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Holy Nomad: The Rugged Road to Joy Paperback – September 1, 2012
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"Holy Nomad is like a great John Lennon song. Matt Litton is a great writer, poetic, thought-provoking, powerful. I highly recommend this book." - Johnathon Schaech, actor, director, writer (That Thing You Do, How To Make An American Quilt, Quarantine)
"If you, like me, are earnestly trying to follow the call of this Holy Nomad named Jesus, this book should be part of your journey. If you have lost your Joy, this can begin your journey to not only find it, but reclaim it." - Mark Sandlin, TheGodArticle.com, Huffington Post
"...challenging followers of Jesus to embrace the inevitable nomadic Spiritual life is not for the faint of heart. The nomad's journey Litton so masterfully enlightens for us comes with all kinds of uncomfortable realities, but I believe it's a message the people of faith need." - Matt Chambers, Director of SafeWorld
Matt Litton beckons a poetic existence to my everyday spirituality. Holy Nomad reminds me that even I, am shrouded in the presence of the Holy that calls me forth from the fabric seeking to define me and lifts me from the dank, dark places threatening to bury me." - Chet Bush, Author of Called to the Fire.
"Books on spirituality often assume that we are honest with ourselves when it comes to following Christ. With passionate (& compassionate) heart & deft pen, Litton closes our escape routes... he offers us a portrayal of life as one in which we journey, hand in hand, with the Holy Nomad." - Bill Mallonee, singer/songwriter
About the Author
Matt Litton is a writer, educator, and speaker. He completed his undergraduate work in English and Religious Studies and holds a Master of Arts in Education from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. He has written about faith and culture for numerous national publications and is author of "The Mockingbird Parables: Transforming Lives Through the Power of Story" and "Holy Nomad: The Rugged Road to Joy."
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Litton invites the reader to a thoughtful exploration of the life that through disappointment or struggle or, even, aspiration has become wrapped up, immobilized, or distracted from living freely. He suggests discipleship to Christ is what frees us for the joy we were created to know; this Christ who not only journeys with us, but first pursues and lures us into life-giving relationship with God.
Many Christians have been talking about using the journey motif as a metaphor for the spiritual life. Matt Litton has taken this idea and applied it through the seven movements. It speaks directly to the spiritual pilgrim or spiritual nomads. It spells out the different phases of the spiritual life. Through the journeys, Litton is able to flesh out the difficulties and the dangers of embarking on such a journey. The temptation to sit back and do nothing about it; the temptation to give up at the first obstacles; the temptation to look back and complain when the going gets tough; the temptation to listen to the wrong voice; the temptation to travel alone; the temptation to be discouraged; the temptation to move on our own strength; and many more. Along with it, readers are encouraged to listen to the voice of God, through the Holy Spirit, and to learn to travel together as a community. Spiritual nomads can make a difference in this world.
I like the term "spiritual nomad." It is one who is constantly on the move, but with a purpose and direction. It is about not lazing around in our spiritual lives but to continue the adventure that has been started by many saints of old. It is about living a vibrant Christian life that is forward looking. The "movement" motif also carries with it an active voice, urging readers to embark on such a journey as soon as possible. In fact, readers who are already on a spiritual journey can benefit by using the book as a road map ahead. Those who do not have a clue where to begin their spiritual lives can leaf from chapter one. Those who are near the end of their journey can begin at the last movement. While this book may not command the same following as John Bunyan's classic, Pilgrim's Progress, it is a worthy attempt to shake those of us who are spiritually lethargic to get moving. Read it. More importantly, walk it and recognize that we are all spiritual nomads.
Rating: 4 stars of 5.
This book is provided to me free by Abingdon Press and NetGalley without any obligation for a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.
This is my favorite quote from the book, and to me it says it all. Leave it all behind and find true JOY.
There is only one person that we can find complete joy in, and that is the Holy Nomad, Jesus. When we follow his example, true pleasure can be found in this world. Our path may not be like anyone else's, but when we follow Jesus our travels are fulfilling.
The author has a unique way of writing. He mixes his sophisticated writing style with modern pop culture examples. Everyone can relate to the fun references Matt cites.
We all have a choice to make. Each of us has been called to do something.... the question is, will you decide to step out and follow the path of the Nomad today.
Abingdon Press sent me the above book for review purposes. It will allow me to keep the book. I have no other connection to and have received no other compensation from Abingdon Press.
I found myself laughing when connecting with the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Quotes that took me straight to where Matt wanted the me to be. Others will find the book connecting with them right where they're at.
I felt like Matt wrote this book for me. Right here and right now. Thank you for that. Beautiful words. Beautiful message.