The Sacred Journey by Charles Foster was reviewed for BookSneeze.
The Sacred Journey is the last in a series of books about the ancient Christian practices. This book about pilgrimage was written by Charles Foster. I came across the book through BookSneeze and was intrigued by a book about pilgrimage. It is not a topic you hear discussed often in the Christian community today.
To be honest, I have really struggled with how to review this book. There is so much I could say. A discussion on what exactly I think about what Foster says about pilgrimage could probably take many blog posts.
Foster was a very easy author to read in some ways. His writing, often very self-assured, is very well-researched and well-written. He knows the subject, having been a pilgrim many times himself. He outlines for us the spiritual roots of pilgrimage, the reasons to go on a pilgrimage, the places to go on pilgrimage, the supplies needed for pilgrimage, what to expect on the journey and on the return. He also deals with some of the criticisms of pilgrimages that many modern day Christians have.
In emphasizing (over and over) about the need for pilgrimages and how Jesus was a pilgrim and how Jesus prefers pilgrims and wanderers over the settlers (really?), he often criticizes the modern Christian culture- particularly Reformed Christians- of gnosticism, attempting to have a "spiritual" experience without a physical experience. He also gives many personal accounts of his pilgrimages and accounts of many different kinds of pilgrims of all different faiths to illustrate the importance of this ancient practice.
I found Foster's writing very interesting and thought-provoking. I even took the time to Google him because I was so intrigued. I found myself agreeing vehemently at certain parts of the book and disagreeing just as vehemently with certain other parts.
In all, I enjoyed the book. I enjoy Foster's style of writing even when I do disagree. Whatever your personal feelings about the practice of pilgrimage as he describes it, I think this book can be very informative.
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