Last June God gave me one of the most daunting assignments of my life–a two-month sabbatical.
Friends and leaders charged me to create time and space in my life away from the pressures of church, traveling, speaking, and writing to do nothing else but hear what God would say to a 64-year-old workaholic.
I was reading a lot of stuff about resting in God rather than always working for God. Some of it was helpful, but a lot of it was canned. It seemed that everyone was reading the same stuff and quoting one another. I wondered if anyone had something fresh to say.
And then I received an advanced copy of a book a young author wanted me to read.
Michael Yankoski and I have been talking about Jesus and his way for a number of years. It’s always stimulating because he is insightful and we come from two different Christian landscapes. Michael reads and studies writers and leaders I rarely come across in my stewardship of Church of the Open Door. My training differs dramatically from his, but we both love Jesus and his people and that’s common ground enough.
So, I read his book, The Sacred Year: Mapping the Soulscape of Spiritual Practice–How Contemplating Apples, Living in a Cave, and Befriending a Dying Woman Revived My Life. Here’s an overview, from the publisher’s perspective:
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.
Here’s my perspective:
It helped me connect with Jesus during my sabbatical.
And I believe it will help you connect with Jesus if you’re willing to risk creating time and space in your life to simply be with the Master.
In the words of one reviewer with a much wider audience than I, “Michael has written another terrific book. But it isn’t just a book; it’s an invitation to examine yourself and your world.” -Bob Goff, author of Love Does
Thanks for writing this book, Michael. It showed up at just the right time.