Friday, May 27, 2011

The Sacred Journey

By Charles Foster
Get up.  Go.  Experience life as one only can on the road, stripped of responsibility, pressure and the burden to conform.  In this, in pilgrimage, can one only truly come to understand the Lord and gain a closer relationship with Him and with others.  This is what appears to be the message of The Sacred Journey by Charles Foster.
Based on conversations, literature and his own vast experiences, Mr. Foster presents a motivational book that challenges his readers to simply “go and seek.” See the world through new, child-like eyes.  Experience life with all of your senses and without the blindness and complacency of everyday living often brings.  See people for who they are rather than what they have to offer you.  Who would not want this?  Who would not want to simply be grateful for breath and for life without any other complexities?
The Sacred Journey takes its readers through the nomadic experiences of Abraham to Medieval crusades and modern day pilgrimages.  At its conclusion, Mr. Foster thoughtfully included questions for each chapter geared to motivate his readers to think and to absorb what he has written and shared.
This is a very well written book, however it is one that will likely offend many of its readers.  The thought that God prefers nomads to urban dwellers and that the sin of Sodom was their settlement will possibly be enough to cause some to stop their reading in the first half of the book.  Thoughts regarding the cities the Bible declares the Lord commanded to be built will enter the minds of some and will likely color their perspective as they continue to read.
Although many will not be able to simply get up and go on a pilgrimage due to responsibility and physical limitations, The Sacred Journey may still have some impact.  The idea of stripping away all the gloss and all the filth to reach the true being in each of us…the idea of giving and sharing even among strangers…the idea of seeking a relationship with the Lord without any barriers…all of these are worth dwelling on and seeking out.  The Sacred Journey may be the motivation some need to simply do these things.  Others who continue to the book’s end may find themselves challenged simply by looking at life from a previously unknown perspective.

This review was submitted by Kristin  - Kristin is a wife, mom and the founder of The Book-Trotter.  She wrote her first review over 20 years ago and has been reading and loving books ever since.

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The Sacred Journey: The Ancient Practices

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