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Daybreaks: Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas827303
(Liguori Publications, 2017)
ISBN: 978-0764827303
Paperback: 48pp
List Price: $1.99

Book Description

Advent is a season of hopeful waiting for the light of Christ to appear at dawn after a long, cold night. It is a time of hopeful waiting as we ponder the mystery of the Incarnation, the unique and salvific way that God became with us Emmanuel. It is a time of preparation, of renewal, of celebration that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. This Advent and Christmas season, author Daniel P. Horan, OFM, uses the theme of Already, Not Yet to show you that God in Christ Jesus is always with you. For each day through the Octave of Christmas, Father Dan selects a short Scripture passageone that is already known but not yet fully understood and uses it as a starting point for reflecting on how our faith is already handed on to us, but not yet perfectly lived. Advent Daybreaks provides an opportunity for prayer and reflection on the coming of our Savior, whose love, mercy, forgiveness, and redemption has already been given, but has not yet been fully realized in our lives.

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God is Not Fair and Other Reasons for Gratitude
(Franciscan Media, 2016)Horan cover final
ISBN: 978-1632531414
Paperback: 144pp
List Price: $15.99

Book Description

Author, Franciscan friar, and popular retreat leader Dan Horan puts Christian dilemmas into a new light in this new book of thoughtful reflections. As Paul made clear to the Corinthians two thousand years ago, being a Christian can mean appearing out-of-step at times. This is because a Christian’s priorities aren’t measured by the culture, but according to the reign of God that Jesus preached and modeled. Horan demonstrates that the Christian life is most often focused on the counterintuitive and gratuitous foolishness of God’s love revealed in the healing of the broken and brokenhearted, forgiving the unforgiveable, and loving the unlovable.

Like Jesus’s early followers, the ethical implications of Jesus’s words and deeds for those of us who would follow him are not always what’s expected of us. But the risk of appearing foolish never stopped “God’s Fool,” St. Francis of Assisi, from embracing the Gospel as best he could, protesting the injustices of certain social systems, and letting nothing get in the way of his relationship with others.

God Is Not Fair and Other Reasons for Gratitude addresses what it means to follow Christ in the modern world, opens up the Gospels to explore what Jesus has to say to our situations and predicaments, and delves into what it means to faithfully live by vows—counterculturally—today.

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Editorial Reviews

“As I read God Is Not Fair I had a sense of a familiar experience. After leaning back for a few moments to see if I could identify it, I finally recognized what it was. Reading Dan Horan’s reflections was like reliving the encounters I have had with important spiritual mentors in my life: contemplatively based, realistic, marked by simplicity, and a call to good action. Just right.” –Robert J. Wicks, General Editor, Prayer in the Catholic Tradition

“Usually the ‘Best of’ album appears several decades into an artist’s career, but Dan Horan’s collection of articles and essays emerges in the early years of his third decade of life. This gathering of insight expresses the writer’s thoughts as a disciple of Jesus, a talented theologian, and a committed Franciscan. This collection is sure to captivate, provoke, inspire, and challenge.” –Stephen J. Binz, biblical theologian, writer, and speaker at http://www.Bridge-B.com

“In this compelling book, one of my favorite spiritual writers offers wisdom through an array of topics that, while broad in focus, draw us back again and again to the same foundation: the transforming call to love God and love others with all that we have. Dan Horan has written a book accessible and valuable for every reader.” –Jamie Arpin-Ricci, pastor, Little Flowers Community, Winnipeg, and author of Vulnerable Faith

“It takes a sage to see that God is not fair—and that for this we should be grateful! It is almost as if to say, ‘Read if you dare.’ More fitting, I suggest, is ‘Read if you care.’ If you care to see how the lens of Christian discipleship really does open us to a deeper understanding of the hopes and dreams, the sufferings and fears of contemporary culture. If you care to see how even a few words of Scripture have the power to resonate and challenge, to speak to our hearts, to comfort and challenge and change us. If you care to reimagine the meaning of vocation, to see that regardless of your state in life, Christ calls you to bear witness to the Gospel in the world in a way that you and only you can do.” –Mary Stommes, editor, Give Us This Day


The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual The Franciscan Heart of Thomas MertonInspiration of His Life, Thought, and Writing
(Ave Maria Press, 2014)
ISBN: 978-1594714221
Paperback: 288pp
List Price: $16.95

Book Description

Daniel Horan, O.F.M., popular author of Dating God and other books on Franciscan themes—and expert on the spirituality of Thomas Merton—masterfully presents the untold story of how the most popular saint in Christian history inspired the most popular spiritual writer of the twentieth century, and how together they can inspire a new generation of Christians.

