Title: Francis – The Knight of Assissi
Author: Terri Vorndran Nichols
Reading Level: 9-12
Star Rating: ★★★
Let there be peace on Earth…
Francis was born into a home made rich by his father’s merchanteering. A frail boy, he was captured by the lofty tales of romance and chivalry told by traveling minstrels. He decided that he, too, would sing of these things and, when the opportunity came, he rode away in full battle armor to fight the enemies of his city.
He was captured by the enemy and held prisoner for nearly a year before his family ransomed him and he returned home, profoundly disillusioned. Francis began to ponder his life and the purpose he fulfilled in the world. He began to realize that another battle was afoot – one in which his spirit must be firmly pitted against the world, the flesh, and the devil. Rejecting his family’s absorption in material wealth, Francis began to roam the country, preaching the love of Jesus, and working to rebuild the crumbling churches. He had found his calling – a life of simplicity and poverty of flesh, but richness of spirit.
Francis lived at a time when Catholicism was Christianity. He believed that God spoke audibly to him on several occasions, including once from a crucifix before which Francis was kneeling. When Francis wishes to establish a brotherhood of monks, he first seeks out the pope’s blessing.
Francis’ rocky relationship with his father, though not dwelt upon, is discussed because of how thoroughly it affected his life.
Conclusion. Francis of Assisi’s life is an important one in the history of the church – whether we agree with his theology or not, he is worth studying.
Review © 2014 Laura Verret