Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Finding Our Way Again --- Brian McLaren --- A Good Read

This is the first book in “The Ancient Practices” series that I have read.  This series is designed to open up classical spirituality in a modern way.

I have to admit, that for the most part I am a fan of Brian McLaren, I find his theology and understand of Christianity refreshing, as he challenges us to experience the living Jesus and not simply the theological Christ.

If you are a student of the Spiritual Practices, or have read Richard Foster’s Classic 1978 work: The Celebration of Discipline, you might be disappointed.  But for the average person, or someone who needs a kick start on finding their way again, they will find great tools and insights in this book.

What some people find difficult with McLaren’s work is the idea that God’s door is open to people who don’t fit into the current evangelically defined definition of what a Christian is.  This is not the place for that debate, but if you believe that God’s accessibility is ONLY through Jesus as defined by the evangelical church today, run, don’t walk from this book, because you will hate it.  For the rest of us, we will find great tools and questions to help us on our journey.

This book is a simple read, but the questions and the end of every chapter provide for the opportunity for some serious reflection.

I would recommend this book.

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