Chasing Francis by Ian Morgan Cron
Chasing Francis is a different sort of book about St. Francis of Assisi. Instead of the usual biography this was a fictional account of a modern day pastor on a journey “chasing” after Francis going to the literal places that Francis went to all over Italy.
I was surprised to see several negative reviews of this book by other reviewers, but I must admit that I knew almost nothing about Francis of Assisi beforehand so I cannot attest to its historical accuracy. Neither am I an avid reader of fiction, so may not have as many fiction works in my own reading history to compare this one too.
That being said, this book seemed so “real” to me. I thought numerous times, that surely someone must have done a very similar journey as did the main character, Chase Falcon. I had to keep reminding myself that it was fiction.
I was pleasantly surprised at how truly interesting this story was to me. Never did I find my mind wandering while I was reading it. Several times I even found it “gripping”—that is the passion infused into the story gripped me.
The choice to discuss Francis of Assisi’s beliefs in a fictional context was an unusual but very interesting way to discuss some of Francis’ ideas around beauty, peace, poverty, arts, environmentalism etc. I found the author to make a compelling case on Francis’ behalf and at the very least, interesting and substantial food for thought.
Top purchase your own copy of this book go here: Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale
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