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Summary

Chase Falson has lost his faith – and he did it right in front of the congregation at this mega church. 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 life and 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 audio book. Come discover Francis, the first postmodern Christian.

©2006 Ian M Cron (P)2011 Oasis

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Contemporary wisdom literature at its very best

The story of Chase will stay with me forever... the young, broken evangelical minister who cannot play the game any more will win your heart and reveal the face of St Francis to you again. This book might not be the greatest literary novel but in its pages the grace of God is revealed and the hope of the church. I can't tell the story, that would be unfair... but characters that warm your heart, challenge your mind and change your life exist in these pages...

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A good journey with faith book.

A really good book. Very enjoyable, although it took me a little bit to get into it.
Sadly the sound quality was not brilliant and at times sounded like it had been recorded in a bathroom.
A lovely 'journey with faith' book.

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a must for any tertiary Franciscan!

This book is essential reading for a third order Franciscan. It highlights what being a Franciscan means in today world but it also reminds us of the need for simplicity in our lives as Francis taught..By reading this book it's a very good way of of encouraging us to reflect on our lives as teriaries and consider how close we live to the Franciscan ideal.

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  • Andrew Geleris
  • 11-06-14

Beautiful and radical vision for the Church

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This book presents a desperately needed radical vision of both personal and corporate pursuit of God. It was well written and well narrated. It is a call for Christians to truly live out what we believe, as Francis did. While presenting a critique of the contemporary church it reminds us never to judge the Church or churches. It presents a challenge to truly live out the Sermon on the Mount with our money, priorities, peacemaking, and accepting. I believe it rightly critiques the involvement of Christians in political movements. It concludes with a challenge to be the kind of people and churches that can say to the world around us, "Come and see." Come and see a foretaste of what the Kingdom of God is like.

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  • Joshua
  • 01-03-13

Great story, but poor performance

It sounded like it was recorded in a bathroom, but the story kept me listening.

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  • Photo and Music Guy
  • 10-12-12

Good discussion on Francis, a little idealistic.

What did you like best about Chasing Francis? What did you like least?

I really like the honesty in the central character as he relates to some of the modern churches stigmas, but likewise I disliked how much he presented the evangelical church as so far gone, while idealized the Catholic guys in the process. I know he had a point to make, but it feels so "setup" that it loses some authenticity.

Has Chasing Francis turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

What three words best describe Ian Morgan Cron’s voice?

Slow, honest, normal.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

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  • Papy
  • 23-04-12

Amazing!! Inspiring! Challenging!

I highly recommend this convicting read and I hope that you will take to the Journey, go with Francis and find Jesus for the first time, again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-08-17

a journey.

very good, though fiction, could be real. looks at real issues , losses, forgiveness and finding yourself.

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  • KarenW
  • 21-05-17

Chasing and Finding

This book is up on my top 10 of books about faith. AS I got into the story more, I totally forgot it was fiction! I've been discerning a personal pilgrimage to Assisi, and as I listed to the story, my decision was mostly made for me. We chase beliefs and sources of our own faith everyday, and an experience like this one shows me that it is a worthwhile effort for the rewards in the end. I really enjoyed his Uncle, the Franciscan Friar, who became his spiritual mentor and was pretty funny too- he demonstrated how the Franciscans, as was Francis, are real people with real personalities and habits. I am a Secular Franciscan, and if I were to be a Formation leader in my order, I would have this book in our collection. Even though it is fiction, it is true enough in history and spirit to help others learn about devotion to Francis and his devotion to God.

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  • keystoneart
  • 21-07-15

Author's Voice and Commitment Make This a Great Experience

This book should be read or listened to by every clergyman, elder, artist and church leader who wish to pray thoughtfully for the advancement of Christ-enriched lives, including their own.

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  • Lynn
  • 30-05-15

Luved It!

A great story for someone low on faith or questioning their beliefs. Well read. Narrator is the author which was good. He Knows the story.

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  • Teacher
  • 11-01-15

Inspiring and not what expected

I got this book because it is the book of the month for discussion at my church. I wasn't expecting much as the title didn't make sense to me at the time.

I recommended it to others I saw as I was listening to it.

Why would a story that has something to do with St. Francis of Assisi be so powerful? I obviously didn't know much about him.

The only thing after listening to a book like this is ... How do I see the world now? Where will I go from here? We'll see.

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  • Rita N. Bulington
  • 06-01-15

What Christianity Should Be

Cron has delivered both a story of a pastor's pilgrimage and wonderful insight into the life and teachings of St. Francis of Assisi. Through comparison and contrast between the Middle Ages and the current times, he provides the reader with a banquet of 'food for thought". Bravo!