Thursday, January 27, 2011

Reading out of my comfort zone

I requested my next book from the Booksneeze program. The selection is dwindling down like Thomas Nelson is on the endangered species list but I'm a sucker for free books so I chose Finding Our Way Again by Brian McLaren.

I don't expect to find my way again by reading this book. Actually, all I expect to find is bad theology from Brian. I may be surprised at what I find. This is not a book I would normally spend the money God has trusted me with to purchase for myself so I am glad I am getting it for free. In fact, as I write I have some reservations for spending the time He has given me by reading it. Still yet, in order to not close myself in a box with those who think and write the same things that I do I will read it and I trust that God will use this book to reveal something of himself to me.

Here is a blurb from the publisher.
Why have certain spiritual disciplines been in use for centuries, and why are they so important?
It is questionable if one can ever be exactly the same person waking up on two consecutive days. How are spiritual sojourners to cope with the constant change? Many are beginning to explore the ancient Christian spiritual practices, such as fixed-hour prayer, fasting and sincere observance of the Sabbath. What is causing this hunger for deeper spirituality?
Brian McLaren guides us on this quest for an explanation of these spiritual practices, many of which go all the way back to Abraham and the establishment of Israel. In the midst of contemporary Christianity, we discover the beauty of these disciplines and the transformation through Christ that each can provide.
Includes foreword by Phyllis Tickle and leads into seven additional titles, The Ancient Practices, a classic series featuring some of the leading writers on spirituality in the world today.

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