I fell in love with Preston Yancey’s writing last year when I read his memoir Tables in the Wilderness. (My review is here.) He is a beautiful writer, drawing his reader into a conversation full of curiosity and invitation.Â So when I saw he had written a book on spiritual disciplines I was intrigued.Â As a Spiritual Director I love introducing people to new ways that they might connect with God, but as the informational blurb states many people are skeptical seeing the disciplines not as an invitation, but as a rule or a burden.
I think Yancey did a masterful job of inviting the reader to see the historical Christian spiritual disciplines from a fresh angle.Â I loved how he wrote for a variety of different readers, even explaining how a believer comfortable with liturgical practices might see icons in a traditional sense and how a believer who has no familiarity (or level of comfort) with icons can actually find icons that invite them to ponder God as close as the cup in their hand or the bowl in their cupboard.
The pairing of the act of baking bread with the exploration of the spiritual disciplines was another creative way to invite the reader to enter into the process of discovery.Â These aren’t things to merely be pondered, but things meant to be lived.Â There is a tactile aspect to our discovery of God in our every day life and each chapter not only gave spiritual exercises, but also baking instructions as another way to move into reflection.
I read through this book at the same time as several of my friends and really enjoyed our discussions on each chapter and the way that it impacted us individually.Â All in all, I loved the book and recommend it.
I received a free pre-release digital edition of this book in exchange for my honest review, however, I did purchase a hard copy as a welcome edition to my library.