“Why have certain spiritual disciplines been in use for centuries, and why are they so important?
It is questionable if one can ever be exactly the same person waking up on two consecutive days. How are spiritual sojourners to cope with the constant change? Many are beginning to explore the ancient Christian spiritual practices, such as fixed-hour prayer, fasting and sincere observance of the Sabbath. What is causing this hunger for deeper spirituality?
Brian McLaren guides us on this quest for an explanation of these spiritual practices, many of which go all the way back to Abraham and the establishment of Israel. In the midst of contemporary Christianity, we discover the beauty of these disciplines and the transformation through Christ that each can provide.”
For some reason I’ve always been a Brian McLaren fan from the first time I read one of his books. I kind of surprise myself with my likeing of his writing. As what most would describe as a “moderate evangelical” one would not think I would gel with someone who has been labeled a heretic by many orthodox Christians. His book, “A New Kind of Christian” is one that I recommend to people on a consistent basis.
This book, “Finding Our Way Again” proposes to put the reader in touch with Ancient Spiritual Practices. It does just that. The book is divided into three sections: Way, Practices, Ancient. I did, as usual, find some of McLaren’s theology to be questionable but I do not doubt his heart and comitment to the advancement of the Kingdom of God one bit. As someone who enjoys Contemplative Prayer, Taize, and other forms of what some would describe as “ancient practices” I found this book to be highly enjoyable with some good tips for developing these spiritual disciplines in my own life. I also found the included Study Guide to be a nice touch that would make this book easily adaptable for a Sunday School Class or other small group.
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