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Once in a while you meet a book of faith, a book that helps you grow in your journey with God that one just really likes. So far in my reading of The Divine Adventure, I am feeling challenged and inspired in my relationship with God. With relavent stories, timely truths, and an engaging writing style I am enouraged to not be a lazy Christian. 🙂 Come along with me as I unpack this lovely tome.
Unpacking The Divine Adventure
Rebecca Friedlander has written 10 books and been in ministry for several years. She is an ordained minister with The Missions Church International. Her ministry focus around the creative arts and music. The Divine Adventure: Spiritual Practices for the Modern-Day Disciple is her newest book.
12 chapters encompassed in 224 pages, and published by Baker Book House. I am reviewing on behalf of Nuts About Books. I have discovered there are videos to go along with this spiritual disciplines encouragement book. Do you need the videos? Nope. This is a standalone tome.
Beyond the introduction and the acknowlegements you will find 12 chapters
- Say yes: embracing God’s Grace
- The Quiet Place: Making Space for Prayer
- Search the Scriptures: Unpacking God’s Love Letter
- Community: A Place of Belonging
- Forgiveness: Demonstrating Grace to Others
- Pilgrimmage: The Lost art of Adventuring with God
- Obedience: The Key to partnering with God
- Meekneess: Forging hidden Strength
- Sacred Rest: An invitation to intimacy
- Giving: Make Ready the Harvest
- Fasting: Fix your Attention on Christ
- Worship: Connect with the Master
Set up for The Divine Adventure
Each chapter starts with some type of personal story that helps us to connect with the overall idea. This might be a story about a pilgrimage taken, a favourite book, or about where someone’s focus is. It all helps to bring our attention to another aspect of building our relationship with God.
You’ll find The Divine Adventure to be a good weight in your hands, easy to hold, and easy to read. The formatting with bold headings, good use of white space, and changes in font works well.
I loved that I didn’t feel compelled to read each chapter through, but with the bold headlines it was easy to find a stopping place.
Each chapter closes with two sections, the first entitled Your Turn asks a series of questions. These questions are designed to help you think through what you learned in each chapter.
The closing section is called Spiritual Practice, a call to action and change. Reminding us of key steps in this new spiritual practice helping us to pull it into action.
Should you Add it to your shelves?
I have not made it all the way through The Divine Adventure but so far… YES. Add it to your shelves. Let your thoughts be shaken up a bit. I hadn’t before considered the necessity of a pilgrimmage, and I’m still not firmly convinced upon it’s necessity, but I can see it’s usefulness. It’s like when I NEED to get out for a walk, to gather in the quietness of the world around me and let God quietly speak to my heart. Sometimes a longer time of doing so is exactly what a body needs to rekindle a relationship.
And what relationship is better than the one we have with God? Any book that seeks to help a soul do that is worth taking in don’t you think?
Since I haven’t read the entire book I can’t say that there is nothing within the pages that won’t raise the alarm bells, but I haven’t run into anything that makes me think ICK, don’t touch this. 🙂 Instead I felt inspired to consider anew my love of God and how I can foster a deeper relationship with him. This relationship… it’s an adventure all it’s own.