The Shining Brother, first published more than 50 years ago, remains as fresh as ever thanks to it's dynamic but gentle message. It includes many scripts and messages purporting to come from St. Francis of Assisi and communicated to Laurence Temple, a practicing architect. The simplicity of the communication bears the hallmark of authenticity which is enhanced by Temple's own practicality and humility. He comments that 'I cannot read them without a sense stealing over me that I am in the presence of Holiness.’
There is a quiet but insistent and very real authority inherent in the teachings. Furthermore the evidence is transmitted through several different channels, many of whom were unaware of what had gone before, yet the content and style of delivery remains consistently the same.
St. Francis does not preach but explains that ‘by the way of life, by the offering of self, by the light with which I shall endow thee... Thy father will manifest himself in thee.' The underlying theme is that esoteric knowledge is of secondary importance to the prime keynotes of love, service and humility.