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Overview Originally, the faith of Jesus was considered a distinctive way of life rather than a sophisticated theological system. Pilgrim Heart re-imagines discipleship as - first and foremost - a particular way of life guided by a set of simple, but powerful, daily practices known to the earliest disciples and the saints through the ages. These include: Friendship Sabbath Rest Hospitality Confession Forgiveness Listening Discernment Singing Creating Telling Stories How would this approach to the religion of Jesus change the way we think and live? Pilgrim Heart is an invitation to consider afresh the way of Jesus in light of practices that have proven to transform lives for two thousand years
Publishers Description A delightful call to a vibrant spirituality that celebrates the everyday elements of our physical lives, reminding us that our faith began and must continue as a way of life. The faith of Jesus was once considered a distinctive way of life, rather than a complex theological system. Seeking to recover such a model, Pilgrim Heart re-imagines discipleship as a way of life guided by a set of simple daily practices known to the earliest disciples and the saints through the ages. Proven to transform lives for two thousand years, these practices include friendship, Sabbath rest, hospitality, confession, forgiveness, and storytellingall part of an in-the-world spirituality, one that embraces the God-given embodied human experience.
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Studio: Leafwood Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.08" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.65" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Dec 26, 2006
Publisher LEAFWOOD PUBLISHERS
ISBN 0976779072 ISBN13 9780976779070
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Valuable resource for all Mar 21, 2007
Reviewed by Linda Benninghoff for Reader Views (2/07)
As the author says in the last chapter of "Pilgrim Heart," the conversion to faith is just the beginning of the religious journey, and seeking God is a life-long process. This book will make an excellent companion to the seeker as his or her faith grows.
The book discusses friendship, suffering, doubt, the state of being a sinner, cultural memories, beauty, and other topics critical to the religious life. Tippens quotes many well-known religious thinkers, from Augustine to Pascal, from Dietrich Bonhoeffer to Parker Palmer. He also quotes the Bible. When writing on friendship, he refers several times to John's exhortation that a friend must be ready to give up his or her life for a friend. He also discusses spiritual friendship. The book, as a whole, works to build up thoughts and insights that are enriching and rewarding.
One of the most startling parts of the book for me was Tippens' discussion of the "downward mobility" of Christianity. Christianity requires that we give up interest in worldly values, such as money, power and success. Because of it, we are humbled and become downwardly mobile. Suffering also can teach us the deeper meanings of life. Suffering can bring us to religious faith. And it is religious faith that teaches us how to cope with life's deeper issues and with death.
"Pilgrim Heart" was easy to understand and it was hard to put down. Tippens is learned, yet he remains down-to-earth. The book will be of value both to those beginning their spiritual journey and those well along the way. It accomplishes its aim of creating a spiritual outlook like that of the original disciples that can revitalize contemporary faith communities.
Compelling read Mar 8, 2007
Christian Americans are hungry for a new spirituality, not the same old religion of their parents. The Pilgrim Heart offers a "new" take on Christianity by focusing on the oldest traditions of the religion, the ways that Jesus actually lived His word in the world. Darryl Tippens calls Christians to practice simple daily applications of Jesus' word. By living every day as Jesus did, Tippens hope to bring a renewed community spirit to contemporary Christianity.
One of the most compelling sections discusses forgiveness. Tippens reminds us of Jesus' prayer spoken from the cross, forgiving his ultimate persecutors and calls Christians to exhibit this same level of forgiveness. This is especially difficult in this age of dissolving families, revenge, retaliation and the war on terrorism. The author also expresses the importance of forgiving one's self as this is what Jesus expects of Christians as well, to try again, to make amends, to keep moving forward on the path.
Tippens make this book accessible to readers by providing countless examples of people fulfilling these everyday practices of Jesus. Though some of the references can sometimes feel overly heady, there are enough simple examples that make the message clear to readers. However, some of the author's suggestions feel overly simple, full of platitudes without enough direction as to how to implement the practices.
Armchair Interviews says: The Pilgrim Heart offers a refreshing look at deepening a personal relationship with Jesus by living as he did.
Solid Book Feb 15, 2007
This is a very good book. It's easy to read and offers a bunch of practical insight into the nature of God. I recommend it.
great book Jan 18, 2007
This book really helps you take a look at how to really live like Jesus. It is a simple yet thorough read.
Keep reading it gets better Nov 8, 2006
This book is well written and well researched. It contains many quotes from historical figures, Christians and philosophers (while this makes it "well-rounded" it can also make the book a bit high-brow in places. The book challenges the reader to consider what it means to be a christian in a variety of life situations. Although my initial impression was that is was a book about spiritual disciplines, it turned out to be more about Christian attitudes. I read and discussed this with a friend and we agreed that the 2nd half of the book is more interesting and engaging than the first...so hang in there, it's worth it.