Book Review: Francis Man of Prayer

Pope Francis

From the book description

“Francis is the biography of a meek man who has suddenly become one of the most powerful and influential men on the planet. Could it be a Catholic spring has finally arrived after a very long winter?”

My comments

I have read many good and wonderful books through the Booksneeze blogger reviewer program; unfortunately, Francis is not one of them. 🙁

It’s a shame really. I was so excited to have the chance to read and review this book because in the short time Pope Francis has been in office I have grown to respect and love him very much. I couldn’t wait to read this book to learn more about the man and gain some insight into his prayer life, given the title of the book. Instead, Francis Man of Prayer was nothing more than a thinly veiled anti-Catholic propaganda full of inaccuracies and falsehoods.

Maybe I’m naïve. It didn’t occur to me that although the book is published by a non-Catholic publisher it would be anything but a fair portrayal of our Holy Father and of the Church. Sadly, I was wrong.

To be fair myself, there are some good parts to the book. The author does a decent job giving an overview of Pope Francis’ growing up years, seminary life and life as a Jesuit; however, most of the details are vague with no real substance. Also, at the back of the book there is a chronology list of the major points of our Holy Father’s life to date and a list of 10 quotes that “reveal what Pope Francis Believes” which I liked.

However, it’s the middle to end of the book where it gets sour. He has nothing but negative things to say about the Church, Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. As a matter of fact, at the end of the book the author has the nerve to say that “In many ways Benedict XVI was a roadblock for the Catholic Church trying to find its way toward modernity” (indicating the momentous task Pope Francis has ahead of him). Not only is that statement grossly untrue, it is insulting. In talking about the challenges facing Pope Francis, he comes across as condescending which I found off-putting.

I am very disappointed and would not recommend this book.

I give this book one (1) star.


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  1. Thank you for this honest review. I do not intend on reading it now. How disappointing.
    Colleen…recently posted…Our Loving FatherMy Profile

  2. Sounds like remaking God in man’s image rather than the other way around
    RAnn…recently posted…Review: The Wishing HillMy Profile

  3. Thanks for tthe warning, a wolf in sheep’s clothing!
    Joann/Lioness…recently posted…7 things you need to know about what Pope Francis said about gays |Blogs | NCRegister.comMy Profile

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