Running-The Sacred Art: Preparing to Practice / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 88%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (10) from $1.99   
  • New (4) from $8.38   
  • Used (6) from $1.99   


Lace up your running shoes and discover how your daily run can enrich your spiritual life.

We run for exercise, relaxation and sometimes to indulge our competitive spirit. Now Warren A. Kay takes you on an exploration of an often-overlooked facet of the sport: running as an intentional spiritual practice.

Kay’s approach is more than just “blissing out” on a run. He combines penetrating reflections on God, creation and the role of Spirit in our lives with practical, concise tips for starting your own spiritual running journal. He helps turn your ordinary runs into extraordinary opportunities for spiritual growth. Whether you’ve logged thousands of miles or are new to the sport, you’ll find the guidance and inspiration you need in this unique book.

Experience your daily runs as:

  • Sanctuary—running time is sacred time
  • Prayer—open yourself to conversation with God
  • Meditation—reach inside yourself to find spiritual comfort
  • Sacrament—experience the Divine in the physicality of running
  • Pilgrimage—a run is the journey and the destination
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

There are thousands of books on spirituality and thousands of books about running. But few books exist on the spirituality of running, says Kay, a runner, cross-country coach and professor of theology who teaches a college course on the topic. His book is aimed at people who are more likely familiar with running than religion. There's nothing here about the physiology of running, training techniques or diet. Instead, the book is theologically basic, explaining, for example, what prayer is and asking such questions as "is there a spiritual world?" theology allows the author to address readers across faith traditions. Citations from Islam are one fresh element of this broad religious scope. Practical features of the book include chapter-ending questions for journaling, which are not especially original but are useful, and a reading list. The book's chief virtue is that the author comes across as a helpful and encouraging coach, with a knowledgeable and personal tone. Readers looking for more depth should go elsewhere, but this book meets elementary needs. (Dec.)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594732270
  • Publisher: Skylight Paths Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Series: Art of Spiritual Living Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 138
  • Sales rank: 1,077,444
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 5.42 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Warren A. Kay, DR.THEOL., an avid runner, is chair of the department of religious and theological studies at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, and assistant coach of the cross-country and track teams. He teaches a popular course called "The Spirituality of Running."

Kristin Armstrong is a contributing editor for Runner's World magazine. She is an accomplished runner and has completed several marathons, including the Boston Marathon. She is the author of Happily Ever After: Walking with Peace and Courage through a Year of Divorce.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Foreword     ix
Introduction     1
Let's Get a Few Things Straight     13
What Is Spirituality?     27
Seeing God while Running     41
Running as Sanctuary     51
Prayerful Running     63
Meditative Running     75
Sacramental Running     89
Running as Pilgrimage     101
Spiritual Running: Preparing to Practice     113
Acknowledgments     123
Notes     125
Suggestions for Further Reading     133
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)