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Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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“Chasing Francis is absolutely seductive. This one is a feast for the soul as well as a great, churning, joyful romp for the spirit!” —Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why
“Chasing Francis creates a unique and meaningful contribution to the emerging conversation about faith and life in today’s world.” —Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity
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"I used to have all the answers, just opened the Bible and there they were. The truth is, they aren't all there - or if they are, I can't find them. I've tried to convince you that Christianity is logical and straightforward, as if God can be codified and stuffed into files he can't jump out of. Each time uncertainty knocked on the door, I hid behind the couch until it went away. Now I'm the one who's thirsty. And the Jesus I've known for twenty years isn't making it go away."
"And what about our church? I mean, is this all there is?..."
Understandably, few at the church know how to react to Chase's crisis. When the elders ask him to take a leave of absence, Chase goes on a surprising pilgrimage, chasing and learning from Francis, better known as Saint Francis of Assisi. Through this novel, Chase's pilgrimage also becomes our pilgrimage too.
Near the end of the book, Chase says, "When I left here, I wasn't sure what a Christian looked like anymore. My idea of what it meant to follow Jesus had run out of gas. I started feeling less like a pastor and more like a salesman of a consumerized Jesus I didn't believe in. Learning about Francis helped me fall in love with Jesus again - and with the church again, too."
I didn't think I could learn so much from a novel, but then again, I've never read a novel that has a study guide before. This book expresses some of what I have experienced, minus the exotic pilgrimage. I was genuinely sad when the book ended because I wanted more.Read more ›
Seeking to figure it all out, Chase turns to his Uncle Kenny, 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. As Kenny and his fellow Franciscans take Chase to the places and recount the events that shaped Francis's life and beliefs, Cron paints a literary picture of what he believes the church should become. To try to summarize here the issues that Cron raises and thoughtfully addresses throughout the story and accompanying study guide in the appendix would not do them justice.
My advice: read the book. In fact, I would encourage everyone in the leadership of spiritual communities to read this book and meet with others to dialogue about the issues raised in it. Cron creatively and intelligently addresses issues that are essential to the church's future. Like Chase Falson, most churches are trying to find their way in a postmodern world.Read more ›
The book is not without its flaws. On a literary note, there are a few cliches too many, not the least of which is the "fallen woman with a heart of gold" whose challenge to the protagonist about the problem of evil in the world seemingly precipitates the crisis that is the focus of the book, and whose devotion to the protagonist eventually enables him to courageously embrace a neo-Franciscan model of being the church for his own ministry. The author also betrays his own cultural captivity through recurring references to haute cuisine and (perhaps especially) through his choice of a trip to Italy as a curative for his theological malaise; it would have undoubtedly been cheaper (and more realistic) to check a copy of Dorothy Day's "A Long Loneliness" out of the local public library rather than swilling espresso with traveling priests and monks in the Italian countryside.
But the most significant limitation of the book (and the author's project) is its rosy exaltation of a version of Franciscan spirituality.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really great book. I recommend it to everyone. Very inspiring and uplifting.Published 4 days ago by Shirley A. Schaaf
On an airline trip out of town yesterday, I began to read this exceptional novel a 4th time, with a brand new copy, as my olde one was fully underlined and interacted with in the... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Wes Roberts
Challenges the view of big money churches. What, who are they there for? What does Christ want Christians to do? Read morePublished 18 days ago by SWODawg
One of the copies was damaged when I received it. Front cover was crumpled along with several pages.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Chasing Francis is an allegory that draws you in from the first page. I am going to re-read it in a few months, I think, just because I love the idea of it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R.L. Anderson
This book grabbed my attention when it flashed across my RSS feed one day. The cover showed a small stone church against a clearly Italian backdrop. Read morePublished 4 months ago by erlenmeyer316