Francis has left us a written message, one addressed to his contemporaries, to be sure, but also and very explicitly one addressed to men and women of every era. This message does not set forward his personal example Francis is not it's center but it's servant; what he does is simply to lay out a path for us, one sustained by the Gospel and available to all believers. Francis of Assisi: Writer and Spiritual Master contains several literacy genres (poetry, prayers and legislative texts) all of which were by Saint Francis himself and an exploration and discussion of these texts by internationally renowned Franciscan scholar Thaddee Matura. Often overlooked, Francis writings bespeak a theology of tremendous spiritual vision. So many study Francis life, legends and devotions, yet not until fairly recently have theologians begun to take seriously Francis simple, yet powerful words about God, the Trinity and the Christian journey. Unlike any other book on the saint from Assisi, this book brings Saint Francis writings to the forefront and shows how this simple and uneducated man, who possessed only a basic alphabetical knowledge, left behind a body of writing, including two brief handwritten texts on parchment.