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Sacred Pathways: Discover Your Soul's Path to God | [Gary L. Thomas]

Sacred Pathways: Discover Your Soul's Path to God

This book encourages readers to see strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies in their devotional approaches to God, and thus learn how to improve their devotional, quiet-time, and personal-worship life with God.
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This book encourages readers to see strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies in their devotional approaches to God, and thus learn how to improve their devotional, quiet-time, and personal-worship life with God.

©2002 Gary L. Thomas; (P)2009 Zondervan

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    Pat Lebanon, NH, USA 01-24-10
    Pat Lebanon, NH, USA 01-24-10
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    "A nuanced approach to worship"

    Gary Thomas gained some acclaim with his biblically solid exploration of marriage in Sacred Marriage. Our church recommended that book, so when I heard about Sacred Pathways from another respected source, I decided to give it a "read." His thesis is that, while scripture study and prayer should be a daily part of our lives, we all have our own innate needs and inclinations when it comes to worshipping God that may be satisfied in a variety of ways. Some of us have our hearts lifted to Him by being in nature, for instance, while others feel most connected to him via ritual or the senses. In all, he lists 9 pathways: the naturalist, sensate, traditionalist, ascetic, activist, caregiver, enthusiast, contemplative and intellectual. I immediately recognized my own primary path, but he encourages you to read the other chapters to identify secondary pathways. Thomas also identifies risk areas for each pathway. For instance, the naturalist may be at risk for worshipping the creation rather than the Creator.

    All in all, a thought-provoking and interesting read. Having read it, I have a better understanding of why the question of church worship style can be so intractable. I gave it only 4 stars because Thomas reads the book himself, and while his voice is pleasant, I suspect a professional reader might have been better.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kira 05-22-12
    Kira 05-22-12

    A brand new wife, two kitten children, and a whole lot of thoughts.

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    "Great"

    Gary Thomas is a very enthusiastic author and reader. He's very easy to listen to.

    The book itself was so helpful. Not only did it help me identify my own "spiritual temperaments", but it also encouraged me to pursue other ways of connecting with God. This book was great for someone seeking to deepen their relationship with God.

    I think one could mistakenly interpret this book as attempting to limit experience with God to one or two ways, but the author encourages readers to relate with Him in ways that might be foreign. He explains that Jesus had ALL of the spiritual temperaments - to really be like Christ, we should challenge ourselves to relate with God in new ways.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 01-31-11
    Mark 01-31-11
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    "Spiritual "pathway" test"

    Great book that encourages Christians to relate to God according to how and who they are as individuals.
    Each chapter has a "test" to help you discover which of the 9 spiritual pathways are strong and which are weak.
    Kind of like those "Spiritual Gifts" Assessments.
    Nice that the author read it.
    I think this book will be around for decades.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul NAPLES, FL, United States 04-15-13
    Paul NAPLES, FL, United States 04-15-13
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    "Extraordinarily Helpful, unhindered by tangents"
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    Gary Thomas' profound insight into differing "spiritual temperaments" can give very clear, systematic direction to anyone's pursuit of God. Sacred Pathways is presented in a structured format, making it helpful for future reference (as one will always have their favorite chapters). This book is not to be taken as law, but when one sees the heart in it, the profundity becomes clear.
    cons: Thomas, the author/narrator, is a preacher. And, as a preacher, he tends to go on tangents. Some are necessary. Some are helpful. Luckily, they do not subtract from the greater work as a whole.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William B Cutrer Nashville, TN 09-24-12
    William B Cutrer Nashville, TN 09-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Eye-opening book about spiritual formation"
    If you could sum up Sacred Pathways in three words, what would they be?

    This is a wonderful book with a very unique take about how different Christians are nurtured /draw close to God. I found it highly interesting and well done (both the book and the audio). I highly recommend it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Simple approach with excellent descriptions of each pathway.


    Have you listened to any of Gary L. Thomas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Sacred Marriage is another of his works that is excellent. I highly recommend it as well. Both are stellar works.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Aaron 04-30-15 Member Since 2013

    Grandmother, Mother, Wife and Daughter of the King of the Universe! Love to camp, learning to quilt & I work in a crisis pregnancy center.

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    "Oh, what a relief it is!"

    Within a few paragraphs I felt a sense of relief. Many times in the past I had been envious of how someone else related to God. Why couldn't I be more like her? Now I knew; that was not my temperament. My way of worship was just as valid as hers.

    This book, which I will read again, is a great tool for learning how to grow and stretch your faith. Thank you, Gary Thomas, for helping me to love God with all my heart, mind, soul and strength!

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    Amanda 02-25-15
    Amanda 02-25-15
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    "beautifully diverse and spiritually stimulating"

    loved it wonderful red I'm so glad I took my pastors advice to read this.

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    Jerry 01-23-15
    Jerry 01-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Good and challenging..."

    This is a very thought provoking book.
    A straight forward practical assessment of how we connect best to God and contains great suggestions to start going deeper. Very well planned out. Great narration.

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    Miranda H. 01-08-15
    Miranda H. 01-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Just what I needed to hear..."

    A blessing for anyone struggling to find a way to relate to God in a meaningful, intimate, and personal way.

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    Bki SueAnna Grace upstate ny 08-05-14
    Bki SueAnna Grace upstate ny 08-05-14 Member Since 2015
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    "God's boundaries for our human experiance"
    Would you listen to Sacred Pathways again? Why?

    yes, it is helping to enjoy the things God has given for us to enjoy while staying in the boundaries and not get drawn into false doctrine.


    What about Gary L. Thomas’s performance did you like?

    very well layed out


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    several moments of realization that brought freedom to my experience.


    Any additional comments?

    great book. a must read for many.

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    "Very helpful book"

    A great overview of different ways of experiencing God. We used this book as a theme for a very popular sermon series at Church. Recommend.

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