About the Book:
Michael Yankoski’s The Sacred Year is one searcher’s honest and fascinating journey to encounter God, love others, and discover his true self through a year of spiritual practices.
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 dedicated to engaging in spiritual practices, both ancient and modern, in a life-altering process that continues to this day. Whether contemplating an apple for an hour before tasting it (attentiveness), eating on $2.00 a day (simplicity) or writing simple letters of thanks (gratitude), Michael discovered a whole new depth through the intentional life.
Stirred on by the guiding voice of Father Solomon, a local monk, Yankoski’s life is slowly transformed. Both entertaining and heart-wrenching, Yankoski’s story will resonate with those who wish to deepen their own committed faith as well as those who are searching — perhaps for the first time — for their own authentic encounter with the Divine.
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About the Author:
Michael Yankoski is a writer and speaker who compels audiences around the world toward a Christ centered response to our world’s needs. He holds a Masters Degree from Regent College, and is the author of several books including Under the Overpass: A Journey of Faith on the Streets of America and Zealous Love: A Practical Guide to Social Justice. Michael has served on the Board of Directors of World Vision U.S. and the advisory board of Kilns College.
You can find out more about Michael by visiting his website, Facebook and Twitter.
I began this book thinking this would give me some insight into growing closer to the Lord and making me more apt to seek out a more purposeful life for Him but honestly I felt none of that as I read it. The only thing the book really left me with was a sense that it was a bit too new age-y for my liking and maybe it would be relaxing to spend time away by myself reading the Bible and seeking the Lord (not a monastery like he did given I’m a woman). When he referred to a hazelnut as an oracle and it kept him grounded to the Lord I sort of tuned out, the definition of oracle is, “a priest or priestess acting as a medium through whom advice or prophecy was sought from the gods in classical antiquity.” When an author tries to blend an anti-Christian idea with a Christian idea I tend to not really want to delve any further.
With that said I do agree that we as Christians today do need to do more in our lives to really seek the Lord and His will and often times our life is too busy and running so fast that we aren’t still enough to hear His voice. Michael walks the reader through three sections titled Depth with Self, Depth with God and Depth with Others – to me these are backwards as we can’t have depth with others or ourselves until we depth with God first, but I digress. While I don’t agree with many of his viewpoints, some I could take and use in my daily walk omitting the ideas that don’t agree with what the Bible says or that I feel uncomfortable with.
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God is at work everywhere. And every-when. We only need to open our eyes and take the time to notice.
Michael Yankoski became jaded and disillusioned with his life as a Christian motivational speaker, feeling as though he was another act in the “Christian Carnival.” Religion started to become a façade instead of a deep, nourished, lived experience of faith. He knew he needed to stop talking about his faith and begin living and practicing it. In a sort of desperation, Michael dedicated the next year to engaging various spiritual practices, and The Sacred Year is a firsthand account of the downs and ups, the failures and successes of an honest search for answers to the human yearning for life, love, and God.
It’s time to stop talking about your faith and begin living and experiencing it.
Join Michael and #EmbraceTheSacred—seek out God at work in the mundane and attend to what God is doing in your life. Share those moments on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and make sure to use the tag #EmbraceTheSacred.
As a thank-you for ordering The Sacred Year, Michael is giving away a free ebook! Email your proof of purchase of The Sacred Year to TheSacredYear@gmail.com, and you will receive A Straightforward Guide to Three Essential Spiritual Practices ebook for FREE! Learn more here.