Thursday, March 10, 2011

Chasing Francis

Chase Falson has lost his faith in a big way. The founder of a mega-church, he has a breakdown in front of his congregation on a Sunday morning. The other church leaders quickly give him a leave of absence and everyone is left wondering how to put the pieces back together. For Chase, it isn't about putting his church back together, it's about putting himself back together. His journey takes him to family in Europe where he learns about Francis of Assisi. As Chase learns of Assisi's faith, he rediscovers his own. He's not alone on his journey, but is surrounded by friends who help him.

Chasing Francis by Ian Morgan Cron sounds appealing on many levels from the whole idea of mega church development (the good, the bad, the ugly) to life long friendships to Francis. I enjoyed most of Chase's journey, the sites he saw and the thought process he went through. His excitement is almost tangible as are his low points. Over all, it was an enjoyable read. I do wonder if the author took liberties with some of Francis' beliefs, stretching what the man said to meet a more modern perspective. I can't say for sure either way as I have never studied Assisi. I make my claim based on study of the time in which he lived. I also have some questions about some of the actions the Franciscan monks make. I think over all, they are interesting characters, I just don't find some of their actions believable.

Over all, I think this book will make most readers think about their lives and their journey. I think many people will be curious as to St. Francis and want to learn more. Those two things were the main goals of the book, according to author's words included in the book. Having met those goals, the book would be a success. Personally, I give it a 3 out of 5 stars.

Chasing Francis is written by Ian Morgan Cron and published by NavPress. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. 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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