Daniel P. Horan is a Franciscan friar who serves on the board of directors of the International Thomas Merton Society and has published dozens of articles. Horan has created a "Dating God" blog, and he speaks to young adult audiences throughout the United States. In this accessible paperback, he challenges readers to ponder their relationship with God as being like dating. Horan takes his cue for pursuing this form of devotion from St. Francis of Assisi and Clare whose spiritual paths consisted in loving God. The author is convinced that the heart of gospel life is relationship.
After assessing the pilgrimage of Francis from playboy to servant of God, Horan points out that one of the blockages to our intimate relationship with others is our obsession with the technological toys which divert us from genuine interaction with those we are with in the flesh. Using insights from John Duns Scotus, Thomas Merton, Francis, and Clare, he examines the good things that can happen when we tap into our True Self.
After two chapters, one on the loneliness of our long-distance love affair with God and the other on the spiritual benefits of solitude, Horan moves on to the art of enriching our relationship with God through contemplation. Next is a look at the Bible as a series of love letters from God. The closing sections of Dating God focus on three ways — discipleship, creation, and living a life of relationship with the Creator — St. Francis modeled for us a spiritual path that may well speak cogently to the Millennial Generation of seekers.