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Book Title: God's Fool: The Life of Francis of Assisi|
The author of the book: Julien Green
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 997 KB
Date of issue: September 2nd 1987
ISBN 13: 9780060634643
Read full description of the books God's Fool: The Life of Francis of Assisi:this is a good follow-up to claiborne's book, since francis is one of his faith heros. but it's also just a masterful work of literature. it's easily the best-written book i've experienced in a long time. the last thing i wanted was a dry account of the facts of francis's life; i wanted a poet to tell me the story, and green has more than fulfilled that desire. but in addition to achingly beautiful prose i've found that nearly every page is decorated with brilliant insights, which seem to originate from a true and long relationship with God. green is no nominal catholic, of the sort i have known, calling themselves such just because their parents took them to mass. no, green has experienced the God i know. who else could write this---"the work God does in us defies analysis. one simply doesn't know. the flavor goes out of things. one grows detached from the world and oneself."
or this, about francis's conversion: "his expression was all different, this was not the man they had known, not even the man they had seen a few minutes ago. it was somebody else. what had happened? in the middle of that sorry feast francis ... had fallen in love. for years he had been fleeing someone or something, and suddenly that someone had caught up with him and blasted him with all the power of his tenderness. ... in the chess game of the absolute the knight had become the bishop, and God won."
some other random gems:
"the words were harsh, but the voice was gentle, because it was the Lord's voice."
"but hadn't he known the Gospel? he had heard it many times since his childhood, but the book has a peculiar feature: you can listen to it year after year, and then a moment comes when from out of its pages comes a soundless, but deafening, voice that you will never be able to silence."
"not that he didn't have to do battle occasionally: the old adam took forever to die. self-love in particular had at least nine lives."
ah, painfully contemporary: "thousands of Christian souls longed for the ideal that God offered in the Scriptures and, seeing that the church didn't give it to them, wandered off and searched for it elsewhere."
"one can deprive an individual of his dreams by awakening him at the very instant when the dream begins, but at the end of a certain number of dreamless nights he will die. we need our dreams to live. that magnificent truth was discovered in our time, but it leaves intact the secret of that strange sphere of life where the soul moves for a third or so if our earthly existence."
"the person of the Savior had a magnetic power whose profundity we have lost because, except in isolated cases, our twentieth-century faith has become feeble and formalistic. we have lost the essential thing, which is the enthusiasm we call fanaticism."
and my favorite:
"then the sinner faded, giving way to the saint. till now it is the sinner whom we have tried to follow and understand. we had the feeling of coming close to his truth because we were at home with his weaknesses. we were part of the family, but from the moment when God seized hold of him, the man underwent a kind of simplification, and we sometimes lose sight of him. to borrow a phrase from dante, he hides himself in the light. he is quite close to us because of his charity, and infinitely far off because of his indescribable inner transformation. still, the hand he stretches out to us keeps all its human warmth, and his gentle italian voice infallibly finds its way to our heart."
absolutely masterful. so it came as no surprise to read that green was a key figure in the paris literary scene in the first half of the 20th century, and author of more than forty books (says the cover). the man can write. it's also clear to me that he is extremely well-read, and an eminent and well-rounded scholar---it's indescribably refreshing to read a Christian author who also knows his art and architecture. had to be a catholic.
Read information about the authorJulien Green was an American writer, who authored several novels, including Léviathan and Each in His Own Darkness. He wrote primarily in French.
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