What does it mean to follow Christ in the modern world?

Author, Franciscan friar, and popular retreat leader Dan Horan puts Christian dilemmas into a new light in this 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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About the Author

Daniel P. Horan, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province (NY), assistant professor of systematic theology at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and the author of several books including the award-winning The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Influence on his Life, Thought, and Writing (2014). His latest book is titled, God Is Not Fair and other Reasons for Gratitude (2016). He is the author of more than 120 popular and scholarly articles; is a frequent lecturer and retreat director around the United States, Canada, and Europe; and has previously taught at Siena College, St. Bonaventure University, and in the School of Theology and Ministry of Boston College. Fr. Dan currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Thomas Merton Society, the Board of Regents of the Franciscan School of Theology (CA), and previously served as the Catholic Chaplain at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass. and as a columnist for America magazine.

Suggested Interview Questions

1. What does the title of this book, God is not Fair and other Reasons for Gratitude, mean?

2. You say in your introduction that what Christians profess about their faith “appears foolish to the world that demands a kind of unjust logic,” what do you mean by that?

3. One controversial topic you deal with in this book is climate change.  With the worldwide observance of Earth Day on April 22, how does your book complement or counter popular culture’s view of caring for creation?

4. The last section of your book is titled, “vowed life,” are these chapters only for priests and nuns? What do you mean by “vowed life?”

5. What audience did you have in mind when writing your book?

6. What do you hope readers will take away from reading God is Not Fair?


“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