by Timothy Johnson
Release Date: January 2013 – Now Available!
First published by Franciscan Press in 2000, Dr. Timothy J Johnson’s The Soul in Ascent: Bonaventure on Poverty, Prayer and Union with God has offered a thorough textual study of the importance of prayer in Bonaventure’s theology and life. This new edition is updated to include Johnson’s most recent work on Bonaventure’s Sunday Sermons sourced from his work, The Sunday Sermons of St. Bonaventure – Bonaventure Texts in Translation Series. This new edition is a must-read book for anyone interested in Franciscan spirituality and theology.
Again, the scholarship of Timothy Johnson allows Bonaventure’s prayer and preaching to be powerfully alive in our own day. The first is the movement of the Spirit in the depths of heart and the second the proclamation of the Spirit in the life of the Church.
- J. A. Wayne Hellmann, OFM Conv., Saint Louis University
Tim Johnson’s study on prayer in Saint Bonaventure stands alone like a tall tree in the field of Franciscan studies. The Soul in Ascent gives readers the only thorough textual study introducing Bonaventure’s practice of prayer.
- Ingrid Peterson, OSF
If Francis discovered that prayer is an activity of the Spirit, Bonaventure was able to identify Francis’s unique charism of prayer: that of the poor. Johnson’s work is a wonderful tool that will be cherished by those eager to deepen the “Spirit of holy prayer.”
- Regis J. Armstrong, OFM Cap.