I’m delighted to share with you some of the earliest “advance praise” (aka “blurbs”) for my next book, The Last Words of Jesus: A Meditation on Love and Suffering, which is being released at the beginning of December and is now available for preorder. I am both deeply honored and humbled by the response the book has already generated, especially by such an illustrious group of scholars and authors. I am grateful for their very kind words. I also look forward to what each of you and others have to say once the book is released in just about a month. For those who are wondering, yes it will be available in e-book format for Kindle, Nook, and iPad, and there is also an audio version (read by your’s truly) that is available for preorder in the CD version and will soon be available through Audible.com and iTunes.
Here’s a short description of the book:
“The Last Words of Jesus presents an original, inspiring, and challenging reflection on the final words of Jesus from the Cross. Grounded in sound scriptural interpretation and rooted in the Franciscan spiritual tradition, The Last Words of Jesus offers a profound meditation on the place of love and suffering in the life of Christian discipleship with a particular emphasis on the call to social justice present in the Gospel. This is a book shows how the message and experience of Christ on the Cross are timely all year long, and not just for Lent.”
Here is the list of endorsements to date, something tells me that you’ll recognize some of the names:
“Beautiful, fresh reflections on Jesus’ dying words in the spirit of Francis of Assisi. The insights lead straight into ways of discipleship, empowering love of God and our neighbor in this contemporary world.” — Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J., Ph.D., Fordham University
“Written in a wonderfully engaging style, The Last Words of Jesus explores the intrinsic connection between love and suffering; on the cross, Jesus’ suffering is but the consequence of His extravagant love. Through his moving reflections on Jesus’ last words, Fr. Dan Horan demonstrates how, in our own everyday lives, God is always inviting us to open our hearts to that love. Like Jesus, we are asked to surrender our need for control and security by daring to accompany those marginalized persons who themselves continue to be crucified today. If we venture such solidarity with the outcasts of our world, we will paradoxically discover why the Gospel is indeed ‘Good News.’” — Roberto S. Goizueta, Margaret O’Brien Flatley Professor of Catholic Theology, Boston College.
“Jesus’ and Francis’ starting point was not sin, but suffering, the suffering of the world and even the suffering of God. This creates a very different perspective on the Christian Gospel, and I think you will find it here! Dan Horan makes the sublime simple and beautiful, which is surely the Franciscan way.” — Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico
“This beautiful new book by one of my favorite young spiritual writers offers an invitation to meditate on God’s great love for us, on Christ’s sacrifice and on the human condition. Daniel Horan’s insights are for anyone who has ever grieved, lost or sought hope. In other words, it is a book for everyone.” — James Martin, S.J., author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage.
“Daniel Horan’s passion to follow the advice of St. Francis of Assisi – ‘Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary use words’ – comes through clearly in these wise reflections at the foot of the cross. Highly recommended as a resource for all who hunger for words of hope in the face of suffering.” — Mary Catherine Hilkert, O.P., Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame.
“The lifeblood of these deeply Franciscan meditations is the memory of a God who is ‘head over heels in love with humanity’ and who identifies radically with suffering creation. Dan Horan writes with the steady hand of a scholar and the trembling heart of a follower of Jesus. I will never again hear Jesus’ words ‘I thirst’ without also hearing the cries of those hidden millions today dying from lack of water. Dan helps us wrestle, as every new generation must, with the terrible beauty and scandal of the cross.” — Christopher Pramuk, Associate Professor of Theology, Xavier University.