Book 1 in The Ancient Practice Series (Thomas Nelson; USA, 2008)
There are 8 books in this series on the Ancient Practises – Prayer (what I am calling centering and the series calls constant prayer); Sabbath; Fasting; Sacred Meal; Pilgrimage; Liturgical Year; and Tithing. Brian McLaren provides a kind of introduction to and rationale for embracing these ancient spiritual disciplines in the postmodern context. It’s something I love about the Emerging Church and resonates strongly with my own Anglican tradition. It’s an easy read, which is quite an achievement when you discover that McLaren is explaining key theological concepts like katharsis, fotosis and theosis! A great book to get started on a well worn path.