Spiritual Rhythm: Being with Jesus Every Season of Your Soul

Abide in me, Jesus tells us, and you will bear much fruit Yet too often we forget that fruit needs different seasons in order to grow We measure our spiritual maturity by how much we do rather than how we are responding to our current spiritual season.In Spiritual Rhythm, Mark Buchanan replaces our spirituality of busyness with a spirituality of abiding Sometimes we Abide in me, Jesus tells us, and you will bear much fruit Yet too often we forget that fruit needs different seasons in order to grow We measure our spiritual maturity by how much we do rather than how we are responding to our current spiritual season.In Spiritual Rhythm, Mark Buchanan replaces our spirituality of busyness with a spirituality of abiding Sometimes we are busy, sometimes still, sometimes pushing with all we ve got, sometimes waiting This model of the spiritual life measures and produces growth by asking Are we living in rhythm with the season we are in With the lyrical writing for which he is known, Mark invites us to respond to every season of the heart, whether we are flourishing and fruitful, stark and dismal, or cool and windy In comparing spiritual rhythms to the seasons of the year, he shows us what to expect from each season and how embracing the seasons causes our spiritual lives to prosper As he draws on the powerful words of Scripture, Mark explores what activities are suitable or necessary in each season and what activities are useless or even harmful in that season.Throughout the book, Mark weaves together stories of young and old, men and women, families, couples, and individuals who are in or have been through a particular season of the heart As Mark writes, I pray that this book meets you in whatever season you re in, and prepares you for whatever seasons await I pray that it helps you find your voice, your stride, your rhythm, in season or out Mostly, I pray that you, with or without my help, find Christ wherever you are And that, even , you discover that wherever you are, he s found you.
Spiritual Rhythm Being with Jesus Every Season of Your Soul Abide in me Jesus tells us and you will bear much fruit Yet too often we forget that fruit needs different seasons in order to grow We measure our spiritual maturity by how much we do rather than ho

  • Title: Spiritual Rhythm: Being with Jesus Every Season of Your Soul
  • Author: Mark Buchanan
  • ISBN: 9780310293651
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Mark Buchanan says in the introduction to Spiritual Rhythm that "this is not a book to be devoured." This could not be more true. It would be impossible to rush through this book, even if you tried. The best thing about Buchanan's book is his prose. His books are right there alongside all of the other popular authors, but his writing stands head and shoulders above them all. There are no choppy sentences that run on and on, yet never describe anything. To read Buchanan's words describing the sea [...]

    2. Mark Buchanan, in his book, Spiritual Rhythm, encourages his readers to look at their spiritual lives in terms of seasons. His reason is that we often become discouraged if we are not making spiritual progress. However, God may still be working but not in an obvious way. Like many trees and plants that go through seasons of growth, fruit bearing, pruning and being dormant, our lives often go through these stages too. If we can be more aware of what season we are in, we are more able to cooperate [...]

    3. A nourishing, thoughtful read. In my mind, and I think the author's too, the premise of the book is help make it "okay to experience winter." The season of the soul that is dark, hard, trying, difficult, sad. He opens with this season, and it gives context to being the type of human that walks not in balance (because, what is balance), but in embracing the relentless hyper-focus of each individual season as it comes, in patience, making sense of what is, and what it's meant for. The part the lit [...]

    4. Reviewed by Herb:Perhaps my favorite book of 2011, Buchanan, a Canadian pastor and writer-speaker, has penned a wonderful and well-written book on how to abide with Jesus in every season of one’s life. However, rather than a focus on chronological seasons (childhood, youth, mature adult, old age), Buchanan’s seasons reflect the climate changes in a calendar year (spring, summer, fall, and winter). But for me the honesty and wisdom of the book rests in how our relationship with Jesus should m [...]

    5. This book was handed to me by my Pastor in the midst of my own Spiritual Winter. Buchanan does an excellent job of exploring the realities (sometimes unappealing at first blush.) of the varied seasons we each experience in our walk with God. It was refreshing to be reminded to rest in God and not fight Winter, and also to not be guilted about a time that feels dry and even a bit harsh when compared with Spring and Summers. I am reading the Psalms with new eyes and anticipating a new season. God [...]

    6. Thought-provoking,beautiful proseBuchanan writes with beauty and depth about the seasons of our spiritual life. A book to savour and ponder over in prayer. My soul was nourished as his words invited me to go deeper into fellowship with the One who will never fail or forsake me.

    7. This was an excellent book! Buchanan has a gift for poetic writing as well as deep spiritual insight. I actually took the time to read this throughout the course of a year, following the seasons. It is well worth savoring slowly.

    8. This book is something you have to read slowly. It is written very well and should be savored. Mark's knowledge of Scripture is deep. He moves the heart with it. I want to read this book annually as I think there is so much more to mine from it.As one review below wrote: "I've never encountered a Christian writer that treats authoring a book as a work of art, but this is what Buchanan does. "

    9. Okay; enjoy his writing and thought process. Had just finished reading his book on Sabbath and preferred that one. Actually, didn't finish reading because I had to turn it in!

