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.
Includes foreword by Phyllis Tickle and leads into seven additional titles, The Ancient Practices, a classic series featuring some of the leading writers on spirituality in the world today.
Very much like the other books in this series, this book is written to allow the average lay person to take a look back at the way ancient Christianity was practiced.
Sometimes, we need to step back and time to see how things were previously done. And also to see why.
The author also provides exercises for us to do in order to allow ourselves to come closer to practicing the old ways.
I know in our busy lives today, we feel stressed because we run from one thing to another. It is only when we take time out to ensure that we nourish our spirits do we grow and flourish.
This is one of those books that you want to work through at a relatively slow pace. Read the chapter, do the exercises, live and breath it for a little bit, all before moving on to the next chapter.