Thank you @michaelyankoski for THE SACRED YEAR.
It’s not very often that I pick a book up that seems to speak to where I am in a current season of life. In reading the first sentence of the back cover, however, “Frustrated and disillusioned with his life as a Christian…” I stopped reading the back cover and decided I needed to read The Sacred Year. If you are in a frustrational season, Michael Yankoski’s book is a potential catalyst for you to begin a transition into another season of life.
Yankoski’s The Sacred Year is divided into three sections which focus on renewed depth with self, God, and others. Each chapter opens up with a short anecdote, followed by some connection to an extended metaphor, which transitions into explaining the chapter’s specific spiritual practice and how to attempt it, and concludes by cycling back to the opening of the chapter.
Three chapters really hit home for me. The chapter on “The Daily Examen” caused me to realize that I spend so much time in prayer asking for stuff or sitting in silence, but I completely avoid the idea of reflecting with thanks and reflection. The chapter on “Sustenance” made me realize how much I take the idea of food for granted and that I should do something like bake my own bread or fast (which I am taking up that challenge in the 40 days leading up to Thanksgiving) to really enjoy food and not take it for granted. The chapter on “Lectio Divina” reminded me that the Bible is not simply about reading chapters, but taking the time to slow down and enjoy the words on the page.
The big question I was left with after reading The Sacred Year was how much of a time frame over the year Michael participated in each practice. Were certain ones only done over a series of a couple weeks? Were some of them ones he did repeatedly over the course of the year? Who knows…
In any case, The Sacred Year is a big I will return to again and again. I found myself highlighting, underlining, and making notes in the margins about many passages in the book. Michael Yankoski wrote an exceptional read which is deserving of one day being considered a modern Christian classic on spiritual practices.
I received my copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for writing a review on the book. I was not obligated to post a positive review; the views in this post are my own.