Native American religion and Buddhism to Christianity. At this point he and his brother, Terry, joined the Jesus Movement, recording the album Reborn which was re-released by Sparrow Records (originally released as "The Talbot Bros." on the Warner Brothers label).
Two solo albums followed for Talbot: John Michael Talbot (1976) and The New Earth (1977). Both of these were produced by Billy Ray Hearn. Reading the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, he was inspired to begin studying at a Franciscan center in Indianapolis. He became a Roman Catholic and joined the Secular Franciscan Order in 1978. He started a house of prayer, The Little Portion.
Talbot moved The Little Portion to Eureka Springs, Arkansas on land he had purchased during his Mason Proffit days. He formed his own community, the Brothers and Sisters of Charity, at Little Portion Hermitage as an "integrated monastic community" with celibate brothers and sisters, singles, and families. By 1989, Talbot had married Viola Pratka (with the permission of the Catholic Church). Pratka was a former Incarnate Word Sister who had come to the community in 1986.
Talbot's title is General Minister and Spiritual Father. For many years, he has promoted the work of Mercy Corps.
The hermitage suffered a fire in April 2008 in which the library and many common areas were destroyed.
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