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“This is a delightful work that shows us how to claim each and every season of the soul as a rich opportunity for spiritual growth and a life-changing encounter with God.” -- Ruth Haley Barton

“Reading Spiritual Rhythm, I found myself feeling like the fortunate friend of a wise guide. . . . Through these pages, I felt heard and understood, and I was met with encouragement, grace, and guidance for my season of the soul. Be prepared to connect---deeply!” -- Mindy Caliguire

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'Abide in me, ' Jesus tells us, 'and you will bear much fruit.' Yet too often we forget that fruit needs different seasons in order to grow. We measure our spiritual maturity by how much we do rather than how we are responding to our current spiritual season. In Spiritual Rhythm, Mark Buchanan replaces our spirituality of busyness with a spirituality of abiding. Sometimes we are busy, sometimes still, sometimes pushing with all we've got, sometimes waiting. This model of the spiritual life measures and produces growth by asking: Are we living in rhythm with the season we are in? With the lyrical writing for which he is known, Mark invites us to respond to every season of the heart, whether we are flourishing and fruitful, stark and dismal, or cool and windy. In comparing spiritual rhythms to the seasons of the year, he shows us what to expect from each season and how embracing the seasons causes our spiritual lives to prosper. As he draws on the powerful words of Scripture, Mark explores what activities are suitable or necessary in each season---and what activities are useless or even harmful in that season. Throughout the book, Mark weaves together stories of young and old, men and women, families, couples, and individuals who are in or have been through a particular season of the heart. As Mark writes, 'I pray that this book meets you in whatever season you're in, and prepares you for whatever seasons await. I pray that it helps you find your voice, your stride, your rhythm, in season or out. Mostly, I pray that you, with or without my help, find Christ wherever you are. And that, even more, you discover that wherever you are, he's found you.'
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; First Printing edition (August 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310293650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310293651
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you haven't read Spiritual Rhythm, don't wait another minute to order your copy.
Mark Buchanan's gift for word-painting the panorama of God's grace is amazing in itself, but his insights in to the soul of his readers is equally stunning.

You will linger in each "Season" not daring to believe the next could be as profoundly real in your own life as the present one.
Arm yourself with a pen or pencil to underline and highlight your first time through, but be prepared. You will want to come back again and again. There is more, and yet more to feed and fill as you see yourself on every page. . .sometimes in every paragraph. You may be heard murmuring (or exclaiming) "YES!!" "Of course!" "Oh Jesus, thank You, thank You."

How does Mark know? Perhaps, like you, he's been catapulted into Winter's darkness, discovered in Spring's renewal there IS life after death (even in soul-seasons) and learned that Summer is but a magnificent foretaste of `Kingdom Come.' Fall? Well, I invite you (no, I urge you) to read Spiritual Rhythm for yourself. As with ALL of Pastor Mark Buchanan's books, there is not enough stars to rate this one adequately. I echo LOUDLY the words of Mindy Caliguire on the back cover of Spiritual Rhythm, "Be prepared to connect - deeply!" Then buy a copy for every one of your friends. They will love you for it!
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Mark Buchanan says in the introduction to Spiritual Rhythm that "this is not a book to be devoured." This could not be more true. It would be impossible to rush through this book, even if you tried.

The best thing about Buchanan's book is his prose. His books are right there alongside all of the other popular authors, but his writing stands head and shoulders above them all. There are no choppy sentences that run on and on, yet never describe anything. To read Buchanan's words describing the seasons of British Columbia is to read poetry. I've never encountered a Christian writer that treats authoring a book as a work of art, but this is what Buchanan does.

Buchanan believes that just as nature cycles through four seasons, so does your soul. There are times when life is bleak and cold. There are times when there are new beginnings. There are times of warmth, and times to harvest. There is no way to speed through these seasons, just as there is no way to make winter pass more quickly or summer last just a few weeks longer. The key is understanding which season you are in, and engaging in activities that are healthy in that season. Buchanan relates this personally, as he began this book in response to the death of a close friend.

There are poems interspersed throughout the book, and dozens of spiritual activities that can help you develop a rhythm. The book is divided into two parts, the first describing the seasons, the second describing how to understand your spiritual rhythms.
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I haven't posted my "Top Ten" reading list of books this year, but when I do Mark Buchanan's Spiritual Rhythm will be on it. I've read all but one of Buchanan's books and it has been 2-3 years since the last one I read. I had forgotten that I enjoyed his books so much, but Spiritual Rhythm was a delightful reminder. Mark writes with much feeling and reflection; he takes time to describe the experiences that have served him in his personal formation then gently invites the reader to "come along." I like this style of writing and teaching. I don't feel as though I'm being dictated to, but feel more like a beautiful discovery is being shared with me...and I'm the lucky one who gets to learn about it. I remember feeling this way when I read The Rest of God, also by Buchanan.

Spiritual Rhythm: Being With Jesus Every Season of Your Soul is really two books. Part one is the introduction and explanation book, describing in poetic parallel the seasons of the year alongside the seasons of the soul. While part one might seem a little long it is necessary (in my opinion) because it helps to draw the reader in, slowing them down in order that reflection and self-examination might take place. Accomplishing this reflection and introspective examination is needful for full benefit of the second part of the book, which is about practice and application of spiritual rhythm.

This book might not be for everyone. Our society is designed around immediate gratification, 5-steps-to...fill-in-the-blank helps, and how to do anything in 90 days. Spiritual Rhythm is more about slowing down, adjusting to the rhythm of life and soul, and partnering with the workings of God's Holy Spirit in our spiritual transformation in order to become more Christ like.
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Good message although I prefer a more straightforward writing style. You will like this if you enjoy lots of storytelling along the way. I started enjoying it more when I bothered to look up the notations, which cite the Scriptures he uses to back up his points. So I recommend doing that if you read the book. At first glance I saw very few Scriptures quoted which caused me to loose interest (it is important to me that concepts people put forth line up with the Word of God). But they are in there, just difficult to access because they are notated, not quoted within the text. Interesting concept, not sure about some of it, but there is enough in there to think about and apply. It has been helpful.
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