"A fresh new voice in Christian spirituality who reminds us that the Creator is active in every moment of our lives and shows how our lives are filled with, as the Franciscans say, pax et bonum: peace and goodness." -- James Martin, S.J., author, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything.
"...explores how to maintain a loving, lifelong relationship with God, other human beings, and all creatures" -- Murray Bodo O.F.M., author, Francis: The Journey and the Dream
"Dating God is the perfect primer on Franciscan spirituality" -- Beth Knobbe, author, Party of One
"Spirituality doesn't get any better than this! A splendid book!" -- Michael Leach, author, Why Stay Catholic?
"Weaving modern cultural references with rich Franciscan tradition and using clear, straightforward language, Horan ensures a wide appeal to his joyful call to prayer and reflection -- Liguorian magazine (July/Aug 2012)
"...clear, concise and insightful. Dating God is a rich treasure of Franciscan spirituality for a world in need."-- Ilia Delio, O.S.F., author, Compassion: Living in the Spirit of St. Francis"The idea of 'dating God' may be a little jarring at first, but in Brother Dan Horan's hands it becomes an inspired way to find and channel our longing for God. He has done a remarkable job of bringing the wisdom of St. Francis into the Facebook age." -- Paul Moses, author, The Saint and the Sultan
Have you ever been on a date with God? It may seem a strange concept, but Horan, a young Franciscan friar and popular lecturer, invites consideration of this question, especially for young adult believers. To be on a date with God, requires, first and foremost, that technology and many other distractions of contemporary life be set aside in order to delve deeply into the relationship. This is not an unrealistic invitation — the author does not expect anyone to enter a hermitage to contemplate for weeks. It is, however, an invitation to prioritize our spiritual life and to look for brief moments to become more aware of God's presence. The author does a great service by revealing the rich and beautiful Franciscan tradition for a new generation of believers. There is much to learn from St. Francis, St. Clare, and their followers, and Horan, through weaving in popular culture references and using clear, straightforward language, will undoubtedly reach many young adults....The joyful call to prayer and reflection...will have a wide appeal. — Publishers Weekly
"Dating God explores how to maintain a loving, lifelong relationship with God, other human beings, and all creatures-a relationship that begins with taking the time to go on a date with God." — Murray Bodo, O.F.M., author, Francis: The Journey and the Dream
"…a fresh new voice in Christian spirituality who reminds us that the Creator is very active in every moment of our lives and shows how our lives are filled with, as the Franciscans say, pax et bonum: peace and goodness." — James Martin, author, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything
Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M.
, a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province, has taught in the department of religious studies at Siena College near Albany, New York. He currently serves on the board of directors of the International Thomas Merton Society and has published more than thirty articles and book chapters. His article in Spiritual Life, "
Digital Natives and Franciscan Spirituality,"earned a first-place 2011 award from the Catholic Press Association. He writes regularly at the blog DatingGod.org