A Man of Good Zeal - A novel based on the life of St Francis de Sales
AUTHOR John E Beahn
Countless Christians seeking spiritual guidance have found it in the writings of St Frances de Sales, author of An Introduction to the Devout Life and Treatise on the Love of God.
Francis was born in 1567 in Savoy, a duchy of the western Alps where military and political conflicts were complicated by religious tensions between Catholics and Protestants. His aristocratic father had great ambitions for his son's career: he sent him to law school, maneuvered for his appointment as a senator, and chose a noble heiress as his future wife. But God had other plans!
This engaging biographical novel tells how Francis overcame family opposition to his vocation, risked his life to win thousands to the Catholic faith, transformed the Diocese of Geneva as its bishop, and wrote the spiritual classics that earned him the title Doctor of the Church.