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Sacred Pathways Audiobook

Sacred Pathways: Discover Your Soul's Path to God

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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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  • Pat
    Lebanon, NH, USA
    24/01/10
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kira
    Aliso Viejo, CA, United States
    22/05/12
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    "Great"

    Gary Thomas is a very enthusiastic author and reader. He's very easy to listen to.

    The book itself was so helpful. Not only did it help me identify my own "spiritual temperaments", but it also encouraged me to pursue other ways of connecting with God. This book was great for someone seeking to deepen their relationship with God.

    I think one could mistakenly interpret this book as attempting to limit experience with God to one or two ways, but the author encourages readers to relate with Him in ways that might be foreign. He explains that Jesus had ALL of the spiritual temperaments - to really be like Christ, we should challenge ourselves to relate with God in new ways.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Peoria Heights, IL, United States
    31/01/11
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    "Spiritual "pathway" test"

    Great book that encourages Christians to relate to God according to how and who they are as individuals.
    Each chapter has a "test" to help you discover which of the 9 spiritual pathways are strong and which are weak.
    Kind of like those "Spiritual Gifts" Assessments.
    Nice that the author read it.
    I think this book will be around for decades.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    NAPLES, FL, United States
    15/04/13
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    "Extraordinarily Helpful, unhindered by tangents"
    Any additional comments?

    Gary Thomas' profound insight into differing "spiritual temperaments" can give very clear, systematic direction to anyone's pursuit of God. Sacred Pathways is presented in a structured format, making it helpful for future reference (as one will always have their favorite chapters). This book is not to be taken as law, but when one sees the heart in it, the profundity becomes clear.
    cons: Thomas, the author/narrator, is a preacher. And, as a preacher, he tends to go on tangents. Some are necessary. Some are helpful. Luckily, they do not subtract from the greater work as a whole.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • William B Cutrer
    Nashville, TN
    24/09/12
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    "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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David J. Simiele
    Richmond, VA
    19/09/16
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    "Freeing & Inspiring"

    I couldn't stop listening to this book. Discovering the concept of spiritual temperaments was both freeing and inspiring. This is a must read for pastors, mentors, spiritual formation leaders, and anyone seeking to thrive in personal walk with the Holy Spirit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kenneth R Teel
    8/09/16
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    "A must read for every Christian"

    Life changing book for me. I highly recommend it to anyone who desires to know God more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    EDMOND, WV, United States
    10/08/16
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    "Good Read for those with questions."

    Helped to understand some of the internal questions I have been strugglong with of late. May be able to help you all in the same way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slaten
    15/04/16
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    "Good read"

    This was helpful to read and see how people connect with God differently. The best pet to me is that this book continually points out that we cannot live apart from scripture or being apart of a local church.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark Polino
    Altamonte Springs, FL
    16/03/16
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    "Great Book. I think every Christian should read it"

    Great Book. I think every Christian should read this. it will help every believer understand others and help them understand why they may not be understood.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Mr
    St Albans, United Kingdom
    19/04/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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