Sample English Book Review Paper on Francis of Assisi by Galli

Galli in his book  Francis of Assisi and His World takes note of Francis of Assisi’s conversion about God’s work, terming it as extraordinary. In his book, Galli writes that Francis of Assisi was converted while he was on a pilgrimage in Rome and that he used to mingle with beggars and the poor in the society during such pilgrimages. However, his life changed when he was praying near the ruined crucifix outside the chapel of San Damiano. He heard a voice that gave him the command to “Go and repair my house which, as you see, is well-nigh in ruins” (23). He responded to the order by selling his father’s expensive clothes and a horse. However, the priest refused to take the gold from the sales because he knew that Francis had sold his father’s items. According to Galli, Francis of Assisi decided to disown his father for the Heavenly Father- God.

The dedication to a life of poverty and God had serious implications during the time because the church and the priests endorsed wealth. People worked hard to ensure that the church had enough resources. Therefore, when Francis of Assisi abandoned his wealthy background for poverty people refused to associate with him. At first, the Assisians refused Francis’ message. However, he won hearts of the masses in the villages by his emotional and persuasive preaching of the word of God. His conversion brought a new definition of living for God. Many men and women who believed in his teaching began following him. These people emulated Francis’s simple life and concentrated on doing God’s work. Francis of Assisi’s main idea revolved around the great commission that Jesus Christ gave the disciples. He sent the disciples on missions without earthly properties. Francis’s idea helped the church leaders to develop a different attitude towards earthly possessions.

Francis’ ideas helped to create a group of followers who decided to dedicate their lives to serving God. He directed people, and they obeyed his instruction. According to Galli, he read scriptures in the gospels of Jesus telling his followers to leave everything and follow him. One day, he exclaimed, ‘This shall be our rule of life’ before leading his followers to a public square where they gave their possessions to the poor in Assisi (54). Essentially, his followers lived simple lives and simple structures from where they spread the good news of the gospel. The order disrupted the original praise and thirst for wealth among priests and other leaders and members of the church.

Franciscanism has the welfare of the poor in the society at heart. The followers donate their possessions to help the poor have their daily bread and clothing. The influence of Franciscanism is evident in the church today. The church has religious leaders and followers who have dedicated lives towards God’s service. Some of these men and women of God live in convents. An example of people who deprive themselves, give to the poor and dedicate themselves to serving God are nuns and monks. The central ideas of St. Francis are still viable to date. While resources are needed for the daily operations of the church, the church needs people with no appetite for the earthly possessions. However, most of the time, today’s church ministers fail to bring change because of their attachments to the earthly possessions. Although a lot of believers donate to the poor, they do not do enough to avert poverty.

 

 

 

Works Cited

Galli, Mark. Francis of Assisi and His World, Lion Publishers, 2002.