Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

The Sacred Journey

The Sacred Journey is a book in The Ancient Practices series edited by Phyllis Tickle.  It tackles the subject of pilgrimage.  I must admit that I was somewhat skeptical about reading a book on pilgrimage.  I was greatly surprised.  The Sacred Journey is a wonderful read.  It doesn’t necessarily argue for pilgrimage in a traditional sense, but it identifies the theme of pilgrimage in the Bible and discusses how pilgrimage can benefit the Christian.  Charles Foster does an excellent job of interweaving Bible, history and personal accounts into a convincing argument for the need to get up and go.  Pilgrimage does not necessarily have to be to Jerusalem.  It can be to a historical site or to a beautiful part of God’s handiwork.  Foster informs us it is more about the journey than the destination.

Parts of this book appealed to me more than other parts and I am sure others will feel the same way.  I thoroughly enjoyed the Biblical sections of this book.  Foster points out insights from the text that I had missed over the years.  Some people may find the historical sections to be a little slow.  I guess this depends on whether or not you enjoy history.  I found them interesting, but I was not as intrigued by them as I was the Biblical sections.  I think every person would probably enjoy Foster’s personal accounts of journey.  He has a freedom to journey that few of us have.  Throughout his life he has been free to go and he has done exactly that.  The only thing I did not like about the book is Foster is theologically to the left of where I am at.  He has no problem quoting Hindu or Muslim authorities.  I was not benefitted by these quotes or information and could have done without them, but don’t let that stop you from reading The Sacred Journey.  I believe it would be an extremely beneficial read for someone going on a mission trip or a tour of Biblical sites.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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