Millions of Christians and non-Christians look to Thomas Merton for spiritual wisdom and guidance, but to whom did Merton look? In The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton, Franciscan friar and author Daniel Horan shows how, both before and after he became a Trappist monk, Merton’s life was shaped by his love for St. Francis and for the Franciscan spiritual and intellectual tradition. Given recent renewed interest in St. Francis, this timely resource is both informative and practical, revealing a previously hidden side of Merton that will inspire a new generation of Christians to live richer, deeper, and more justice-minded lives of faith.

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Editorial Reviews

“How could I not be elated? Two of my favorite human beings running side by side through one fine book: Francis and Merton! Just the chapters on Duns Scotus, ‘paradise consciousness,’ or peacemaking and prophecy, would make the book well worth the read! What a treasure we have in young and insightful Daniel Horan!” —Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico

“Horan’s book is a thorough and eloquent, yet personal and highly engaging, exploration of Merton’s multilayered, multifaceted engagement with St. Francis and the Franciscan tradition.” —Paul M. Pearson, Director, Thomas Merton Center

“Two extraordinary religious figures, one medieval, one modern, both still inspiring and prophetic, even in the twenty-first century. Fr. Dan Horan’s The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton is a fascinating study of both Thomas Merton and St. Francis of Assisi: how they and their spiritualities are alike, how they differ, how each one had a profound impact on the times in which he lived and on posterity, and most interestingly, how deeply Merton was influenced by the life and spirituality of St. Francis. I was immersed again in two of the greatest influences on my own life and marveled at Horan’s persuasive and comprehensive argument for why they are important to all of us today.” —Murray Bodo, O.F.M., Author of Francis, the Journey and the Dream

“This finely textured volume highlights Thomas Merton’s intellectual and spiritual debt to the Franciscan tradition. Like the good householder of the Gospel, Daniel Horan draws forth old things and new and, in the process, beautifully reveals how the Poor Man of Assisi and the Trappist monk in Kentucky speak as one voice to our age.” —Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology (Emeritus), University of Notre Dame

“This new, uncovered information, that separates fact from fiction and profundity from caricature, confirms our suspicions of Francis’s influence on Merton.” —Monica Weis, S.S.J., Author of The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton

“Combining scholarly insight with pastoral sensitivity, Daniel Horan, O.F.M. shows in rich and fascinating detail why Francis of Assisi remained Thomas Merton’s favorite saint and how the Franciscan intellectual and spiritual tradition continued to have a profound impact on Merton’s thought even as a Cistercian, from Christology to ecology, from peacemaking to dialogue with other religious traditions. This is an accessible and absorbing exploration of a significant influence on Merton’s life and thought, particularly welcome in this new ‘Age of Francis.'” —Patrick F. O’Connell, Editor of The Merton Seasonal

“Daniel Horan brings a fresh and welcome perspective to the life and legacy of the twentieth century’s most celebrated monk. Schooled in the riches of the Franciscan tradition, the author shows how Merton the Trappist monk continued to be shaped by the Franciscan sources he had come to love in his young adulthood. In a voice at once deeply informed and warmly personal Horan advances a most intriguing thesis: By not becoming a Franciscan friar, Merton became even more Franciscan in his spiritual orientations and outlook and remained so throughout his life.” —Michael Downey, Editor of The New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality

“We are living in a newly emerging Franciscan age as history gyres toward the magnetic spirit of the gentle, ferocious ‘Poor Man.’ All creation and all the impoverished are groaning to summon him to awaken us to the kinship of all beings, and begin—if we might—to set the world aright. Little wonder that Thomas Merton’s prophetic soul bore the vestiges of his original inspiration, whose mystic heart left its marks on Merton’s own. In true Franciscan voice Daniel Horan offers us a glimpse of the rich and many ways Father Francis was the first and lasting teacher of his Cistercian son.” —Kathleen Deignan, C.N.D., Author of Thomas Merton: A Book of Hours


Postmodernity and Univocity: A Critical Account of Radical Orthodoxy and71FrLZzBm+L John Duns Scotus

(Fortress Press, 2014)
ISBN: 978-1451465723
Paperback: 200pp
List Price: $29.99

Book Description

Nearly twenty-five years ago, John Milbank inaugurated Radical Orthodoxy, one of the most significant and influential theological movements of the last two decades. In Milbank’s Theology and Social Theory, he constructed a sweeping theological genealogy of the origins of modernity and the emergence of the secular, counterposed by a robust retrieval of traditional orthodoxy as the critical philosophical and theological mode of being in the postmodern world. That genealogy turns upon a critical point—the work of John Duns Scotus as the starting point of modernity and progenitor of a raft of philosophical and theological ills that have prevailed since. Milbank’s account has been disseminated proliferously through Radical Orthodoxy and even beyond and is largely uncontested in contemporary theology.

