There are many practices that have been handed down to us through the centuries by our Christian mothers and fathers. Commonly referred to as “spiritual disciplines,” most of these are taken straight from scripture (prayer, fasting, etc.), and some have been formalized and/or structured in ways that are helpful for some. Deciding to spend a year intentionally focusing on many of these practices, seeking guidance from others along the way, Michael Yankoski wrestles with God, others, and himself in unexpected ways. The Sacred Year takes its reader on that journey with Michael through an honest, uplifting narrative that’s sure to open the heart and encourage a more sincere and intentional relationship with our creator. This is a great read for those who are new to the “spiritual disciplines” jargon and want a practical take on how a life can be transformed in and through our Lord, Jesus Christ; but it’s also good for those who are more experienced and are looking for a reminder or some encouragement along the way, as we all need.
Not all people experience the same practices in the same ways, and not all will necessarily agree with the reasons and methods used and applied in The Sacred Year. That’s okay. It’s not a “how to” book, and one should feel encouraged to test, experience, and seek guidance in them as the Spirit leads, should one feel a push to do so. Personally, I found many chapters encouraging and welcome reminders of convictions that sometimes fall by the wayside in my rolling stone way of life. The Sacred Year will be on my recommendation list for students wanting to dip their toes before plunging into the deep end of studying and practicing much found therein.
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