The Sun and Moon over Assisi
by Gerard Thomas Straub
The Sun and Moon Over Assisi won first place in the hardcover spirituality book category in the annual Catholic Press Awards sponsored by The Catholic Press Association. The critique published in the June 2001 edition of “The Catholic Journalist” said:“This book is an invitation to listen to a seductive story of how this man, who had walked away from God, got ‘pulled’ back, not simply into a relationship with God, but into the mystery of God, led and lured by a guide who lived 800 years ago. You stay riveted to this beautifully written book, literally walking on the pilgrimage undertaken by Gerard Straub, feeling, as he comes to feel, an earth and all in it vibrating with holiness, transcending time, with all of us linked in unexplainable ways.
The almost 600 pages of this book put a spotlight on the incredible circle designed by God that we call, boldly, the Communion of Saints.”The same organization awarded the book Third Place in the history/biography category, saying:“A surprisingly gripping tale of one person’s modern journey of faith intertwined with insights about the life and times of Francis and Clare of Assisi. A modern-day pilgrimage to Assisi is made all the more meaningful by countless quotations and comments from many of the best writings about these two thirteenth-century saints and spiritual masters.”