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Sacred Pathways Audiobook

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.


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    Kudakwashe 11-18-15
    Kudakwashe 11-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Comprehensive temperaments of relating to God"
    What made the experience of listening to Sacred Pathways the most enjoyable?

    I could relate to many of the temperaments that he was referring to. I really enjoyed how this highlights the diversity that is in people. Rather than man everyone into a carbon copy of me, I would nurture them to follow the pathway which helps them relate to Father God in their unique way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how he gave some of the pitfalls of each temperament. I could identify with these and see how they may negatively affected many of the people I have known over the years.


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

    I love Gary's books. In this one, I just enjoyed the depth of research and how he did not demean any one way of relating to God. Rather, he provided such an in depth representation of the goodness of each temperament.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had more of an aha! feeling. I am not messed up after all. You know how you can be different from those around and assume you are over doing things a little.


    Any additional comments?

    Good Book

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    David B. 08-31-15
    David B. 08-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Great Spiritual Growth Book for Christians"

    I enjoyed listening to this book. It helped me understand myself better through the questions asked at the end of the chapters.

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    Cindy L. Fish 07-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "What a delight!"

    What a breath of fresh air this book is to me! It opened my eyes and gave me insight into my soul's design and the divine designs of my loved ones' souls. We are free to be who we are. We are designed specifically to love God in our own way. I have been inspired by the suggestions in this book to follow many of the authors that are my same spiritual temperament and have thoroughly enjoyed finding other writers who speak my soul's language! This is one of my very favorite books!

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    Laura and Aaron Sumas, Washington United States 06-01-15
    Laura and Aaron Sumas, Washington United States 06-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    "recommend it"

    vital for learning about not only yourself but the diversity of God's people and His vastness

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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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    "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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