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The Sacred Year by Michael Yankoski
Synopsis: 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 review: This is not the typical type of book that I would pick up but I have been trying read more "self help" type of books and that is what I consider this to be. The way Michael wrote this book he is not only a story teller but a narrator of this story, which I think makes it a little easier to read. Reading my way through Michael's journeys was fascinating. It makes stop and take a look at your life as well. I don't know that I could take the journey that he did but it was interesting to read about his. I recommend this book for people looking for a spirtual uplifting.
About the author: 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 U.S. and the advisory board of Kilns College.
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Michael Yankoski became jaded and disillusioned with his life as a Christian motivational speaker, feeling as though he was another act in the “Christian Carnival.” Religion started to become a façade instead of a deep, nourished, lived experience of faith. He knew he needed to stop talking about his faith and begin living and practicing it. In a sort of desperation, Michael dedicated the next year to engaging various spiritual practices, and The Sacred Year is a firsthand account of the downs and ups, the failures and successes of an honest search for answers to the human yearning for life, love, and God. It’s time to stop talking about your faith and begin living and experiencing it.
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