Francis: Man Of Prayer (book review)

FrancisUnless you’ve been locked away somewhere, you know that a new pope was recently elected. Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s life is recounted in Francis: Man of Prayer by Mario Escobar.

I have always felt that history books (including biographies and autobiographies) shouldn’t be published until a later date. When we are “in the moment,” things are so fluid and their outcome so uncertain, that it’s best to wait for awhile to see how things turn out before they are committed to a book. So I was a bit surprised to see a biography of the new pope appear in print so quickly after his election.

Clearly this is not a book that looks at Francis’ papacy, but one that chronicles his ascendency to that position. For the most part I found this biography to be very factual, and dry. The events of Bergoglio’s life are presented dispassionately and disjointedly. This book could have been written in bullet-points, and it would have maintained all of the same coolness as it has in its current form.

Perhaps a book will be published later in Francis’ papacy which will have some more sizzle to it, but this biography is a real snoozer.

I am a Thomas Nelson book reviewer.

The Hour Of Darkness

The hour of darknessSometimes when things look bleak—when it appears evil is winning—even the most upbeat of Christians can experience discouragement. Here are some encouraging thoughts for dark times…

But this is your hour—when darkness reigns (Luke 22:53).

Darkness is limited to an hour—God’s light is unquenchable forever!

When Jesus said, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground (John 18:6).

Even in the hour of darkness, Christ’s power causes the forces of darkness to drop in fear! 

Jesus answered, “You would have no power over Me if it were not given you from above” (John 19:11).

The power of darkness is limited; it is kept in check by God’s limitless authority! 

Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? (1 Corinthians 15:55).

Even a supposed “victory” for darkness is ultimately an overwhelming victory for Light!

What have I to fear when I am held in God’s power? I am shielded by the Almighty, and for that I can sing out loud praise even in the hour of darkness!

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