My favorite kind of biography is the kind that reads like a novel, plunging you into the world of its subject and making you feel like an eyewitness to an exemplary life.
Bret Thoman, OFS has written just this type of biography on St. Clare of Assisi, a saint who has amazing name recognition — but who still manages to be an enigma. St. Clare of Assisi: Light from the Cloister (TAN Books, 2017) sheds light on the mysterious life of this companion of St. Francis of Assisi. Thoman calls this book a historical narrative, noting that it’s “a blend of biography and historical fiction, of facts and speculation.” (xv)
That doesn’t mean that Thoman plays fast and loose with history. Rather, his careful use of footnotes makes it abundantly clear when something in the book is historical fact.
As you read this book, you’ll find yourself steeped in the details of Clare’s time and place. You’ll picture the grand palace in which she grew up and from which she fled at the age of 18 to join Francis of Assisi in her quest to follow Christ as he did. You’ll contrast it to the simple but starkly beautiful San Damiano church, surrounded by huts of wood and straw that became Clare’s home for the rest of her life. And you’ll have a front-row seat to conversations between Clare and Francis, to miracles, and to the fruits of her contemplation and prayer.
Take a look at the path St. Clare walked toward San Damiano and a peek at the church and cloister with author Bret Thoman, OFS.
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Copyright 2017 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS
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