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The Sacred Way (Emergent YS) by [Jones, Tony]
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"The Sacred Way effectively links past and present, scholarship and humor, high church and low church into a practical guide that takes the Christian deeper into his or her own soul to meet with God. It welcomes those with a 30-minute quiet-time spirituality and bumper sticker theology into a larger world." Skye Jethani Leadership Journal

"This book provides for the entire Church a reflective, personally-useful, and pastorally-directive manual for what needs to be involved for the person who wants to develop a spiritual rule of life." 
-Scot McKnight is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies North Park University

 "There is indeed new life arising from the compost of Christendom.  Tony's book lets us see it, smell it, and touch it.  The challenge with a book like this is neither to be overcome by the smell of the poop, nor stupified by the beauty of a flower." -Shane Claiborne, author, activist and recovering sinner

"This book is sturdy because it is made of sterner stuff than are most books, especially than are most religion books;
that this book is about discipline;
that this book is a map back to the ancient-future." -Phyllis Tickle

"This is a sturdy book." -Phyllis Tickle, author The Shaping of a Life

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Broaden your spiritual horizons. How has spirituality changed in the last 500, 1,000, or even 2,000 years? How can ancient approaches to faith help my relationship with God today? In The Sacred Way, popular author and speaker Tony Jones mines the rich history of 16 spiritual disciplines that have flourished throughout the ages and offers practical tips for implementing them in your daily life. Find encouragement and challenge through time-tested disciplines such as: *Silence and solitude *The Jesus prayer *Meditation *Pilgrimage Explore these proven approaches to deepening your faith. As you do, your way of living your spiritual life will never be the same.

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  • File Size: 423 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0310258103
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (December 21, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 21, 2010
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SETQ44
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,909 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By James Mills on November 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
As observers of contemporary culture are keenly aware, the quest for spirituality is everywhere. Supernatural themes in movies, television dramas and talk shows like Oprah, best selling fiction and numerous popular websites reveal that we are on a quest to get in touch with something bigger than ourselves. While many proclaimed Christians shy away from these discussions as being too "New Age," "Pagan," or even Anti-Christian, Tony Jones offers a refreshing alternative. As one who is deeply committed to the historic Christian faith, the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and a deep appreciation for the Church, Tony presents a compelling case that those seeking for deep spiritual meaning in everyday life need look no further than Christianity. The Sacred Way introduces its readers to the Christian roots of many spiritual disciplines and practices that have shaped the faith of Jesus Christ's followers for over 2000 years.

Tony does not back down from the claims from some conservative Protestants that these practices are unorthodox. Instead, with the heart of a pastor, he examines the rich history and deep theology that has surrounded these disciplines as they have developed over the centuries. After laying down these foundations he gently invites the reader to explore them within the comfort levels of their own traditions. No doubt, many readers will learn a lot about their own traditions that surprise them. And this may be one of the biggest strengths of the book. It is only when we understand where we come from that we can intentionally map out where we want to go. When we learn to appreciate the beautiful depths of the diversity of the early Christian faith we may be able to embrace a vision of the future gathering of all the people of God. The disciplines that Tony introduces us to in this book go a long way in making such a generous orthodoxy a reality in the present.
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This book was originally published under the title "Soul Shaper," and was intended as a training manual for youth ministers. But the book has just as much, if not more, to offer busy adults looking for ways to practice Christian spirituality. Each chapter offers a highly-readable, yet remarkably detailed survey of the techniques, theology, and history of a particular form of prayer, meditation, or devotion. Jones manages to present his instructions in a casual "how-to" format without cheapening the spiritual topics he discusses or reducing the book to a silly "mysticism for dummies" manual. That's no small accomplishment.

Lisa Hill, the one negative reviewer on this site, points out that this material may be controversial. Many of the spiritual practices discussed in the book have their roots in medieval Catholic and Eastern Orthodox spiritual disciplines. Those raised in fundamentalist Baptist or evangelical Calvinist churches, where spirituality is considered to be primarily an intellectual endevour where one studies the Bible and attempts to deduce its teachings through rational analysis, might find the type of spirituality described in this book to be strange. Those in mainline churches will probably be much more comfortable with this book. It will be interesting to see if the revival of interest in Christian mysticism evident in the "emerging church" movement becomes anything more than a brief fad.
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Tony Jones is simply reviewing some ancient Christian customs which those of us in the Protestant West have laid aside since the Reformation and Enlightenment. He points out that while we did not quite throw out the baby with the bath, we did throw out a lot of tradition which would be useful to our spiritual lives. Jesus himself came from a long line of these lost traditions. Among them are fasting, solitude, scripture memorization (not mentioned in this book - I am referring to entire chapters and books, not isolated verses,) and reciting psalms and prayers corporately. If we are to emulate our Savior, should we not also learn from his spiritual lifestyle?

Jesus' earliest followers maintained many of these traditions, and expanded them as they were moved by their new constant companion, the Holy Spirit. We can learn much from Tradition, without necessarily embracing all of the Doctrines of the Catholic and Orthodox churches.

I found the chapter on the Jesus prayer especially enlightening. It is clear from the Gospels that we are not to recite endless empty or overly wordy prayers like the pagans. But we are also told that Jesus' name is the only name we can call on to be saved, and that we should ask for everything in his name, and that we should pray without ceasing. The Name is what our Salvation Prayer is all about, but why should it stop there? We are in constant need of our Savior, and we'd do well to remember it.

This book will be slightly uncomfortable to liberal Christians and non-Christians, due to the almost extreme degree of religious devotion it calls for. Some of the theology and doctrine will be difficult for the more Fundamentalist among us. But I think all believers could stand to stretch their minds and challenge their assumptions a little. This book fits the bill, and is highly recommended.
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Essentially a reprint of his earlier work, Soul Shaper, Tony Jones spells out the essentials of modern Christian mysticism for the busy person. All the chapters are detailed, yet not overly crowded. He tells you things you might find only in such places as the Philokalia. You can tell he is much more than an observer, but an actual practitioner. Christianity desperately needs to remember its mystical heritage. Most of the great early Church Fathers were mystics. They knew not to separate spirituality from theology. Buy this book to learn about the contemporary way to practice time-proven ways of being "in Christ," not just following Him.
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