This book is part of a series of returning to ancient practices of our base-line religion. Of course this section of the series is in regard to the journey- aka, the Pilgrimage expected of ancient cultures.
Through direct comparison of other Semitic religions to Christianity (Judaism, Islam) the author describes the actions required by faith to live that faith to fullest extent. This journey is as much of the work to prove your faith to yourself, but also to solidify your identity in that faith.
All in all this book held my attention well. For some reason It made me feel like it had backstory information to Raiders of the Lost Ark or something similar (through the continuous journey talk, middle east stories etc…) I enjoyed the challenging message of actually working for your faith- though works NOT be a requirement of faith, they sure are fruits- and respecting the key traditions of ones faith.
I did feel the author enjoyed throwing some jabs around- there are several interesting points of modern Christianity having no focus, no actual required works to their ancient counterparts. I also enjoyed the comparison (without concern of repercussions) of the other Semitic religions. However I felt he compared them too much. I could see where Christianity compared to Islam would rub some more conservative people the wrong way.
All in all some very decent points, but I felt too much in the “Pop” Christianity realm. I felt inspired and reminded, but not the kind of way of a book I would leave on my shelf for reference.
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