God Walk: Moving at the Speed of Your Soul

God Walk: Moving at the Speed of Your Soul

by Mark Buchanan


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Drawing on Jesus's example of walking, bestselling author Mark Buchanan explores one of the oldest spiritual practices of our faith.

What happens when we literally walk out our Christian life? We discover the joy of traveling at the speed of our soul.

We often act as if faith is only about the mind. But what about our bodies? What does our physical being have to do with our spiritual life? When the Bible exhorts us to walk in the light, or walk by faith, or walk in truth, it means these things literally as much as figuratively. The Christian faith always involves walking out, as again and again we find the holy in the ordinary.

"Come, follow me," Jesus said, and then he was off. The most obvious thing about Jesus's method of discipleship, in fact, is that he walked and invited others to walk with him. Jesus is always "on the way," "arriving," "leaving," "approaching," "coming upon." It's in the walking that his disciples are taught, formed, tested, empowered, and released.

Part theology, part history, part field guide, God Walk explores walking as spiritual formation, walking as healing, walking as exercise, walking as prayer, walking as pilgrimage, suffering, friendship, and attentiveness. It is a book about being alongside the God who, incarnate in Jesus, turns to us as he passes by—always on foot—and says simply, "Come, follow me."

With practical insight and biblical reflections told in his distinct voice, Buchanan provides specific walking exercises so you can immediately implement the practice of going "God speed." Whether you are walking around the neighborhood or hiking in the mountains, walking offers the potential to awaken your life with Christ as it revives body and soul.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310293668
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 07/14/2020
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 713,463
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Mark Buchanan is a professor and award-winning author. He and his wife, Cheryl, live in Cochrane, Alberta. He is the author of eight books, including Your God Is Too Safe, The Rest of God, and Spiritual Rhythm.

Table of Contents

Mile 1 Setting Out

1 Three Miles an Hour 3

God Speed: Walking Faithfully

2 How I Learned to Walk 19

God Speed: Jesus Came and Jesus Went

3 A Brief History of Walking 33

God Speed: Walking in Unity

4 Walk This Way 45

God Speed: Retracing Your Steps

5 The Reason You Walk 59

God Speed: Pilgrimage

Mile 2 Making Tracks

6 Walking as Exercise 71

God Speed: The Luck of Finding the Parking Spot Farthest from the Mall

7 Walking as Friendship 81

God Speed: "I Will Go with You, Mr. Frodo"

8 Walking with Animals 97

God Speed: Sheep Walking

9 Walking as Prayer 113

God Speed: The Walking Living

10 Walking as Attentiveness 123

God Speed: A New Thing

11 Walking as Remembering 131

God Speed: Memory Lane

Mile 3 Pressing On

12 Walking as Suffering 145

God Speed: The Via Dolorosa

13 Walking as Healing 159

God Speed: From Lost to Found

14 Walking as Exorcism 173

God Speed: Walking Away from Ourselves

15 Walking as Flight 189

God Speed: Imaginary Walks

16 For Those Who Can't Walk 199

God Speed: Still Me

17 The Pilgrim's Progress 213

God Speed: Slow God

Conclusion: Keep Walking 225

Acknowledgments 227

Notes 233

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