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by Phyllis Tickle,Tony Jones

Broaden your spiritual horizons. How has spirituality changed in the last 500, 1,000, or even 2,000 years? How can ancient approaches to faith help my relationship with God today? In The Sacred Way, popular author and speaker Tony Jones mines the rich history of 16 spiritual disciplines that have flourished throughout the ages and offers practical tips for implementing them in your daily life. Find encouragement and challenge through time-tested disciplines such as: •Silence and solitude •The Jesus prayer •Meditation •Pilgrimage Explore these proven approaches to deepening your faith. As you do, your way of living your spiritual life will never be the same.

Download The Sacred Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life (Emergent YS) epub
ISBN: 0310258103
ISBN13: 978-0310258100
Category: History
Subcategory: World
Author: Phyllis Tickle,Tony Jones
Language: English
Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties (February 14, 2005)
Pages: 224 pages
ePUB size: 1300 kb
FB2 size: 1692 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 261
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Tony Jones, thought of by many as a "liberal" emergent Christian, shows his "conservative" side in this engaging exploration of Christian practices, many going back to the first century. His obvious love for Christian tradition is indicative of how difficult and unfair it can be to categorize emergents along an ideological spectrum. Particularly well-done is the way he organizes his treatment of each topic with headers History, Theology and Practice as he guides us through each chapter. Protestants in particular will be intrigued by the beauty and spirituality of many practices that were largely abandoned after the Reformation, as most things "Catholic" were shed in favor of a strict attitude of sola scriptura and sola fide. The reintroduction of practices such as centering prayer, lectio divina, sabbath keeping and service, to name just a few, seems key to the revitalization of Christian churches in the 21st century and beyond.
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A compelling, literary journey through spiritual disciplines, The Sacred Way offers guidance to the Christian's voyage through life. This book is authored by Tony Jones, who is an ordained minister and earned his Ph.D. in 2011. Jones has authored numerous articles and eleven books, including the recently published The Earth is Flat. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary and is a visiting lecturer at Rochester College.

Based on observations and personal experiences, Jones discovered a growing disconnect between Christians and God. This book addresses a solution to the "aching sense of loss, incompleteness, and half-remembered engagement with the shaping of the soul" (7). Jones' quest for a solution eventually led him to the past of ancient Christianity, where he discovered a rich history of spiritual disciplines. Jones asserts that in an age of cynicism, it's inspiring to look back to an age before the world had been explained by science and psychology. In the bustling world that exists today, God is easily lost in the noise. By engaging these spiritual disciplines, Jones affirms that a stronger, beautiful relationship with God can exist.

Jones carries out his instruction by offering a detailed analysis of sixteen different spiritual disciplines. While many of them correlate and provide similar experiences, each is unique in its own way. These disciplines matter to any Christian looking to form a stronger relationship with God. They pull exercises and experiences from the past, applying those practices to a current-age context in which the global Christian community has easy access and a clear understanding of how to engage in spiritual disciplines. This book redirects focus and provides a new learning opportunity for Christians seeking a more resilient bond with God.

The Sacred Way is written to be both appealing and informative. Without overwhelming the reader, Jones manages to provide extensive detail and history behind each of the spiritual disciplines. He carefully explains the theology and background for each one, using both historical contextual evidence and well-researched third-person accounts. Additionally, Jones skillfully weaves his own thoughts and personal experiences throughout each chapter--not so much that he limits the factuality of his work, but enough to keep the reader engaged. He also provides an abundant amount of helpful resources, some of which may be unexpected. While the book includes basic citations and "for further reading" tips, Jones also provides several Websites for blogs and helpful information. This book gracefully walks the fine line between instructive and interesting.

Another strength of this book lies within its carefully plotted formatting. The chapters are clustered together into two sections: Contemplative Approaches to Spirituality and Bodily Approaches to Spirituality. This allows the reader to make at least one clear distinction between the sixteen disciplines, which makes digesting the material much easier. To enhance this manner of organization, every chapter follows a very strict framework. They begin with a letter from the author, followed by a quote, then a story, and then information regarding history, theology, and practice before wrapping up with another quote. For example, in his chapter regarding lectio divina, Jones tells a very compelling story about a man who stumbled across lectio divina without even realizing it. The experience ended up changing the man's life, but Jones was careful to state this experience is not always the case (47). He then divulged into the history of the discipline, but continued to bring it back to the surface, giving it value, purpose, and ultimately meaning to the reader. Overall, The Sacred Way is both likeable and educational.

Shortcomings in this book are few and far between, but there are a few challenges across which the reader might come. For example, there are several references to terms specific to Eastern Orthodox and Catholic faith that are not fully explained. While Jones addresses the use of these terms, he often assumes the reader is somewhat well-versed in the language of these faith groups and neglects to hash out more than a quick a definition. Jones is writing for evangelicals, but a new believer may be unacquainted to the terminology. In fact, many sects of Christianity do not employ such practices either, rendering a gap between his expected understanding and actual audience. The antiquity behind the spiritual disciplines is extraordinary, but the history behind some of the contextual language (i.e. Dessert Father and Mother, labyrinth, icon) would prove most beneficial to the unfamiliar reader.

Despite his superb organizational efforts, Jones can still at times be slightly ambiguous in his writing style, particularly when switching from first person to a story told by someone in first person. In this case, as found on pages 37-40, the reader may struggle to know when the narrative of someone else ends and the author picks up again. This switching of first-to-first and first-to-third person without proper segues can disrupt the clarity of the message, thus cheapening the otherwise insightful story and application that Jones is making.

This book is helpful for any Christian who is struggling to connect with God. Not only does Jones provide numerous concrete and abstract examples for such improvement, but he has managed to take old, sacred practices that have been somewhat lost to this current generation and turn them into desirable, achievable goals for an improved relationship with God. In a world where distractions and confusion continue to fade God out of the picture, Jones has brought forth a work that will not only unite Christians with God, but with each other as well through spiritual disciplines and a thirst for something more. The Sacred Way is a worthwhile read, and if one can make the effort to practice the spiritual disciplines prescribed, then "Christians will engage in these spiritual practices not out of duty or obligation but because there is a promise attached: God will personally meet us in the midst of these disciplines" (18).
Good book. Covers a lot of ground and sacred practices and has some great insights. Jones covers much and has some nice personal stories to share.
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I am a Deacon in the Catholic Church. It is refreshing to read a book on spirituality from the protestant perspective. An unfortunate by-product of the Reformation was "tjhrowing out the baby with the bath water. The author has re-discovered spiritual practices that for years have been shunned as too Catholic. In reality, we have more in common than differences. There will be a day when all Christians will recognize that we are one Church centered on Jesus Christ. Tony Jones has done all Christians a great service by re-introducing common worship practices.
Great reading
i would definitely recommend this overview of various spiritual exercises.
This book does a decent job hitting on some major themes and various practices of spiritual disciplines, but it does not do a great job. For those wanting a very brief introduction into some specific ancient practices of Christianity, then this book would do the job. I hope there are some better books on this topic, though, as anyone wanting to put these practices into practice would need to do more research. For those wanting a resource on the spiritual disciplines (and then having the option to look up specific practices elsewhere), it's easy to find much better works.
Good read.