We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation

We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation

by Brian D. McLaren


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We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation by Brian D. McLaren

From critically acclaimed author Brian McLaren comes a brilliant retelling of the biblical story and a thrilling reintroduction to Christian faith.

This book offers everything you need to explore what a difference an honest, living, growing faith can make in our world today. It also puts tools in your hands to create a life-changing learning community in any home, restaurant, or other welcoming space.

The fifty-two (plus a few) weekly readings can each be read aloud in 10 to 12 minutes and offer a simple curriculum of insightful reflections and transformative practices. Organized around the traditional church year, these readings give an overview of the whole Bible and guide an individual or a group of friends through a year of rich study, interactive learning, and personal growth.

Perfect for home churches, congregations, classes, or individual study, each reading invites you to

  • Cultivate an honest, intelligent understanding of the Bible and of Christian faith in 21st century
  • Engage with discussion questions designed to challenge, stimulate, and encourage
  • Reimagine what it means to live joyfully and responsibly in today's world as agents of God's justice, creativity, and peace
If you're seeking a fresh way to experience and practice your faith, if you're a long-term Christian seeking new vitality, or if you feel out of place in traditional church circles, this book will inspire and activate you in your spiritual journey.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455514014
Publisher: FaithWords
Publication date: 06/09/2015
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 60,669
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

BRIAN D. McLAREN is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. He is a popular conference speaker and a frequent guest lecturer for denominational and ecumenical leadership gatherings in the U.S. and internationally, and is Theologian-in-Residence at Life in the Trinity Ministry. Brian's writing spans over a dozen books, including his acclaimed Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road, A New Kind of Christian trilogy, A Generous Orthodoxy, and Naked Spirituality.
Learn more: BrianMcLaren.net

Table of Contents

Preface: What This Book Is about and How to Use It xi

Introduction: Seeking Aliveness xv

Part I Alive in the Story of Creation

1 Awe and Wonder 3

2 Being Human 7

3 A World of Meaning 11

4 The Drama of Desire 15

5 In over Our Heads 19

6 Plotting Goodness 24

7 It's Not Too Late 28

8 Rivalry or Reconciliation? 32

9 Freedom! 36

10 Getting Slavery out of the People 41

11 From Ugliness, a Beauty Emerges 46

12 Stories That Shape Us 51

13 The Great Conversation 56

First Quarter Queries 61

Part II Alive in the Adventure-of Jesus

14 Promised Land, Promised Time 63

15 Women on the Edge 67

16 Keep Herod in Christmas 71

17 Surprising People 75

17A The Light Has Come (Christmas Eve) 79

18 Sharing Gifts (Sunday on or after Christmas Day) 82

19 Jesus Coming of Age 86

20 Join the Adventure! 91

21 Significant and Wonderful 96

22 Jesus the Teacher 101

23 Jesus and the Multitudes 106

24 Jesus and Hell 111

25 Jesus, Violence, and Power 116

26 Making It Real 121

Second Quarter Queries 125

Part III Alive in a Global uprising

27 A New Identity 127

28 A New Path to Aliveness 131

29 Your Secret Life 136

30 Why We Worry, Why We Judge 140

31 The Choice Is Yours 144

32 Peace March (Palm Sunday) 148

32A A Table. A Basin. Some Food. Some Friends. (Holy Thursday) 152

32B Everything Must Change (Good Friday) 158

32C Doubt. Darkness. Despair. (Holy Saturday) 162

33 The Uprising Begins (Easter Sunday) 167

34 The Uprising of Fellowship 172

35 The Uprising of Discipleship 177

36 The Uprising of Worship 182

37 The Uprising of Partnership 187

38 The Uprising of Stewardship 192

39 Whatever the Hardship, Keep Rising Up! 196

Third Quarter Queries 201

Part IV Alive in the Spirit of God

40 The Spirit Is Moving! (Pentecost Sunday) 203

41 Moving with the Spirit 207

42 Spirit of Love: Loving God 211

43 Spirit of Love: Loving Neighbor 216

44 Spirit of Love: Loving Self 221

45 Spirit of Unity and Diversity 226

46 Spirit of Service 231

47 The Spirit Conspiracy 235

48 Spirit of Power 240

49 Spirit of Holiness 245

50 Spirit of Life 249

51 Spirit of Hope 254

52 God in the End 259

Fourth Quarter Queries 264

Appendix I Liturgical Resources 265

Appendix II Five Guidelines for Learning Circles 278

Dedication and Acknowledgments 280

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We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good discussion material.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The perfect devotional for a modern compassionate Christian! In love with this book!