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Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale (edició 2013)
de Ian Morgan Cron (Autor)
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Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale de Ian Morgan Cron
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An nrealistic story about the pilgri, but good insight into St. Francis. I want to read more about him ( )
This is an incredible book. In fact, it's so good that for the first time ever, i bought both the kindle and the audible versions AFTER listening the it on CDs from the library. It's fiction, but it feels so real that you want it to BE real. A megachurch pastor has a meltdown and begins to question his faith and everything he has based his ministry on for the past 15 years. He calls his uncle, who he's always had a deep connection with, and who is a Franciscan friar living in Italy. His uncle invites him to come visit and he spends a few months with the Franciscan learning about St. Francis and visiting the key places in St. Francis' life while reading about him and interacting with his uncle and other Franciscans. His faith is not only rekindled, but revitalized and his whole perspective on ministry is changed. This is a great book for anyone in ministry, but also for anyone who struggles with faith and purpose, and isn't that all of us? Get the book, the audiobook or the ebook, or like me, get them all. There is also a study guide for leading a small group.
Is there a way to digest the pre-packaged, one-size-fits-all easy answers Churchianity that happens in so much of our culture? Is there a way past the Sunday show that allows us to wrestle with the deep complexities of Christian faith and allows space for questions and doubt? Is there a faith that focuses its resources outside the building and into the world at large
And is there a way to answer these questions in an engaging story form, rather than yet another “What’s wrong with the Church and what I propose to fix it?” textbook?
This is the goal of this book.
Ian Cron’s novel tells the story of a megachurch pastor who is struck with questions that he cannot answer simply, for the first time in his life and much to his consternation. He seeks advice from his uncle, a Franciscan friar, who invites him onto a pilgrimage following the story of Francis of Assisi as a way to discover a larger Christian heritage and a way to connect his questions and his soul to God.
Cron’s story is well written and engaging. I had a few laugh-out-loud moments reading witty dialogue, and I learned quite a bit about St. Francis and contemporary Franciscan spirituality along the way. The plot has a few heavy-handed moments along the way, but on the whole, the story is well worth your time, especially if you are curious about pre-Reformation spiritualities in today’s culture.
Make sure you check out the individual and group study guide at the back of the book, which would make it very useful for a small group. There’s an excellent biography as well.
I found the book to be very similar in form to Brian McLaren’s trilogy of “A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey, “The Story We Find Ourselves In, and “The Last Word and the Word after That: A Tale of Faith, Doubt, and a New Kind of Christianity, which were helpful to many of us in proposing an alternative way to view our Christian story.
I’m looking forward to reading more from Ian Cron.
As for my own personal impact, I found myself looking not just at Franciscan spirituality but more to the Celtic spirituality which informed Francis. Franciscan scholars say that Francis took his monastic training at the monastery in Bobbio, in northern Italy – Bobbio was founded by Celtic St. Columban. Certainly Francis’ themes of humility and simplicity, his emphasis on artistic creativity, his peer relationships with female leaders such as Claire, and his recognition of the God speaking from within nature are Celtic themes as well.
At the same time, there is a well-developed lay Franciscan framework which has done a wonderful job of engaging “everyday” Christians as third order members and expanding a spirituality which encompasses peacemaking and service of the poor.
Anyone interested in either Celtic or Franciscan spirituality would be well served to investigate both histories and learning from these close cousins.
Chase Falson is the co-founder and pastor of a large and thriving church. But, when tragedy strikes, Chase finds he is losing his faith and unfortunately for him, it is during a sermon that he admits it. After the public breakdown, he is forced to take some time away from the church. During this time, he is invited to Italy by his Uncle, Friar Kenny, where he embarks on a pilgrimage. Hesitant, Chase finds himself rethinking his perception of the church and faith.
This is an excellent book. I strongly urge you to read it.
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What happens when the pastor of a mega church loses his faith? Pastor Chase Falson has lost his faith in God, the Bible, evangelical Christianity, and his super-sized megachurch. When he falls apart, the church elders tell him to go away: as far away as possible. Join Chase on his life-changing journey to Italy where, with a curious group of Franciscan friars, he struggles to resolve his crisis of faith by retracing the footsteps of Francis of Assisi, a saint whose simple way of loving Jesus changed the history of the world. Read this riveting story and then begin your own life-changing journey through the pilgrim's guide included in this powerful story.
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)271.302 — Religions History, geographic treatment, biography of Christianity Religious Congregations and Orders in Church history Franciscans
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