Sinner and Saint: A Novel of Francis of Assisi

Eyre Price

Blank Slate Press, 2020

Agent: Jill Marr

In a passionate portrayal of a man who struggled to find meaning in a time marked by greed, war, and political machinations, award-winning, best-selling author, Eyre Price, offers a new take on the classic tale of St. Francis of Assisi. Born in Twelfth Century Italy, Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone grew up a headstrong child of privilege, fought ruthlessly as a soldier, was held as a prisoner of war, and eventually emerged on the world-stage as an inspiration to millions around the world. Price traces the spiritual evolution of an ordinary man who strives to realize the extraordinary within himself and brings the legend of St. Francis to life with all of the violence and action, romance and intrigue of its time - and of the tumultuous times in which we find ourselves today.


"The beauty of this book is that it makes Francis’s truth self-evident. It’s less about adoring God than examining oneself. For anyone who ever loved Saint Francis of Assisi, it’s a must-read."
--Stephen Schettini, author of  The Novice: Why I Became a Buddhist Monk, Why I Quit & What I Learned


"Sinner Saint is a lively and inspiring story that illuminates the everyday lives of early monastics and will be of interest to all those who hunger after God and the things of the Spirit." 

--H. K. Bush, author of The Hemingway Files& Professor of English at Saint Louis University 


"A powerful and personal work that accomplishes a difficult feat--it shows that divinity springs from our very humanity. Sinner Saint transcends traditional religious concepts to create a compelling portrait of a lost soul, not unlike any of us, and, in so doing, compels the reader to undertake their own search for higher purpose and meaning; an enlightening read and the book we need in these chaotic and trying times." 

-- Robert Pobi, author of Under Pressure and the Lucas Page series.