Unless 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.