Below is the first review of Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2012), published in Publishers Weekly in the January 9, 2012 edition. It is brief overview of the theme of the book, noting the wide appeal and value such an introduction to the Franciscan spiritual tradition of Francis and Clare offers to our world today. It also acknowledges (as the book itself does) that this framework might not be helpful for everyone. Nonetheless, the review, brief as it is, is overall quite positive.
Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis
Daniel P. Horan. St. Anthony Messenger, $14.99 trade paper (160p) ISBN 978-1-61636-136-5
Have you ever been on a date with God? It may seem a strange concept, but Horan, a young Franciscan friar and popular lecturer, invites consideration of this question, especially for young adult believers. To be on a date with God requires, first and foremost, that technology and many other distractions of contemporary life be set aside in order to delve deeply into the relationship. This is not an unrealistic invitation—the author does not expect anyone to enter a hermitage to contemplate for weeks. It is, however, an invitation to prioritize our spiritual life and to look for brief moments to become more aware of God’s presence. The author does a great service by revealing the rich and beautiful Franciscan tradition for a new generation of believers. There is much to learn from St. Francis, St. Clare, and their followers, and Horan, through weaving in popular culture references and using clear, straightforward language, will undoubtedly reach many young adults. The dating image is not going to be a helpful prayer catalyst for everyone, especially those who may have had negative experiences with romantic relationships. The joyful call to prayer and reflection, however, will have a wide appeal. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 01/09/2012