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Soul Making: The Desert Way of Spirituality

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  128 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
A leading spiritual writer recovers "The Desert Way of Believing" -- the spiritual pathway discovered by early Christian monks who lived in the Egyptian desert that is still relevant to Christians today. Alan Jones distills the elements that made this fully orthodox way of inner transformation a unique and important part of the early church. Refreshingly readable and fille ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 10th 1989 by HarperOne
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John Kennedy
Apr 13, 2010 John Kennedy rated it really liked it
This 25-year-old book was recommended to me, and I'm grateful. Jones says, "one of the ways by which we are encouraged to forget our true worth and are seduced into trying to build up our 'dignity' is in the practice of religion." Jones admits to finding it increasingly difficult to feel at home with fellow Christians while becoming more comfortable with non-Christians. The two characteristics he admires most in both kinds of people are honesty and reverence. Jones is saddened by Christians who ...more
Nate
Jul 19, 2009 Nate rated it really liked it
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Good book about confronting the ambiguities and complexities of the spiritual life. I can't think of anybody who shouldn't read this. Jones grounds his perspective in the life of the ancient desert-dwelling monks who were confronted with their own personal difficulties regularly, but who also learned that by putting to death their fleshly tendencies, they were able to experience the true love of God and communal interdependence. This is a great book for any Christian who feels like their express ...more
Charlanne
I could potentially give this book more stars because I love the point this author makes, but it gets lost a little in his language and non-linear expression. So, some artsy and poetic and such would enjoy his metaphors in the desert way of faith and belief, or the desert journey to faith, but it can be hard to follow. Plus, he uses many psychological references which aren't as accessible to everyone.
Lindsey
Oct 04, 2007 Lindsey rated it liked it
I am editing my initial response to this book. i loved it last year, but it's interesting b/c my response is different this year. i don't really want to hear the voice of a skeptic...not that i'd say he is a skeptic...but, he walks a line that if he leaned slightly to one side, he could easily capture and enter that voice. we'll see.
Linda
Aug 31, 2014 Linda added it
this book came to me when i most needed it. it is full of lovely as well as excruciating wisdom. it had the effect of soothing my soul and helping my spiritual growth and renewal.
i recommend Soul Making for anyone in search of honesty and authenticity.
Amy
Apr 17, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing
This book helped me through a spiritual "desert" time. It not only gave me perspective on the Desert Fathers who went into the desert to be with God, but also some great psychological insights into why I doubt, why I seek, and why I will never stop asking questions to God and about God.
Carol
Jul 23, 2008 Carol rated it it was amazing
One of the most impacting books when I moved from being Baptist to Anglican. Such startling and comforting revelations about the cyclical nature of spiritual growth. Or I guess I should say spiral as you may end up back where you started, but you are definitely in a different place.
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Jun 09, 2010 Jill rated it liked it
Took me a while to get through this non-fiction book. It is rather deep and thought provoking. Some themes in the book that touched me were "joy", "shame" and different meanings and levels of "conversion".
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I just had a hard time with this book - often, I didn't understand where he was going.
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