Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Sacred Year Book Review

I have a new book to share with you called The Sacred Year written by Michael Yankoski.

The Sacred Year: How Contemplating Apples, Living in a Cave and Befriending a Dying Woman Revived My Life. 
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.
My Review:

This book is about a who one day was asked when are you most like yourself?  It got him to thinking and along with the Hebrew word, "Selah", which means pause and think about it, these two simple sentences forced him to wonder about everything in his life so he set about to find out.

Follow him in his search along with his wife. They visited all kinds of ethnic races and they both learned that the one true thing that they all wanted was to love and be loved back. I think that is pretty simple and yet people make it so hard that some never experience that feeling.

We get so tied up in what Hollywood thinks love is that we don't really see true love when it's staring right at us. They want us to believe love is some tragic affair and that love is an elusive thing. Well, it's not and when you stop and really look around you, it will find you in the most sincere moment.

If you love reading books that help further your mind and educate you on how to make yourself a better person, this book will definitely give you some value tools to use in your every day life!

Happy Reading!

God is at work everywhere. And every-when. We only need to open our eyes and take the time to notice.

Michael Yankoski is a writer, aspiring theologian, and urban homesteader who dreams of becoming a competent woodworker, musician, and sailor. He received his MA in theological studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, is a (novitate) Oblate of St. Benedict, and has authored four books. Michael grew up in Colorado, feels at home on the Pacific Coast, and currently resides in Indiana, where he and his wife are pursuing PhDs at the University of Notre Dame.

Join Michael and #EmbraceTheSacred—seek out God at work in the mundane and attend to what God is doing in your life. Share those moments on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and make sure to use the tag #EmbraceTheSacred.

As a thank-you for ordering The Sacred Year, Michael is giving away a free ebook! Email your proof of purchase of The Sacred Year to, and you will receive A Straightforward Guide to Three Essential Spiritual Practices ebook for FREE! Learn more here.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.