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Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis Paperback – January 3, 2012
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"...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
"...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
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For example, in the "Making a Date with God" chapter, Horan discusses solitude in the context of a hermitage experience he shared with his classmates while in the novitiate. The event took place in eastern Pennsylvania in the middle of winter. For 10 days, the novices would spend 23 hours a day in solitude, praying, reading in their cells, or walking in the woods. Each evening they spent an hour together, attending Mass and eating dinner. The retreat was designed to allow the novices to set aside time and space for solitude with God as their companion.
Horan admits that as an extrovert he found the prospect scary. His first reaction was one of isolation that reminded him of solitary confinement or the childhood punishment of "time out." He recalls the old question of a tree falling in the forest when no one was around to hear--did it fall? At the hermitage, with no Facebook or Twitter, no one to speak to him, did he actually exist?
Initially Horan tried to distract himself with reading, then walking in the woods where, he writes, he rediscovered the connections within all of God's creation. The experience was similar to that of seeing on old friend after a long separation. This friend was God, and for Horan, it seemed like a date.Read more ›
As a Secular Franciscan, I found a lot of myself in the pages. An Easy read and a great way to meditate on your relationship with God.
There's a de-mystifying quality to his writing that I really like. In Br. Dan's hands, Franciscan spirituality becomes less an unattainable ideal and more of a relevant and time-tested resource from which we can learn a great deal. His work can help us reconnect with ourselves and our communities, and that's no small thing in our disorienting age of social media and pervasive, distracting technology. I'll keep returning to this short, conversational and highly accessible book for a long time to come.
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Daniel Horan is an articulate and engaging writer and writes with thought provoking depthPublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book to start or give a boost to your relationship with Jesus. Good think-about questions at the end of each chapter allows for group discussion.Published 16 months ago by Jaqui Bradley