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The Sacred Year: Mapping the Soulscape of Spiritual Practice -- How Contemplating Apples, Living in a Cave, and Befriending a Dying Woman Revived My Life (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 23. September 2014


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Michael Yankoski is a writer and speaker who compels audiences around the world toward a Christ centered response to our world's needs. He holds a Masters Degree from Regent College, and is the author of several books including "Under the Overpass: A Journey of Faith on the Streets of America"and "Zealous Love: A Practical Guide to Social Justice. "Michael has served on the Board of Directors of World Vision US and the Advisory Board of Kilns College."""

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5.0 von 5 Sternen There is simply so much great information that my copy of this book has more dog-eared pages than it doesn't! Loved it! 25. September 2014
Von Pirate2240 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
How could staring at an apple for over an hour help you to change your focus? How could digging a grave help give you a deeper understanding of what our own mortality means? How long could you sit in a room in utter silence until you had to do something or engage in another activity? How can you learn to appreciate all that life has to offer when you can't seem to find hope and happiness anymore?

I found some amazing insights into one man's spiritual walk, Michael Yankoski during one year he entitled in his book, The Sacred Year. In meeting with a man known as Father Solomon, he engaged Michael to take his own spiritual journey to find deeper nourishment, deeper encouragement, and deeper hope in a book that follows, through the ups and downs of one honest questioner's year of spiritual practice. There are simply so many amazing things that my poor copy of this book is more dog-eared than not. From outstanding quotes that open each chapter to the insights Michael discovered in so many profound ways, causes the reader to stop and pause at their own life, and realize how much we are truly missing. From learning to appreciate a great meal simply by fasting for 24 hours gives you a greater sense of the food you are eating. A good meal is never more appreciated than when you have gone without food for a few days. How too often we simply give up appreciating the abundance of food and flavors we have available to us simply by walking into a grocery store.

How when challenged to learn how to reclaim items that too often we simply discard not because we can't use them any longer but because we don't want them anymore. "We humans throw away such an astonishing amount of stuff every year, especially in the developed world. Resources are scarce, clean air and water and land are precious, and perhaps one of the ways of protecting what remains includes reclaiming what we might throw away, like lumber scraps, clothing or furniture. If we truly don't want them, and they are perfectly good, why not consider donating them instead? Michael actually spent time dumpster diving to see just what we so often throw away that still has value left in it.

How learning what is really important instead of the stronger overtaking the weaker, building something bigger, better and bolder, when you consider what is the point of it all anyway? "Is everything we build just destined to become rubble in another's ambition? For all the power and wealth here, for all the cultural influence and clout these culture-makers possess with their red carpets and private jets, they will all - we will all - one day be six feet under." (pg 111). He gains an insight into his own mortality digging a grave by hand. "The fact that I'm going to be down there someday. That we're all going to be down there someday. And the whole world will just keep on going about its business above us, like we were never even here."(pg 114).

He uncovers how God views us all not as a harsh judge looking for the moment to wipe us off the planet but in discovering through a close friend who is dying of cancer, how God views sin in our life like as a father views cancer taking the life of his daughter. The father hates cancer with an absolute, burning passion. So sin is like cancer, eating us alive, diminishing what we're made to be. It's a cancer of the mind, a cancer of the heart, a cancer of the soul. And it has spread out like a tumor throughout our whole selves. And, like the Bible says, "the wages of sin," are like the effects of untreated cancer, "is death." "And God like the father of the child with cancer, hates sin, hates the cancer that is eating us alive. He loves us and so he hates whatever it is that is killing us. He doesn't hate us, though, He loves us. He loves us and hates cancer, hates cancer because He loves us. God desires for us to live, to flourish, to thrive. That is why He made us. That is why God keeps us in existence from moment to moment." (pg 131).

I received The Sacred Year by Michael Yankoski compliments of Thomas Nelson Publishers and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own unless otherwise notated. There is simply so much to be gleaned from Michael's book and in his own year long search for something more than simply making it through this life doing the best we can with what God has given us. For those of you looking for a little bit more insight as the world grows at an exponential rate leaving us as debris in its wake, you just might uncover a true diamond in the rough tucked between the covers of this book.. I easily give this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to begin my own journey!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen To be read and re-read! 16. September 2014
Von J. Norfleete Day - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I found Michael Yankoski's book, The Sacred Year, profound and transformative! I have read many books on spirituality and have taught courses on spiritual formation in seminary, retreats, and churches, and this book is one of the best I have encountered from a modern writer. Michael spent a year engaging some of the ancient spiritual practices, such as silence, solitude, simplicity, confession, attentiveness, and more. He wrestles with their meaning, struggling to understand their purpose, and ultimately embraces them as essentially formative for his spiritual life. He devotes a separate chapter to each discipline and describes his initial indifference or ignorance, his journey of discovery, and the impact of the practice on his own formation as he undertakes to experience it. With each chapter, he builds on the previous one, so that the cumulative effect of the book is to encompass the entirety of life, both inward and outward, in a new and more meaningful kind of existence.

