Monday, July 26, 2010

Review - Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale

TITLE: Chasing Francis:  A Pilgrim's Tale
AUTHOR/EDITOR: Ian Morgan Cron
INFO: Paperback, Fiction, 252 pages
PUBLISHED: Navpress, 2006
ISBN#: 978-1-57683-812-9
HOW'D I GET IT: Received for review from publisher

FROM THE COVER/PUBLISHER:  Postmodern Insights from a Premodern Saint....

Chase Falson has lost his faith--and he did it right in front of the congregation at his megachurch.  Now the elders want him to take some time away; far away.  So Chase crosses the Atlantic to visit his uncle, a Franciscan priest, where he encounters the teachings of Francis of Assisi and rediscovers his ancient faith.

Follow Chase's spiritual journey in the footsteps of Francis and then begin one of your own through the pilgrim's guide included in this book.  Come discover Francis, the first post-modern Christian. 

MY TAKE:  Saint Francis of Assisi has always fascinated me as he was truly the first environmentalist and protector of animals.  I wanted to learn more about this amazing man.

This book appealed to me as it is presented as a fictional novel about the search for the actual man by a fictional character.  I liked learning about Saint Francis and his life in this manner as some of the historical and religious texts can be quite oppressive and dry--boring. 

While the author is an actual priest, he's not a professional writer.  I didn't feel that I was being preached at, but told an interesting story.  I felt his characters (especially the Friars) were charming, funny and very engaging.  I came away with a better understanding of Saint Francis and his amazing life.  It is very interesting and a bit disconcerting to note the parallels of our modern times and those of Saint Francis.  He was grappling with many of the same problems that our world is facing today.

I highly recommend this book as it was a very enjoyable read.   I also think that everyone could find something that speaks to them in this story, regardless of their religion or belief system.  The story of Saint Francis, the man goes beyond those labels and lines.  


WHERE  Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale at

Happy Reading!


  1. Did you know the Archbishop of Canterbury recently recommended Chasing Francis? We are excited!

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  3. That is fantastic! I really hope the book gets the attention it deserves. It is a great story about an amazing man.


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