Chasing Francis by Ian Morgan Cron is a novel that follows the senior pastor of an evangelical church who, in crisis over a longing for deeper faith, joins his uncle in Italy to embark on a pilgrimage to learn more about who St. Francis of Assisi was and how this humble monk became the first postmodern Christian. The reader is challenged to look at the way we “do” church in the twenty-first century and evaluate whether or not we are fully living the gospel of Christ and being faithful to it. What can we learn from the myriad followers of Jesus who have gone before us? Is there benefit in preserving our spiritual history and not dismissing it as ancient and arcane?
As a Christian who has been challenged over the last year to evaluate the way I have “done” church, the discovery of this book could not have been more timely. The traditions of the church, the symbols and architecture, the deep appreciation for the arts, and the centrality of the Eucharist all speak of a deeper understanding and expression of the faith that I had yet to experience. Chasing Francis, along with its study guide, has given voice to some of my spiritual longing that had yet to be fully understood.
This book is an excellent guide for anyone who is mildly curious about the more traditional ways of doing church, for those who want to take their faith deeper, and the ones who want to spur their church on to become more intentional in living out the Gospel of Christ.
I give this book 5 stars out of 5.
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