Sunday, October 05, 2014

'The Sacred Year' by Michael Yankoski

Michael Yankoski's The Sacred Year is one searcher's honest and fascinating journey to encounter God, love others, and discover his true self through a year of spiritual practices.
Frustrated and disillusioned with his life as a Christian, motivational speaker Michael Yankoski was determined to stop merely talking about living a life of faith and start experiencing it. The result was a year dedicated to engaging in spiritual practices, both ancient and modern, in a life-altering process that continues to this day. Whether contemplating an apple for an hour before tasting it (attentiveness), eating on $2.00 a day (simplicity) or writing simple letters of thanks (gratitude), Michael discovered a whole new depth through the intentional life.
Stirred on by the guiding voice of Father Solomon, a local monk, Yankoski's life is slowly transformed. Both entertaining and heart-wrenching, Yankoski's story will resonate with those who wish to deepen their own committed faith as well as those who are searching --- perhaps for the first time --- for their own authentic encounter with the Divine.

Here's my review of this Inspiring Journey:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Michael Yankoski and his publisher for sending me a copy of "The Sacred Year" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

'The Sacred Year' is a thoughtful recollection of a year in the life of author Michael Yankoski.  Inspiring quotes begin each chapter of this autobiographical volume.  Short chapters are comprised of several stories of the author’s unique life lessons.  Yankoski’s transparency draws the reader into the book and into his life.  His unique outlook on life and his colorful method for recording his experiences makes for an entertaining read that will have you remembering and contemplating your own life journey.  This book has inspired me to pay more attention to how others touch my life and to make a grander effort toward touching the lives of others.

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