First off, do you know who St Francis Assisi was? Long story short, next to Jesus, he truly knew and lived a life of self-sacrifice and had a love for God and man so deeply, he chose empathy over any other moral code.
The author of this particular book, Elizabeth Goudge, has written her version, accurately but also, gave life to this man whom many misunderstood or found him 'boring'. St Francis Assisi felt he was undeserving of joy when there were so many to be cared for - from people to animals. He imposed poverty on himself, which was in a sense like a monk, but multiply that.
Living in this day and age, the 'me-generation', it's so incredibly sad - they laugh at, disrespect and disregard any person of God that truly IS FROM GOD...half of me wishes we had St Francis of Assisi around and half of me am glad he's not - for the sole reason on what we have become...I'm 51 and truly believe the 'me-generation' is our downfall - THAT'S MY OPINION from what I see, hear and watch daily in the news, on all social media sites, I swear, I don't know why no one stands up any more like St Francis had.
I appreciate Elizabeth's re-telling of this awesome man. I highly recommend this book and when you read it, choose a sunny day, one where you can look around and truly take in the blessings in your life. It's not a fast read, his life is a bit boring to most, but if you want to know this man, you will find greatness in his every heart beat.