Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | October 23, 2010

A modern-day journey in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi


What if we went to church each Sunday anticipating an encounter with God and truly worshipping Him as He has called us to do?  What if the church sought to be holy rather than homey?  What if what we are searching for in worship could be found by letting go of our inhibitions and letting God be in control?  What if…?

In his novel, “Chasing Francis,” Ian Morgan Cron merges history and fiction with a common phenomenon, losing faith.  Chase Falson, senior pastor of Putnam Hill Community Church, loses his faith in front of his congregation one Sunday morning and is asked to take a leave of absence until either he or the church can decide what needs to be done.  His Uncle Kenny, a Franciscan priest, invites him to Italy to trace the footsteps of St. Francis, a beloved Saint and the first postmodern Christian.  Along the way, Chase comes face to face with what it truly means to be a Christian and not only finds his faith but finds his purpose as well.

This book is more than just a work of fiction.  It is more than an imaginative way to present St. Francis to an audience who may never have heard much about him.  Tucked inside the pages of Cron’s novel are snippets of wisdom for living a Christian life.  As you journey with Chase along the path St. Francis forged, you will begin to yearn for your own pilgrimage where you can discover secrets God has saved just for you.  Don’t overlook the pilgrim’s guide included at the conclusion of the book.

If you are searching for truth or looking for answers to impossible questions of faith, take a risky journey and follow in the footsteps of St. Francis and see what God reveals to you.  God never asks you to remain in the security of your comfort zone, nor does He demand that you take leaps of faith without Him.

I never fully appreciated the contributions St. Francis left behind; however, “Chasing Francis” opens up the true spirit of Christianity St. Francis shared with the world.  The world needs truth and a radical approach to serving and worshipping God and Cron’s book, though fiction, is an imaginative and creative way to show us our need, our heart and our purpose.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

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