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The last book in “The Ancient Practices” series is a wonderful collection of musings and meditations about that itch that we all have—the itch to wander. For some—those who look to “Christian” books as a source of truth and instruction to be absorbed—this book will be a problem. The theology here is speculative. It is instructive and brilliant in places, but isn’t really given in the spirit of unquestionable revelation from on high. It should encourage thought, invite us to stretch outside our comfort zone, and dare us to think about what is lacking in our comfortable, static lives.
Foster claims that the essence of humanity (as God created it to be) lies in its mobility. It is settlement, that our evil nature is most evident. As a person who is very much in touch with the nomadic spirit, I tend to agree. Some may see this as a defense of religious pilgrimage. It can be read that way; and parts are certainly devoted to the traditional tales of the Middle Ages with their relics and saints and indulgences. However, the tenor of the book is more an argument for the good that journeys are for people of faith. Not modern religious tourism (or even the volunteer missions trip variety) but actual, old fashioned journeys where a place is not visited but dwelt in. The leaving, the hard slog of the journey, the “arrival,” and return all have things to offer in the growth and strengthening of faith.
This book should be read by more people. Not the sort who need to be told how to think, but those who enjoy a mental stretch.
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