The present volume conducts a comprehensive examination and critical analysis of Radical Orthodoxy’s use and interpretation of John Duns Scotus. Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M. offers a substantial challenge to the narrative of Radical Orthodoxy’s idiosyncratic take on Scotus and his role in ushering in the philosophical age of the modern. This volume not only corrects the received account of Scotus but opens a constructive way forward toward a positive assessment and appropriation of Scotus’s work for contemporary theology.

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Editorial Reviews

“Daniel Horan has presented a spirited challenge to Radical Orthodoxy’s ‘Scotist illiteracy’ by identifying the rhetorical sleights of hand of its major voices. Horan clearly inhabits the living tradition of a vital Franciscan theology, long overshadowed by a reactionary overdependence on Thomism in much of contemporary antimodern theology. Postmodernity and Univocity is at once a critical and constructive erudite study, but distinguished by exceptional accessibility and clarity in style.” —Susan AbrahamLoyola Marymount University 

“Daniel Horan argues meticulously that Radical Orthodoxy’s ‘Scotus Story’ seriously misunderstands the philosophy of John Duns Scotus. Hence, Scotus cannot be the villain of their story of the rise of secular, idolatrous modernity with its ‘space apart from God.’ By placing Scotus in the context of his actual debates (with Henry of Ghent more than Thomas Aquinas) and concerns (epistemological and semantic as primary, and metaphysical as derivative), Horan not only effectively undermines the keystone of Radical Orthodoxy’s historical narrative but offers a more persuasive portrayal of Scotus’s central achievements.” Terrence W. TilleyFordham University

“This book provides a careful and fair-minded rebuttal of the presentation of Duns Scotus’s thought proposed by the theologians of Radical Orthodoxy. Horan meticulously describes Scotus’s own view and in doing so offers a valuable corrective to the misrepresentations found so frequently in recent literature on the subject.” Richard CrossUniversity of Notre Dame

“This is an important book and a long overdue one. Dan Horan has boldly confronted the misreading of Duns Scotus by adherents of Radical Orthodoxy and brilliantly illuminates their metaphysical flaws. At the same time, he shows a correct understanding of univocal being and discusses why Scotus’s metaphysics provides a coherent basis for a postmodern theology. This book can help bridge the relationship between science and religion by providing a correct reading of univocal being, and it can open up new paths of dialogue that have become stifled by theological and philosophical differences.” Ilia Delio, OSFGeorgetown University


The Last Words of Jesus: A Meditation on Love and SufferingPrint

(Franciscan Media, 2013)
ISBN: 978-1616364090
Paperback: 128pp
List Price: $12.99

Book Description

“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.”

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Editorial Reviews

“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.

 

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Spirit and Life: A Franciscan Guide for Spiritual ReflectionCover_SLPreview2013

(Koinonia Press, 2013)
co-authored with Julianne E. Wallace
ISBN: 978-0615781167
Paperback: 118 pages
List Price: $6.99

Book Description

In Spirit and Life you will discover a book that is a reflection guide, a personal journal, an inspirational colllection of prayers, and a scriptural resource rooted in Franciscan spirituality and theology. Designed to highlight the spirituality of solidarity that grounds the Christian faith and guides the Franciscan tradition, Spirit and Life is the first tool of its kind! It is a guide for spiritual reflection perfect for students, parishioners, and individuals seeking to deepen their faith, discern God’s call in their lives, and faciliate discussion about the experience of direct service and immersion trips. This book is intended for use by facilitators and participants alike, everything you need in one place!

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Editorial Reviews

Spirit and Life is great gift to all those who facilitate immersion experiences. Those new to the work will benefit from the theologically sound, sequential, tested, and thoroughly adaptable structure; experienced practitioners will be blessed by the rich collection of prayers, Scripture readings, reflection questions, and thoughtfully selected texts from the Franciscan tradition. Spirit and Life is an extraordinary resource. It will serve as a significant contribution to this important work for years to come.” — MICHAEL LOVETTE-COLYER, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President and Director of University Ministry, University of San Diego

Spirit and Life is an invaluable resource for any minister leading service experiences. It masterfully uses scripture to help participants connect the life of Christ to their experiences and threads Franciscan spirituality throughout in a gentle, inviting, and utterly compelling way.” — SUSAN HAARMAN, Faith and Justice Campus Minister, Loyola University Chicago

