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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

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  334 ratings  ·  61 reviews
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 of focused engagement with spiritual practices--both ancient and modern--that fundamentally reshaped and revived his life. By contemplating apples for an hour ...more
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Published September 23rd 2014 by Thomas Nelson (first published September 16th 2014)
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Yolanda Smith
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps this book meant so much to me because I found myself in a place of frazzle and frenzy, and I needed a reset—but struggled to find the reset button. I can’t follow all the spiritual practices outlined in this book during this season, but I’ve been encouraged and called to go deeper. God is doing some moving and shaking in my life, and this book played into the current spiritual narrative in remarkable ways. Now that I’m at the end, I have a strong inclination to start again at the beginni ...more
Nov 16, 2014 rated it liked it
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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
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
First of all, do I recommend this book? Absolutely.
I have been intrigued by the monastic life for as long as I can remember so a Protestant who tried to live according to many of those sacred principles was right up my ally. His thoughts on community, love, and silence all resonated with me and encouraged me to again carve out my own practical ways to live that life. Admittedly, at times it seemed as though he thought he found "the answer"--the right way to do it, which rubbed me the wrong way
Jana Bromley
Oct 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Many parts were beautiful and thought-provoking, but some parts made me wonder if this guy was off his rocker. The bread recipe is atrocious. I'm glad I read it.
Susan Barber
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I love the way Yankoski divides his book into Depth with Self, Depth with God, and Depth with Others and explores the spiritual practices within each category. Pulling from ancient and liturgical practices, Yankoski ponders the how faith is not only meant to be lived out but experienced. The four page reading list at the end is an amazing resource!!
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Michael Yankoski's Sacred Year in the spiritual life book of 2014! This is the book every Christian absolutely must read -- especially if you're looking to deepen your life in Christ.

Developed around a framework of "divine practices", Yankoski weaves a story of anecdotes about ancient yet absolutely vital practices that contain some of the most practical spiritual wisdom I've read in a long while. Make no doubt about it, reading the book is hearing his story, but his story ultimately unfolds le
Pamela (Lavish Bookshelf)
I have read Michael Yankoski's book Under the Overpass and I gave it 4 stars in my review. I liked that book for the very reason that he was attempting to understand a difficult subject by looking at it from the inside. In short, he lived with the homeless for a year, which is something I would never do, so I was interested in what he had to say on the subject.

On the contrary, this book is really just overindulgent "how can I be a good Christian that is not a hypocrite" thinking. Yankoski spends
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be an honest, modern and inspiring take on the spiritual practices/disciplines. The author uses a great combination of personal life stories and experiences and practical tips as well as reasoning behind the practices to give a great understanding of what they are, why you need them, and how to do them well. I found much to learn and be inspired by, and will be trying to use them to deepen and enrich my own faith.
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
perfect read to explore and set intentions for the new year
Caroline (GettinginLine)
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed listening to this on audible. it had some interesting points.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sacred Year was written in three parts: Depth With Self, Depth With God, and Depth With Others. Most of us, I believe, just stay on the surface of things and are afraid to plunge into the depths for fear of what we might find or what we might be asked to do. Somehow, we find our hypermodern, hyperindividualistic, hyperfrenetic world more comfortable. I encourage you to take this beautifully written book, and let it guide you to a new place. You won't be sorry.
Isaiah Walker
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very well articulated book over all. The way Yankoski writes is soothing and flows well. The practices of our "pilgrimage" toward sanctification spoken of in the book are very well explained. Placed in a mind altering format, supplemented by the Biblical truths that support each and every theme. I give this only four out of five stars due to some disagreements I had with some content later in the book. Nevertheless, I'd recommend it to anyone and admire Mr. Yankoski for his Sacred Year.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a challenging yet approachable look at the author's experience of sacred disciplines. I started it in January, with intentional living fresh on my mind, and finished it during a silent retreat- all too fitting. I enjoyed it immensely and see it being a book I think about often and reread.
Lori S.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved every word in this week-and not using the word “love” lightly here. I will return to this book again and again and consider it transforming. I can’t wait to create my own Sacred Year as part of my life-long spiritual journey.
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
Yet another example of an evangelical type "discovering" ancient Christian practices - like they're something brand new. And sitting for an hour, looking at an apple, on a regular basis? Um...ok.

But for all that, there is still something intriguing and valuable about this book. I found some good ideas and spiritual practices in here and I'm glad I read it.

