Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Francis of Assisi is one of the most beloved of all saints. Both traditional and entirely revolutionary, he was a paradox. He was at once down-to-earth and reaching toward heaven, grounded in the rich history of the Church while moving toward a new understanding of the world beyond. Francis found an "alternative way" to follow Jesus, one that disregarded power and privilege and held fast to the narrow path of the Gospel.
Franciscan Father Richard Rohr helps us look beyond the birdbath image of the saint to remind us of the long tradition founded on Francis' revolutionary, radical, and life-changing embrace of the teachings of Jesus.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 32 minutes|
|Narrator||John Quigley O.F.M.|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 02, 2014|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #52,663 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#271 in Biographies of Religious Figures
#354 in Mysticism (Books)
#394 in Other Religions, Practices & Sacred Texts (Audible Books & Originals)
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There was a lot of intellectual "Yes but" moments.
Gently bitching about the Church and then defending it's vain and special position.
Acknowledgement of hypocrisy but then a sort of OH WELL it's all a mystery stance.
So you're part of an organization, use it to benefit yourself, and then distance yourself from what you don't like.
So leave, buy your "I am poor too" clothes at Salvation Army, and leave the raft at the shore or not.
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Therefore it is with an insider eye, an appreciation for history and a determination to root St Francis in reality that this book is written. This is a fresh, imaginative approach that shows us the man behind the cassock, the heart behind the legend and the truth sitting side by side with myth.
It's a book that demands focussed attention and savouring in small chunks at a time because of its depth. Rohr may malign his own mind at times but this is a meaty read, not for the faint-hearted.
Although Francis of Assisi is the major character here, you will also find other significant souls who fed into his spirituality and influenced his orthodoxy. All serve to introduce the reader to a way of being, seeing and sensing that opens them up to new ways of thinking.
This is rich stuff, redolent with resources, quilted with quotes and notes. In the unlocking of a life, you may find yourself looking at St Francis with new eyes and also seeing how you could live differently in response to all that's revealed. A profound, learned read that may just unsettle you into a fresh spiritual perspective.