    10. I'll come back and review better later, but this was an excellent book on how life happens in Christian walks. It's well worth slowly digesting.

    11. Mark Buchanan's "The Rest of God" is one of my top ten favorite (and most highly recommended) books. "Spiritual Rhythm" has just joined that list.The Rest of God speaks of weekly rhythms that impact our walk with God and Spiritual Rhythm goes a step beyond to explore the rhythms of the soul in the seasons of life. In this powerfully moving and practical work, Buchanan explores each season of the soul and the process of how we "learn the rhythm, the action and inaction that avails you most of his [...]

    12. Great read - drifts a bit in the middle but overall, very compelling. Through really cool and intriguing storytelling, poetry, and other language that is very stylistically rich, Buchanan paints a vivid picture of what it means to live "in season" with Jesus. He argues that each of us go through short and often times prolonged periods, or seasons, of our lives that can dramatically affect our spiritual, emotional, and physical lives. Each season has its own inherent twists and turns, ups and dow [...]

    13. I love seasons more and more as I have gotten older. I used to always wish for perpetual summer when I was younger thinking that life would be so much better always in that state. Now I know seasons we see in nature do reflect certain truths back to us in our own lives, especially that there are seasons, therefore rhythms, to our life on this earth. I read this book over the course of about a year, and during that year I was walking through some pretty dark depression and struggles with anxiety, [...]

    14. When I began reading this book, I was really in a spiritual winter, feeling rather dead and numb. I felt guilty about that, which lead me to the book in the 1st place. Buchanan does an EXCELLENT job of making the case for each phase of our lives or growth periods being essential to our overall development as a person. After reading the book I felt spiritually renewed and loved by God "as is". My reading partner and I concluded our study of the book feeling equipped to just keep doing the next ri [...]

    15. I really liked this book! It was a book to read in each season and helped me see parallel examples to my spiritual life. I live in Northern California where we literally have two seasons: summer and fall. There is a brief window of spring and winter. I benefitted from hearing Mark B's take on his stories with the people that he pastors and his descriptive writing from the weather and farming experiences that he so often enjoys. Definitely recommend this book!

    16. I really enjoyed it; just the writing style and the humor, as well as the anecdotes he shares. It also has some good spiritual insights with simple truths. I enjoyed doing some of the journaling exercises, too!It was also cool to hear more about the Pacific Northwest and the Vancouver area. He actually lives on the island now I'm a place I drove right past and he talks about places I've visited.

    17. I enjoy Mr. Buchanan's writing style, filled with truth and personal application. Having just passed through a "winter" and seeing signs of "spring" and "summer" in my own spiritual life, the book really spoke to me. I took my time with it, reading many other books in between, but I'm glad I did. It gave me more time to meditate on his thoughts.

    18. The reviews that I read prior to starting this book were true, it is not a book to rush through. The author gives tremendously descriptive, emotionally encouraging, and spiritually challenging pictures of each natural season and how it correlates to particular seasons of growth or change we might find ourselves in. I highly recommend it.

    19. "This is not a book to be devoured." That is a true statement, but it shouldn't deter you from attempting to read this book. It is an excellent, though toilsome read at times, because it forces you to ponder your own life in ways that a book more likely to be devoured simply isn't able to do. I HIGHLY recommend this for anyone anywhere anytime!

    20. This is a great book that is half a discussion of how life naturally occurs in season and each season has a distinct purpose and half a discussion of eight practices for all seasons. Great read, very accessible. Especially helpful for anyone sensing themselves in a wintery season and not sure what to make of it.

    21. To everything there is a seasonThis is a book that grows on you the longer you read. Do not be put off by the author's difficult and heart breaking beginning.his season of winter. As you read on, there is practical loving advice, examples from life, and friendly conversation one might enjoy on a pleasant walk.

    22. I really enjoyed this book. Mark Buchanan is a talent writer who writes from his years of experience as a pastor and as a disciple of Jesus. This book examines the different seasons of faith, using the seasons of nature as a metaphor. A very inspiring book that will help any Christian along the journey of faith.

    23. Another great book from Mark Buchanan. He finds the great line between exegetical teaching and experiential learning. Every one of his books I've read really comes from his own experience, and allows you to journey with him through the topic.Highly recommended.

    24. I enjoyed this book and will refer to it again throughout my life I think. A lovely explanation of the seasons that a Christ follower can go through as they walk with Jesus. It is a slow comforting book and made me take some time to think and journal. Very reccomended.

    25. A great read - it takes you through the spiritual seasons of life as well as its rhythms with his word smithing skills and humor. Kati and I are still discussing it as well as revisiting passage that hit where we each are right now "seasonally." One I would recommend highly.

    26. Mark Buchanan is in the order of Brennan Manning. His writing is full of grace. There is richness and depth to his writing, and if you are in a winter season of your life, you will find encouragement through Buchanan's honest take on spiritual seasons.

    27. An Investment of TimeThis is a terrific study, but not a book that you will zip through. This is a book that you take time with. A journal is highly recommended.

    28. Another home run by Mark Buchanan. Not as good as The Rest of God, but just as insightful, poetic, and brilliantly written.

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