Sacred Pathways - Gary Thomas
Have you read this book yet? In the Synosis it says:
"This book encourages readers to see strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies in their devotional approaches to God, and thus learn how to improve their devotional, quiet-time, and personal-worship life with God."
The author Gary Thomas thinks that many Christians seem stuck in a worship rut. He asked an important question, "If God intentionally made us all different, why should everyone be expected to love God in the same way?" He identifies 9 ways people draw close near to God, which I found intriguing.
- Naturalists - are inspired to love God in the outdoors and in natural settings.
- Sensates - love God with their senses and appreciate beautiful worship services that involve their sight, taste, smell, and touch, not just their ears.
- Traditionalists - draw closer to God through rituals, liturgies, symbols, and unchanging structures.
- Ascetics - prefer to love God in solitude and simplicity.
- Activists - love God through confronting evil, battling injustice, and working to make the world a better place.
- Caregivers - love God by loving others and meeting their needs.
- Enthusiasts - love God through celebration.
- Contemplatives - love God through adoration.
- Intellectuals - love God by studying with their minds.
What is your approach to worship and love God?