Monday, September 20, 2010

Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale by Ian Morgan Cron* A Review

A creative and compelling examination of the impact--800 years ago and today--of St. Francis of Assisi.

Chase Falson has lost his faith so he crosses the Atlantic to visit his uncle, a Franciscan priest, where he encounters the teachings of Francis of Assisi and rediscovers his ancient faith. Follow Chase's spiritual journey in the footsteps of Francis, and then begin one of your own through the pilgrim's guide included in this book.

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: NavPress (June 22, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1576838129
ISBN-13: 978-1576838129
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches

About the Author
An ordained Anglican priest, Ian Morgan Cron serves as senior pastor and founder of Trinity Church in Greenwich, Conn., a non-denominational community committed to social justice as well as to communicating the Christian story through the arts.

To introduce others to St. Francis of Assisi, whom Cron has billed the “consummate postmodern saint,” he authored Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale (September 2007, NavPress). Cron’s literary debut has received praise from a host of both Catholic and Protestant thinkers including Brian McLaren, artist Makoto Fujimura, Friar Richard Rohr, Tony Campolo and Brennan Manning. Ian lives in Old Greenwich, CT with his wife Anne and three children Cailey, Madeleine, and Aidan.

My Review
“Chasing Francis" by Ian Morgan Cron isn’t a light read. It is full of depth and will make you think like never before.
This book is written in the genre called wisdom literature, which is a very delicate balance of fiction and non-fiction, pilgrimage and teaching.
Chase Falson, megachurch pastor, lost his faith. When a young girl falls off her bike and never wakes up. Chase wonders about everything he has ever thought that was true before. His faith comes falling to the ground at the worst possible time in the middle of a sermon. Chase turns to his Uncle Kenny {even though he is just a cousin, he always called Kenny Uncle} , a Franciscan priest living in Italy. Kenny invites Chase to join him for a time in Italy, which ends up being a pilgrimage for Chase to learn about St. Francis and what he believed the church and Christians should be.
"Chasing Francis" is a book for everyone, but It will help those who have come to the end of their rope or are looking for meaning in life, to those who are perplexed about their Christian beliefs, anyone who wants to deepen their journey with the Lord, and above all to those who have become trapped in today's selfish and worldly society. "Chasing Francis" provides a study guide for anyone who would like to use this book for group discussion or personal meditation.
There are so many interesting quotes in this book and here is my favorite: “He who seeks vengeance is like a man who drinks poison hoping that it will kill his enemy.” Rwandan proverb.
I recommend this book for learning and examining yourself. A book to start you thinking, with a very nice, interesting story plot.

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Thanks to NavPress for providing a copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review.

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