Feed the Wolf

Befriending Our Fears in the Way of Saint Francis

Feed the Wolf

Befriending Our Fears in the Way of Saint Francis

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Turn from fear and find peace.

Saint Francis understood soldiers and fools, mothers and fathers, businesspeople and rulers, poets and court entertainers, pastors and criminals. He was, at one time or another, in both subtle and obvious ways, all of these things.

Each spiritual lesson from the life of Saint Francis of Assisi begins with an invitation to embrace the wolf--to consider another viewpoint, to befriend our fears, and to discover something new. The path Saint Francis discovered is the way of faith made tangible--and his way was always a way of peace.

In Feed the Wolf, author and Saint Francis scholar Jon M. Sweeney explores fifteen spiritual practices from the essential wisdom of Saint Francis to ease fear and uncertainty in our twenty-first-century lives: touch what is frightening; refuse power; have nothing to lose; spend time in the woods; pray with the moon; turn toward what's simple, and more. The world's most popular saint has illuminated a peaceful path forward for those of us navigating today's precarious times.


"This book is not just something you read; it is something you put into practice. And when we apply the wisdom of Saint Francis, it has the power not only to heal us but, through us, to heal a hurting world."

Adam Bucko, coauthor of Occupy Spirituality and New Monasticism

"Sweeney's Feed the Wolf takes us deeper into the stories of Saint Francis, offering us inspiration to move our heart and hands away from fear and comfort, and toward listening and gentleness."

Shemaiah Gonzalez, storyteller and essayist

"Jon Sweeney has written several remarkable books about Saint Francis, but this one seems especially appropriate for these troubling times. Read this book, then read it again, and a few more times, and tell every open-hearted soul you know to buy a copy. It's that good."

Claudia Love Mair, author of Zora & Nicky and Don't You Fall Now

"The mysteries of faith and creation undergird Jon Sweeney's scholarship and erudition. His fascination with the saint of Assisi provides a reliable guide for redemptive living."

Thomas Lynch, author of Bone Rosary: New and Selected Poems and The Depositions: New and Selected Essays on Being and Ceasing to Be

Product Info

  • Publisher Broadleaf Books
  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781506470733
  • eBook ISBN 9781506470740
  • Dimensions 5.25 x 7.25
  • Pages 200
  • Publication Date September 28, 2021