Updike's religious explorations are what make his writing so interesting, and Adam Begley explores them well. But he devotes too much space to trying to link fictional settings and characters with Updike's real life.
Michael Plekon is a man of many talents: he is a sociologist, an anthropologist and an expert in Kierkegaard’s thought. His spiritual pilgrimage includes converting from Catholicism to Lutheranism to Eastern Orthodoxy. His writing reflects all of this variegated experience, and for that reason it is sometimes tough to follow.
French Protestant pastor Paul Sabatier was the first modern biographer of St. Francis of Assisi. His book, first published in French in 1894, quickly became a best seller throughout Europe and was translated into English and published in the U.S. by 1906.