Why have we come to revere Francis of Assisi, a simple thirteenth-century Italian merchant’s son, as a saint? Why has his appeal endured over eight hundred years and even expanded beyond the world of Catholicism to make him one of the most beloved religious figures of all time? This penetrating meditation on Francis’s life gently but sure-handedly cuts through every pious legend to uncover what is timeless and universally true about him. Christian Bobin’s unexpected and thoroughly original work presents a compelling image of a man whose power is found in humility, whose radical casting aside of wealth, honor, and even personal identity is inseparable from his overwhelming intimacy with God. Poetic, luminous, utterly hypnotic, The Very Lowly is a unique modern variation on the saint’s life that will entrance everyone, whether "religious" or—almost especially—not.
"Every once in a while a book comes along that takes your breath away, leaving you dizzy and delirious. Read this book and you’ll understand the importance of paying humble attention to humble things. And finally, read this book because it will teach your soul to sing."—Spirituality and Health
"A singular contemplative exercise. Christian Bobin has given birth to a music that is his alone. One finds oneself entering into this contemplation, into this human nearness, and sharing its happiness."—Le Monde
"This exquisite and moving book not only talks about Saint Francis in a very eloquent way but brings the reader subtly and magically into the very heart of Francis’s great mystical love for the world."—Andrew Harvey, author of Son of Man and The Direct Path