3000 Miles to Jesus: Pilgrimage as a Way of Life for Spiritual Seekers

3000 Miles to Jesus: Pilgrimage as a Way of Life for Spiritual Seekers


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Propelled by a desire for the sacred, spiritual seekers of the Middle Ages were masters of pilgrimage, dedicated to their journeys of religious devotion. Their epic voyages took them across continents and treacherous mountain passages, and were undertaken with a keen awareness of the possible perils of the journey. Still, by faith, they went on pilgrimage in hopes of tracing the steps of Jesus in the holy city of Jerusalem.

In 3000 Miles to Jesus Lisa Deam invites us to embrace the adventure of spiritual pilgrimage in our everyday lives. Bringing alive the rich stories of medieval pilgrims, she offers an intimate look at these quests for the sacred, helping us draw rich application for our walks of faith today. To take this road, we won't have to give up flushing toilets, warm beds, or cell phones. But we are invited to travel the rugged terrain of faith: journeying in risk and adventure through unfamiliar territory, across the unknown seas of the spiritual life, meeting life's difficult passages of loss, accompanied by the temptation to turn back even as we march on. In meeting challenges in the wise company of the ancient pilgrims, we learn hope and resolve as we walk a wild and wonderful way to a city that shimmers beyond a horizon we cannot yet see. We are headed for the Jerusalem of our hearts.

When we understand the risks taken and the courage and conviction driving the medieval pilgrim, a bigger picture of a lifelong journey of faith comes into view. We are opened up to the sacred world before us in new and unexpected ways.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506461632
Publisher: 1517 Media
Publication date: 02/02/2021
Pages: 198
Sales rank: 685,477
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Lisa Deam, PhD, is a historian and an award-winning writer in spiritual formation. She specializes in helping Christians deepen their walk of faith through exploration of historical spirituality and practices. She hosts The Contemplative Writer, a website providing daily soul care to writers, and is the author of A World Transformed: Exploring the Spirituality of Medieval Maps. She lives in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area with her family.

Jon M. Sweeney is an award-winning contemporary spiritual writer. The author of thirty books including The Complete Francis of Assisi, he is considered the authoritative voice on the life and spirituality of Saint Francis. He speaks regularly at literary and spirituality conferences. A Catholic, he is married to a rabbi, and their interfaith marriage has been profiled in national media. He lives in Milwaukee with his wife and daughters.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 (Introduction): Journey Like You Mean It

Part I The Journey Begins

Chapter 2: Take the Sure Road

We figure out where we're headed

Chapter 3: Write Your Will

We’re prepared to lose everything on the journey

Chapter 4: Stay the Course

We don't give up when the going gets tough

Chapter 5: Say Your Mantra

We remind ourselves why we're making this journey

Part 2: The Crossing

Chapter 6: Cross the Alps

We surmount barriers in our path

Chapter 7: Hurry Up and Wait

We slow down to catch up to God

Chapter 8: Sail the Sea

We cross over to a new land

Chapter 9: Be Locked Up

In the Holy Land, we are locked up for our faith

Part 3: Arrival

Chapter 10: Worship with the Enemy

We confront the infidels of our heart

Chapter 11: Arrive Naked

We arrive with nothing, so that Jesus can give us everything

Chapter 12: Break Your Heart

We journey so that our hearts may be broken

Part 4: In the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Chapter 13: Bring Your Baggage

We bring the weight of our failings to lay at the feet of Jesus

Chapter 14: Be Reborn

We experience the rebirth of our faith

Chapter 15: Let It Go

In the presence of Jesus, we let ourselves rejoice

Conclusion: Where To Now?

Our journey's end is only the beginning

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