Someone interested in understanding the fervent opposition by many Christians to capital punishment will find a starting point in this book. Author Shane Claiborne combines facts, storytelling and evangelical preaching to explain this push to abolish capital punishment.
St. Francis of Assisi had a few rough edges, according to Jon Sweeney, who rejects the common practice of making him too saintly. First, the strong, public and repeated disobedience to his father, so frequently romanticized by the saint's admirers, amounts to a "flaunting disregard for the fourth commandment," according to Sweeney. Readers might see parallels here with Martin Luther's paternal conflict, a relationship much maligned by Catholics over the centuries.