Before I begin, I will say if anyone reads or listens to this book, whether by going to the bookstore, downloading an ebook, or listening to it through a variety of formats, it is well worth the cost of purchasing. In fact, after reading or listening to Spiritual Rhythms you will find it a little lower than the Bible. Like a person looking at a painting, something just draws you back to look at how skillfully the painter paints his picture, then through some happenstance you overhear that the picture is some form of art named the “Mona Lisa” painted by none other than Leonardo da Vinci. That is to put high praise on a book other than the Bible, for the book uses Scripture in a way that’s enlightening. I encourage you to put the Bible along side of Spiritual Rhythms for it belongs up in the top 10 books if you want to follow after God. It will better your personal knowledge and wisdom of the God-head (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).
Let me begin with the Preface to Spiritual Rhythms, for it explains portions of the Bible to fit “Being With Jesus Every Season Of Your Soul” in such simplistic yet incredibly artful terms that it will take your breath away. The author, Mark Buchanan, begins with the Preface explaining how Wingsuit Jumping over in Norway was the latest craze for High-fulluten risk-takers being supremely confident in their equipment when it was written just like Christians should have supreme confidence in the God-head (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit).
“… I have had seasons in my life I was flying so high, so fast that it’s hard to imagine wing suit jumping notching up the thrill at all. Life was pure exhilaration; life was the distillate of exhilaration; life was heart-pounding adventure. I flew on wings like eagles, or at least like squirrels. I’m exaggerating but not by much.”
“There have been a few brief stretches of my existence when my heart was riotous with joy, and the wind sang in my ears that I had to stretch myself wide to catch as much of as I could and put off the landing as long as I dared. I twirled, and I summersalted in mid-air and trusted in the next updraft to carry me over the next cliff. It didn’t last; no season does, which is good because there have been other times, other seasons when just getting out of bed was an act of holy defiance. Just facing the day was more intimidating than a dozen Goliaths and realizing that I left my sling shot on the bus seat…“
Once again, Spiritual Rhythms: Being With Jesus Every Season Of Your Soul has changed the way I view things in that it it turns my long lasting preconceptions of how Christian’s are supposed to live into rock-solid conceptions of how a True Life Christian is supposed to live, ever bringing the reality of Jesus Christ to an ever-slow dying world. So, join me as I journey through the insightful book of Spiritual Rhythms: Being With Jesus Every Season Of Your Soul as we take on each chapter. I will try to put on 2 posts per month along with quotes from other inspirational books that challenge one to defy the status quo of the Christian life and go further.
~Darren Beattie, The Soul Blogger~