Book Title: Chasing Francis
Author: Ian Morgan Cron
Recommendation: Yes! Read it!
Favorite Quote: "Thomas, why does it feel like God's abandoned me?" I asked at last.
Thomas sighed. "Sometimes God's presence is most strongly felt in his absence."
During my sabbatical I read only a few books (in addition to the Bible) and this was one of them. Now the interesting thing about this book is that is spoke deeply to my heart given the condition of my heart. The even more interesting thing about this book is I have no clue who recommended it!
The book is a fictional story about a lead pastor from the Northeast area. He (Chase) is about 38 years old and comes to a crisis of faith. The tough thing about this is that Chase comes to this crisis while leading the church when he encounters the death of a young girl. This culminates when Chase stands on stage, one Sunday morning, and announces to his church that he is not even sure if he believes in God. After this he walks off the stage and leaves the church.
This obviously leads to an interesting outcome in the life of the pastor. His elders encourage him to take some time off so both they and he can figure out what is going on. During his time off he calls his cousin, who is a Franciscan Monk, in Italy. Chase ends up going to Italy for a couple months (I think) to seek God and figure out what is missing in his life. I am not going to give the rest of the story away but I will encourage you to pick up the book and see what it would like to seek after God in news ways.