God’s Troubadour, The Story of St. Francis of Assisi, by Sophie Jewett, a biography of one of the most loved Saints of all time, was originally written for children 7-10 years old, but is an book that will be enjoyed by all ages. The book tells how the gay, courtly young soldier, Francis Bernardone, became a knight of Jesus Christ, vowed devotion to Lady Poverty and proved himself the “little brother” to all men, and even to the birds and beasts, his beloved friends. The son of a wealthy merchant, Saint Francis of Assisi kept company in his youth with a roving band of young nobles who were bent on having a good time, thinking nothing of the comfort or feelings of other people.
When sickness puts an end to his soldierly ambitions, he turns his back on earthly possessions, much to the disgust of his father, donning a dust-colored robe and tying a plain rope around his waist. Traveling barefooted and bareheaded through the hills of Italy he begins his ministry to the outcasts of society: the lepers, the poor, the hungry. Other men flock to join him and share in his work, including three robbers who feel the transforming power of his love. His powers extend over the animal kingdom as well. He preaches to the birds and he tames the wolf who has been terrorizing the villagers of Gubbio. When he journeys eastward with the Crusaders, he ministers to Saracen and Christian alike. One year at Christmas he presents a living nativity scene to his neighbors, beginning a tradition that has lasted for centuries. A delightful biography, with some stories not often heard, that will hold the attention of listeners of all ages!
2 Audio CD’s – 2 Hours and 25 Minutes.