“You are Christian only when you believe you have a role to play in the realization of the new kingdom, and when you urge everyone you meet with holy unrest to make haste so that the promise might soon be fulfilled. So long as you live as a Christian you keep looking for a new order, a new structure, a new life.” ~Henri Nouwen
A BOOK REVIEW
The Sacred Year by Michael Yankoski – Why did I wait so long to read this one? This book should be added to the “must read” list of any Christian seeking to add depth to a shallow soul, wholeness to a fragmented life.
Exhausted by “American Christianity” and the masquerade of faith left Michael yearning to experience Christ’s promised and transformative abundant life. This book takes us on his life changing “sacred year” adventure along with his friend and mentor Father Solomon.
Yankoski talks about his disillusionment as a Christian motivational speaker stating that he felt like a professional juggler fit for the modern day carnival we call worship and Christian service. Father Solomon advises: “a carnival is a wonderful place to go every now and then but a terrible place to live.”
I have read several books that attempt to make ancient spiritual practices relevant only to find them lacking. The Sacred Year eloquently blends both old and new spiritual practices to help draw us into a deeper relationship with self, God, and the others God left us to impact with our story. These practices include but are not limited to: confession, simplicity, creativity, attentiveness, solitude, Sabbath, justice, pilgrimage, community, protest, and wilderness.
There is no lack of great quotes and challenging thoughts throughout the entire book. A few of my favorites from the text include:
“We are conditioned to never be content, to always be hungry, to lick and lick again the razor that is not only our death but the death of this world as well.”
“Breadcraft is – in the highest sense – contemplation of the divine mysteries hidden like yeast right in the exquisite mundanities of life.” (My daughters are South Korean drama fans and this section of the book reminded me of the life lessons Kim Takgu learned from his bread baking mentor in the television series King of Baking.)
“Though I use to look with suspicion upon mystery, I find myself drawn to it now, intoxicated by the ineffable, yearning for something overwhelmingly inexplicable and humblingly grand.”
“The relationship between God and human beings is much more dance than methodology, more delightful partnership than rote coercion.”
Are you tired of doing so much for Christ and lack the practiced art and simplicity of being and wholeness? Grab a copy today. You will NOT be disappointed!
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers through Book Look Bloggers and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.