“This resource is a rich, compelling, and eminently usable guide for any ‘pilgrim’ on an immersion-style experience. The authors offer the Franciscan tradition as a powerful framework for an encounter with poverty, an experience of service, or simply a journey in community. I have no doubt that many students (and teachers alike!) will benefit from the rituals, reflections, and challenging questions found in this guide to the spirituality of solidarity.” — DAVID GOLEMBOSKI, Chair of the Board, Witness for Peace

“Dan and Julianne provide us with a unique creation: a process for people in any experience, meeting each person where he or she is, fostering prayerful reflection, inviting growth, and leading to solidarity. This resource encourages making immersion experiences more than a onetime encounter. Here, the value of integrating immersion experiences into our lives is celebrated and demonstrated to bolster relationships with God and with those once considered ‘Other’ now known to be Sister and Brother.” — KATIE SULLIVAN, Executive Director, Franciscan Volunteer Ministry

“Horan and Wallace provide a simple, but inclusive method for spiritual reflection in the Franciscan tradition. The text, intended for college-age students who have participated in or will participate in a period of immersion in impoverished areas, provides a very usable format to internalize the lived experience. Each reflection includes quiet and community prayer, both a scripture reading and a reading from the Franciscan sources as well as time and space for written reflection and group sharing.” — SR. MARGARET KLOTZ, O.S.F., Director of the Franciscan Center, Cardinal Stritch University

Spirit and Life is something that every campus minister should not only have on their shelves but use for every service experience they plan. As someone who created a reflection guide for a weekend service trip I know how important it is to have theological reflection as a part of every service experience no matter what the age of the participants. Now I don’t have to reinvent the wheel. I will gladly and enthusiastically use this guide and buy it for all my college students.  Spirit and Life will be a resource and time capsule of each experience that I take with my college students. And for young adults, it will be something they will return to again and again. It will remind them of the experience they had and also of how they felt and where God was in the midst of it all. St. Francis is so accessible to people so even those that do not have a background in Franciscan Studies as I do will appreciate and come to know more about this popular saint.  A true gem. “ — COURTNEY HULL, Campus Minister, Mansfield University


Francis of Assisi and the Future of Faith: Exploring Franciscan Spirituality Francis of Assisi and the Future of Faith_CVR_V6and Theology in the Modern World

(Tau Publishing, 2012)
ISBN: 978-1619560413
Paperback: 248 pp
List Price: $14.95

Book Description

Nearly eight-hundred-years after his death, St. Francis of Assisi remains the most popular saint in all of Christianity. He continues to inspire women and men of all ages, all backgrounds, and from all religious traditions; but how much do people know about the actual spirituality and theology of this great saint? What does this medieval man from Italy, and the religious movement he founded, have to say to a complex, globalized, technologically advanced, and modern world?

Daniel P. Horan, OFM, in his latest book, Francis of Assisi and the Future of Faith, answers these questions and more. Returning to the sources and the best of contemporary scholarship, Horan presents a multifaceted approach to questions about the rich meaning and deep significance of the Franciscan spiritual and theological tradition for our present day in three parts.

Engaging topics as diverse as the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, evangelization in the digital age on Facebook and elsewhere, uniquely Franciscan approaches to ministry, as well as other themes, Horan dedicates the first part of the book to presenting the contemporary relevance of the Franciscan tradition for the modern world in an intelligent and accessible way. In the second part of the book, Horan presents illuminating original research and introduces readers to a wealth of insight and inspiration found in the broader Franciscan spiritual and theological tradition. The last part of the book features an exciting introduction to the influence of the Franciscan tradition on Pope Benedict XVI and in-depth look at the pope’s twelve public addresses on the Franciscan tradition.”

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Editorial Reviews

“In Dan Horan’s new book, we are introduced not to a decorative saint who got on well with birds but a man who shook the foundations of medieval Europe and who — along with other key figures of the early Franciscan movement — still challenges us today.” — Jim Forest, author, All Is Grace: A Biography of Dorothy Day

“As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of that great Council, Friar-Author Dan Horan opens the doors of the Church which for his generation is ‘today,’ not ‘tomorrow!’ Fr. Horan is particularly adept at translating the importance of a Franciscan approach for today’s “digital natives.” His voice is sure to capture the attention of contemporaries and create a bridge for older readers who know themselves to be strangers to this new way of learning and knowing.” — Margaret Carney, OSF, STD, president, St. Bonaventure University

