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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (March 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 083083818X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830838189
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is also adjunct professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he previously served as the school's fourth president. Dr. White holds MDiv and PhD degrees from Southern Seminary, where he was awarded a Garrett Teaching Fellowship in both New Testament and theology. He has also done advanced university study at Vanderbilt University in American religious history, and continuing education at Oxford University in England. He currently serves on the Board of Reference at Union University, and as the adjunct professor of Christian Theology and Culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary/Charlotte. An international speaker and consultant, White is the author of over a dozen books, including such Gold Medallion nominees as Serious Times and A Search for the Spiritual,Christianity Today Book of the Year award-winner Wrestling with God, as well as The Prayer God Longs For and A Mind for God. White also served as the consulting editor as well as contributing author to The Holman Bible Handbook and The Holman Concise Bible Commentary.

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Throughout the book, White is very personable and transparent.
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The book takes you on a journey through different places and reflections from Dr. White's experiences.
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If we're honest with ourselves, some of us have truly anemic prayer lives.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tracey Finck on May 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
Each of the nine chapters of A Traveler's Guide to the Kingdom takes us to a unique and remarkable destination. James Emery White is our tour guide, describing how the place looks as we arrive, pointing out things we should notice. We start in Oxford at the Eagle and Child Pub, marvel at the beauty of the Chartres Cathedral in France, reel at the stark oppression portrayed at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and still apparent at the Dachau Concentration Camp. He even takes us to St. Catherine's Monastery in Egypt at the sight of the burning bush. These places serve as jump-off points for White. Each chapter becomes a meditation on a different topic, all relevant issues regarding life in Christ. The book would work well as a prompt for discussion groups. I found it mentally engaging and spiritually nourishing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Gibbons on June 16, 2012
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To fellow life traveler's, this is the first book I've taken the time to write a review, I'm a verbal evangelist of good books, restaurants, vacation spots, and most importantly, Jesus Christ, who radically changed my life! I discovered James E. White when I picked a another book he's written "Serious Times", I love the gift he has of making an impact on your being in a very positive "Serious" (pun intended) way. I recommend this book to any dedicated Christian who wants to make an impact on people that could change their eternal destiny.
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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin Cherry on June 11, 2012
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I don't often promote books. But every once in a while a book comes along that needs to be shared with the world. A book that takes you on a journey, in which at the end you will never be the same. At the end of it you will have been transformed.

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.
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A magnificent journey I would only have the opportunity to experience thru this book. I would recommend this book to everyone. What a fantastic way to learn about real Christianity.
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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!
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Dr. James Emery White is a very good writer. His excellent book, A Mind for God, motivated me to return to the discipline and delight of reading after many years of neglect.

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?
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