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Chasing Francis

For the past few years, I’ve felt like a pilgrim on a journey towards a far off, distant land. I am feeling less & less at home in the current church culture. I am longing for something more…something new. Fresh revelations coupled with new & deeper expressions of worship. A Church that is Christ-centered in not only it’s words & intentions but in it’s actions & expressions.  I’ve discovered that this path I’ve been on has been walked by many others… and the path has a name:  “The Canterbury Trail.” 

My pilgrimage has been marked by a few key individuals, one of them being Ian Morgan Cron. Ian is an Episcopalian priest, psycho-therapist, author & conversation curator. One of his earlier works was a novel called “Chasing Francis”. And this book has become one of my all-time favorites! Ian has re-released “Chasing Francis” with a brand new cover design & with a renewed energy to share the simple yet revolutionary life of St. Francis of Assisi…”the last Christian”…a man who took what Jesus said to heart & followed Him like none other.

SYNOPSIS

What happens when the pastor of a megachurch 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. 

I believe Chasing Francis could contain one of the most timely messages for the modern, contemporary Western Church. Why? Because hidden in the past lies the future of the Church.

And if that isn’t enough to convince you that this a worth-while read, then I’ll say this: if I only had 2 minutes with your pastor/leadership board to explain why I believe visual worship & creating sacred spaces is powerful & important for the health of your community, I would simply read to him pages 96-97. Therein lies one of the best explanations of my heart for visual worship, including curating sacred spaces, environmental projection, etc. The words on those pages absolutely haunt me in the best of ways.