22 April 2011

The Sacred Journey, Book Review

Once again Charles Foster has penned an excellent book, this time about his own Sacred Journey while relating wonderful stories about fellow nomads and travelers around the world.
Written in a flowing and easy to read format and superbly edited to boot, this is one book you will not put down until finished!

The Sacred Journey, the final book in the Ancient Practices series
, reminds us that it is the journey that matters, not the destination.
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" said Lao Tzu. Ultimately such a journey reflects also our own spiritual discovery about ourselves.

In the first chapter of the Sacred Journey is included an interesting historical view of Pilgrimage, leading us on a narrative that begins with the first nomads to present day travelers.
How would you prepare yourself for such a journey? What would you take with you?
In Matthew we read "Take no gold, silver or copper, no bag for your journey, or two tunics, sandals or staff".
Charles Foster agrees you do not need much. He shares he himself carries a copy of The Odyssey (excellent choice!) and a small zip up Bible albeit perhaps out of habit.
Items such as an extra shirt or socks are more than enough as it can be washed.
What you will take with you depends of course where you are going.

So imagine yourself undertaking such a journey, as the first pilgrims often did through unchartered territory, facing countless challenges yet meeting others like you, in search of the most Sacred...
Charles Foster has once again given us food for thought!

All of us are in fact on a journey, and for most of us this is a journey through life itself as we provide for our families and ourselves. But a pilgrimage is also a journey to the ultimate oneness as the author points out.
Each of us yearns for more for we are born nomads, searching constantly for something different, something better. As urban dwellers we soon stiffle however the wonderlust within us.
There are however amongst us those who follow in Jesus' footsteps and wander through the mountains and the wilderness on their own sacred journey...
As Jesus said to his disciples: "Follow me".

Ultimately pilgrimage changes people, physically and spiritually and what a journey it can be...

On a last note, there is an excellent study guide and wonderful notes included in the book.
The more to help you on your journey!

I cannot but give this one 5 stars!

I received this book free from Booksneeze/Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not asked to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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