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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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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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  • Pat
  • Lebanon, NH, USA
  • 01-24-10

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.

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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.

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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.

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Great Investment

This book will help you understand the way you relate to God on an entirely different level

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Freeing & Inspiring

I couldn't stop listening to this book. Discovering the concept of spiritual temperaments was both freeing and inspiring. This is a must read for pastors, mentors, spiritual formation leaders, and anyone seeking to thrive in personal walk with the Holy Spirit.

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A must read for every Christian

Life changing book for me. I highly recommend it to anyone who desires to know God more.

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Good Read for those with questions.

Helped to understand some of the internal questions I have been strugglong with of late. May be able to help you all in the same way.

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Good read

This was helpful to read and see how people connect with God differently. The best pet to me is that this book continually points out that we cannot live apart from scripture or being apart of a local church.

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Great Book. I think every Christian should read it

Great Book. I think every Christian should read this. it will help every believer understand others and help them understand why they may not be understood.

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  • Mike J
  • 06-01-18

A book of tolerance and self growth<br />

A book that demonstrates that there are many more ways to meet with God than we often think there are. It provides us with a way to look into our own souls and search out the pathways to greater faith that are best for us.

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  • Mr
  • 04-19-15

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.