Chasing Francis

Chasing Francis by Ian Morgan Cron is a novel about Chase Falson, pastor of an evangelical church. When a young child in his church dies, he goes through a spiritual crisis (dark night of the soul), has a meltdown in the pulpit, and is put on a leave of absence. He decides to go visit his long lost uncle, Franciscan priest in Italy, to seek spiritual guidance. Uncle Kenny takes him on a spiritual journey learning about the life of St. Francis of Assisi. This book is half novel, half lesson. It is a fictional story, but it's also an informative book about St. Francis and modern day Christianity. This book is definitely heavily Catholic and at times can be critical of the modern day evangelical church. However, it is a good eye opener and helps you to search your own soul and reclaim enthusiasm for biblical Christianity. This isn't a super exciting, page turning book - it's more of a sleepy, comfortable story. Reading it made me feel homey and comforted. You will enjoy going on a spiritual journey with Chase Falson. Also included is a Study Guide for further research on St. Francis. I have previously read Ian Morgan Cron's other book, Jesus, My Father, The CIA, And Me, and could see much of his personal spiritual story in the pages of this book. Although this book is a work of fiction, much of Chase's story heavily mirrored Cron's own life. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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