St. Francis of Assisi and the Conversion of the Muslims

by Frank M. Rega, S.F.O.

"The most important book on St. Francis in English, in recent years."   Brother Alexis Bugnolo, Editor, the Franciscan Archive,

"This is a rare and daring approach to the life of St. Francis and one that is so necessary in our world at this time." From the Preface by Father Angelus M. Shaughnessy, O.F.M. Capuchin and EWTN Priest.  

". . . ecumenical revisionists are now seeking to deconstruct the great Franciscan and refashion him into a multi-cultural icon, as forewarned in this . . . book, which concentrates on his Islamic encounters during the 5th Crusade."  Rod Pead - Editor, "Christian Order."
"In his latest book, Mr. Rega gives us a more in-depth insight into the life of one of our greatest saints.  St. Francis was so much more   Francis' mission, after his conversion, was to save souls, even at great, personal risk."   Carolyn E. Protin, Regional  Minister, St. Margaret of Cortona Region, Secular Franciscan Order. 

  St. Francis of Assisi and the Conversion of the Muslims; With Concise Biography of the Saint,
is published by TAN Books.

You may order it from in print or Kindle editions (click below)


To inquire about autographed copies, email the author: St. Francis Book


Read the review of the book published in Homiletic and Pastoral Review by Fr. Kenneth Baker, Editor



Read the "famous" Interview:

St. Francis of Assisi: Not a Birkenstock-Clad Hippie But a Converter of Muslims

An Interview with Frank Rega, author of St. Francis and the Conversion of the Muslims

This interview has been translated by three European web sites into German, French, and Italian versions.


    St. Francis of Assisi accompanied the Crusaders to Egypt on the Fifth Crusade, and boldly walked right into the Muslim camp in a spectacular attempt to preach Christianity to the sultan and his followers. Frank M. Rega shows that St. Francis was a supporter of the armed Crusade, and his goal was the conversion of the Muslims, rather than simply "dialoging" as an end in itself, as some revisionists have purported.  He made such an impact with his preaching, that the sultan rebuffed some of his own religious advisors, the imams, who were insisting that Islamic law required that Francis must be beheaded.
     While the book focuses on this historic encounter, it also includes a comprehensive biography of the saint, taking the reader through  the essential aspects of his life and his life-changing spiritual journey.  Read how St. Clare of Assisi left her comfortable aristocratic world to become his follower, how Francis originated the Christmas manger, and about the dramatic moment he received the stigmata.

No serious devotee or scholar of St. Francis can do without Mr. Rega's important book.” Stephen Hand, Editor,

This book is a must-read for those whose minds have been sullied by the effeminate portrayals of Saint Francis that have been widely circulated.” Michael Whitcraft, Editor, TFP Society.  


"A fascinating study..."   Robert Spencer, author of N.Y. Times Bestseller, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam.

"If you're tired of portraits of St. Francis as little more than a Birkenstock-clad hippie, a Peace Corps social
worker, or an effeminate tofu-eating Green Party activist, read this book."   Dr. Philip Blosser's Blog.

"Highly Recommended"   Dr. Wm. Zambrano, Editor, The Tribulation Times

". . . an amazing book . . . a must read. . ."

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The author (left) presents a copy of the St. Francis book to His Eminence Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli.

book excerpt:

How St. Francis changed the way we celebrate Christmas

Read some of the original source material here


 Controversial, bold and thought-provoking, the above book is available in print or Kindle format.




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Frank Rega is the author of:  Padre Pio and America,
St. Francis of Assisi and the Conversion of the Muslims,

The Greatest Catholic President: Garcia Moreno of Ecuador
  Life of the Mystic Luisa Piccarreta - Journeys in the Divine Will 
vols. 1 and 2
Life of the Mystic Luisa Piccarreta - volume 3 in preparation
 The Truth about Padre Pio's Stigmata and Other Wonders of the Saint
Vatican II, Evolution, and Medjugorje: Hubris, Heresy, and Mystery


This page was last updated on 06/11/15