Saturday, February 28, 2015

We Can Still Learn from the Church Fathers

The Ancient Path: Old Lessons from the Church Fathers for a New Life Today by John Michael Talbot, with Mike Aquilina (Image, 2015) is an invitation to join Talbot on a journey: a spiritual journey with the Church Fathers as his guides.
         In an age when people often seem to go to church to be entertained rather than to learn about Jesus; in an age when people want to learn about Jesus from the latest theological ‘superstar’ (usually the pastor of the newest megachurch or the most popular circuit speaker, someone who claims to have discovered something that finally explains the mystery of the gospel) it’s refreshing to read of Talbot’s experience with the ancient Fathers. Much of what is written about leaders of the church in time gone by, leaders from the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th centuries is as dry as the desert in which they lived, but Talbot’s book is an exception. The Fathers come to life, and teach the lessons that are as important today, (even as they are being forgotten) as they were centuries ago.  
       The book would be worth its price if only for the description and explanation of the Didache, one of the earliest guides to living a Christian life.
    This is the story of someone who sensed that there was something more to being a follower of Jesus than just going to church. He set out to find the answer and in the process found himself. Through the lessons from the Church Fathers, Talbot seems to have found an answer, or perhaps the answer: we are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

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"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

A solid "A"

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