By universal acclaim, this biography by G.K. Chesterton is considered the best appreciation of Francis’s life–the one that gets to the heart of the matter. Published shortly after Chesterton’s conversion, SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI certainly affirms Chesterton’s preternatural appreciation of the great saint and his teachings. With delightful informality, Chesterton depicts a man who loved women but vowed himself to chastity; an artist who loved the pleasures of the world but renounced them to embrace the most austere poverty. Enlightening and entertaining, this book captures St. Francis in all his eccentricities and contradictions and yet reveals the very essence of his intellectual and spritiual grounding in the Church. Paper.