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Prolific author and pastor McLaren is a big-picture guy. One of the most influential thinkers in the emergent church movement, he likes to analyze and categorize. This book, which inaugurates a series about traditional spiritual practices, paves the way for future installments by elaborating the big-picture rationale for spiritual disciplines: they cleanse us, enlighten us and bring us closer to God. As the title signals, they will also help us find our way past the unsatisfactory alternatives of secularism, dangerous fundamentalism and mushy spirituality. The former English teacher has a gift for the pithy phrase that nails a concept: faithing our practices is seeing the sacred value of everyday activities, for example. McLaren fans will enjoy his usual breadth of vision, easy style of exposition and synthesis of big ideas. His more conservative detractors may find him too generous in his references to the other two Abrahamic faiths in discussing spiritual practices. This book nicely opens the door for a series as well as a more disciplined Christian life. (May 6)
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Brian D. McLaren (MA, University of Maryland) is an author, speaker, activist and public theologian. After teaching college English, Brian pastored Cedar Ridge Community Church in the Baltimore-Washington, DC area. Brain has been active in networking and mentoring church planters and pastors for over 20 years. He is a popular conference speaker and a frequent guest lecturer for denominational and ecumenical leadership gatherings in the US and internationally.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
It's worth reading. Makes me think of my own daily practices. I would recommend it during Lent for a study group.Published 14 months ago by Julia Wight
The initial text of the series lead the way to greater understanding of the Christian faith. Brian McLaren has written a book that will stand for time to come.Published 14 months ago by Phil Gilliland
To be fair, I have to tell you that we ordered this book for our small groups at UCC. My copy was late getting here and so I started at a later chapter. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Judy H. Wright aka "Auntie Artichoke"
Anyone engaged in a meaningful way in the ecclesiastical works is scratching their heads nowadays. This book offers some very thought-provoking answers.Published 16 months ago by P. Zimmermann
Read the book - and it was so good decided to listen to it too. This is exactly what I expected it to be.Published 20 months ago by joy
Some good ideas here, also some things to carefully consider if you agree with. All in all a decent book with a bit of humor.Published 24 months ago by John Wayne
This is a fantastic look at the classic Christian spiritual formation practices which have sustained Christian spirituality for two thousand years. Read morePublished on February 12, 2013 by Todd A Risser
For several years I have searched for a guide to help develop a walk on the path of spiritual development. I have found books that are easy to read, but lack depth. Read morePublished on December 22, 2012 by Danny D. Davis