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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (August 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310293650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310293651
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This is a delightful work that shows us how to claim each and every season of the soul as a rich opportunity for spiritual growth and a life-changing encounter with God.” -- Ruth Haley Barton

About the Author

Mark Buchanan is a pastor, award-winning author, and father of three who lives with his wife, Cheryl, on the West Coast of Canada. Educated at the University of British Columbia and Regent College, his work has been published in numerous periodicals, including Christianity Today, Books and Culture, Leadership Journal, and Discipleship Magazine. He is the author of six books: Your God Is Too Safe, Things Unseen, The Holy Wild, The Rest of God, Hidden in Plain Sight, and Spiritual Rhythm.

More About the Author

I began my career as a writer at age 12 - the year a remarkably creative grade 5 teacher awakened in me the possibilities of language and story. I eventually took a degree in writing, but that was simply to refine and hone what I felt compelled to do anyways, whether well or poorly, paid or unpaid, appluaded or scorned.

I ended up, enroute to being a published author, a pastor. My seven books (the 7th is due out February 2012) have so far all come out of that world - though watch in early 2013 for a novel. (For the record, I'm not the Mark Buchanan who writes science books).

I enjoy hearing from readers, even when they take issue with something I've written. It lets me know that, at least, the line hasn't gone dead at that end.

Thanks for being one of those readers, even if only in this instance.

Mark Buchanan

Customer Reviews

This is the third of Buchanan's books I've read, and probably the best.
P. Hamm
Mark Buchanan's gift for word-painting the panorama of God's grace is amazing in itself, but his insights in to the soul of his readers is equally stunning.
Nancy Carlson
I downloaded the Kindle version but ended up purchasing a copy for a good friend.
Michelle L. Mortimer

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Carlson on September 3, 2010
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If you haven't read Spiritual Rhythm, don't wait another minute to order your copy.
Mark Buchanan's gift for word-painting the panorama of God's grace is amazing in itself, but his insights in to the soul of his readers is equally stunning.

You will linger in each "Season" not daring to believe the next could be as profoundly real in your own life as the present one.
Arm yourself with a pen or pencil to underline and highlight your first time through, but be prepared. You will want to come back again and again. There is more, and yet more to feed and fill as you see yourself on every page. . .sometimes in every paragraph. You may be heard murmuring (or exclaiming) "YES!!" "Of course!" "Oh Jesus, thank You, thank You."

How does Mark know? Perhaps, like you, he's been catapulted into Winter's darkness, discovered in Spring's renewal there IS life after death (even in soul-seasons) and learned that Summer is but a magnificent foretaste of `Kingdom Come.' Fall? Well, I invite you (no, I urge you) to read Spiritual Rhythm for yourself. As with ALL of Pastor Mark Buchanan's books, there is not enough stars to rate this one adequately. I echo LOUDLY the words of Mindy Caliguire on the back cover of Spiritual Rhythm, "Be prepared to connect - deeply!" Then buy a copy for every one of your friends. They will love you for it!
Things Unseen: Living with Eternity in Your Heart; The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath;
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scandalous Sanity VINE VOICE on October 10, 2010
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Mark Buchanan says in the introduction to Spiritual Rhythm that "this is not a book to be devoured." This could not be more true. It would be impossible to rush through this book, even if you tried.

The best thing about Buchanan's book is his prose. His books are right there alongside all of the other popular authors, but his writing stands head and shoulders above them all. There are no choppy sentences that run on and on, yet never describe anything. To read Buchanan's words describing the seasons of British Columbia is to read poetry. I've never encountered a Christian writer that treats authoring a book as a work of art, but this is what Buchanan does.

Buchanan believes that just as nature cycles through four seasons, so does your soul. There are times when life is bleak and cold. There are times when there are new beginnings. There are times of warmth, and times to harvest. There is no way to speed through these seasons, just as there is no way to make winter pass more quickly or summer last just a few weeks longer. The key is understanding which season you are in, and engaging in activities that are healthy in that season. Buchanan relates this personally, as he began this book in response to the death of a close friend.

There are poems interspersed throughout the book, and dozens of spiritual activities that can help you develop a rhythm. The book is divided into two parts, the first describing the seasons, the second describing how to understand your spiritual rhythms.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Borden VINE VOICE on December 17, 2010
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I haven't posted my "Top Ten" reading list of books this year, but when I do Mark Buchanan's Spiritual Rhythm will be on it. I've read all but one of Buchanan's books and it has been 2-3 years since the last one I read. I had forgotten that I enjoyed his books so much, but Spiritual Rhythm was a delightful reminder. Mark writes with much feeling and reflection; he takes time to describe the experiences that have served him in his personal formation then gently invites the reader to "come along." I like this style of writing and teaching. I don't feel as though I'm being dictated to, but feel more like a beautiful discovery is being shared with me...and I'm the lucky one who gets to learn about it. I remember feeling this way when I read The Rest of God, also by Buchanan.

Spiritual Rhythm: Being With Jesus Every Season of Your Soul is really two books. Part one is the introduction and explanation book, describing in poetic parallel the seasons of the year alongside the seasons of the soul. While part one might seem a little long it is necessary (in my opinion) because it helps to draw the reader in, slowing them down in order that reflection and self-examination might take place. Accomplishing this reflection and introspective examination is needful for full benefit of the second part of the book, which is about practice and application of spiritual rhythm.

This book might not be for everyone. Our society is designed around immediate gratification, 5-steps-to...fill-in-the-blank helps, and how to do anything in 90 days. Spiritual Rhythm is more about slowing down, adjusting to the rhythm of life and soul, and partnering with the workings of God's Holy Spirit in our spiritual transformation in order to become more Christ like.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 13, 2010
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If you are like most humans you cycle through the seasons of the heart on a regular basis. One day you may feel depressed and that God is far away and on another day you may feel like you are in summer and God is answering all your prayers. Mark Buchanan understands each season on a deep level, making this a very comforting book. He doesn't believe God has deserted you in winter even though this might feel like a period of abandonment, rejection and isolation. He explains spring as a time of sowing seeds and becoming more disciplined. Basically a time to clean up your life. Summer is a time of abundance where you discover spiritual renewal. Autumn brings joy and feasting, basically it is a time to harvest what you sowed in a spiritual sense. While I enjoyed the journey through the seasons I also could appreciate the chapters on thankfulness and perseverance. While reading this book you may find yourself praying, crying, being enlightened and looking at life's experiences with new eyes. I found this book to be comforting and I think you will too.

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