I was particularly touched by the idea of writing gratigraphs, letters of appreciation to people who have blessed our lives, from his chapter on gratitude. When I was in high school, my dad encouraged me to write letters of appreciation to certain teachers around Thanksgiving time, and they were well received. However, in recent years I have become lax about writing and tried to express verbally such appreciation to people in my life. Just as Michael discovered, I learned that people often feel embarrassed or self-conscious with verbal expressions. Writing a letter allows the recipient to read it privately, and re-read it over the years, savoring the knowledge of having made a difference in our lives. Now that even a simple "thank-you" note is rarely written, a gratigraph can bless our friends over and over.

Another area Michael explores where I need work is creation care. I know so much more than I do about this issue. Just since reading this book, I find it impossible to ignore an electrical device I see plugged in that is not being used. I feel compelled to unplug it and end the phantom energy drain. I realize this is such a small thing, but having had my consciousness raised by Michael's convicting words, I'm striving to become more responsible toward creation and my fellow creatures in other ways as well.

This book contains a wealth of spiritual insight. I have mentioned only two of the practices Michael treats, but there's so much more. I can't think of anyone who couldn't benefit from reading this book and engaging with the topics Michael explores. Certainly, most committed Christians will find this book engaging, disruptive of complacency, and challenging to the status quo of much contemporary western Christianity. I rarely re-read books, but I have already begun a second reading of this one. I have shared about it on Facebook and Twitter, recommended it to others, and ordered extra copies as gifts for friends. It will remain on my "Re-read Often" list. I have found it compelling, persuasive, and life-changing. Thank you, Michael Yankoski, for blessing my life by sharing what God taught you through your sacred year.
(I received an advance copy to read through Net Galley.)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Sacred Year: A Very Worth Read 16. September 2014
Von Brett Meyers - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In The Sacred Year, Mike Yankoski writes thoughtfully about a great many of the spiritual disciples that are often, tragically, forgotten and unobserved by contemporary evangelicals. Mike creatively and substantively weaves personal narrative into a book that invites others to join him in this quest, a journey toward deeper faith. The Sacred Year could well be used in personal devotions, as the centerpiece of a book group, or in combination with other 'contemplative classics' such as Foster's Celebration of Discipline. Mike intends, in his 'sacred year' to deepen his faith and encounter the Divine. The Sacred Year will no doubt assist any readers intending to do the same.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Spiritual Formations for My Generation 16. September 2014
Von Neal Benson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
If your soul is dry, you need to seriously consider reading this book. While in seminary I had the opportunity to take a handful of courses on spiritual formations. Reading some of the greats like: Dallas Willard, Richard Foster and others. These monastic practices I learned watered my soul and gave me new ways to keep my relationship with God fresh. Learning these monastic practices was really a breath of fresh air for a young evangelical with a checkered past. Now as a seminary graduate in full-time vocational ministry, I sadly admit, I've slowly neglected those meaningful practices I once enjoyed. The hours of of: contemplation, Lectio Divina, solitude and many more have sadly slipped to mere minutes. Slowly neglecting these practices can be translated like this: I've neglected my soul.

In The Sacred Year, Michael Yankoski shares openly and honestly about his spiritual journey. I deeply appreciate his honesty and his vulnerability to share publicly about these struggles. His invitation to slow down and listen more to God was more than welcomed in my life and has been awesome, for my soul, to pick this practice up again. The encouragement to meditate on Scripture, for longer than 5 minutes, is a spiritual practice I highly encourage and loved reading about again. I was impressed to read about slowing down and being more intentional about life. Living in the fast-paced, immediacy driven culture, it was great to read Michael’s thoughts on simplicity.

In conclusion, what Michael shares in here is the real deal. If you're looking for a book that's hard to put down but requires you to think and make space in your life to process what you've read, this book is for you!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Sacred Year 22. September 2014
Von Lollipops - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
THE SACRED YEAR is not meant to be inhaled in one lump sum by reviewers. I was about three or four chapters in when I realized that. It's like sitting in your pastor's study and hearing him preach every message in his collection--at once. Too much, too soon. So, that said, as a reviewer, reading it in one lump sum, it is overwhelming. Mind-boggling. Skim-inducing. Too much, too soon.

BUT reading it as a reader, you read one section at a time. You ponder it. Highlight. Make notes. Study it. Think about it. Agree (or disagree.) Find tidbits you can use on your own spiritual journey. And then, it is not overwhelming, mind-boggling, nor skim-inducing. It is inspiring. Motivational. Encouraging. Engaging.

I requested this book because my son read Mr. Yankoski's Under the Overpass and was fascinated by it. It's on his keeper-shelf. I don't think my son read any of Mr. Yankoski's other books, and I hadn't read any of them, but I asked if he'd be interested in THE SACRED YEAR if I reviewed it. I didn't ask him to; he's a busy university student who makes time to read, but it's on his schedule, not the calendar the serious reviewer has to maintain. He agreed. And I'm glad he did. Because Mr. Yankoski is a really thought provoking author. I will read this book again. Slower. As it's meant to be read.
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