"In silence and in solitude we went, One first, the other following his steps,
As minor friars journeying on their road."
Thursday, June 24, 2010
The Sacred Journey: "Let's Go for a walk together"
In his book "The Sacred Journey" Charles Foster argues that our spiritual lives are like water. "If water stops moving, it gets foul (p. 36)." For our Christian lives to stay vibrant we need to learn the art of pilgrimage. There are a number of really good sections of this book. I really enjoyed chapter three "Bias To The Wanderer" and I think he nailed it. Chapter 7 "Where To? Thin Places" was another one of my favorite chapters. Fosters' book is certain to challenge the reader. Either you will be challenged by his use of many non-Christian pilgrims, monks, mystics, gurus and you will give up on him. Or you will grasp the message that he is trying to give and will be challenged by your complacent lifestyle. Not every pilgrimage requires leaving and going somewhere new. Pilgrimage can also happen on your daily commute our your trip to Starbucks. There is a challenge in this book to go, and do it with new eyes. While this is hardly the best book I have read, it is certainly a valuable book. It is good to be reminded of the value of going, of pilgrimage, and for that reason if you find this book in a used bookstore one day make sure you pick it up.
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