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Living the Gospel

The Spirituality of Francis and Clare

by Helen Julian CSF

ISBN 1 84101 126 6

Published by Bible Reading Fellowship June 2001 5.99


Published in the USA as Francis and Clare: A Gospel Story

ISBN 1 59325 060 6

Word Among us Press August 2005 $9.95


A review was published in franciscan, January 2002


Finding freedom in simplicity and voluntary poverty, living in harmony with creation, seeking to be a brother to everyone and everything - so much of the teaching of St Francis directly challenges the values of today's consumer-driven culture, providing a radical, liberating alternative.  Yet while he remains an enduringly popular figure in the history of Christian spirituality, St Clare, an early follower and teacher of his values, is far less well-known.  Living the Gospel looks at St Francis and St Clare together, showing how they shared responsibility for the growth and influence of the Franciscan order, and how deeply rooted their teaching was in Scripture.

This book is ideal for people already interested in the teaching of St Francis as well as those whose explorations have extended no further than singing All creatures of our God and King - a version of Francis' Canticle of the Creatures.  And it introduces St Clare to a wider audience - a comparatively little-known but surprisingly influential female spiritual leader.



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