Review: Following Francis: The Franciscan Way for Everyone

Following Francis: The Franciscan Way for EveryoneFollowing Francis: The Franciscan Way for Everyone by Susan Pitchford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a very gentle and accessible introduction to the Franciscan way of life for anyone wanting to know more about what becoming a member of the Third Order (in any of its incarnations) is about, or, having already explored a little, is wanting another source of commentary on the Franciscan way of life as they prepare for profession into the Third Order. Drawing on her own experience of the journey, Susan Pitchford explores the primary and fundamental values that are part of this life, opening up the reader’s awareness of what is – and what is not – important.

The inclusion of reflection questions and some ‘steps’ for further exploration make this book not just a book of theory but also a guide to exploring the Franciscan way in greater depth.

From the back of the book:

In a little town in Italy, nearly eight hundred years ago, Francis of Assisi renounced everything he owned to follow Christ with passionate and single-minded abandon. Even today, centuries later, this simple saint draws people around the world to Francis’s story of living in humility, love, and joy.

Here in Following Francis, Susan Pitchford tells her own story of the Franciscan life as a member of the Third Order, founded by Francis himself so that people from all walks of life could follow the saint’s ideal. Pitchford learned that the Franciscan tradition isn’t the exclusive possession of monks cloistered in a monastery, but a spiritual path for ordinary people living in the twenty-first century.

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