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Publisher's Summary

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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5 out of 5 stars
By William B Cutrer on 09-24-12

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Pat on 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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4 out of 5 stars
By Mike J on 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Mr on 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.

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