Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Sacred Journey by Charles Foster

The Sacred Journey

Recently I finished reading the book, The Sacred Journey by Charles Foster.

Although the book posed many interesting thoughts and some good questions that Christians everywhere should take the time to ask themselves, I found the book a bit challenging to read. The author presented some of his opinions in fact form, which I feel could be misleading and/or harmful to some who are new in their Christian walk. I do like the concept of pilgrimage’s and appreciate that all our life journeys are unique. With that being said, I do not believe that one has to have a pilgrimage to have a close and loving relationship with God, unless life itself is that pilgrimage.

Some of the thoughts that I took away from this book:

Jesus words “Follow me.” The author states, “They come, just as they are. They are immediately disciples. They start the journey. They don’t pray the conversion prayer, come along to church for a bit, and then do a discipleship course.” Mr. Foster further shares how Jesus-followers start walking and this inevitable leads to a kind of repentance. This challenged me in wondering am I walking with Jesus? Or just doing church?

Mr. Foster stated “The kingdom is an eternal party and it has already started.” My question is how many of us live our life with the joy of the promises from God? How many of us are so concerned about the pilgrimage, journey, the process, that we miss life’s party?

One last thought from one of Mr. Foster’s statement, “God is bound to be moving…alarmingly clear preference for people who can’t lay still.” I agree that as Christians we need to keep moving on the journey; however there are times along the journey that laying still and hearing the whisper of God is the true blessing.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to be challenged in their thinking and have a firm foundation in biblical truths. This book is a bit deeper, so if you are looking for something to challenge your thinking, this would be a good choice. However, if you are looking for a lighter read (a “fluff” book), this wouldn’t be my first choice.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


Mary Aalgaard said...

I like how you take what works for you and leave the rest. When it comes to faith, we all have a unique journey. My favorite line from you is, "am I walking with Jesus, or just doing church." I awoke this Sunday morning with a similar thought. The church, as in the people who attend and lead, are flawed human beings. Sometimes, they push me away with their words and actions. Today, I choose not to sit with them in worship. The negative feelings are too strong. But, I intend to walk with Jesus, daily. I remind myself that Jesus loves you and me. I try to approach the world with the kind of love that God feels for all his kids. However, that does not mean putting up with their abuses. Love and understanding - yes, becoming of victim of their abuses - NO.

Walk on!

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Kim, my great-grandfather's name is/was Charles Foster, so this caught my eye. Thanks for pulling out the pieces of the book that hit you the strongest. I think life is a pilgrimage. My nephew who died a year ago this month could never walk, and he was almost 12. We couldn't take a pilgrimage but his life was a journey of love and those around him learned to love more fully just knowing him. Thanks for your insight!