'Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale' by Ian Cron is one of the best fictionalized non-fiction books I have read in a very long time. The story is about a pastor who has lost his faith. Sound familiar and dull? I thought so too until I was on the second page. And then everything changed. The book is actually about the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi but set in a fictional story featuring Chase Falson, the disillusioned pastor of a large New England church. The book chronicles Chase's search for the real Jesus, not the one that he had manufactured to suit his own theology. To find Him, Chase turns to an uncle who is a Franciscan priest in Italy. Compelling fiction is skillfully woven around a detailed examination of the teachings of St. Francis, leading the reader into a path of self-reflection that will challenge any Christian's blind acceptance of what they have always been taught about who Jesus is and what He stands for in today's culture. Even though I was provided this book by NavPress Publishers as part of their blogger review program, I have since bought three copies and given them to friends and family who are wondering about their own faith. This is a great read for anyone who thinks they know Jesus but who are willing to be surprised by discovering Someone new.
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