"Though I used to look with suspicion upon mystery, I find myself drawn to it now, intoxicated by the ineffable, yearning for something overw
Barbara Cryer
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-book
While some of this is a bit hokey, the majority is spot on. I've recommended it to 3 people already and am trying to incorporate parts of the philosophy.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was best read chapter by chapter, slowly. The concepts were simple yet profound if you actually put them into play. Slightly out of the box and I liked that.
Tabitha Vohn
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good. Thought-provoking. Don't know if I was in the right mood to read it. I became restless with it. I plan to return to it though.
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
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 enti
Virginia Garrett
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What happens if you spend your days telling others how to have lasting life in Jesus and you become frustrated and disillusioned with your very life? What if you travel and speak to Christians, motivating them to do more with their walk with Christ and you realize you're all talk and no walk?

Well if you're Michael Yankoski you write a book about it. You take a year to teach yourself how to stop talking about living a life after death and you start experiencing it. You learn how to take spiritual
Julie Davis
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Father Solomon spoke again, and the shaking of my foundation continued. "The God who called you into existence ex nihilio—out of nothing—is the same God who holds you in existence this moment and every moment. Were he to withdraw his hand, you would vanish wihtout memory. All things would. No, you can't make God love you. You can't make God like you. But nor do you need to; he already does. Never forget that is why he made you—because he wants you to exist. He wants you to live life in all its f
Katie Krombein
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Overall, I liked this book, even though it was hard for me to pick up and read without falling asleep (mind you, our life is busy). It was a fine overview of basic church disciplines. I liked his end chapters more than his earlier ones, and agreed heartily with the practice of pursuing justice chapter, especially. In reflecting, I think the most helpful parts of book for me were other people's quotes that he repeated, although he has helpful observations on some of those quotes. Since I use good ...more
Paula Vince
I'm so glad I read this book because I almost let the opportunity slip past. Books in which authors embark on spiritual journeys have seemed a bit gimicky in the past, as if they're seeking attention, and sort of shallow. I'd ask myself how indulging in each discipline for such a short time could allow them to get an accurate picture? But I'd heard good things about this book, which made me curious to read it after all.

Michael Yankoski was disillusioned at a Christian conference at which he was
Jill Dixon
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From the first page I knew this book was going to be different. Words like “Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself in a dark wilderness,” from Dante’s Inferno, and “The problem with doing more and more is that it makes answering your question-where am I most myself?- almost impossible,” captured me. I kept reading with a hope that maybe I, too, could be changed. This is Michael’s story, yes, but along the way, I found myself challenged to embrace new spiritual practices in my own lif ...more
James Pate
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Michael Yankoski was feeling empty as a Christian motivational speaker, even though his friends told him that they were jealous of him because he was making a difference. The last straw for Michael came when he was at a Christian conference, and the featured Christian comedian was someone who had earlier acted obnoxiously on the plane Michael was on. Michael also saw a heated argument between a band’s manager and the organizers of the Christian conference. Michael retreated to a monastery in sea ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At a time I am seeking and walking my own map for sacred acts, this was a welcome friend. I recommend it also on audio book to hear the words read by the author to give another aspect to some of the text.

A keeper.
Robert Durough, Jr.
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: must-reads
There are many practices that have been handed down to us through the centuries by our Christian mothers and fathers. Commonly referred to as “spiritual disciplines,” most of these are taken straight from scripture (prayer, fasting, etc.), and some have been formalized and/or structured in ways that are helpful for some. Deciding to spend a year intentionally focusing on many of these practices, seeking guidance from others along the way, Michael Yankoski wrestles with God, others, and himself i ...more
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Rarely do I advise people to NOT read a book. I'm a believer in reading, whatever your preferred genre, however long it takes you. But for this book, The Sacred Year by Michael Yankoski, I feel compelled to caution you before you begin reading. It's one of those dangerous books that will force you to ask hard questions about your life and will make you responsible for your decisions. If you're not prepared to consider a different way of living, then don't even think about reading this book.

Ryan Munn
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Sacred Year is a journey through the soul. Michael acts as both a guide and a friend as he narrates his own travels from the shallow pools of frantic action to a depth of life and peace. At the twists and turns one feels him echoing your own words, your own desire for simplicity, meaning, life. With characteristic humour and humility, Michael shares with us both his deep fears and his experiments with the spiritual practices that have brought him grounding and meaning.

But The Sacred Year is
Steven Hinkle
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Why did I wait so long to read this one? This book should be added to the “must read” list of any Christian seeking to add depth to a shallow soul, wholeness to a fragmented life.

Exhausted by “American Christianity” and the masquerade of faith left Michael yearning to experience Christ’s promised and transformative abundant life. This book takes us on his life changing “sacred year” adventure along with his friend and mentor Father Solomon.

Yankoski talks about his disillusionment as a Christian
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