God Is Not Fair, and Other Reasons for Gratitude

Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M. — Book 144 pgs.
Publisher: Franciscan Media (2016)
ISBN: 9781632531414


Daniel P. Horan, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province (NY) in residence at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston, a columnist for America magazine, and the author of several books including, most recently, the award-winning The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Influence on his Life, Thought, and Writing. He is the author of more than eighty popular and scholarly articles, is a frequent lecturer and retreat director around the United States, Canada, and Europe, and has previously taught in the Department of Religious Studies at Siena College and in the Department of Theology at St. Bonaventure University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the International Thomas Merton Society. To learn more about his speaking engagements, visit his website: DanHoran.com. He blogs at DatingGod.org and you can also find him on Facebook and Twitter (@DanHoranOFM).


“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 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

God Is Not Fair, and Other Reasons for Gratitude

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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. In this collection of essays, 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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