Not too long ago I participated in a Patheos book club discussion of The Holy Nomad, by Matt Litton.
In my reflection, I noted that Litton’s book, in which he jolts us to find a little more joy for the journey, reminded me of the quest approach to the Christian faith:
To me, that’s a natural (or at least, ideal) way to approach the Christian faith. A Christian is a “Christ-one,” after all–a follower of Jesus. But somehow, over time, it becomes more a cultural identity, a set of rules and practices (often extrinsic to what is most naturally meaningful to us), or even a politics of power that hedges us off from the “other” (and therefore, from ourselves). Too often, our approach to religion ends up killing joy and subduing love, rather than unleashing them both. But the New Testament gospel calls us to be pilgrims, wayfarers, followers, aliens and perhaps even nomads.
You can go to the book club page to read my complete reflection (and those of others), as well as a Q&A with the author and an excerpt from the book.
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