“In a style that is both scholarly and highly readable, he brilliantly uncovers and elucidates the “foolish” wisdom of Franciscans as it is lived and voiced first of all in St. Francis and then as it is perpetuated and developed in significant Franciscan thinkers and saints from the Middle Ages to the present Millennial generation…The depth and range of this book makes it an indispensable source for how the Franciscan spiritual and intellectual tradition has been lived and voiced in the past and a blueprint for how it can be lived at the beginning of the 21st Century.” — Murray Bodo, OFM, author, Francis: The Journey and the Dream

“With a great spirit of prayer and devotion, Horan helps us discover how Francis of Assisi is anything but the patron of those who are spiritual but not religious, spiritual but not theological. Rather, Horan gives us sound spirituality and theology grounded in the perennially relevant and popular Franciscan tradition. Past speaks to the present and guides us into the future. Francis and Anthony both would be pleased.” — Mary Stommes, editor, Give Us This Day: Daily Prayer for Today’s Catholic

“Dan offers a renewed appreciation for this spiritual master whose teachings remain relevant almost 800 years after his death. With the vision of St. Francis, Dan Horan challenges people of all ages to embrace a spirit of poverty in a culture where consumerism reigns, forgive our enemies in a world that advocates revenge, speak a message of peace when gun violence terrorizes our cities and streets, and preach the gospel at all times … online and in real time. This is truly Franciscan spirituality for our times at its finest!” — Beth Knobbe, author, Party of One: Living Single with Faith, Purpose, and Passion


Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. FrancisB36136

(St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2012)
ISBN: 978-1616361365
Paperback: 130 pp
List Price: $14.99 ($9.99 eBook)

Book Description

“How can we deepen our most important relationship?

The experience of dating provides us with a helpful image to explore Christian spirituality with a fresh lens. Replete with emotional ups and downs, euphoric highs and depressing lows, energy, affection, and fear, our everyday experiences of getting to know another in an increasingly more intimate manner might help us to envision our relationship with God in a new and ever-deepening way.
From the Introduction

The journey to God, says Br. Dan, is a lot like dating. You have to get to know God in the same way and in a similar process as you would with someone you date, when you want to explore another person’s truest self.

Dating God is not an answer book or a schema providing easy steps or instructions to have an ideal spiritual life. Rather, it offers a new look at the timeless condition of human longing for a deeper relationship with the Creator. And, contends Br. Dan, the Franciscan tradition, which includes Francis and Clare of Assisi and those men and women who followed them, is perhaps the best model for this deepening relational experience with the Divine.”

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Editorial Reviews

“A fresh new voice in Christian spirituality who reminds us that the Creator is active in every moment of our lives and shows how our lives are filled with, as the Franciscans say, pax et bonum: peace and goodness.” — James Martin, S.J., author, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything.

“…explores how to maintain a loving, lifelong relationship with God, other human beings, and all creatures” — Murray Bodo O.F.M., author, Francis: The Journey and the Dream

Dating God is the perfect primer on Franciscan spirituality” — Beth Knobbeauthor, Party of One: Living Single with Faith, Purpose, and Passion

“Spirituality doesn’t get any better than this! A splendid book!” — Michael Leach, author, Why Stay Catholic? Unexpected Answers to a Life-Changing Question

“Weaving modern cultural references with rich Franciscan tradition and using clear, straightforward language, Horan ensures a wide appeal to his joyful call to prayer and reflection — Liguorian magazine (July/Aug 2012)

“…clear, concise and insightful. Dating God is a rich treasure of Franciscan spirituality for a world in need.”– Ilia Delio, O.S.F., author, Compassion: Living in the Spirit of St. Francis

“The idea of ‘dating God’ may be a little jarring at first, but in Brother Dan Horan’s hands it becomes an inspired way to find and channel our longing for God. He has done a remarkable job of bringing the wisdom  of St. Francis into the Facebook age.” — Paul Moses, author, The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam, And Francis of Assisi’s Mission of Peace

“There’s a de-mystifying quality to his writing that I really like. In Br. Dan’s hands, Franciscan spirituality becomes less an unattainable ideal and more of a relevant and time-tested resource from which we can learn a great deal. His work can help us reconnect with ourselves and our communities, and that’s no small thing in our disorienting age of social media and pervasive, distracting technology. I’ll keep returning to this short, conversational and highly accessible book for a long time to come.” — Stephen Martin, author, The Messy Quest for Meaning: Five Catholic Practices for Finding your Vocation

“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 the 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 joyful call to prayer and reflection…will have a wide appeal.” — Publishers Weekly, January 9, 2012

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