Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale

Paperback | May 11, 2013

byIan Morgan Cron

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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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 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 gr...

Ian Morgan Cron is an author and nationally recognized speaker. His spiritual memoir Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir...of Sorts was a Wall Street Journal bestseller and a featured title in the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program. Ian lives in Tennessee with his wife, and three children. Website:  www.iancron.c...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.63 × 0.63 inPublished:May 11, 2013Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310336694

ISBN - 13:9780310336693

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hmm Maybe it's just me, but I couldn't quite be convinced by the character's spiritual "breakdown" first, and by his happy "relocating" or finding God again, secondly. A lot of his spiritual learning experiences seemed to come from reading about Francis of Assissi, which he could have stayed home to do. He did eat at some nice restaurants in Italy, admire paintings, hear some great classical music, go to an international peace conference and enjoy some liqueur on the steps of a fountain while talking with a Franciscan priest, among other things.  Also, help in a soup kitchen and bathe a man dying of AIDS. But in the end he comes home with definite ideas on how to run a church "better", and part of it includes "...to create faith-producing moments..." (p. 95), among a long list of how do it right THIS time. A lot of the time on the story seemed to be taken up by reading, or talking to someone about his reading.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chasing Francis Chasing Francis - A Pilgrim's Tale is the fictional pilgrimage taken by Pastor Chase Falson. After a tragic event in his Church, he loses his faith in the Jesus he knows. He then embarks on a trip to Rome, invited by his uncle Kenny, a Francisca Priest. Once there, his uncle challenges him to rediscover his faith by going on a pilgrimage. "The word pilgrim comes from the Latin word "peregrinus" which means a person wondering the earth in exile, someone in search of a spiritual homeland." On his journey, Chase makes new friends, new discoveries and new realizations about his life and his faith. All the time, getting to know St. Francis of Assissi. By the end, he's called back to his Church early and leaves Italy early, but armed with a new action plan for his Church. This book has a great historical background on Francis of Assissi and Italy's beautiful churches. It was educational and entertaining. It brought me to tears a few times and I laughed out loud a few too. This was a great book for me, right now, I needed a fiction to lighten my reading load and this is exactly what I needed. This was a great book, so good, I've already passed it on to a friend!
Date published: 2013-08-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Contemplative vs Contemporary.. Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale by Ian Morgan Cron published by Zondervan and released May 7.13 Ian Cron introduces us to Francis of Assissi via his impact on a contemporary pastor, Chase Falson, who hits the wall in his faith journey after the death of one of his parish children. Taking a much needed break to restore, refresh and rediscover faith, he travels to Italy to spend time with his uncle, a Fransiscan priest. While he's on this spiritual journey, the youth pastor back home is on a campaign to aggrandize his position to the elders and ingratiate himself to the congregation in order to become the replacement senior pastor. Chase had planted the church after his graduation from college, and seen it through all the early struggles, growth and building enlargement to its current place of respectability in the academically and intellectually wealthy area of Thackery. Chase's beliefs and the teachings of Francis collide in the experiential realities Chase encounters during his time in Rome and pilgrimage in the steps of Francis. God orchestrated connections and relationships speak deeply to him, re-orient his spiritual direction and focus that dramatically impacts his future upon returning to his US homeland. I'm including some of author Ian Cron's quotes to introduce readers to Francis and inspire us as readers to new ways of being Light to our world as well ... “First, if Francis were around today, he'd say our church community relies too much on words to tell others about our faith. For Francis, the gathered community was as potent a form of witness as words. He was convinced that how we live together is what attracts people to faith.” “Francis taught me that if we spent less time worrying about how to share our faith with someone on an airplane and more time thinking about how to live radically generous lives, more people would start taking our message seriously.” “Beauty can break a heart and make it think about something more spiritual than the mindless routine we go through day after day to get by. Francis was a singer, a poet, an actor. He knew that the imagination was a stealth way into people's souls, a way to get all of us to think about God. For him, beauty was its own apologetic. That's why a church should care about the arts. They inspire all of us to think about the eternal.” ― Ian Morgan Cron, Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale I appreciate the thought provoking challenges of this novel that had me countering with my own spiritual insights and responses. Definitely an interactive read. Thank you, Ian. I received this book from Zondervan Publishers to read and review without obligation. Thank you for the opportunity.
Date published: 2013-05-18