The Sacred Year: Mapping the Soulscape of Spiritual Practice How Contemplating Apples, Living in a Cave and Befriending a Dying Woman Revived My Life
One searcher’s honest and fascinating journey to encounter God, love others, and discover his true self through a year of spiritual practices.
Frustrated and disillusioned with his life as a Christian, motivational speaker Michael Yankoski was determined to stop merely talking about living a life of faith and start experiencing it. The result was a year dedicated to engaging in spiritual practices, both ancient and modern, in a life-altering process that continues to this day. Whether contemplating an apple for an hour before tasting it (attentiveness), eating on $2.00 a day (simplicity) or writing simple letters of thanks (gratitude), Michael discovered a whole new depth through the intentional life.
Stirred on by the guiding voice of Father Solomon, a local monk, Yankoski’s life is slowly transformed. Both entertaining and heart-wrenching, Yankoski’s story will resonate with those who wish to deepen their own committed faith as well as those who are searching – perhaps for the first time – for their own authentic encounter with the Divine.
My thoughts: I was excited to get this book, since I read Michael Yankiski's other book, Under the Overpass, which really changed the way I look at homeless people (it really is a must, if you haven't read it! One of my top ten favorite non-fiction books). This book is very different. I don't mean that in a bad way either.
The Sacred Year challenges us to apply our faith to our lives. To unplug from a busy world and focus on the Lord and His beautiful creation. This book is beautifully poetic and will challenge and strengthen you as you seek the Lord in the everyday and the mundane, discovering that nothing is really mundane.