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The Sacred Journey: The Ancient Practices

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Have Christians rejected pilgrimage?
The Israelites knew it. David knew it. The writer of Hebrews knew it. John Bunyan knew it. "Blessed are those whose strength is in You. They have set their hearts on pilgrimage" (Psalm 84:5). We are strangers and pilgrims here. We're passing through this place, on a sacred journey to somewhere else. Charles Foster explores the approachin
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Published April 13th 2010 by Thomas Nelson (first published February 28th 2010)
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This is the first book on pilgrimage that I've ever read. Charles Foster had me laughing and thinking throughout this whole book. It took me a long time to finish because it made me aware of myself and my beliefs. Something that no book has ever done.

The Sacred Journey by Charles Foster is well written. I was not bored with this book in fact the opposite is true. His writing style is bold and blunt, something you might need to keep an open mind about. This book is about the journey o
This is the seventh book in the Ancient Practices Series. This one is about pilgrimages written by an English wordsmith. Jesus was a walker and all those who follow him must also be walkers in order to understand him more deeply. He includes scenes from his many experiences as a pilgrim and also tidbits from pilgrims of other religions. The writing is excellent, the thoughts clear and easily read. However, I found it quite Eurocentric but I suppose that was to be expected because pilgrimages see ...more
Charles Foster’s “The Sacred Journey” is his case in support of Christian pilgrimage. He goes into to detail about the history of pilgrimages, their various benefits, and their significant role in journeys of faith.

Foster is in full support of everyone taking a literal pilgrimage to somewhere one deems as holy. The author describes his trip to the Holy Land, as well as giving countless examples of others’ pilgrimages.

I really liked this book, but I found a few problems with it.The first half o

I was excited to read Foster's idea on pilgrimage. It's not a topic about which I've studied much, and his credentials seemed sound. However, I never made it through the third chapter. I believe Foster's interpretation of scripture to be so misguided that I am actually surprised that Thomas Nelson agreed to publish it as a “Christian spiritual growth” title.

In an effort to make his point, Foster defends pilgrimage in the first chapter not with Biblical references, but by showing how important it
The summer before my senior year of high school, I decided I wanted to go out for a varsity sport. Though there were many reasons, they all boiled down to this: I wanted to connect more with my father. You see growing up I knew my dad was a real manly kind of man. He went loved hunting and fishing, fixed things around the house and worked on cars because he liked it. I wasn’t a huge fan of fishing (I found it kind of boring, but at least you could read). I didn’t care for hunting (same as fishin ...more
Chris Canuel
‘The Sacred Journey’ by Charles Foster is another book in the Ancient Practices Series’ edited by Phyllis Tickle. I’ve read several of these books and have really enjoyed them…even the ones I’ve had serious disagreements with. Browse my blog for my other reviews related to this series.

‘The Sacred Journey’ is the book in the series that deals with pilgrimage. In the book Mr. Foster makes the point that we are either pilgrims or we are not. I would agree with this point, though I think that all C
Laura Bowman
Charles Foster challenges us to take a pilgrimage in his book The Sacred Journey. He shares some reflections from journey’s he has made as well as others experiences. He even advices you what to take should you venture out.

He starts the book “When man was first born…..he began to walk” then continues on through Abraham, (who is the father of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) to Jesus who “was the archetypal desert Bedouin, Jesus was homeless”.

He makes the point that “humans have never forgotten
I reviewed "The Sacred Journey" by Charles Foster. I received the book for free in exchange for 2 reviews.

This book is based on spiritual pilgrimage. It could be to the Holy Land or it could be any place where one gets growth, one gets answers, or where one learns about themselves in a way that is different from when they first started. The point of a pilgrimage is to move. We as humans are not meant to be stationary. We are nomads who wander. With all the technology that has been coming forth,
I have thoroughly enjoyed and grown with each book in this series. And I am convinced that the ancient practices are the things that are needed if we are to regain our footing in our fast-paced, materialistic, and narcissistic culture. This book, like the rest, stretched my worldview, gave me an appreciation for my faith heritage, and gave me the desire to go on pilgrimage.

A pilgrimage differs from a vacation trip as Communion/Lord's Supper/Eucharist differs from an after meal trip to Baskin-Rob
Ryan Adair
Charles Foster tried really hard in writing this book. He determined to write a book about the sacred journey, or Christian pilgrimage. His main argument is that Christians are built to wander, they are built to go from place to place, never having a “home” while enjoying the minimalistic features of the journey. Not only that, but God is particularly affectionate toward those who wander, toward the nomad. Many things happen on the journey. God-encounters always take place, but sometimes in the ...more
Loraine Alcorn
I received this book from book sneeze and finished it this morning so I thought I would post my review .

The Sacred Journey By Charles Foster

This book is both inspirational and Motivational , it made me really want to get out and explore my environment . I'm not a big traveler but while reading I could feel the passion the writer has for his travels . He shares with you all the wonderful experiences he has had that have brought him spiritual fulfillment and joy . I would recommend this book to an
Deb Thorne
Exploring physical journeys and pilgrimages as well as life-learning or spiritual journeys/pilgrimages is an interesting concept to say the least. I did enjoy reading The Sacred Journey and getting a feel of Dr. Foster's concepts as they pertain to his life, therefore, got the wheels turning in the attic as to what journeys/pilgrimages I have been on and ones I want to pursue. I would say that reading Dr. Foster's stories and concepts as well as historical facts put me in an introspective positi ...more
Great content, but I felt like I had to forcibly plow through the style. By the end of the book I was skimming and I only finished it because we have in-class quizzes.
Dave McNeely
Foster's prose is remarkably beautiful and reminds me a bit of a Donald Miller without the humor. At times, I would find myself thinking, "I'm not sure that's true, but it sure sounds good the way he says it!" This book was a wonderful introduction to the discipline of pilgrimage and simply reading it was its own spiritual reward.
Excellent book for those who wish to think deeply about what it means to live life as a pilgrimage. Well written, thoughtful, engaging.
Nancy Moffett
Lots of good ideas around pilgrimages, lots of anti-gnosticism. I will read this book again as I prepare for my own pilgrimage.
H. Holder-bobo
good book, very highly pro-pilgrimage, makes one want to do a pilgrimage, even though family and time disallow such a trek
Thought provoking book, pushes buttons intentionally. Tries to get people moving figuratively and literally.
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