Friday, November 23, 2007

St. Francis of Assisi and the Conversion of the Muslims

St. Francis of Assisi accompanied the Crusaders to Egypt on the Fifth Crusade, and boldly walked right into the Muslim camp in a spectacular attempt to preach Christianity to the Sultan and his followers. The author shows that St. Francis was a supporter of the armed Crusade, and his goal was the conversion of the Muslims, rather than simply "dialoging" as an end in itself, as some revisionists have purported. He made such an impact with his preaching, that the sultan rebuffed some of his own religious advisors, the imams, who were insisting that Islamic law required that St. Francis must be beheaded.
While the book focuses on this historic encounter, it also includes a comprehensive biography of the Saint, taking the reader through the essential aspects of his life and his life-changing spiritual journey. Read how St. Clare of Assisi left her comfortable aristocratic world to become his follower, how St. Francis originated the Christmas manger, and about the dramatic moment he received the stigmata.
"The most important book on St. Francis in English, in recent years."
—Brother Alexis Bugnolo, Editor, the Franciscan Archive, franciscan-
"This is a rare and daring approach to the life of St. Francis and one that is so necessary in our world at this time."
—From the Preface by Father Angelus M. Shaughnessy, O.F.M. Capuchin, EWTN TV Spokesman

TAN Books Frank M. Rega No. 2193 ISBN: 978-0-89555-858-9 16.50 210 Pp. PB.

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