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A Traveler's Guide to the Kingdom: Journeying Through the Christian Life Paperback – April 22, 2012
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"I want to strongly recommend A Traveler's Guide to the Kingdom for every reader of The Denver Journal. By aligning the theme of spiritual formation with both specific places and various people, Dr. White has done us all a great service. . . . If only all manuals, books and tracts on spiritual growth were as useful as this one! My hope is that you will read it and profit from it as much as I have." (Prof. Scott Wenig, Denver Journal, 2012)
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A Traveler's Guide To The Kingdom by James Emery White is such a book. The author is a journeyman. I feel a kindred spirit with him. I love to travel and throughout his book he takes us to a different location and as he is telling the history, he describes the location with such beautiful words that you feel like you are there with him.
As well as a physical journey, Mr. White takes us on a spiritual journey. Starting at a very basic understanding of where we came from, to our desire to know our Creator, to following Him, trusting Him and living out a life pleasing to Him. And He leaves us with the understanding that it is okay to doubt; that doubt is all part of the journey.
One of the most impacting parts of the book is when the author discusses the concept of clarity vs. trust. He talks about a conversation a man had with Mother Teresa, where she told him that he was holding on to clarity and needed to let go and just trust God. This spoke to me in so any ways.
I am a vision-caster. I am a dreamer. I like to think to the future, of what could be. But sometimes in doing that I get to a place where I need to KNOW the future. I forget to live in the moment, today. I forget to let go of NEEDING clarity and realize all I NEED is to trust God. There is a freedom in that letting go.
A Traveler's Guide To The Kingdom is a book for anyone who wants to find themselves on a journey to a better more fulfilled life.
A couple thoughts before I go, 1) My family and I are going through some deep water and fire in a life and death health issue and chapter 8 "Ten Boom House, Haarlem, Holland" strenghtened and encouraged my family . 2) As in the first book I read, I found I was picking up a high lighter and underling quite a few lines, even paragraphs to reflect on and reread. I've been inclined to share these reflections with the people I care about. As I wrap up, I encourage you to get this book and enjoy the journey, A partial quote on Jim's previous book "Serious Times" which is a DITTO on this one, from LON AllISON, Director, Billy Gramham Center, Wheaton College, "...Jim White calls us to to 'Kick at the darkness till it bleeds light' and the way we kick, he rightly assesses, is with 'deepened souls and develped minds' Fill our churchs, Lord, with such illuminated saints, and start with me."
A disclaimer; I recieved this book through the blog "Church and Culture" if I would blog and review it in a total honest, blunt and uninfluenced way. Here it is!
He is also a very good teacher. The church he pastors is nearby and I always learn from his sermons when I visit. It is significant when I say "I always learn", for I have attended two seminaries and it is not often that a preacher engages my mind so actively and challenges my thinking so effectively.
So you can imagine my disappointment after reading the first chapter of The Traveler's Guide to the Kingdom. I expected the same engaging and challenging material to leap off the pages. Rather, what I read was a nice, little story about the "Inklings" (C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, et al) and their regular meetings at the Eagle and Child Pub in Oxford, England. Interesting, but not the Jim White I expected.
Then came chapter 2--and everything changed. Jim White, the teacher, reemerged and I, the learner, was more than ready for him.
This book is about living the Christian life; from understanding who God is to aspects of spiritual formation to living out God's calling on your life. The "Traveler's Guide" is just that--a guide, and a good one. Not only are some of the spiritual disciplines discussed in a fresh way, but the reader is bluntly challenged regarding the authenticity of his/her spirituality.
For example, prayer is an area where many of us struggle. If we're honest with ourselves, some of us have truly anemic prayer lives. Dr. White quotes Samuel Chadwick: "It would revolutionize the lives of most [people] if they were shut in with God in some secret place for half an hour a day". Really? I mean, REALLY? If this is so, why wouldn't we try it?Read more ›
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an excellent read giving one the impression that life is a journey and the Spirit is with us always. Read morePublished 15 months ago by K. Brown
Great book. Whether you are a new Christian or a mature one, this book is insightful, challenging, encouraging, and very interesting. Highly recommend it!Published 16 months ago by Tethered Soul
A magnificent journey I would only have the opportunity to experience thru this book. I would recommend this book to everyone. Read morePublished 22 months ago by FIF (Consignment)
I never dog-ear pages. But I did in this book. There were so many pearls of wisdom and challenges that I want to be able to flip back to. A must read!Published on December 15, 2012 by Amazon Customer
The author brings you through his travels experiences to places that had a direct impact on his Christians life. Read morePublished on July 5, 2012 by Maxi
In an era when we are able to travel like none before us, this "guide" is wonderfully insightful. It is a "spiritual guide" so travel guru, Rick Steves need not worry about... Read morePublished on June 16, 2012 by C. Stewart
White, James Emery. A Traveler's Guide to the Kingdom: Journeying Through the Christian Life.
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You sit rapt in a story of history and intrigue and far-away places that you've never seen that we wrought with significance that you never realized existed. Read morePublished on June 1, 2012 by H. C. Mclaughlin
This book does a fine job of giving you insight into nine famous places in Christendom, from St. Catherine's Monastery at Mount Sinai to Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany. Read morePublished on May 24, 2012 by Amazon Customer