Thursday, January 18, 2007

St. Francis Study Guide

I love my mailman. He's always bringing cool stuff to me. Yesterday, he brought Nancy Brown's new study guide on G. K. Chesterton's St. Francis of Assisi from Hillside Education. I did get a sneak peak at a prepublication version, but it's still very exciting to get the real deal.

I've been immersing myself in St. Francis over the past couple of months, so the timing of this study guide's arrival couldn't be more perfect. I'd like to use it with my Teen Wednesday group.

I find it interesting that St. Francis of Assisi is the very first book written by Chesterton after his conversion to Catholicism. Even as a non-Catholic, from the time he was a little boy, Chesterton was fascinated by Francis. And so, his biography of the saint is a labor of love and well worth reading.

Nancy's study guide will help you delve deep into Chesterton's book and into Francis's life. As one who leads a Socrates Cafe for teens, I love that Nancy incorporates the Socratic Method into her guide, helping you guide your students so they can discover the real St. Francis and the model of Christian life that he shares with us.

Nancy also includes a list of additional reading on the life of Francis. And there is quite a bit of material available as he is so beloved.

If you have a teen, teach high school students, or just want to immerse yourself in the life of Francis, you have got to get Nancy Brown's new study guide! You can purchase it directly from Nancy at her blog. Make sure to ask her to autograph it for you!

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