Drawing on Jesus's example of walking, bestselling author Mark Buchanan explores one of the oldest spiritual practices of our faith.
What happens when we literally walk out our Christian life? We discover the joy of traveling at the speed of our soul.
We often act as if faith is only about the mind. But what about our bodies? What does our physical being have to do with our spiritual life? When the Bible exhorts us to walk in the light, or walk by faith, or walk in truth, it means these things literally as much as figuratively. The Christian faith always involves walking out, as again and again we find the holy in the ordinary.
"Come, follow me," Jesus said, and then he was off. The most obvious thing about Jesus's method of discipleship, in fact, is that he walked and invited others to walk with him. Jesus is always "on the way," "arriving," "leaving," "approaching," "coming upon." It's in the walking that his disciples are taught, formed, tested, empowered, and released.
Part theology, part history, part field guide, God Walk explores walking as spiritual formation, walking as healing, walking as exercise, walking as prayer, walking as pilgrimage, suffering, friendship, and attentiveness. It is a book about being alongside the God who, incarnate in Jesus, turns to us as he passes by--always on foot--and says simply, "Come, follow me."
With practical insight and biblical reflections told in his distinct voice, Buchanan provides specific walking exercises so you can immediately implement the practice of going "God speed." Whether you are walking around the neighborhood or hiking in the mountains, walking offers the potential to awaken your life with Christ as it revives body and soul.
About the authors
Mark Buchanan is the award-winning author of seven books, a popular conference speaker, a professor, and a frequent contributor to Christianity Today. He says he writes because he can’t help it, a passion that started when he was twelve after a fifth grade teacher awakened in him the possibilities of language and story. Speaking about his passion, the local church, he says, “I became a pastor not because I intended to, but because God has a sense of humor. He saw something in me neither I nor anyone else saw, and he drew me down a path that has been the hardest and best of all.”
Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of British Columbia and a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Vancouver’s Regent College. Mark served as the senior pastor of New Life Community Baptist Church in Duncan, B.C., for seventeen years and now holds the position of Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Ambrose Theological Seminary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
When not teaching, writing, or speaking, Mark can be found riding his motorcycle, drinking dark, rich coffee, or enjoying fishing, scuba diving, skiing, gardening, or woodworking.