The Road to Assisi
By Paul Sabatier, Edited and Introduction and Annotations by Jon M. SweeneyOriginally published in French in 1894, Sabatier and #8217;s was the first modern biography of Francis of Assisi. It was a worldwide bestseller, and in 2003 when this new edition was first published, it again sold more than 60,000 copies and was a selection of History Book Club. This new 120thanniversary edition includes a dozen additional annotations and a new preface bythe editor, putting Sabatier and #8217;s influential work into its historical context, showing why it is still the most essential life of the Saint . "This new and updated edition . . . is nothing short of astonishing in its power to touch the heart and revive the soul. "
and - St. Anthony Messenger "This book brings forth this popular Saint in a way in which we come to know him more intimately than ever before. Everyone touched by this and #8217;perpetual outsider and #8217; will want to read it. "
and - M. Basil Pennington, O. C. S. O. "The Road to Assisi . . . offers an excellent introduction to the text, helpful sidebars and notes, and fascinating illustrations, [aiding readers] in engaging and #8217;personally with Francis, the human being. " and #8217;
and - Publishers Weekly"Paul Sabatier and #8217;s groundbreaking 1894 biography Vie de S. Fran_ois d and #8217;Assise is essential reading for anyoneinterested in the life and times of the great charismatic of Assisi. The Road to Assisi offers a clear and temperate introduction to Sabatier and #8217;s passionate, often controversial engagement with the radical life and message of St. Francis. Highly recommended. "
and - Valerie Martin, author of Salvation: Scenes from the Life of St. Francis"Today, under the editorial guidance of Sweeney, this balanced, longout-of-print work isagain in the hands of readers. " and - Library Journal "Sabatier and #8217;s 19th century biography still reads like the classic it is. One could hardly ask for a better combination to introduce Francis to a larger public. "
and - Mark Galli, author of Francis and His World and managing editor for Christianity Today"[This] remarkable new publicationfrom Paraclete Press has something to say to you . . . a refreshing and eye- opening work. "
and - The Episcopal New Yorker"The Road to Assisi presents Sabatier and #8217;s biography for today and #8217;s reader. With helpful explanations and annotations by Jon M. Sweeney, Sabatier and #8217;s narrative is supplemented with the insights of many other scholars and writers. "
and - The Presbyterian Outlook