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Title:
Chasing Francis : a pilgrim's tale
Author:
Cron, Ian Morgan, 1960-
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Publication Information:
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2013]

©2013
Physical Description:
249 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
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.
General Note:
"This book was previously published by NavPress"--Title page verso.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780310336693
Format :
Book

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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 novel.

Hidden in the past lies the future of the church

When his elders tell him to take some time away from his church, broken pastor Chase Falson crosses the Atlantic to Italy to visit his uncle, a Franciscan priest. There he is introduced to the revolutionary teachings of Saint Francis of Assisi and finds an old, but new way of

following Jesus that heals and inspires. Chase Falson's spiritual discontent mirrors the feelings of a growing number of Christians who walk out of church asking, Is this all there is? They are weary of celebrity pastors, empty calorie teaching, and worship services where

the emphasis is more on Lights, Camera, Action than on Father, Son, and Holy Spirit while the deepest questions of life remain unaddressed in a meaningful way.

Bestselling author Ian Morgan Cron masterfully weaves lessons from the life of Saint Francis into the story of Chase Falson to explore the life of a saint who 800 years ago breathed new life into disillusioned Christians and a Church on the brink of collapse. Chasing Francis is a hopeful and moving story with profound implications for those who yearn for a more vital relationship with God and the world.

journey of your own through the pilgrim's guide included in this book.


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Booklist Review

Chase Falson is the founder and pastor of a successful megachurch in New England who faces a spiritual crisis. The certainties of faith and scripture are no longer so clear; his theological foundation has collapsed. When church elders insist that Chase take some time off, he heads to Italy, embarking on a spiritual odyssey that follows in the footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi before returning with a renewed and invigorated vision of Christianity and community. Cron's blending of the fictional and historical allows him to offer a polite challenge to those elements within Christianity that peddle entertainment and attract those disappointed that happiness hadn't come as optional equipment in their Lexus SUVs. As Francis demonstrated, Christians should be communities of peacemakers, stewards of creation, givers of hospitality, restorers of dignity, and seekers of the divine through beauty. Although clearly addressed to Christians, Cron's story is a charming read for anyone interested in spiritual autobiography and the quest for meaning.--McConnell, Christopher Copyright 2010 Booklist


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