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Sacred Pathways: Discover Your Soul's Path to God Paperback – October 3, 2010
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One reason many Christians become discouraged with their devotional lives is because they've adopted a narrow, cut-and-dried approach--one they're not wired for as individuals. Sacred Pathways explores nine time-tested ways to commune with God that honor the unique design he has given each of us. The naturalist, the ascetic, the traditionalist, the activist, the enthusiast, the intellectual . . . this engaging, insightful, and well-written book will lead the reader to a deeper understanding of his or her spiritual temperament, and new vistas of relationship with God. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Some Christians effortlessly spend hours in contemplative prayer. Just being around them makes you wish you were that way. Or maybe you are that way, but others are far better at showing God's love in practical ways or courageously standing up for God's kingdom. Why can't you be like them? Maybe you weren't designed to be. In Sacred Pathways, Gary Thomas strips away the frustration of a one-size-fits all spirituality and guides you toward a path of worship that frees you to be you. Experienced spiritual directors recognize that all of us pray differently; if your devotional times have hit a snag, perhaps it is because you're trying to follow someone else's path. This book explodes the barriers that keep Christians locked into rigid methods of worship and praise. Sacred Pathways unfolds nine distinct spiritual temperaments -- their traits, strengths, and pitfalls. Illustrated with examples from the Bible and from the author's life experience, each one suggests an approach to loving God, a distinctive journey of adoration. In one or more you will see yourself and the ways you most naturally express your relationship with Jesus Christ. You'll also discover other temperaments that are not necessarily "you" but that you may wish to explore for the way they can stretch and invigorate your spiritual life. Perhaps you are a Naturalist. Prayer and praise well up within you when you're walking a forest path or drinking in a mountain's jagged beauty. Or maybe you're an Activist. Taking a stand for God's ways is your meat and drink. Whatever temperament or blend of temperaments best describes you, rest assured it's not be accident. It's by the design of a Creator who knew what he was doing when he made you according to his own unique intentions. If your spiritual walk is not what you'd like it to be, you can change that, starting here. Sacred Pathways will show you the route you were made to travel, marked by growth and filled with the riches of a close walk with God. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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I have had such a difficult time over the past several years connecting with God. I have felt like I was supposed to spend time with Him following one particular formula, and I couldn't help dreading what I felt was my dry and disappointing duty. What a joy to read this book and recognize there are so many other ways I can have a "quiet time!" I identified with several and was presented with so very many ideas to try, it has actually made me excited to spend time with God every day. I feel like I never need to get "bored" with my faith again! I can love the Lord with my heart, my mind, my soul, and my strength, and Gary Thomas helps to understand what each of those can look like. Having been brought up in and exposed to pretty much one Christian tradition, it was so enlightening to see what other Christians throughout the centuries have done to connect with God and express their faith. Plus, this book sticks very close to orthodox Christian doctrine. There was nothing shady in it; where it could have veered into sketchy territory, it was very clear where the balance should be. What a beautiful, freeing book! It has a permanent place on my bookshelf, and I have recommended it to virtually everyone I know.
Church is not always good at accommodating different personalities, but tend to just have a "one seize fits all" attitude.
This was the first time I read something that accommodated me as I usually get the vibe that I am not "church material".
The last chapter is particularly useful, on "Understanding Your Sacred Pathway." There he gives suggestions on applying knowledge of your temperaments to worship, devotion, and bible study. The book has a number of good ideas on how to improve your devotional times, which can look as different as the people who have them. While I wish he could have gone a little further in the area of 'what do I do with this information?' I did find the book to be quite helpful and encouraging. It should be an interesting read for most Christians, especially those who feel like their current devotions have become dry (or have disappeared).