Finding Our Way Again

have we North American Christians lost our way? have we made Christianity about conservative politics, not watching R-rated films, and not listening to rock and roll music?

to a certain extent i think we have. we need to get back on track. we need to find our way again.

enter Finding Our Way Again: The Return of the Ancient Practices, written by Brian McLaren. the text is the introductory book to The Ancient Practices Series from Thomas Nelson Publishers.

author Phyllis Tickle serves as the General Editor of the series and writes a forward for each volume. (i’ve previously blogged about The Sacred Meal and The Liturgical Year, volumes six and seven in the series).

the book is wonderful. McLaren sets the table for the volumes to come in the series and introduces readers to a world of the ancient practices making sense today.

book stores and book shelves are filled with self-help books, books that claim to be spiritual, and manuals for living. Finding Our Way Again is a book that looks at rich and deep practices for a rich and deep spiritual life.

the spiritual life is a journey. at times we need to find our way again.

Brian McLaren’s contribution to The Ancient Practices Series and the other books i’ve read from the series are a help along the way.

*Full Disclosure: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through “Book Sneeze.” They give free books to bloggers for honest reviews.*

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4 Responses to Finding Our Way Again

  1. Mike says:

    What did you think about McLaren’s theology in this book?

    • markbraye says:

      mike, thanks for reading and commenting/asking a question.

      can you be more specific?

      i assume you did not like something in the book or had a problem with something in the book. is that a safe assumption. no one really asks a question like that without having something in mind.

  2. Mike says:

    Mark,

    I reviewed this book as well and like to read what others thought about it (positive and negative). I think McLaren’s theology is very new age-ish. The whole threefold way was pretty far-fetched, in my estimation. He never talked about sinners needing to be freed from indwelling sin, which only Jesus Christ accomplishes in us. McLaren’s view is that we need to “clean the windows” and just “allow light to shine in.” In another part (Katharsis) he said, “It’s not about penance.” Isn’t repentance/penance what Christianity is about? Didn’t Jesus and the Prophets all call their followers to repentance? McLaren doesn’t seem to think so.

    Maybe reading my review might be a little more helpful so I don’t have to re-write everything in your comments section 🙂

    I look forward to reading your reply.

    • markbraye says:

      mike, thanks.

      i read your review. you raise some interesting questins and make some valid points.

      i do think, however, we conservative, north american christians are too quick to call something new-age or heretical if it’s different or makes us think outside our box. i would never claim that everything brian mclaren writes is perfect. i would never claim that about any theologian or christian writer; from the past, present, or future. i think there is more good than bad, though.

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